I am a sucker when it comes to trying new things sometimes and quite often find myself the best tester or new user of many technologies. So, upon stumbling across a free app for the iPhone called "Dropbox", curiosity took over and had to look into it. At first, it appears to be much like the iDisk service from Apple, or MobileMe and similar remote storage solutions... with one exception... there is a free version. Its limited to 2GB but... still enough space for most people to find a use.
Using the Dropbox service requires installation of their software on your computer or mobile device. I first installed the iPhone app and tried to initiate a free account through the phone but ran into issues. Next, I installed their app on my Vista OS laptop. This time I created my account through the laptop with no problem. Instantly without any setup I was sharing files. Amazing I thought. I didn't have to mess with any network settings.
Next, I tried the app on the iPhone and sure enough, it worked showing same files and folders as the desktop did. So, I thought I would test it by moving a photo from my iPhone to the shared area of Dropbox and almost instantly the photo was available on the laptop. Very cool. So then I added the app to my Mac and now have all there systems sharing the same files. This solves a long running issue I have had when sharing apps with my Mac and my PC Vista laptop. No more FTP, Dropbox makes this much more simple and quick plus allowing me mobile access. Maybe later I will find the larger storage accounts for added fee justifiable too. It just doesn't get any simpler for file sharing, syncing and net storage than Dropbox.