An Ode to Dropbox

One of my favorite new things in the world is Dropbox, an online syncing utility for all your stuff. If you use multiple computers (Mac, Windows, or Linux), Dropbox will automatically sync your documents, photos, music, etc. between those computers completely behind the scenes. The best thing about Dropbox, as noted two days ago by Rands in Repose, is that it is “dumb”. It does just what you would expect and doesn’t try to outsmart you. If you accidentally delete something, it offers the opportunity to restore it (or any earlier version) via the web interface. Lost data is a virtual impossibility. Even if you only use one computer, the opportunity to have access to all your data via the (secure) web interface is worth the price of admission — it keeps track of all of your changes, no matter how minor. And for me the $99 a year upgrade to 50gb is a no-brainer. I’ve already filled up 75% and am hoping they will offer more space in the near future. I’ve been using it without a hiccup for a couple of months now. Rands’ insightful and laudatory post reminded me I’ve been meaning to praise Dropbox myself.

NB: Michael Tsai’s post yesterday about Dropbox’s lack of support for upper-level file system features in Mac OSX seems to be dealing with out of date info., as noted in the comments.

P.S. Dropbox is using Amazon’s S3 data storage service to host the files, and all the files are encrypted before the transfer. See the faq for more details.