If you don’t already have dropbox, then you are missing out on a very useful application. Dropbox is a small utility that you install on your computer/device and automatically syncs a folder (the dropbox folder) to any other computer linked with the same dropbox account, and more important it also syncs that content of that folder to your dropbox account on “the cloud” so your files are always accessible from any where even if you don’t have dropbox installed.
Dropbox is not the only company offering this kind of solution, lifehacker has a pretty good guide about what cool things people can do with all the free cloud space many companies are offering.
In my opinion the article makes very useful suggestions for using thee free cloud space that you can get with services like dropbox, however I feel the article missed out on a very important use of free cloud storage and that is to use it as a storage for web camera security surveillance.
There are many cheap and very good webcam security software that work with both usb web cameras and Ethernet network web cameras, most of these software can be configured to take either video or photos and store them in a folder arranged by date.
Arranging web cameras to save photos every x seconds to a specified folder is very useful because sorting through photos is faster that looking at videos, and more important they will take less space.
The one thing to remember is that sooner or later your dropbox account will get full, this can easily be fixed by creating a small program or script that will delete folders that are X number of day old, that will make sure your dropbox account will never go over your space limit.
In future blog posts I will discuss how I’ve implemented my dropbox poor’s man security web cam system, including the small utility that deletes folders older than x number of days, as well as what cheap computer to use and what web cams are the most useful, both usb cameras as well as ethernet networked cameras.