Tips and Tricks: April 1, 2014

“Dropbox: A Simple Way to Sync And Share Your Files and Photos”

Dropbox system

“Have you ever wished you had a simple way to access your files on all of your devices or a hassle-free way to backup and share photos and videos with family or friends? Well, there is, and it’s called Dropbox.”

“Dropbox is a file hosting service that provides one of the simplest and easiest ways to share your photos and files in the Cloud,” explains Computer Learning Center instructor Mary Kay Podlecki. “It allows users to create a special folder on their computers which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder with the same contents on all of your computers: desktop, laptop, or tablet. Your Dropbox folder is also accessible on the Web and through mobile phone applications,” she adds. “In February the CLC presented a Computer Tips and Tricks program about the Cloud. This month we will build on that by looking at one of the most popular Cloud services: Dropbox.”

Podlecki plans to explain how to sign up for a free Dropbox account and how to download apps that work on any and all of your computers and mobile devices, including PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones and android smartphones and tablets. “Dropbox makes it possible to automatically backup your photos, sync files across computers, share files with others, and make your files accessible to you from the Web. This presentation should help you to determine if Dropbox is the right service for you.”

In addition to being a volunteer instructor, Podlecki assists in maintaining the computers and networks at the CLC which currently offers nearly 30 hands-on courses for PC, Mac and iPad owners. She is also actively involved in writing applications for the iPhone and iPad “to show how useful and fun mobile devices and tablets can be for everyone, including non-techies.” A computer science graduate of Iowa State University with a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, Podlecki retired from the Bell System where she served in numerous areas of software development, including manufacturing, user interface design, and early computer graphics

The Computer Learning Center at Ewing, sponsor of the program, offers a full curriculum of computer-related courses, taught by and designed for older residents of central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. For further information about this event, courses or directions, call 609-882-5086 or 609-883-1776 ext 6205 or visit the CLC website at

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