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Dropbox 1.0 Finally Released

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the one-oh-gets-a-cigar dept.

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Zack writes "Dropbox has finally released version 1.0. The new version comes with hundreds of bug fixes, including invalid file names on Windows, weird Unicode normalizations, Word and Excel file locking, abnormal symlinks hierarchies, and case sensitive file systems on Mac. It also adds TrueCrypt support, a Rainbow Shell that offers support for extended attributes, selective sync, a new installation wizard, and reduces resource usage."

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Dropbox folder (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605458)

The one thing I don't like about Dropbox (which is why I use Syncplicity) is that one must drop one's files into the Dropbox folder. This becomes a problem because it creates a duplicate of the file which just seems to waste space.

Re:Dropbox folder (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605488)

For smaller projects (100 MB), I'll put all of my work into the Dropbox folder and just work out of there. This keeps everything synced, even if I'm doing my work on my Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows partition. And if I need to step away from my desktop (my main working computer) and use the laptop for work, everything's ready to go after a short download. Dropbox supports automatically downloading from LAN too, so it really does "just work". Its truly seamless, with minimal hassles on the user's end required.

Re:Dropbox folder (5, Informative)

melchoir55 (218842) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605500)

This isn't how Dropbox is really intended to function. The idea is that you keep a file structure as child to the drop box directory. Therefore, whenever you modify files within that hierarchy, they are automatically updated. I have my school and research directory as child to my dropbox directory and find it to be a god send.

Re:Dropbox folder (5, Informative)

polymeris (902231) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605536)

You can symlink instead of copying, no duplicate files and keeps your directory structure. I also set dropbox' folder to a hidden path: ~/.dropbox-sync, so it wont clutter my home.

Re:Dropbox folder (4, Informative)

R.Mo_Robert (737913) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605992)

You can symlink instead of copying

Just to clarify, Dropbox does not recommend putting symlinks in the Dropbox folder itself. (When modified on another computer, it may get overwritten with just a normal file when re-synced, among other potential problems--I've had this problem with files, though I've had better luck with folders.)

Instead, move the folder (or file) to the Dropbox folder. Then, create a symlink to this location in the Dropbox folder at your desired original location. This is easy to do on Linux/OS X if you know the command line; on Windows NTFS, there is the DropboxFolderSync add on to ease the process, since NTFS links themselves are somewhat sketchy to deal with.

What is it? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605468)

Neither the summary nor the "article" (from which the summary appears to be lifted near-verbatim) makes any mention of what Dropbox is. Very useful, Slashdot!

Re:What is it? (-1, Troll)

DeathFromSomewhere (940915) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605474)

Welcome to the age of google. Try not to hurt yourself. http://www.google.ca/search?aq=f&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=dropbox [google.ca]

Clue... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605484)

You are what's known as a "cock-bite". Rather than just (simply) explain what this thing is, you have to play the elitist superiority card. Which generally means you spend too much time masturbating in you mom's basement. Jack-off.

Re:Clue... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605510)

I think you're on the wrong website.

I see your clue and raise you one (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605624)

You are what's known as a "cock-bite". Rather than just (simply) explain what this thing is, you have to play the elitist superiority card. Which generally means you spend too much time masturbating in you mom's basement. Jack-off.

You are what's known as a "bitch". Rather than just (simply) realized you asked a dumb question you could easily answer yourself, you have to bitch at anybody who noticed it was a dumb question you could easily answer yourself. Which generally means you spent more time bitching about it than it would take you to google it. Good job!

I don't even know what Dropbox is and I still think you're being a bitch about it. Wahh, somebody won't do my Googling for me, wah wah wahh that screws with my sense of entitlement, that's somehow their fault, they're all such elitists!

I'll just pull out my Brutally Honest Dictionary, 2nd Edition here...

Elitist, n. 1. A person who types 1-2 words into Google and gets an easy answer in seconds instead of spenting minutes asking dumb questions, waiting for replies, then bitching about the replies. 2. A person who really bothers lazy helpless people who need way too much handholding because his existence proves you don't have to be that way. 3. A person who can carry out the simplest of tasks and thus assumes you can do the same. 4. A person who doesn't spoonfeed you on demand and has the audacity to suggest that you shouldn't need him to. 5. Someone who doesn't think your time is more precious than his own so he won't read the search results for you.

If you really have a complex, challenging, interesting, clever, any-of-the-above kind of question you will find people here who are glad to discuss it with you. If you want someone to Google it for you, read the results, relay the results to you, then have you read the results ... well guess what? That process can be streamlined.

Re:I see your clue and raise you one (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605876)

I'll just pull out my Brutally Honest Dictionary, 2nd Edition here...

I'll do the same.

The OP never asked what dropbox is.

The summary sucks. Yes, it sucks. And so does the article. You know why they didn't say what it does? Because they are lazy. The entire "article" is just a reprint of the information from the dropbox site, but at least the original article links to dropbox, as opposed to the summary which links to the Techpub article. So it appears the intents of the submitter is not to give us any kind of information, but to generate page hits on Techpub.

I come to slashdot because it's a news aggregate site, and I don't feel like doing the looking and researching myself. If I end up having to do all the research myself, what's the point of coming here in the first place, other than to Troll the discussion... (I think I just answered my own question, especially looking at the tone of your posts).

Just for the record, I'm not the same AC commenting earlier.

Re:I see your clue and raise you one (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605904)

If you want someone to Google it for you, read the results, relay the results to you, then have you read the results ... well guess what? That process can be streamlined.

You're damn right it can.

Someone should start a web site, where people can submit news articles, do this basic legwork, and post that information in a brief summary.

We could even make the name of the site something clever, like spelling out the words for the symbols / and .
But on second thought I'm sure it's already been done. I might have to look around and see if I can find such a place...

Re:What is it? (2, Insightful)

freedumb2000 (966222) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605564)

Comments like yours are not helpful. And they don't detract from the GPs point, that the summary is terribly written.

Re:What is it? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605504)

You came to Slashdot for useful information, before checking Google or RTFA. That is your mistake.

The "Zack" that submitted the story pretty much plagiarized the first paragraph on the linked article, which was written by Emil Protalinsky. The linked article doesn't really answer your question. The first comment in the linked article reads:

"Dropbox allows you to store up to 2 GB free of charge. Dropbox reserves the right to terminate Free Accounts at any time, with or without notice. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if a Free Account is inactive for ninety (90) days, then Dropbox may delete any or all of Your Files without providing additional notice. "

Gotta read the fine print...

Thus you find out it's a file upload service that can disappear your data KGB-style while you're off on summer vacation. But it's "free".

Good luck with the trolls.

Re:What is it? (5, Informative)

St.Creed (853824) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605908)

Dropbox is several things at once, so I forgive your confusion :)

First, it's a cloudbased fileserver. You can upload your files and it will keep 2GB or more of them on the cloud (S3) for you to access. Not a big deal so far. If you pay money, you get much more space.

However, you can also give other people access to your files. And it will keep all the versions of your files. This is a bit more interesting.

THe real winner for me is that it's also a tool that you install on your PC or Mac or Linux machine. It will then use one folder (located under My Documents) and everything you store in there will be synced to the cloud. Version control and all. The tool will also inform you of any changes and if youre on a LAN with someone else whos syncing files, it will be synced to your PC directly.

Currently Im using DropBox to sync music files to a group of friends, and software updates to my customers who all have a link to a directory in the Dropbox directory.

However, the main thing I use it for is to sync ALL of my projectfiles with several other co-workers who only work on my project for a few days a week. One of them introduced me to DropBox. If anyone changes anything, I get a notification. Anyone makes an update you don't like, you can restore any previous version to any location you like. And it works without intruding, logs you on automatically and generally you don't even see it's there.

The onliest gripe I have is that you can't use TWO accounts, one for personal and another for business use, to link with the tool. And that all of the folders that you have a right to, are counted towards your total. So if a friend grants you access to his account and he stores 60 GB, you can still read but not upload anything else. Apart from that, it's a great utility.

Uh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605472)

I'd be really excited if I knew what Dropbox was. The summary didn't explain it. So I clicked on the article and and that didn't explain it either. So I clicked on the article's link to the Dropbox homepage. Needless to say, they didn't tell either. Finally I found a "tour" video in their help section that says what it's for. If this 1.0 release is big news, they sure don't want anybody to know about it.

Re:Uh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605572)

so you take the time to do all that and then come here and complain, in depth, and yet still fail to explain to anyone else what the result of your search was, thus adding nothing to the discussion. nice.

Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. which uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization

from wikipedia [wikipedia.org]

Dropbox home page [dropbox.com]

Sandboxing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605476)

This is a feature I would truly like. Can we really trust moving our napster era music collection form computer to computer without it? I don't know about you guys but all my "trusted files" are anything but..

And what does it do? (5, Insightful)

Okian Warrior (537106) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605492)

Gah! Would it kill you to let us know what the heck it does?

Let's examine the announcement: Dropbox has finally released version 1.0 (but what is it?). The new version comes with hundreds of bug fixes, including invalid file names on Windows, weird Unicode normalizations, Word and Excel file locking, abnormal symlinks hierarchies, and case sensitive file systems on Mac (yeah, but what does it do?). It also adds TrueCrypt support, a Rainbow Shell that offers support for extended attributes, selective sync, a new installation wizard, and reduces resource usage (Awesome! But what does it do?)."

Follow the link and get a great press release. Let's examine *that*:

Huge performance enhancements (but what does it do?) Better user experience (Great! Is it something I could use?) Selective Sync (Also good. Is it useful for something?) Extended Attribute Sync (Another useful feature... or something.)

Follow the link to the Dropbox website, and you find this useful summary:

Our highest quality yet! (Good on you! What's it do?) Huge performance enhancements (Wonderful. Is that important?) Better user experience (Ok, this is just a copy of the press release.)

Go to the Dropbox "about" page, and get all kinds of interesting info:

Dropbox was founded by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi in 2007, and received seed funding from Y Combinator (Academically interesting. What does it do?). Today, Dropbox is well-funded by Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, and Amidzad (Also good. For what?). Since launching publicly in September of 2008, we've attracted millions of users and are growing rapidly (Growing is good. Do you have a purpose?). We've been featured in the New York Times and on TechCrunch, and have won awards from places like PC Magazine and CNET (Great! Publicity is good. What's it do again?).

Our passion is making a product that rocks and putting it in millions of people's hands (Again, good on you. Still looking for a description of the product...).

If you're interested in joining us, we're looking for more talented people to join the Dropbox team, so be sure to check out our jobs page (Not right now. Can you give me some info on the product?).

Going to the home page is equally enlightening. An enormous button invites me download the product, or watch a video of some sort.

Sorry guys, but I don't download something unless I at least know what the heck it's supposed to do.

Re:And what does it do? (1)

FsG (648587) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605506)

The dropbox home page has a huge, prominent video right in the middle of the page. Did you try watching that? It explains pretty well what it does.

Re:And what does it do? (4, Interesting)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605560)

The dropbox home page has a huge, prominent video right in the middle of the page. Did you try watching that? It explains pretty well what it does.

This is true, but a single paragraph could have done the same for those of us that resist clicky-clicky on long-winded promotional multi-media (especially when a single paragraph would have done the job...).

Re:And what does it do? (2)

Techman83 (949264) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605648)

To be fair it is a pretty awesome video.

Re:And what does it do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605982)

To be fair it is a pretty awesome video.

No it isn't. It has crappy, pointless graphics, a redundant and unclear metaphor, no useful information like prices and capabilities and an irritating, faux "excited" voice. Basically a fail all round.

Re:And what does it do? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605846)

a single paragraph could have done the same for those of us that resist clicky-clicky on long-winded promotional multi-media (especially when a single paragraph would have done the job...)

Ah, but how do you know it's long-winded or promotional, or redundant with a single paragraph, until you click on it?!?

Come to think of it, how do you know it's multimedia? Maybe there's no text or sound in it! I guess if that were true, it would probably be even less clickworthy.

Re:And what does it do? (-1, Troll)

juuri (7678) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605922)

No, if you didn't know what dropbox is, it essentially means you are moving on a slower plane of technological adoption.

Sorry, but dropbox is known through the valley and every other hot spot of tech startups.

Re:And what does it do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605584)

They've already got a slashvertisement, now I have to not only have to RTFA but find the link in it, follow a couple of other links, then watch a movie, to find out what could have been a one liner in the summary?

Yeah.

Re:And what does it do? (1)

tftp (111690) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605812)

The dropbox home page has a huge, prominent video right in the middle of the page. Did you try watching that?

I also tried to find a description, and failing that I stumbled upon that ginormous button. No, I haven't even considered watching the video. If a company with 30 employees and VC financing can't write one paragraph of text then I'm not interested in their videos.

Besides, a whole lot of people on Earth can passably read English, with a dictionary perhaps. In worst case they can print it and show someone. Many of the same people can't understand spoken American English well enough. This insistence on video looks a lot like arrogance.

Re:And what does it do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605974)

The dropbox home page has a huge, prominent video right in the middle of the page. Did you try watching that? It explains pretty well what it does.

Please post a video of your comment. This whole "writing words" thing is way overrated.

Re:And what does it do? (5, Informative)

DMUTPeregrine (612791) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605508)

Dropbox is a file synch program. Install dropbox, it creates a directory on your hard drive somewhere. All files stored in that directory are auto-synched to the server. If you install it on another computer (or phone, or whatever it supports) you can use it to transfer files, create persistent storage, etc.

Re:And what does it do? (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605694)

As a bonus, you spend the first while finding this magical directory it creates "somewhere"... :-)

Re:And what does it do? (0)

Mysteray (713473) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605718)

That's it?! Seriously?!

"Stripped-down hosted commercial Rsync with folder metaphor given version number 1.0"

This is a Slashdot headline?

Re:And what does it do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605740)

Get back to us when you try sharing files and changes to files via rsync with minimal download and upload between clients of varying technical aptitude.

Signed,
Smartass Rebuttal.

Re:And what does it do? (1)

aztracker1 (702135) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605864)

Well, the fact that i detects active changes, and has easy to install and use clients for Windows, Mac and PC (rsync not so much) and easy to use. With the benefit of web based access, as well as platform clients for various phones, etc... it goes a bit beyond rsync. The 2GB free account comes in handy enough, I use it to sync my application profiles and data between a few different systems (mac,win, lin). Good option for portable apps too (keepass, portable thunderbird, etc) I have a few other folders symlinked in my dropbox directory, and it works great.. local network syc & offsite backup. Not sure how well the truecrypt support is, but pretty cool imho.

If you pimp dropbox [db.tt], you get an extra 250MB of storage per referral, up to 8gb of space.

Re:And what does it do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34606038)

wow. im impressed. in the mean time http://www.adrive.com adrive gives you 50gb of space to start with free.

Re:And what does it do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34606018)

rsync is one-way

Re:And what does it do? (1)

zaivala (887815) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605516)

As one lake said to an identical lake, "My sediments exactly." Nice that they improved the product. Tell me why I want it.

Publisher's Description (3, Informative)

PatPending (953482) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605550)

Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync and share your files online and between multiple computers.

Dropbox works just like any other folder on your computer, but with a few differences.

Here's how it works:

  • Drag and drop to move files around, just like you normally would
  • Any files or folders inside Dropbox will get synchronized to Dropbox's servers and any other computer linked to your account.
  • Green checkmarks will appear on top of your files to let you know that they're synced and up to date.

Your files are always safe. All data is transferred over SSL and encrypted with AES-256 before storage.

Dropbox keeps track of every change made to any of its contents. Any changes are instantly and automatically sent to any other computer linked to your Dropbox. The Dropbox clients for Windows, Mac and Linux all play nice with one another too!

Re:Publisher's Description (0)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605738)

So the data is transferred via SSL, and then encrypted with AES-256 on their server? In other words, their server has access to the encryption key. So if the server is compromised, the attacker has not only access to the encrypted data, but also to the key decrypting it. IOW, it's as good as never encrypting it in the first place.

I hope it's just a bad description, not them really be that stupid.

Re:And what does it do? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605556)

It allows you to take a box that you are in possession of (empty, full, 1/2 full, 1/2 empty) and drop it. Dropping boxes used to be a manual process, but with drop box 1.0 you get all the features of manual box dropping, but can drop them faster with all kinds of add ons!

Re:And what does it do? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605706)

It allows you to take a box that you are in possession of (empty, full, 1/2 full, 1/2 empty) and drop it. Dropping boxes used to be a manual process, but with drop box 1.0 you get all the features of manual box dropping, but can drop them faster with all kinds of add ons!

Aren't they the ones being sued by Throwbox for patent infringement? Stupid USPTO. Take a perfectly normal thing, like throwing (or dropping) boxes, put it on the net, and *presto*, a patent-worthy innovation. Now, even if Dropbox wins the case, they'll still have spent a lot of their time and money fighting what is essentially a frivolous lawsuit. I thought patents were supposed to help the economy, not hold it back.

Re:And what does it do? (1)

yhager (132175) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605588)

Yeah.. it happens a lot in this industry. What I usually do to get a quick introduction about something is to search for it in Wikipedia. They usually have a pretty good description of it in the first paragraph.

Re:And what does it do? (1)

Mysteray (713473) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605704)

These guys make the "corporate mission statement" style home page look downright informative.

You know, it's almost as if they're afraid to commit to concrete definitions or something...hmm...do you suppose that perhaps even they don't have a clear idea of what the thing is?

Perhaps they could hire the "help I've fallen and I can't get up" ad agency. They are in desperate need of an identifiable problem (e.g. a broken hip) on which to hang their solution.

Re:And what does it do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605844)

The frontpage shows this in a large font:
Sync files of any size or type
Share large files and photos easily
Automatic online backup
Track and undo changes to files

Re:And what does it do? (1)

fremsley471 (792813) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605898)

You make me feel nothing but pity. Having to repeatedly ask a question like that shows how ill-educated and unimportant you must be. As all these exquisite descriptions tell you, the Emperor has magnificent clothes.

Why do you have to keep asking what they precisely look like?

Re:And what does it do? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605902)

It also adds TrueCrypt support, a Rainbow Shell that offers support for extended attributes, selective sync, a new installation wizard, and reduces resource usage (Awesome! But what does it do?)."

I don't know how you could be confused, it's all very straightforward.

You got some seashells or snail shells that are dull and lacking color? Rainbow shell takes care of that. You click a box, and a team of painters is alerted to paint any and all shells you have in your house.

Selective sync is a sync that is just very picky.

The new installation wizard was trained at hogwarts to install household appliances. He doesn't use magic to do it, but he gets to your house using magic, so you don't have to wait around all day. You have to pay him in gold galleons, but they hope to fix that in 1.1.

Resource reduction is simple: They shut off your electricity and water.

TrueCrypt support? If you happen to find yourself in a crypt, and that crypt isn't fake, they support you emotionally.

Re:And what does it do? (1)

MechaStreisand (585905) | more than 3 years ago | (#34606004)

The new installation wizard was trained at hogwarts to install household appliances...

Thank you for that. That was the first thing on Slashdot that made me laugh out loud in... weeks, I think.

Re:And what does it do? (1)

RobbieCrash (834439) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605972)

Have you been living under a rock for the last 3 years? What self-respecting nerd doesn't know what Dropbox is?

It's like a frat boy not knowing what rufies are.

would be nice... (2)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605496)

...if you could run your own dropbox server instead of it all ending up on S3.

Or sub in an NFS, SAMBA, Windows file server, etc. for the backend.

To pass several gigs across the office, it's a massive waste to send it up to S3 and back down again.

Re:would be nice... (4, Informative)

Patik (584959) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605522)

Under the General Preferences you can check "Enable LAN sync" which should be on by default. Yes, you're still sending it all to Amazon S3, but the files are also copied directly over the LAN to your other PCs rather than uploading to S3 and then downloading from S3.

Re:would be nice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605530)

i thought they have lan sync?

Re:would be nice... (2)

Wingman 5 (551897) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605534)

Actually dropbox is smart enough that if two computers are visible to each other on a lan they will directly sync to each other instead of going out to dropbox's server.

Re:would be nice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605558)

it's called rsync you fucking retard. Quit jacking off to shemale porn for 5 minutes and look into it. Asshole.

Re:would be nice... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605698)

They're called "traps" these days, faggot.

Re:would be nice... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605808)

There is something like this being worked on now, called AeroFS. Look it up, maybe you can get in on the beta. Really promising stuff

Re:would be nice... (2)

HJED (1304957) | more than 3 years ago | (#34606028)

Thank you. I have been looking for something like that for ages! I hope it turns out to be what it claims to be. (invite only at the moment so can't try it)
For people who can't be bothered to google it, their site is here [aerofs.com] and their blog [posterous.com] explains it pretty well: it is a p2p (although they offer cloud services as well. No pricing details for that though) file syncing tool with full 1024bit RSA encryption.

What I don't like about Dropbox... (0)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605520)

Dropbox allows you to store up to 2 GB free of charge. Dropbox reserves the right to terminate Free Accounts at any time, with or without notice. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if a Free Account is inactive for ninety (90) days, then Dropbox may delete any or all of Your Files without providing additional notice.

So, you can use the free version, but if you do, make sure you don't store anything of value because it might go "poof" without notice.

Re:What I don't like about Dropbox... (2)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605542)

Since it copies the files to all the devices you have dropbox on, if the account gets shut down, you still have the files on each device.

Re:What I don't like about Dropbox... (1)

Knuckles (8964) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605912)

I don't know know, but "Dropbox may delete any or all of Your Files " does sound to me as if the could also delete the local copies.

Re:What I don't like about Dropbox... (1)

rastilin (752802) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605938)

Yeah, I thought the same thing when I read that. It helps to back up the dropbox folder into another one regularly.

Re:What I don't like about Dropbox... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605628)

Well, they have to write a disclaimer.

Otherwise, they could not easily delete illegal content/warez, which someone might share, on their dropbox.

Where's the linux love? (1)

bobstreo (1320787) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605590)

I've been using dropbox for a while. Mostly linux and android phone. Some windows (work puter)

I went to check and the linux version seems to be lagging a bit, it's at .067 or something.

But seriously, a pretty useful application. Congrats on a 1.0

Re:Where's the linux love? (1)

anlag (1917070) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605658)

Noticing this as well. While the install page happily states "1.0.10 for Linux", clicking on to the actual files listing the downloads all seem to be version 0.6.7 - for Ubuntu and Fedora binaries as well as for the source package. Suppose it will come up soon enough, still, they could've finished uploading before they announced it too.

Re:Where's the linux love? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605764)

You might as well tell Skype to catch up. 5.0 is out but Linux is still stuck at 2.1 (albeit it does run quite well).

Re:Where's the linux love? (2)

NetCow (117556) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605778)

The current Dropbox version for Linux is indeed 1.0.10. What you're downloading there is nautilus-dropbox, the Nautilus integration package. The actual Dropbox daemon is proprietary, it will be downloaded into ~/.dropbox-dist the first time you start it.

Obligatory anti-slashvertisement (-1, Troll)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605600)

Do NOT use Dropbox. It is so buggy it will sometimes corrupt all your files and even delete them altogether! It also keeps the copies of your files in their system forever even after you delete them and forwards them to the FBI AND the CIA. Be warned!!!

Re:Obligatory anti-slashvertisement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605684)

It also keeps the copies of your files in their system forever even after you delete them and forwards them to the FBI AND the CIA.

That's a no-brainer. Only a fool would trust a company with confidential data.

Sounds great and all... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605636)

...but I have my own Dropbox. It's called "My Briefcase", and it requires no Internet connection -- just plenty of floppy disks.

Re:Sounds great and all... (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605750)

...but I have my own Dropbox. It's called "My Briefcase", and it requires no Internet connection -- just plenty of floppy disks.

Floppy disks? I use punch cards for this. That way I don't have to fear my data to be deleted by a stray magnetic field.

Re:Sounds great and all... (1)

cvtan (752695) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605840)

There's always the threat of a hanging chad to worry about with those punch cards

Use JungleDisk instead. (1)

johnwbyrd (251699) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605642)

Older, stabler, supports all those platforms, and it's cheaper.

Basically, it presents an Amazon S3 bucket as a network drive on your local PC.

http://www.jungledisk.com/ [jungledisk.com]

Re:Use JungleDisk instead. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605758)

Great. I'll stash my copy of wiki leaks data in there.

The mere fact that these services use S3 means I won't use them.

Impenetrable (5, Insightful)

Mysteray (713473) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605654)

So I read this and think "Well its on Slashdot, this Dropbox thing must be really important". I wonder what it is?

I click on the link...

The new version comes with hundreds of bug fixes, including invalid file names on Windows, weird Unicode normalizations, Word and Excel file locking, abnormal symlinks hierarchies, and case sensitive file systems on Mac

Oh, so are invalid file names a bug or a feature? Why would I want to lock Word and Excel files? I know what they are but I don't use them. I don't use abnormal symlinks hierarchies or a Mac either.

So I click the first link 'Dropbox' which goes to (wait for it...) "The Dropbox blog"

Hey everyone! We’re super excited to announce the new hotness that we’ve been cooking up for the past few months: Dropbox 1.0! In addition to hundreds (yep, hundreds) of bug fixes, vastly reduced resource usage (think of it as the Prius model of Dropbox), Dropbox 1.0 (“Rainbow Shell”) also offers support for extended attributes, selective sync, and a shiny new installation wizard. Those are just the CliffsNotes though — here’s the true story behind Dropbox 1.0:

You get the idea. It goes on and on. How can these people talk so much and say so little?

The first link from this page: Dropbox Home. This looks promising, it goes to https://www.dropbox.com/ [dropbox.com]

Here is the text of the page:

Suggestions, ideas, bug reports, and comments are always welcome. If you'd like to interact with other Dropbox users, check out our forums. Email Address (optional) There was a problem completing this request. Request completed successfully. Log in Email Password Remember me Create an account Dropbox - Secure backup, sync and sharing made easy. Watch a video about Dropbox. Watch a Video Sync your files online and across computers Download Dropbox Free for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Mobile Dropbox - Secure backup, sync and sharing made easy. Sync your files online and across computers Download Dropbox Free for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Mobile * Sync files of any size or type * Share large files and photos easily * Automatic online backup * Track and undo changes to files Take a tour of Dropbox © 2010 Dropbox * Dropbox * Home * Install * Mobile * Pricing * Features * Tour * Community * Referrals * Twitter * Facebook * Wiki * Developers * Partners * Support * Help Center * Forums * Votebox * Feedback * Contact Us * About Us * Dropbox Blog * Our Team * Press * Policies * Jobs

Oh, ok. So from this I gather that it's some sort of file sync application which needed a major rearchitecture before it could be released at version 1.0.

Almost all of the viewable area of the page is taken up by a giant video play button. Well, believe it or not I actually use my computer for computing and not as a television. I also like it to be halfway secure, so I don't have any Adobe products such as Flash installed. I do know how to read and it is several times faster. I'm not watching some video made by people who can't complete the sentence "Dropbox is ...".

I still don't get it, except that it syncs files and the people who made it should probably cut back on the Red Bull and talk to someone outside the office who hasn't been making and eating their own dog food for eighty hours a week for the last year.

Re:Impenetrable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605836)

Almost all of the viewable area of the page is taken up by a giant video play button. Well, believe it or not I actually use my computer for computing and not as a television. I also like it to be halfway secure, so I don't have any Adobe products such as Flash installed. I do know how to read and it is several times faster. I'm not watching some video made by people who can't complete the sentence "Dropbox is ...".

I still don't get it, except that it syncs files and the people who made it should probably cut back on the Red Bull and talk to someone outside the office who hasn't been making and eating their own dog food for eighty hours a week for the last year.

lol paranoid much? l2interweb

Re:Impenetrable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605910)

The massive video explains it.

If you don't want to watch the video, then sure, you won't get it. I agree it isn't very "web like" to replace text with a video, but they clearly think it's cool, and seems to work well enough for them. You clearly aren't aware, but Dropbox has about a bazillion users, and is a ridiculously awesome service.

I'm not sure why you felt a need to type out a huge brick of text to complain about this, but whatever.

Re:Impenetrable (1, Flamebait)

juuri (7678) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605926)

As I said earlier in this thread... if you don't know what dropbox is, you are way behind the leading curve.

This can be good or bad depending on how you are ;).

Re:Impenetrable (0, Flamebait)

tftp (111690) | more than 3 years ago | (#34606024)

I live & work in the valley, but I have no interest in another dot-com that seems to be in a hurry to burn through all their funding while not delivering an application of debatable value to most people. Even if they are wildly successful they will be occupying a small niche and providing free services to most of their clients.

Re:Impenetrable (1)

migla (1099771) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605990)

According to Wikipedia, "Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. which uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization."

According to Wikipedia, "Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared servers provide resources, software, and data to computers and other devices on demand, as with the electricity grid. Cloud computing is a natural evolution of the widespread adoption of virtualization, Service-oriented architecture and utility computing. Details are abstracted from consumers, who no longer have need for expertise in, or control over, the technology infrastructure "in the cloud" that supports them."

Autoupdate feature (1)

Amiralul (1164423) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605662)

An autoupdate feature would be nice. I had download the latest version, close my running Dropbox, wait a few seconds to close all its files and handles, then copy the newest version and overwrite the old one. All by myself! Then run it again. A little to much work for a Mac user, don't you think?

Well this is embarassing. *clicks Anon* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605670)

I sure as shit hope nobody from Dropbox comes in to read this story. Comments swirled into the gutter of insulting, self-perpetuating trolls pretty fast, and that's saying something for /..
Anyway, Dropbox is awesome, and this article served not at all to help spread that knowledge.
(nor does my comment, nor I expect will any reply to it, so just calm the hell down and don't waste your mod points)

CrashPlan (1)

betso.net (950024) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605678)

Why should a debug release make it to Slashdot? And then it's dropbox... something I waived as being quite overpriced long time ago. Their prices didn't change for quite a while. I found CrashPlan and did not even think about dropbox again until today when I was surprised to see this advertisement here. There are alternatives out there! Even though it is still tough for a Linux user.

Its actually a nice system for small projects (0)

Tetrarchy (1651907) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605688)

For those unfamiliar with what this is, its kind of a dumbed-down SVN or similar. It makes sharing files and source code for things like a school project very convenient, without having to go through the trouble of SVN. It takes care of versioning for you automatically, and automatically syncs the files you update as they are updated. "It just works"

XBMC Dharma 10.0 Also Released (2)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605700)

No clue why this was posted but not the announcement by XBMC. They finally released Dharma. Numerous improvements across the board compared to the last stable.

http://xbmc.org/theuni/2010/12/18/xbmc-10-0/ [xbmc.org]

I submitted it this morning, but it was rejected.

Re:XBMC Dharma 10.0 Also Released (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34605814)

No clue why this was posted but not the announcement by XBMC.

Dharma users Dropbox Users

Free, open alternatives? (1)

RichiH (749257) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605856)

Basically, I am looking for something that will not only back up my photos (and track file renaming/moving), but also offers me the option to sync photos between PCs. Think my sister automagically sharing pictures of her children with my mom, etc. Finally, it should run on Linux and Windows and either be really easy to use or just work in the background.

Also, I want a pony.

I am constantly amazed that there isn't _something_ which offers this. After all, I can not be the only one with those problems, can I?

Re:Free, open alternatives? (1)

k8to (9046) | more than 3 years ago | (#34606008)

unison is a reasonable file synchronizer. It isn't nearly as easy to use.

Re:Free, open alternatives? (1)

EpsCylonB (307640) | more than 3 years ago | (#34606012)

rsync (plus a git repo) can give you the basic features of Dropbox

Open source software is not know for good user friendly UI's though (there are exceptions) which is why Dropbox is so popular

Re:Free, open alternatives? (1)

tftp (111690) | more than 3 years ago | (#34606034)

I am constantly amazed that there isn't _something_ which offers this.

Google photos + Picasa do that, for years now.

Re:Free, open alternatives? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34606044)

Dropbox is free and incredibly easy to set up, unsure what you mean with "open" in this context. Dropbox also treats picture folders differently, if you want, which allows you to hand out links to others to a web browseable photo album.

What DropBox does (4, Informative)

bradley13 (1118935) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605948)

I hate sites that make you watch a video, instead of just telling your what they do. However, DropBox really is a very nice service, so here is what they should have said, in place of the video:

DropBox is a file synchronization service. Install it on multiple computers, and synchronize your files automatically. The files are also accessible directly from the DropBox website, in case you need access from third-party computer.

Here is what it does: You select a folder on your computer that should be automatically synchronized online. Any changes made to files in this folder are - at the next opportunity - sent to your DropBox account. If you use multiple computers, put the DropBox service on all of them, and they are kept in sync. with each other. The Linux support is excellent, you can sync cross-platform (Linux/Windows), your files are encrypted, DropBox maintains previous versions for 30 days (with a paid account, previous versions are maintained forever). Most importantly, it "just works".

I tried a lot of different synchronization tools and services (Unison, JungleDisk, etc.). This is by far the best. Note: I have no connection with them - I am just a very happy customer.

And how much costee? (1)

qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) | more than 3 years ago | (#34605998)

Can anyone explain how much it costs when you go past 2GB? after a good 5 min on their site, I couldn't figure it out...
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