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Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 09:58 AM   #1
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Smile Dropbox !!!

wow

i have been using dopbox for a couple of days now and i can tell you that it makes syncing files between machines very simple!

2gb of free backup space is generous for the trial

apple may need to buy this little gem of a company to better its idrive...

give it a whirl

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Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 12:15 PM   #2
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Great way of sending files to people (making them available with a coded URL) too. Been using it for 6 months. Very Mac-friendly but works cross-platform.
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Been using it for a couple months and I love it. The iDisk "syncing" really should have been like Dropbox. Awesome way to keep things in sync or make just a couple photos available for viewing online in a matter of moments (upload time only)
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Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 12:42 PM   #4
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Interesting app, but I would be careful how you use it. This part of the user's agreement certainly caught my attention. If the decrypting should fail, you lose the rights to all your stuff pretty much. Even if it doesn't, you are essentially agreeing to give away your files to anyone who wants them.

Consent to Access Your Files

BY UTILIZING THE SITE, CONTENT, SERVICES AND/OR YOUR FILES, YOU CONSENT TO ALLOW DROPBOX TO ACCESS YOUR COMPUTER AND/OR ANY FILES THAT ARE PLACED IN THE ‘MY DROPBOX,’AND/OR ‘DROPBOX’ FOLDERS. BY PLACING FILES IN YOUR SHARED AND/OR PUBLIC FOLDERS, YOU CONSENT TO SHARE ACCESS TO THE CONTENT OF THOSE FOLDERS WITH OTHER DROPBOX USERS AND/OR THE PUBLIC.

Your Files

“Your Files” or “User Files” as used in this Agreement means the information contained in the files that you or other users upload, download and access through the Site and Services.

While you own the content contained in Your Files, you hereby grant all other Dropbox users a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use and exploit Your Files in your public folder. In addition, you hereby grant Dropbox users who have been given access to your shared folder a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use and exploit Your Files in your shared folder. You represent and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to grant these licenses.

You acknowledge that Dropbox does not have any obligation to monitor the User Files or User Posts (as defined below) that are uploaded, posted, submitted, linked to or otherwise transmitted using the Site or Services, for any purpose and, as a result, is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, appropriateness, legality or applicability of User Files or anything said, depicted or written by users in their User Posts, including without limitation, any information obtained by using the Site or Services. Dropbox does not endorse anything contained in User Files or User Posts or any opinion, recommendation or advice expressed therein and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against Dropbox with respect thereto.

You acknowledge and agree that you should not rely on the Site, Content, Services and Your Files for any reason. You further acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for maintaining and protecting all data and information that is stored, retrieved or otherwise processed by the Site, Content, or Services. Without limiting the foregoing, you will be responsible for all costs and expenses required to backup and restore any data and information that is lost or corrupted as a result of your use of the Site, Content, Services and/or Your Files.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 12:48 PM   #5
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Interesting app, but I would be careful how you use it. This part of the user's agreement certainly caught my attention. If the decrypting should fail, you lose the rights to all your stuff pretty much. Even if it doesn't, you are essentially agreeing to give away your files to anyone who wants them.

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BY UTILIZING THE SITE, CONTENT, SERVICES AND/OR YOUR FILES, YOU CONSENT TO ALLOW DROPBOX TO ACCESS YOUR COMPUTER AND/OR ANY FILES THAT ARE PLACED IN THE ‘MY DROPBOX,’AND/OR ‘DROPBOX’ FOLDERS. BY PLACING FILES IN YOUR SHARED AND/OR PUBLIC FOLDERS, YOU CONSENT TO SHARE ACCESS TO THE CONTENT OF THOSE FOLDERS WITH OTHER DROPBOX USERS AND/OR THE PUBLIC.

Your Files

“Your Files” or “User Files” as used in this Agreement means the information contained in the files that you or other users upload, download and access through the Site and Services.

While you own the content contained in Your Files, you hereby grant all other Dropbox users a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use and exploit Your Files in your public folder. In addition, you hereby grant Dropbox users who have been given access to your shared folder a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use and exploit Your Files in your shared folder. You represent and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to grant these licenses.

You acknowledge that Dropbox does not have any obligation to monitor the User Files or User Posts (as defined below) that are uploaded, posted, submitted, linked to or otherwise transmitted using the Site or Services, for any purpose and, as a result, is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, appropriateness, legality or applicability of User Files or anything said, depicted or written by users in their User Posts, including without limitation, any information obtained by using the Site or Services. Dropbox does not endorse anything contained in User Files or User Posts or any opinion, recommendation or advice expressed therein and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against Dropbox with respect thereto.

You acknowledge and agree that you should not rely on the Site, Content, Services and Your Files for any reason. You further acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for maintaining and protecting all data and information that is stored, retrieved or otherwise processed by the Site, Content, or Services. Without limiting the foregoing, you will be responsible for all costs and expenses required to backup and restore any data and information that is lost or corrupted as a result of your use of the Site, Content, Services and/or Your Files.


Couldn't you just encrypt them in a locked .dmg file?

Or does it not move. dmg's?
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Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 12:53 PM   #6
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I think the point is that they are saying right at the outset "your files may not be safe. And they won't be your files anymore anyway."
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Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 01:05 PM   #7
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Dropbox is pretty cool


Downloaded this morning, put it on my PowerMac G3, and its runs really well

I wonder how fast it is on a intel
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+1 for Dropbox. It is just so simple!

I've been using dropbox for a few months and as far as I know, there is no restriction on the file types you store there. Reading their help section, there is actually mention of people using truecrypt to create an encrypted disk image inside their dropbox.

Here is a couple of sections from their online help:
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How public are Public links? How Private are my other files?
  • Any file in your Public folder is accessible to anyone who can guess your public file link and the path to the file. No one can browse the directory, though.
  • Any file in your Dropbox outside of the Public folder is by default only accessible via computers linked to your account or to you via the web interface.
  • If you give out a shareable link to a portion of your Photo Gallery, people who know the link will be able to browse any photos in the album you linked from (and albums inside it)
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We take utmost care to ensure Dropbox is secure. All transport of file data and file metadata occurs over SSL. All files are encrypted with AES-256 before being stored on our backend.
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I think the point is that they are saying right at the outset "your files may not be safe. And they won't be your files anymore anyway."
Yes, so you just don't put files in your public folder that you don't want others to have!
Don't get me wrong, I am a little wary that someday they might shutdown and take my files with them, but the same thing might happen with any online service.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 01:40 PM   #10
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i really cant see any concern here with privacy, but i suppose i dont plan at this point on putting things there that i would care about going missing...

if the company folds, you still have your files as they have to be in your dropbox to be replicated.

it really is slick! Its like a virtual USB key. now all of my work files and home files ( non music and photo) are forever backed up and available, it will make switching computers easy! Dropbox is now my home folder, o install a new OS, or move computers and install dropbox, done...

it is very fast on intel machines, even XP!

the iphone interface is nice too, just use safari to go to dropbox and you can view and manage your files, now if i could just send them from there!
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