Archive for June, 2011

Transporting and Sharing Files Reinvented

June 1, 2011

Wouldn’t it be great if you could edited a document at work and seamlessly can continue editing it on your laptop while waiting for your flight home and finally finish proofing it on your home desktop computer without copying it or transferring it from one computer to the next?  And once completed, regardless of size, deliver it with the same ease as an email?  If so, the next few minutes will be worth your time

Sharing has been around since the dawn of time. As we evolve in this digital world, how does one share documents with ever increasing efficiency? In the old times, one would make a xerox copy and deliver by mail while today one may simply email them a copy they already have on their computer.

Notice the there are two important concepts here, (a) making a copy (xerox or copying a file) and (b) transporting the copy (mail or email). The focus of this post is on the later and how transporting has been completely reinvented and why one needs to break from the past and leverage the changes time brings to be effective in every day work.

Briefly looking at history you can easily see how disadvantaged one would be if they hadn’t adopted and changed from the means of the previous era.

PRE-COMPUTER ERA courier, postal mail, FedEx, UPS, briefcase **
COMPUTER ERA courier, postal mail, FedEx, UPS, floppy disk or cd media **
EARLY INTERNET ERA FTP, POP EMAIL (minimal attachments), USB flash drive **
MODERN INTERNET ERA FTP, IMAP EMAIL (attachments), larger USB flash & portable drives **

** how people transport large files for themselves typically to/from work

In the past, one would have to carry a briefcase, a floppy or cd, or more modern times a USB drive.  We’ll the next era is here  and one of the first successful incarnations of this era’s transportation concept is a company called DropBox.

DropBox is quite simply a folder on your computer which is automatically and seamlessly available on all of your computers — including your mobile devices.  Unlike having the files reside in the cloud like google docs requiring connectivity to the internet for accessing them, they reside locally on your machine and are transparently replicated to your other machines in realtime as modifications are made.

Oh yea, forgot to mention, when you are finished editing the document and are ready to share it with someone, simply right click the file to get the public URL to the file and send this link to whomever you would like share the file — the era of attachments which are too large to email is also over.

The product and concept speaks for itself, to see a tour of drop box and download it, use this link:  Drop Box Download