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Farewell to Dropbox!

I’ve just had notice from Dropbox that it will cease functioning on my computer at the end of August.

Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

I’m just wondering if there is any other similar “cloud” computing system that will work across different platforms, including different versions of Windows.

I’ve found Dropbox useful for making files available on different computers, so that my wife and I can work on the same file at different times, and always find the latest version, as well as having a cloud backup in case things go wrong. Perhaps we need to study the working of our home network a bit more to see if that can accomplish the same thing.

Here’s the message I received from Dropbox:

We noticed that you’re running the Dropbox desktop application (client) on Windows XP. We’re writing to let you know that as of August 29th, 2016, Dropbox will no longer support this version of Windows. You can find which devices connected to your account are running Windows XP by visiting your account page.

Don’t worry — your files and photos aren’t going anywhere! But you’ll need to update your computer to Windows Vista or later to access them through the Dropbox desktop application. You can find instructions on how to update your operating system on Microsoft’s website.

If you don’t want to update your operating system, your files will still be available through the Dropbox website. However, on August 29th, you’ll be signed out of your Dropbox account on your computer and the Dropbox desktop application will no longer be accessible.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. For more information, please see our Help Center.

cloud1Well, it will cause quite a bit of inconvenience, but not nearly as much as reinstalling Windows would. Reinstalling Windows would take me the rest of my life, which I’d rather spend doing other things. Spending days and days searching through hundreds of CDs and DVDs looking for installation discs, and editing setting everything up all over again is no fun.

Dropbox was especially useful when travelling: we could enter notes and collect data on research trips, and sync them to Dropbox whenever we found and Internet connection, and everything would be waiting on my home computer when I got home. I suppose one could revert to the pre-cloud practice of backing up to small DVD discs, and mailing them home by snail mail.

And for the rest we’ll just have to forego the convenience of Dropbox and go back to using USB flash drives for everything.

When cloud computing is no longer available, can you call it a drought?

Can we blame El Nino?

 

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3 thoughts on “Farewell to Dropbox!

  1. You can use the Zoho Docs sync app. Works with XP. Free for up to a certain amount of disk space, something like 5Gb.

    https://www.zoho.com/docs/help/zoho-docs-for-desktop.html#installing-zohodrive

  2. I’m not sure you’ll find many desktop applications being released these days, which work with Windows XP. Windows XP hasn’t been supported by Microsoft for, what, three years now?

    I hope you never have to reinstall your PC. You can’t install a decent browser on XP without doing Windows Updates, and you can’t do Windows Updates on XP because it’s no longer supported by Microsoft.

    I had the same pain about two years ago, when trying to install XP on my wife’s mom’s PC. Eventually, we just splurged for a copy of Windows 7. I was going to just install Ubuntu or Zorin instead, but she talked me out of it, because her mom’s not very good with different ways of doing things – even though Windows 7 is different enough from XP, it’s at least still Windows.

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