I’ve been using Dropbox for a long time and it’s an excellent backup tool. The main problem though is that the files for it are contained in their own section of the Home directory. So I have to remember to save new items into the Dropbox and most of the time I don’t. I know I can set up aliases but the fundamental issue here is that I need to change what I have done forever to fit with it. Destined to fail. So along comes SpiderOak. Does Windows, Linux, Mac but it also does it’s job without me having to think. Choose the directories and the rest takes care of itself.
I don’t have masses to sync every day – far from it – but I do like to keep certain files safe. Jungledisk is what I use for photos and other chunky files that I want totally safe but this suits me perfectly for everything else. I have plans to upload a stack of files once I’ve sorted things out here (installing new OS always leads to pondering about saving stuff and where, for me anyway). You get 2GB for free (which is nice) but if you signup from someone else’s link you get 3Gb for free (much nicer) and I get another 1gb too. So if you want to take this for a spin the link you need is this one to SpiderOak. The icon is very nice too (always helps)