CONSTRUCTION PHONE APPS BLOG
March 16, 2011
My flatmate has been making fun of me for my NYC sensibilities: locking the doors, keeping my stuff out of sight. I got the unfortunate last laugh because our friends across the hall last night got robbed while they were sleeping. Gael, an artist, had his laptop of writing and photography taken from right next to his head. Life is short & the data is precious.
Dropbox: for easy data backup & filesharing
That’s why I recommend Dropbox or every person or business. Data backup and instant syncing of your files into the Internet cloud. 2 gigabytes of storage for free or 50 gigs for just $100 a year.
Easy to use. Just put the Dropbox folder on your desktop and copy all of your important files into it. Whenever you save a file, Dropbox detects this and automatically transfers the new copy to the Internet. If your laptop is stolen or your computer crashes, it’s only a few easy steps to download all of your files to your new computer.
Dropbox also makes filesharing easy. Shared folders allow several people to work on the same file. Very helpful in an office environment. A construction company could share their blueprints, change orders and project documents to their supers in the job trailers or on their smartphones.
Lex’s Dropbox Tips:
1. Put Dropbox on your Desktop and make it the default save point for all your documents, photos and projects. These are the things you probably care most about losing.
2. Make Dropbox the destination for backup data files from programs like MS Outlook, Evernote or anything else that you use often for creating content you don’t want to lose.
Find your phone:
There’s a bunch of apps out there that can locate your phone via GPS whether stolen by bad guys or lost by children (who can be more annoying than thieves).
For Android & Blackberry, I recommend the free app Lookout Mobile Security (site here, Android app here). It does antivirus and phone finding. Just log into their website and click the locate phone button. I setup the app on my phone this morning and in a couple of minutes, it emailed me my location down to the street address. For thieves, I would wait outside their place with mace and a baseball bat. For children, just the mace should suffice.
For iPhone, the FoneHome app recently got some new features besides remotely locating your phone. You can sound an alarm on the phone if in vibrate mode (useful for a phone lost somewhere in the house) or remotely take a photo using the front or rear camera.