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File Syncing and Backup with Dropbox

If you haven't heard of dropbox yet you should check it out.

Dropbox is an easy way to securely share files with other people, sync them across multiple computers, access them from anywhere, and keep them safe. The way it works is, you download and install dropbox. It then puts a "MyDropBox" folder in your "MyDocuments" folder that will sync everything you put within it. You can then access those files anywhere via the dropbox website, or from any computer that has dropbox installed and linked to your account.

Here's a good example of how it works. I have dropbox setup on my home and work computer. I put any files that I work on from both locations in my dropbox folder that way when I do a change at work, I don't have to worry about emailing it to myself to get the latest version. Instead dropbox automatically syncs them for me. When I need a file and I'm not on a computer that has dropbox installed I just hit their website and login to retrieve my files. The thing I really like about this is that it provides another means of backup in case one of my systems were to crash.

Dropbox comes in 3 different flavors:

  • Basic - free version which allows up to 2GB of storage
  • Pro 50 - $9.99 per month or $99.00 per year and gives you 50GB of storage
  • Pro 100 - $19.99 per month or $199.00 per year and gives you 100GB of storage

Currently the basic package works just fine for me, but I could see Pro 50 in my future.

Best Photo Resizing Software

For today's topic I'm going to give you two different options for resizing photos. First, the quick and easy photo resizing tool. Second, the more feature rich option.

Picture Resizer

We'll start with the quick and easy Picture Resizer. I like picture resizer because of how simple it is to use. You simply edit the name of the exe file to adjust the size of the image. For instance, say you want to have all your images be 400px, simply rename the app to "PhotoResize400". From there you just drag and drop as many files on the app as you want and it will resize them and place a copy of the file in the same folder that the file came from.

You will then see a dos window pop up that says it resized the images and to hit enter to exit. That's it, you're done!

FastStone Photo Resizer

FastStone Resizer is by far the best photo resizing tool I've ever used. It has all the features you could ever want:

  • resizing
  • adding borders
  • watermark
  • batch rename
  • rotate
  • crop

the list goes on and on.

Not only does it feature all the necessary actions, but it is easy to use.