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Dropbox: Awesome File Sharing Tool for Multiple PC’s

Jul 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software  //  2 Comments

I wanted to pass along a quick note about Dropbox, a piece of software I’ve really become dependent on. It’s purpose is to create a folder on all of your machines that in reality exists in the “Cloud” so that it is really easy to share files between machines by copying them to the Dropbox folder.

I have a ton of machines that I use throughout the day–2 different laptops, a desktop, a machine in the shop, an iPad, and an iPhone. Being able to get at the same file in its latest version from all of these different machines no matter where I am is really handy. I haven’t gotten this far with it yet, but you can also use Dropbox to share files with friends and coworkers–the access is up to you.

There is a lot to like about Dropbox. For example, if your machine is not connected to the Internet, you can still access versions of all the files–they’ll simply be whatever was there the last time you connected. That’s pretty handy too. The files are encrypted and communication is via SSL (so no listening in on the connection), so it is pretty secure. In fact, I use Dropbox in connection with another piece of software called 1Password to keep track of passwords and make it easy to use a different password everywhere so that if one service is hacked, my other passwords stay secure.

Best of all, Dropbox is essentially free up to 2GB of data. They charge you when you need more data.

If you’d like to checkout Dropbox, here is a link.

Full disclosure: they give me more storage if you use that link and then sign up. But, they also give you more storage than the default so it’s a deal for both of us.

If you’d rather I didn’t get the extra storage, use this link instead. If you sign up, they’ll give you a link where you can get free storage for referrals too.

Whichever link you choose, check it out. It’s free and it’s pretty darned handy!

 

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  • Bob –

    I agree Dropbox is great, I’ve been using it for years and have quite a few files on it and they have never lost anything (a good thing 🙂 ). The reason I’m commmenting here is that I had a question for you about running dropbox on a tormach machine. I have found that there are installations for Linux so I think it is technically feasible. My question is whether it is a problem to have it running in the background while you are running parts? I have 3 other machines in the shop running MaxNC controllers and I don’t dare put anything other than the basic controller software on those machines or I will get pauses in the toolpath execution when the computer goes to check on something else. I’m not sure if you have knowledge on this subject, but I thought someone here might :).

    Thanks,
    Eric

    • Hey Eric. I don’t personally run dropbox with my Tormach–the Wifi is too far away for a good connection. Someday I will fix that.

      But, I have seen a lot of people on the Tormach Facebook group who are running it without any problems and like it a lot.

      Incidentally, the pause issue was much more a problem for Mach3. PathPilot is not only on Linux (more resilient), but also uses a Mesa card to generate pulses. It’s pretty sweet!

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