Originally Posted by stevetim
Not quite tracking you ... isn't apple already doing dropbox via MobileMe?
Not even close. Dropbox allows you to share folder with other people and it keeps these files synced across all devices and users. Now, on mobile devices the apps just show you the files that you can stream or download, but on ‘PCs’ the software actually keeps the content local to each user.
it works a lot more like Time Machine than MobileMe’s iDisk. Meaning, if I were to upload (say) last week’s episode of QI — a british comedic gameshow, of sorts — from eztv.it
it wouldn’t simply start the upload like iDIsk, FTP and other file servers. It would check their entire DB, if that file was already on their server it wouldn’t initiate the upload, but would say the upload is complete and make a relevant link to that file within the folder as if I instantly uploaded it. Everyone shared in that folder can now see it, and all “PCs” shared to that folder will get a physical copy of it.
But what if I changed the name of that file? Say, from QI 8x09 (HDTV-ANGELiC) [VTV] LOLZ EZTV
to something more userfriendly, like QI - S08E09 - House & Home
. It doesn’t matter, it checks the file, not its name.
And that’s one way it’s like Time Machine. Time Machine backs up changes to files. If you simply change a name of a 1GB file it won’t take up another 1GB of space on your TIme Machine drive to maintain that change, only if the file itself is changed.
Additionally, you can delete any and all files within your Dropbox folders to give yourself more space, but then go to their site to restore these items at any time by showing deleted files. Note, these will only show you the name and dates, not take up your Dropbox space or local storage space. Only once you restore them to they count as part of your capacity.
So if someone accidentally deletes a file from Dropbox, don’t worry, you can easily restore it. You can
permanently delete files, but you have to go to your deleted files within a folder and then chose the ones you want to permanently delete. This makes any permanent deletion a very willful act.
Finally, if you use Dropbox for backing up files that are constantly rewritten but use the same name, like taking notes for a class or writing a report, it will show you the previous revisions of these files, just like Time Machine. I use this for all my school work and it’s even saved my butt a couple times when i overwrote and saved a file accidentally.