Two web applications have become available to the public recently. They both do something very valuable, provide a method of keeping your personal files available to you, no matter what computer you are sitting at. These two applications actually do more than just that (they also let you share files), but I’m still learning. Oh, they are also available for use FREE of CHARGE!
“Social Online Storage”
Wuala is a new way of storing, sharing, and publishing files on the internet. It’s a free desktop application for Windows, Mac, and Linux that brings you a convenient and secure online storage. You can use it to access your files from anywhere, to share files with friends and groups, or to publish files for the whole world to see. Free, simple, and secure.
Requires Java. Allows you to increase your storage by “donating” unused hard drive space, or by paying money. I had a little trouble getting it installed under Linux at home, but it does work nicely. 1GB for free.
“Store, Sync, and Share your files online”
What exactly is Dropbox?
Dropbox is the easiest way to share and store your files online.
Works like you do
No complicated interfaces to learn. Dropbox runs in the background on your desktop.
Sync your files automatically to your computers and the web.
It’s everywhere you are
Sign in and access your files from any browser or mobile device.
Sharing files with your friends and family is just two clicks away.
View your photos in a gallery and share them easily with anyone.
Open source and free software. Runs under Windows, Mac, and Linux. 2GB for free
Not new, but still my favorite and most used, so I wanted to include it in the list too. It is not only an online file storage tool, it is also a web-based replacement for your most often used programs (like your word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation creator -for the Microsoft dependent: Word, Excel, Powerpoint).