Do you work on multiple computers? How are you dealing with the need to make optimum use of your time and to make headway on your dissertation no matter at which one of those multiple computers you find yourself?
Have you heard of cloud computing?
“Cloud computing isn’t merely on the way; it’s already here, big time,” says the Washington Post.
To have access to your files no matter your location and no matter the computer you are using, you can set up a Dropbox in the cloud.
A reader of my e-newsletter Smart Tips for Writers writes that she has recently started using Dropbox and that it is “fantastic.”
She says, “I can save files at work and access them anywhere I have internet access.” And, she adds, Dropbox “is also a good way to share large files that are too big to e-mail.”
Once you access your file, you can update it and then leave that updated file in the Dropbox. Then the latest version is always available.
You can put audio and video files into Dropbox. There is also a smartphone app.
My reader strongly recommends DropBox. She says it would be a very good way to back up a dissertation online. She continues, “If a computer is stolen, the Dropbox files would still be safe.”
The Washington Post says that “every time you make a change to the Dropbox folder on your computer” the “mirror folder in the cloud . . . updates . . . the Dropbox folder on all your other computing devices, integrating all your digital devices. The result is that all your files are available in their most current form on every device.”
Dropbox will give you two gigs free. Give it a try, and please let me know what you think of it.
I’m hoping Dropbox will help you make better use of your time and will increase your productivity.
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation Coach and Academic Career Coach
nancy @ nancywhichard.com