Tim’s Tech Tips and some favorite quotes in honor of Father’s Day
Quick Quiz: Name three startups that have reached two million users in record time? Here they are:
1. Xobni (Inbox spelled backward) – I wrote about this useful tool last month. You can see that blog post here… http://wp.me/pTFOT-h
2. Gypsii: a location based social networking site started by my friend, Dan Harple. www.gypsii.com
3. Dropbox – www.dropbox.com – this is the subject for this month’s Tim’s Tech Tips…
The Problem: You’ve got multiple computers and the file you need always seems to be on the other computer. If you’re in the office, you want a file off your home computer. Or you’ve got one version here and another one there.
The Solution: Dropbox. It is a free service that enables you to mirror a special folder within My Documents. If you save a file in the “My Dropbox” folder on any computer, you can access it from any other computer. This is a lot faster and easier to use than the old Yahoo briefcase or other file sharing services at Google and others. The service is free until you hit certain space limits (I’m using 3% of my limit). Here’s how to do it:
1. Download Dropbox onto your work computer. You’ll be asked to create a user name and password. The installation will create a folder in My Documents called “My Dropbox”. Put anything you’d like in that folder – just like you would use any folder.
2. Download Dropbox onto your home computer. This time, sign in as an existing user so it knows who you are.
3. That’s it! Any file that you put into that folder on either computer is there on the other computer – no need to access the office network remotely. If you really want to get fancy, you could make “My Documents” a subfolder of “My Dropbox” and you’ve essentially copied any file you’re likely to need.
You can also share any subfolder with anyone that you wish. If you’ve got multiple people editing a document, you can all access the same file. Pretty nifty huh?
Now onto some favorite quotes for Father’s Day from Jamie’s Dad:
1. “I’m glad you had a chance to see me!”
2. “You’re like crime and crime don’t pay,” as he’s picking up the check for dinner, again.
3. “If you’re not having fun, it’s your own damn fault!”
We miss you Jim. Happy Father’s Day!