I'm not paid by any of the companies that I'm going to review products from (unfortunately) but I figured that since I deal with electronics, computers, and software on a daily basis there may be some tips and tricks that I've learned along the way that might be helpful to others as you look for answers about particular choices.
The first product in this series that I want to bring up is called DropBox
. Now some of you are probably quite familiar with DropBox but for those that aren't this is a simply amazing tool to synchronize your data across all of your devices. I use a Mac at the office and at home, I have a MacBook Pro, an iPad, and an Evo phone. I needed an easy way to share files among all of my devices. I run a web development company, so I have servers at work, servers in the cloud, and rack space at several locations. However, I was looking for a dead simple solution that I could implement quickly to do simple file-sharing across multiple device types (aka, the iPad).
I checked on DropBox and found their installation process to be a breeze. They also offer a version of their software for each platform I needed. They have a basic free plan that offers 2GB of storage which was great for what I was looking for. Now I can share files, images, PDF's, word docs, and any other filetype quite easily. DropBox functions as just another folder on my computer that I can drag and drop files into and they are immediately synced with all of my other locations privately and securely. I can share files publicly as well by placing them in a special public folder.
(Bonus Tip: If you use 1password
for storing passwords you can place your encrypted password file on your DropBox account and be able to have all your password data available on each computer that you have 1password setup).
If you need some way to easily manage files on multiple machines and don't want the hassle of setting up a server, configuring mirroring, and all the headaches that go with, then DropBox provides a great solution. I would recommend them highly.