Monday, April 9, 2012

Storing Stuff for Free, Online

Need a place to store your "stuff"? Syllabi, assignments, readings, spreadsheets, videos...
Try Dropbox. It's free and easy to use - for techies and the rest of us, too!

If you need to access your files from work, home, someone else's computer, or from your laptop while sipping a Pacifico on your boat, as long as you have an internet connection, you can access the files in your Dropbox account. You can also save stuff (like photos, and so forth) from your phone to your Dropbox account. (See, I'm enough of a tech tools neophyte that the idea of saving stuff from my phone to an online repository and later accessing it from my computer is all tres cool!)

You create a Dropbox account and download the program *one time only* -- not on every computer you use. (It took less than 2 minutes on my computer.) Then, you can view, download and upload your files from any web browser.

And, other people (e.g. students, colleagues, family members) don't have to have Dropbox accounts in order to drop stuff off at your Dropbox. You just give them a link and a password and they can send stuff to you.

Let me know if Dropbox works well for you, or if you have any tips on making it work best. Also, feel free to post comments if you've found other free, online tools that you find helpful.

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