Australians Not Using Dropbox Enough

Australians Not Using Dropbox Enough

Dropbox is an awesome tool for accessing and syncing files online, but according to the Dropbox blog, Australia doesn’t even rank amongst the top 10 countries using the service. Clearly, us Aussies just aren’t trying hard enough.

While it’s to be expected that the US would top any ranking for this kind of service, we can’t use our small population as an excuse. The Netherlands, which has even fewer people than we do, managed to make the top 10. So here’s some ideas on how you can make use of Dropbox.

While syncing files to the cloud is reason enough to embrace Dropbox (a process which is more flexible than you might realise), there’s a lot more you can do with it than that. Perhaps Lifehacker’s most cited example is using it as the ultimate password syncer (a process you can also enhance in other ways). You can also use it to start BitTorrent downloads on your home PC and sync OneNote notebooks over multiple machines.

Used in conjunction with other software, Dropbox can remotely control other computers and automatically handle email attachments. On your iPhone, it’s even a useful kitchen helper.

What’s your own best use case for Dropbox? Drop us a line in the comments.

Dropbox around the world! [Dropbox Blog]


  • The iphone app is incredibly useful. I often use it to access and read stored Word files on the run, or if I need to email a file, I can just send a dropbox link via my phone.

  • I use it to share resources with other teachers – I can email them the link and they can download it directly without having to have large attachments that they might not want. It’s one click on the file to get a public link.

  • I’m sorry we don’t have unlimited (without being capped) internet connection. Or even with Comcast, 200gb download limits at an affordable price.

    Population has nothing to do with it!

    • We do now: AAPT have an uncapped plan for $99 a month.
      It includes phone line rental and unlimited streaming from their music store.

      But I would agree wholeheartedly that the fact Australia is the only country in the world to have capped plans must be the main reason.

  • You’ve got to remember that dropbox isn’t the only dropbox-like service out there. I use syncplicity and sugarsync – the later because of it’s Android app. Perhaps the Australian market is just a bit more diverse and experimental than the average lifehacker editor? 😉

  • I imagine restrictive quotas are the reason for services like this not really catching on in Australia. That’s the reason I haven’t really looked seriously at it. That said, there are many uses for drop box and you don’t have to be dealing with large amounts of data. Also the quota situation is slowly improving … AAPT of course being the most obvious example, but also the likes of TPG offering higher quotas now.

    Maybe it’s time that I check it out properly!

  • For the longest time I didn’t appreciate the photo gallery aspect of Dropbox, now I frigging love it.

    As a designer I use it as a general inspiration folder:

    Let’s pretend a friend wants cool motorbike design inspiration? Bam:

    Or, perhaps some logo inspiration? Bam:

    The beauty of this is, all the photos are accessible via the Dropbox iPhone app while I’m out and about. Handy when caught in a conversation with a client or friend and need to refference something you saw.

    Dropbox as an inspiration folder system has replaced blogging for me, its easier to find old items.

  • I use it occasionally for smaller files across home computers, but usually have it turned off/disabled because I don’t need it to sync every single time I turn on the computer. And as someone else said, we don’t have unlimited quota to do a lot of bigger files. And its just as easy for the bigger ones to throw the file on a USB stick or SD card.

  • Download/Upload quota stops me from utilising my Dropbox.. and the fact I really don’t need access to much on the go.
    If I do, I have a 16Gb USB drive in my pocket at all times…I don’t even need an internet connection to get my files off that!

  • Quota isn’t a problem for me, so I use Dropbox to keep my Firefox profile identical across all my PCs (work laptop, two home PCs).
    Otherwise it’s basically an online backup of all sorts of things – photos, contact lists, small software utils, usernames and password hints for various cpanels and apps etc etc.

    Very, very useful indeed.

  • why is the non-use of dropbox a problem for lifehacker? it’s one thing to inform the readership, it’s another thing altogether to spruik a specific service. i think you’ve crossed the line of what lifehacker is meant to be about here…

  • I have absolutely zero need for such a service and I deal with multiple computers on a daily basis. I’m not going to start relying on some online third party service to handle my files.

  • Why do gizmodo and lifehacker always sound so full of themselves… as if they know everything.

    You do realise most of your readers have heard of half the things you post BEFORE you post them right?

    Wtf would anyone use dropbox when there is EZShare iphone ap? (+vpn) … and airvideo

    Dropbox sucks if you use it its because you dont know of anything better. See annoying to get talked down to no?

  • Sorry, rural living has forced me to use either dial up or wireless with the limit of 10GB. I can’t possibly use cloud storage. It Telstra gave us unlimited data plan … well then.

    Of course hell is going to freeze soon isn’t it?

  • I have trouble staying within my quota as it is. If I really want to upload/share a file, I just email it to myself with gmail. I don’t need another service for this very occasional use.

  • Not trying hard enough! Bollocks! We pay through the nose for our capped “broadband”, upload speeds are terrible and our government is trying to censor the internet, how hard can we try?

    Until the behaviour of ISPs in Australia changes, services like Dropbox, video streaming sites and other high bandwidth services will fail to take off.

  • 1. I use it at work to share large files publicly with friends and colleagues (bypassing email attachment sizes). The right click function (copy public url) is awesome.

    2. To keep a secure copy of all my important files such as holiday photos from Europe or personal files

    3. As a means of chucking something good I find whilst using the net at work, so I when I get home I can install it straight away (no more usb flash drive thankyou very much…)

    4. To be able to view any file I want remotely, or show for instance my relatives photos when at their house through the web interface

    Features I love include sync over lan, the browser ui, and the md5 indexing so that a 2GB file does not have to upload, but merely appears in the dropbox instantly if another user has uploaded it.

    I hate referring people to things to install or use, and hate personally getting email referrals, but I made an exception for this, as its such a good service. Worth the money I pay for the 50GB service… Can’t wait til they launch an android app for it shortly.

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