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Comments on: My current tech crush: Dropbox http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: undine http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/comment-page-1/#comment-26344 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 16:03:11 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/#comment-26344 I don’t mean to clog your comment thread but just wanted to confirm that two days of using Dropbox was enough to convince me.

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By: undine http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/comment-page-1/#comment-26343 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 16:02:18 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/#comment-26343 Dropbox = greater than sliced bread. Really. It is amazing!

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By: undine http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/comment-page-1/#comment-26219 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 20:20:39 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/#comment-26219 Okay, you’ve convinced me to give it a try. I tried Dropbox or something like it recently, but it took about 24 hours to sync everything and then gave me an “out of space” message. The key is probably to do what you’ve done and use it primarily for class work.

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By: Rohan Maitzen http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/comment-page-1/#comment-26150 Mon, 02 Mar 2009 13:17:08 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/#comment-26150 Very cool! Thanks for the tip. One of the more stressful features of my work life lately has been bumping back and forth between my work computer (we are provided only with desktops) and my laptop at home. This seems (so far) like a great solution for those files you tweak all the time (e.g. lecture notes) or like to work on whenever you can steal a moment (e.g. research notes).

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By: Michael Elliott http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/comment-page-1/#comment-26067 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 13:52:38 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/#comment-26067 Fantastic. Thanks, Jason.

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By: jbj http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/comment-page-1/#comment-26044 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:42:40 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/#comment-26044 @Michael: Dropbox syncs your local folder to the cloud, so the folder you see on your hard drive really is on your hard drive. (On a Mac, you can see this work: You put stuff in the folder, and then the little icon in the taskbar shows that it’s syncing remotely.)

So, if Dropbox goes the way of Mag.nol.ia, you still have your copies.

You can even, if it suits your bliss, automagically sync a different local folder with your dropbox folder, which then syncs to the cloud. Instructions are here.

@Katy–you got it. Either tonight or tomorrow.

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By: Michael Elliott http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/comment-page-1/#comment-26038 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 20:03:58 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/#comment-26038 Jason — Ah, ha! I am FINALLY using some form of technology before you mention it on your blog. I’ve been using Dropbox for about 4-5 weeks now (for class files, and my current research files) and love it. I ditto your endorsement. Here are two questions, though, that have begun to make me a little nervous. Maybe you can answer them.

* What if the network goes down? I’ll still have access to my files, right? That’s my understanding of how it works — you have a local version that syncs to the cloud, but am I right on that?

* Related question: What if Dropbox goes out of business tomorrow. Do I still have the copies on my hard drive(s)?

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By: Katy http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/comment-page-1/#comment-26028 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:36:01 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/#comment-26028 This sounds really cool Jason – I’m going to try it out (I currently email everything to myself).

Could you do a post on grading electronically? You mentioned in this post that you do it exclusively now, so I’d love to hear tips on how you do it. I’ve tried a few things – just adding comments via track changes on a word doc and using a program called “Comment” that comes on GT’s classroom management software, but neither method has felt any more efficient than paper grading. Suggestions?

Thanks!

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By: Jason http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/comment-page-1/#comment-26005 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 02:54:57 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/#comment-26005 @Sisyphus: What’s different about Dropbox is that it’s any file type, not just Office-type files. It’s just a folder on your computer, like any other, so you can use it for anything. (For instance, you could use it for remote backup. Or for transferring things more securely than e-mail.)

And so you can use any program you want, and it just stores it and syncs it. Magic!

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By: Sisyphus http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/comment-page-1/#comment-26003 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:55:12 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/my-current-tech-crush-dropbox/#comment-26003 Hmm, so I’ve been experimenting with using GoogleDocs this semester — how is dropbox different? Whst exactly does it do differently?

(so far I have no problems with using and with sharing word type documents through GD, but am really frustrated with the spreadsheet thingy, which reformats everything to look stupid and sometimes won’t let me download spreadsheets and also at least once corrupted the file so that it won’t open, download, or let me delete it. So I like the free-ness of GD for sharing word stuff and saving papers but have switched away from putting my gradebooks on there.)

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