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Cool Technology: Drop.io

If you didn’t already know this about me, I love handy, useful gadgets that makes life easier. When I find something useful, I love sharing it so YOU can use it too! Here is a post on my first discovery on German turf. I’m sure there will be more!

Drop.io

Leave it to the Germans to have an entire TV channel dedicated to video games! And thanks to Giga for this useful website. Drop.io provides a way to save or transfer files over the Internet when other methods (like email) are not sufficient. Most email providers limit the size of files you are allowed to email, but Drop.io helps you get around those boundaries.

Drop.io is a new website that allows you to upload (“make a drop”) your large files. For free.

A great feature, but not useful for you? I can understand that. How about a place to store your resume online, but password protected? Yep, it can do that. All you have to do is set a user password. Then, when you would like to direct potential employers to your (current!) resume, give them your Drop.io URL and the password, and they can download it.

Do the same with pictures as well. Many of the photo-sharing websites, like Picasa, flickr, and Photobucket, let others view your pictures, but if they try to download the pictures, they might find the quality less-than-desirable. Save your pictures in a drop, and your family and friends can have access to high-quality files without clogging up their inbox.

My favorite uses of Drop.io? Back up and portability. (And if you aren’t backing up your important files, you should be!) Drop.io provides a free way to back up your important files. You can even email the files to your drop, which makes back up even more simple.

How many times have you arrived at work, only to realize that you left your flash drive at home? It doesn’t happen to me very often, but when it does, I’m kicking myself all day. I have been in the habit of emailing myself those really important documents, so I won’t be up the creek, but that takes up lots of space pretty quick. Drop.io provides a free alternative the “email back up and portability” method.

These are not the only uses of Drop.io: their homepage touts the site as a place for collaboration and work-related document sharing. I definitely understand that Drop.io could be used that way, but it seems like to me that Google Docs is better suited for collaborative work.

It sounds great, huh? But that’s not all. The site is well-designed and clean and the controls are simple and straight-forward.

Try it out, then let me and others know what you think by posting a comment!


2 thoughts on “Cool Technology: Drop.io

  1. Linden

    19 Nov on 2007 at 9:49

    ‘m so glad you find it useful! We have already used to send big scanned images from my office to the home computer. I love the password and personalization capabilities.

  2. Lorraine

    18 Nov on 2007 at 20:52

    Wow. This definitely has some potential for long-distance designing, etc. Thanks for the tip!