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Old 06-12-2012, 04:36 PM   #1
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This isn't a free book, but I know a fair number of people on this forum use Dropbox to help manage some of their e-book files, so I thought I'd post this here...

Yesterday, I put an SD card, which had some pictures on it, in my computer. I was surprised when a little window popped up from Dropbox, saying I could get free space for using the Camera Upload feature to upload my pictures to my Dropbox. I was so surprised, in fact, that I hit "close" as I do for almost all pop-ups . As it was closing, I realized I might actually WANT to read that one . So, I ejected my SD card, and put it back in again, and the same pop-up window appeared. I went ahead and let it do the automatic upload (even though I hadn't been planning to do this), and sure enough, 500MB of additional space appeared in my Dropbox.

So then I went hunting for info, and found out that this is a Dropbox promotion for their new Camera Upload feature, which can give you up to 3 GB of additional space, in 500 MB chunks, if you use "autoplay" on your PC and the Dropbox Camera Uploader to upload at least 2.5 GB of pictures. You can also do it from your camera, or other device. It appears the added space is permanent, so presumably you can delete the pictures from your Dropbox after you get the space, and upload books instead

Details, including instructions, are here, in a FAQ from Dropbox:

https://www.dropbox.com/help/287

It does appear (although I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out for sure) that the Camera Upload folder is public, just like the Photos folder, so you may want to be careful what you upload...

Also, not sure how long this will last...

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Old 06-12-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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They did something like this before, too. It was for some beta testing some direct uploads.

Wound up just setting my phone to record video and had it pointed at the cat while he slept. After about 20 minutes, I then uploaded it. A couple videos later, I had the permanent dropbox space and was able to delete the 4 or 5 videos it took. Holy crap my phone was on fire, though.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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Apparently that was for beta-testing this "Camera Upload" feature, and you could get up to 5GB extra space then. (It says so at the bottom of the FAQ.)

You can't get both though, again per the FAQ, so if you got the 5GB already, this promotion won't do you any good...
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:51 PM   #4
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:03 PM   #5
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Make sure to password protect your files in a zip file. The staff of Dropbox has full access to see your files & create your psychological profile to sell to advertisers.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:43 AM   #6
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  • Every 500 MB you upload via the Camera Upload feature bumps you up another 500 MB
  • You can bump your Dropbox storage up six times for a total of 3 GB of free space. In other words, to reach your limit you have to upload 2.5 GB through the Camera Upload feature
When I wake up mañana, I will have 3 extra GB.
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Make sure to password protect your files in a zip file. The staff of Dropbox has full access to see your files & create your psychological profile to sell to advertisers.
Btw... I am installing SpiderOak now. It's not as simple to use as Dropbox, but it's actually 100% secure. Not even SpiderOak can decrypt my info. So... if I forget my password... all my data is lost. You get 2GB and it's $10 per 100GB for each month or $100 for 100 GB per year.

This seems like the solution I was looking for in terms of real backups and sharing things like my Quicken data between PCs.

I still use DropBox for other things of course. It's my best tool for sharing between my Android devices.

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Old 06-13-2012, 04:26 AM   #8
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thanks, i'll have to try this out :O
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...Yesterday, I put an SD card, which had some pictures on it, in my computer. I was surprised when a little window popped up from Dropbox, saying I could get free space for using the Camera Upload feature to upload my pictures to my Dropbox. I was so surprised, in fact, that I hit "close" as I do for almost all pop-ups .
Thanks for posting this. I did the same thing at first but now I've uploaded a few movies from a thumb drive to get the free space
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