Flash drives were great. Remember when they first came out, the 128 megabyte models where “as big as 88 floppy disks!” Gasp. They’ve only gotten better with time – my buddy’s got a little Mushkin flash drive that’s packing 32 gigabytes. My first computer that I remember the stats of was rocking a twenty gigabyte platter drive. Wow.
But these little suckers have a weakness, and I just gave it away: these suckers are little. Little, and easily misplaced. Augh! My little 2 gigabyte flash key is missing, along with what it carries: copy for seriously twenty articles, my list of cars that I was writing on, and most importantly, source code for a program for work.
So, while I’m picking up those pieces, I need to find a better alternative. It’s 2012. I’m going up, up, and away – into the cloud. With the Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity stating “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”, I need something that addresses the fact that it’s easy for me to lose something the size of a key. Ergo, Dropbox (which I’ve mentioned my use of here) is my new-found solution for data on-the-go. 2 gigabytes free, wherever I go. I can download my files from a web portal, or install some software and let it integrate with Windows like it was just another folder on the file system. I know that this “cloud” idea is all the rage these days, but so far, it works seamlessly. You can get your own Dropbox account here.