Eight Easy Ways To Store And Share Your Files Online

Emailing files back and forth can be a pain, especially with the varying file limits. This is how I share and store files.

Sharing Photos and Files Smaller Than 25 mb Quickly

For the small items, like pictures, little audio clips and PDFs, I use CloudApp, a small menubar applet that you can drag and drop files on. The design and speed is lovely. You can upload up to 10 files per day (25 MB per file) or pay $5 per month to upload unlimited files (with a per file cap at 250 MB). With the pro account, they’ll even allow you to use your own domain name to share custom links.

For Windows users, and those just looking for a CloudApp alternative, there’s Droplr, a service I used to use which has a drag and drop web app, along with Mac, Windows and iOS applications.

Sharing Photos and Files Quickly Using Your Own FTP Server

I recently discovered FileShuttle, an application that works much like CloudApp, but allows you to upload directly to your own server or host. Because it uses your own FTP server, the only file limits lie with your host, which in my case with Dreamhost (affiliate link), is the sky. The one minor annoyance I’ve found is with the automatic appendage of a random string of characters at the end of the file URL for security purposes. That feature should be optional.

Sharing From Your Dropbox

Whenever I can, I mention to computer users that they should be using Dropbox (affiliate link- we both get an extra 1/4 of a GB in storage with your signup). I love Dropbox, and use it to store all my non-sensitive documents in the cloud. My favorite part of the service is the synchronization capabilities that ensure that all your computers, phones and tablets have all your files. Dropbox also saves every version of your files, which is nice if you realize that you’ve deleted something that you shouldn’t have.

For those weary of Dropbox, I’d recommend Spideroak (affiliate link- we both get 1 GB extra storage for life), which offers better security.

Sharing From Your Browser

For those who don’t like installing applications on their computers, there’s a slew of services out there for you. In the past, I’ve used Ge.tt, which gives you 2 GBs, Crate which gives you one month of unlimited service for free, and Minus which gives you 50 GBs with a per file cap of 1 GB.

What do you use to store and share files? Let us know in the comments!

Photo: JKleyn

12 Of My Favorite Google Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome is my browser of choice because of its speed and its integration with Google services. Chrome does a terrific job of syncing your browser information between computers and it feels quick when you’re using it. While using the browser without any extensions is a great experience, it’s worth taking a gander at some of the terrific extensions out there. Here are my favorites.

Adblock is a classic extension, ridding you of those annoying flash advertisements that like to crash your browser and ruin your reading experience. Of course, you should show a little love for the sites that are respectful with their ads by disabling it for those domains. Like our blog.

Boomerang for Gmail is an extension I recently discovered which extends the capability of Gmail. Boomerang sends reminders if you don’t hear back for a specified length of time. You can also use the extension to queue up messages to send later, perhaps at a more reasonable hour if you’re up late.

Cache is a great way to see a site that has been taken down by a burst of traffic from Reddit or HackerNews. The extension simply shows you what Google’s cache has for the webpage you’re on.

Facebook Disconnect is for those who are perturbed by the all-knowing Facebook. This extension prevents the social network from tracking your movements around the web.

Google Voice is an extension for everyone who is using Google Voice (if you’re not, you should be!). The small tool allows you to make calls and send messages easily and simply.

Pocket is a way to read things later. I used Instapaper previously but switched over to Pocket after experiencing some problems and haven’t looked back. The Pocket extension saves things to read (or watch) later on your mobile or desktop devices.

Lazarus is a tool that saves what you write in forms. Any time you write a really great review or fill out a long form only to experience a reload or crash, Lazarus has you covered.

ListMyTabs is a simple extension that I use more and more to easily create a bulleted list of the tabs I have open, hyperlinked and properly formated.

New Tabs Always Last is an easy way to preserve a preference I have with the order of new tabs appearing at the end of the list of tabs open.

RSS Subscription Extension (by Google) places an easy way to subscribe to RSS in the URL bar.

Tweet Button for Chrome (by Shareaholic) replaced my bitly extension as an easy way to tweet neat links.

Youtube MP3 + Video Downloader I use occasionally to quickly grab a specific video or tune.

What browsers extension do you use? Let us know in the comments!

Photo credit: markknol

Google Voice Alternatives

We’ve have covered Google Voice before on Digitizd (here and here) and since then it’s gotten even better. The service gives you a number (or allows you to port your current number over to the system) and then gives you the ability to make free calls and send texts from your computer or phone. While Google Voice is the service of choice for this author, there are quite a few other respectable options available.

Phonebooth Free
While Google Voice was designed primarily for personal use, Phonebooth Free is a worthy alternative for businesses and for people looking for more capability. The distinguishing features this service offers are the auto-attendant and extensions. Of course, if you’re looking to use this for personal use, you can still enjoy using voicemail transcriptions (50 per month), a free local phone number with minutes (200 free, then 3 cents per minute), and call routing. Call routing enables you to have specific phones only ring at certain times (for instance, your mobile phone will only ring on the weekends). Phonebooth also has a paid option ($20 per month per user) with two free phone numbers, unlimited minutes and transcriptions.

OpenVBX & Twilio
For more tech savy users, there’s OpenVBX, which is also primarily designed for business but can be used for personal use. I discovered this while investigating Dreamhost’s one-click install feature. OpenVBX integrates with Twilio, which I like because of its pricing and customizability. In a short time, I was able to set up a phone number that would present callers with an elaborate phone tree ensuring that I’d never actually have to speak with someone on the phone again. Thank goodness. For those who actually want to speak on the phone, OpenVBX paired with Twilio offers an astonishing amount of capability, from text to speech and speech to text options to conference options, all in an easy drag and drop interface.

Now, for someone who just wants a second line, we have the aptly named Line2. Line2 is an app for Android and iOS. The standard plan costs $9.95 a month, giving you unlimited calling and texting inside North America. There’s also a free plan that allows unlimited calling and texting to other Line2 customers, and a $14.95 business plan.

Sendhub is a service like Line2 that gives you another number with an emphasis on group messaging. However, the service also gives you 1,000 text messages and 60 voice minutes for free each month.

If you’re just sending text messages, textPlus makes more sense, giving you unlimited text messages from an app on your phone.

Photo credit: couleurs gm

What's in My Browser: Squealing Rat

logos(David’s note: We’re starting a new series here at the 2.0 Life, called “What’s in Your Browser?” The browser, it seems, is the new go-bag: everyone’s got it customized, right down to the nitty-gritty, to help them browse better, or faster, or more productively.

We all use browsers differently, and I get a kick out of seeing how other people have customized the “same” browser I use, sometimes to the point you can’t even tell it’s the same.

Our first submission comes from a regular contributor to The 2.0 Life, Squealing Rat.

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6 Ways to Backup And Recover Important Data

Post by The 2.0 Life contributor Squealing Rat. Find him on Twitter.

Backup keyTalking to a friend about 2 weeks ago left me stunned after hearing one amazing comment. “Backup? Oh, I press the save button every once in a while.” What? NO! Are you kidding? Writing your thesis and not backing up in at least 7 different places?

Well, for all of the students out there (or anyone with stuff you’d rather not lose when your hard drive inevitably goes south), this is how you quickly and easily backup anything, and everything, everywhere.

1. First things, first. Press save. Every minute. Or every two minutes. But seriously, the best thing you can do is press save. Because that triggers the next 6 or so things I am going to suggest.

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4 Apps for Crazy-Awesome Screenshots

Post by Squealer from Squealing Rat. Find Squealer on Twitter.

castWhen I write How-To articles, it always strikes me how easy they would be to do if I didn’t write anything and simply showed a screencast. But alas, I write.

Screencasts can be helpful for showing your friend how to do something, taking a video of your latest creation or simply having some fun. Here are some helpful tools, and tips.

At this point, some may be asking, "What the heck are screencasts?" Well, screencasts are basically videos of your screen, that often include a voice over explaining what is happening on the screen. Usually you install software, and use the software to capture screen movements.

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5 Ways to Find Just About Anyone

Post by Squealer from Squealing Rat. Find Squealer on Twitter.

2589377492_4d5a732f29 In the old days (you know, like the 1990s?), people used to connect in ways that the new generation knows nothing about. In fact, if I told a 10 year old with a laptop that his grandparents lived without the Internet and only a simple phone that could only call people, his jaw would probably drop.

Now, despite all the many technological innovations of the last several decades, many members of older generations are still living by these, shall we say, ancient habits.

Here are some new, tech-involved ways to do the tasks that the oldies used to do with rotary phones:

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Find The Answers to All Life's Questions

This is a guest post by Squealer from Squealing Rat.


Getting answers to your questions is becoming an increasingly popular service to offer on the internet. Now there are several services that are different takes on this concept.

(David’s note: there are a couple of services here that are currently in an invite-only beta. We’ve gotten a few invites for each one to give to you, our wonderful readers. See the end of this post for how to score an invite – make sure to stay tuned, we’ll let you know when they go public!)

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Exploration: Finding and Using New Sites

web20map This is a guest post from Squealer over at SquealingRat. Head over there for tons of great articles about the Web, technology, and all manner of coolness.

In 2005, I received an invite to a relatively new and interesting new email service, Google Mail. I immediately switched my email over to Google Mail, also called Gmail, and encouraged my friends to do the same. But one of my friends refused to go to this beta, justifying that the email service would soon die out and you would loose all of your email.

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