As far as online storage goes I have always been the passive type. Put a file on - not very important - and months later (when I remember) go back there and look it up. It still is the case, I am not really into these file storage stuff and so on except with google docs, which I think helps because I get to back up my documents on a server which is not in my house.



Recently I discovered a service called DropBox. It is basically like box.net except that it provides a desktop client for windows, mac and most importantly (to me anyway) Linux and even has a linux repository.



A few qualms though about the whole thing. It has two parts to it. First is a daemon/server application that listens to any activity in you sync folder and seamlessly uploads it to the dropbox server. This is a good thing because all you really have to do is drag things and drop them into this Dropbox/public or Dropbox/photos and it's online in a few minutes (of course depending on you internet speed). My only qualm is that this server is closed source. I mean don't get me wrong I don't have a problem with a company protecting it's intellectual work and so on. It is difficult however when there is no documentation as to work with the API to tap into this web service.



In all fairness to them though, they have a nautilus plugin that is open source and have encouraged developers to take that apart and study the RPCs used in there in order to create clients for other devices and such. This is the second part of their application that integrates the service with your desktop. They implement it slightly differently depending on platforms though. On Linux, you download the nuatilus plugin killall nautilus and the when nautilus starts again, drop box is on your task bar and that downloads the daemon/server. Once that is done a wizard is launched and you can either set up a new account or connect the computer to an existing one.



On windows everything comes bundled together in a compiled .exe file and desktop client and daemon together. I suppose it works easier that way. I thought I should let anyone wanting/lacking some on line storage know about this service.

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