Sunday, June 10, 2012

Getting Dropbox and the extra 3GB through Camera Upload

In a modern internet age, Dropbox is one of the best ways to store, share, and protect your files online.  It easily syncs with all your different computers, and its easy to use as it looks like a separate folder on your computer.  Works with PCs, Macs, and iPhones, Androids, and other mobile devices, so you can see what files you've got from any device you have at the time!
Recently they have launched Camera Uploads, which allows you to upload your pictures using their software.  Because its new and they are eager to get accounts, they are offering a total of 3GB (in addition to the referral bonuses and other things and the initial 2GB) for free.  So all you need to do is to upload 3GB worth of photos, and then delete them later to get the free space!
The screen should look something like this

I used the Canon S95 on video mode for 3.5 or 7 min
There is a catch- you can't just move old photos on your computer to the dropbox to get the extra 3GB.  Ideally, you need to take 3GB worth- but here's a better way.  If you have a SD card in your camera, simply take 3GB of Video (broken down in 501MB, 1GB, and 1GB, or any other variation but I've found that works best) to get over the 2.5GB limit that gives you 3GB of extra space!  Just leave your camera on video, record anything (I just videoed my shelf for 3.5 minutes to get 500 MB).  Obviously you'll have to play around with the settings (set it to the highest video quality to burn up MB fast) to see what gets you to 500MB or 1GB, and then you'll need to upload them via Camera Upload.  The uploading might take awhile due to your connection, but for less than an hours work (not including the upload which took 2 days- though you just leave it as my connection was slow) I got an extra 3GB on my dropbox.  Cool huh?

Don't have Dropbox?  Click the link here to get it below:

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Or cut and paste "" to your browser.  Once you get it, you'll be amazed at how it helps simplify your digital life.

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