Dropbox for Scratch Files
This morning I was showing my students how to solve a particular problem in Python for our programming class. The main teaching goal here was to show them the process of developing code towards a final solution.
Among many tangent discussions (if you have taken classes with me you are probably chuckling) I decided to purposefully delete some code and save my file. Oops, I just lost my code and have no backups, what should I do?
Dropbox to the rescue since it allows us to recover previous revisions. You can watch the quick video I just created or follow the links to learn about revisions in Dropbox.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmUMkXk0IEI]
Apply to other Work
Of course, this is not just useful for code, but for any files you need to have previous versions of. It would work fine for word processing documents, spreadsheets, images and such. Dropbox puts limits on the number of revisions and how long it keeps them. See their site for more details.
Should I do this for all files?
I actually keep many files in Dropbox but most of them are in a special encrypted directory which I should probably create another blog post about on another day.
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