File Sharing Services

ISBN 13: 9781156698877

File Sharing Services

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9781156698877: File Sharing Services

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 24. Chapters: Dropbox, Windows Live Mesh, ZumoDrive, Filemail, Wuala, Pastebin, ShareReactor, Windows Live SkyDrive, GameFront, Egnyte, Box.net, Steek, Ubuntu One, ShareNow, Hotfile, Windows Live Devices, LIBOX, Twango, Syncplicity, MediaFire, Fruux, Memopal, 1dl, Humyo, IFMW, FlixFlux, I-drive, Livedrive, Peer Impact, ShareFile, ASUS WebStorage, Showstash, Filesanywhere. Excerpt: Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. It was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi as a Y Combinator startup There are both free and paid services, each with varying options. In comparison to similar services, Dropbox offers a relatively large number of user clients across a variety of desktop and mobile operating systems. There are a number of versions across many Operating Systems, including versions for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (official and unofficial), as well as versions for mobile devices, such as Android, Windows Phone 7, iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry, and a web-based client for when no local client is installed. Dropbox uses the freemium financial model and its free service provides 2 GB of free online storage. Users who refer Dropbox to others can gain up to 8 GB of free storage. The service's major competitors include Box.net, Egnyte, Windows Live SkyDrive, Ubuntu One, SugarSync, Mozy, ZumoDrive, SpiderOak and Wuala. According to Dropbox, founder Drew Houston conceived the idea after repeatedly forgetting his USB drive while he was a student at MIT. He says that existing services at the time "suffered problems with Internet latency, large files, bugs, or just made me think too much." He began making something for himself, but then realized that it co...

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