There are a number of tools that I use regularly and tend to take for granted, one of those tools is Dropbox. I have a desktop computer that I do the majority of my work on, but there are times when I meet with clients and I take my laptop. While I take transfer the files that I need from my desktop to my laptop there are occasions when I do forget a file or I create some new documents and I want to make sure that they are stored back on my desktop just in case something happens to my laptop.
I used to carry a USB flash drive around but there have been occasions when I forget to take it with me. There is nothing worse than being at a clients and realizing I forgot an important file or folder on my desktop that I wanted to show them. This is where I will usually use a VNC remote desktop to connect to my desktop computer copy the folders and files I need into my Dropbox and in a couple of seconds (or minutes depending on how large the files are) and the files are there for me to use on my Dropbox on my laptop and accessible through the web interface.
Dropbox has also come in very useful when I have created new documents on my laptop and want to make sure I have a copy of them when I am back at home just in case something happens to my laptop before I get home. I have Mozy installed on my desktop at home and it automatically backs up my files there, my laptop does not have Mozy so I backup the files using Dropbox to my desktop which will automatically backup the files. Dropbox makes it very easy for me to make sure those files are safe and where I need them. That way I don’t have to worry about losing my USB flash drive.
There are lots of other things you can do with Dropbox. I am sure I have only touched the surface of what can be done but it works well for what I need it to do. Dropbox gives you 2gb for free so you can use it without it costing a cent and it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. If you need more space you can purchase a larger account. The next account size up from free is $9.99/month or $99.00/year for 50gb. They also have a referral program that will get you more space for every person that you refer. If you need to sync files between two or more computers or want to have instant web access then take a look at Dropbox it might be just what you are looking for, I know it has helped me numerous times since I installed it.