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Old 05-14-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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If you use Dropbox, you have to download an app to your computer and phone.
That means if I'm using the library's computer, I wouldn't be able to access it, since I can't download programs there.

Aren't there programs like Dropbox that can be run totally through the browsers?

There are a few that do this, but are only for images, like postimage.org. But that's not for Word files, etc.

PS I think Google Drive only works on your computer if you have Chrome, is that right?
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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If you use Dropbox, you have to download an app to your computer and phone.
That means if I'm using the library's computer, I wouldn't be able to access it, since I can't download programs there.

Aren't there programs like Dropbox that can be run totally through the browsers?

There are a few that do this, but are only for images, like postimage.org. But that's not for Word files, etc.

PS I think Google Drive only works on your computer if you have Chrome, is that right?
You can log into Dropbox from the web, and upload, download, etc. It even has players for most media that can play them right in the browser.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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You can log into Dropbox from the web, and upload, download, etc. It even has players for most media that can play them right in the browser.
I just registered and it immediately wanted me to download apps.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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After I pressed back, it gave me the usual home screen, so that I can use it without downloading.
But it should say in the intro and tour that I don't have to install/download an app.

The site's design emphasizes photos/videos even though it's for other things.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I just registered and it immediately wanted me to download apps.
I think it focuses on apps first since that's what it's primarily designed for (keeping files synced between devices / computers).
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:44 PM
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Location: Ohio
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There are better, more robust protocols available for file transfers than those available within a browser. If you're using the cloud for mass storage, you should want to transfer your files with applications other than a browser.

It's a bit like tightening screws with the edge of a coin. It'll work sometimes, but not every time and it's certainly not the best tool for the job!
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:13 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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If you use Dropbox, you have to download an app to your computer and phone.
That means if I'm using the library's computer, I wouldn't be able to access it, since I can't download programs there.

Aren't there programs like Dropbox that can be run totally through the browsers?

There are a few that do this, but are only for images, like postimage.org. But that's not for Word files, etc.

PS I think Google Drive only works on your computer if you have Chrome, is that right?
Pretty much all cloud storage providers will allow you to interface through browser only (and I've never seen one that only supports one browser). You may be prompted to download/install the software, but that should not be a requirement. As for options, the bigger ones are Box.net, Google, Microsoft live, sugarsync, etc.

One thing to keep in mind though - not sure if your scenario of using the "library" computer is just an example or if its something you actually intend to do. But you may want to be sure the data you're keeping on those account are things you'd want to access through a public terminal... not the safest computers to use.
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