Posted on 2011-04-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Has anyone had any experience with Dropbox.  I have been using it for about a year and love it.  A couple of folks that I share files with are telling me that Dropbox slows down their computer significantly.  Is there a way to see if this is true.  I do notice that I sometimes suffer slow internet access, but I have not been able to determine why...I just get mad and keep going along until it gets better.
Question by:akbiro
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    Uploads can be painfully slow sometimes, but overall it is fantastic.

    The iOS integration, the folder sharing and syncing.

    I dig!
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    by:Aaron Tomosky
    I use itfor small files. I hear that big things like movies can really mess it up.
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    I've been using it for a while an it's great. If you are not convinced then try the alternatives like SpiderOak (free, + 2GB space like Dropbox) and TarSnap (pay for usage).

    If you're concerned about it making things slow, this usually happens when you upload a ton of small files (or someone you're sharing with stored a bunch of small things that you end up downloading). If you have terrible bandwidth and Dropbox is getting in the way of your normal work then you can simply throttle how much it uses to keep things working smoothly.

    EG: Dropbox bandwidth throttling settings.
    On a side note, Dropbox has a really nice API if you want to write applications or services against it so for programmers it's another great reason to use it.

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    How do I get to that preferences screen.

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    Thanks to everyone...especially brutaldev.  I appreciate your help!!
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    If you are running Dropbox, just right-click on the little blue box icon in your system tray (bottom right of your start bar) and click Preferences... If you can't see it (and using Vista or Windows 7) look for an up arrow in the same area where all your other tray icons may be hiding as well.

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