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Comcast 250GB Cap? Avoid Dropbox or Online Backup!

Recently, I “downgraded” my Comcast service from Business to Residential – largely because I got more speed for less money, and I wasn’t anticipating coming anywhere near the 250GB cap. I hate artificial ceilings, but that’s the price I pay for paying less of a price?

I know I don’t knowingly download 250GB worth of data every month – I’m not THAT hardcore.

However, that 250GB cap is for all transfers (upload AND download) – and it’s not just for email and Web browsing, but everything. EVERYTHING. I was reminded of this when I read the article by another local boy about how Comcast is totally screwing him. Completely.

Since I record a TON of videos for YouTube, and most of my production is remote, I rely on Dropbox to better facilitate content for the channel. I connect to Dropbox from more than one machine (and, yes, LAN sync is always on). Either way, I push a lot of bits down the pike (before editing) – and a lot of bits get pushed back to me (after editing).

Tonight, as I was recording more videos for the YouTube, someone suggested that Dropbox was causing me to push my limit:

I’m guessing that user is 100% correct. I immediately disconnected Dropbox from one of my computers and cleared out certain folders (without realizing ramifications, causing further consternation). Video is bandwidth intensive – and not just when you’re wanting to watch it. I know I have likely pushed and pulled extraneous gigabytes of video data in these two weeks on Comcast’s Residential Class service.

Thank goodness my offsite “online backup” option stopped working a while back, or I’d have been in twice as much trouble by now. Could you imagine? I mean, how frequently do you see online backup services advertised everywhere? I wouldn’t recommend an online backup service if you’re dealing with a data cap, that’s for sure. No way in hell.

So, to put a finer point on my alarmist headline: be forewarned about using ANY KIND OF data-intensive service (like Dropbox or any online backup option).

Comcast – ease up there, dude. You’re screwing some of us out of very useful services.

I realize I’m probably more of a business user at this point, but your new Business Class prices are nowhere within the realm of reasonable – that’s why I “downgraded” (and got better speed in the process). Y’all need to set up some kind of in-between “Producer” or “Prosumer” level. We don’t want your Exchange or email crap – we just want no data caps for us to push legitimate traffic around.

I’m obviously willing to spend money – we all are. But you have to match our needs better (especially if we have “no choice” but to go through you as a broadband provider for home).

Now, I should also take this time to tell you that Comcast really isn’t horrible – at least, not the people I’ve dealt with. They accidentally turned off my service for 24 hours this week. A technician saw me flagged as a former Business subscriber and he accidentally killed all of my services (TV, Internet) – until I tracked someone down later that day to get to the bottom of the problem. By the following afternoon, they realized it was their issue (since my business connection existed at the same place as my residence). Comcast is now going to offer me a refund for some outstanding charges. It was their mistake, but they cleaned it up – with a good degree of speed and candor.

Seems like they’ve got another mistake on their hands, here, by ignoring power producers who aren’t pirating anything. I doubt anybody at corporate is going to pay attention to my plight – and they’ve obviously done their best to ignore Andre’s. If you’d like to read more about what happened to another Seattle-area Comcast subscriber, he’s detailed the literal post mortem in a complete ‘Day After’ blog entry.

There is no competition with Comcast – they’re pretty much the only game in town in certain areas of Seattle, and that sucks (for consumers and power users, at least). I don’t even want to get into the headaches my neighbors have had with the problematic Netgear routers Comcast keeps passing off for them to use. That’s another battle for another day.

*knock knock* Anybody there?

Dropbox Tools

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It’s been a while since I last talked to you about Dropbox. It’s a service which gives you 2GB of free storage space in the cloud. You can then purchase up to 100GB of space if you wish to. The best part of Dropbox is being able to share your space with as many others as you choose. Invite people to download or add files, and even help organize them into separate folders. Don’t worry – if you accidentally delete something, Dropbox even lets you undo your oopsie from the interface!

Another cool feature of the service is the fact that it doesn’t matter which operating system you choose to use. Dropbox will sync between Windows, OS X and Linux with ease. Heck, each person using your Dropbox can be on different operating systems, and it doesn’t matter. It will work seamlessly for everyone.

Dropbox can be accessed from your iPhone, Android device or iPad. It’s secure, it’s private and it backs up your files online instantly (and automagically!). This isn’t why I wanted to talk to you today, though. I actually wanted to highlight AirDropper.

AirDropper will let you have people send you files by way of Dropbox, even if they don’t have an account. Connect AirDropper to your Dropbox account and send a file request to someone. They will upload the file, and it appears in your Dropbox folder quickly. Many of the file upload and sharing services out there right now are complete crap. This is the perfect solution!

Habilis is another service that makes Dropbox even more worthwhile for you. Once you sign up for a GetHabilis email address, anyone can send files to that email address and have it show up in your Dropbox account.

Even though you only receive 2GB of storage space free on Dropbox, your storage space can be increased to 10GB when you refer enough people to the service. Check them all out, and let them make your life easier – for free!

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What is Dropbox?

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We uploaded a screencast from Billy not long ago. He received excellent reviews, so I was only too happy to look at his newest creation. This one will teach you what exactly Dropbox is, what it’s for, and why you should be using it! I use it on a daily basis, myself, and love it! Don’t forget that you could have your screencast featured on my channels. Get to work, and email me your best!

Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online. There’s no complicated interface to learn. Head over to Dropbox and download it to your computer. Then, of course, create a new account if you don’t already have one.

When you are finished installing, you’ll notice a couple of folders already there. There will be a public folder, as well as a photos folder. If you want someone to download a file, drag and drop it into your public folder. It will let you know when it’s finished uploading. Right click it, and copy the public link. Paste that into an Internet browser, and the download box will open automagically!

Dropbox is a free and easy way to transfer files. There are pricing options for larger Dropbox storage space should you need it. I have a large account, as this is how I transfer video files to Kat so that she can get them onto all of my channels for me. I have never had issues with it myself, and recommend the service to all of you.

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How Do You Share Files Between Computers: Mac, Linux and OS X?

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Sharing files between two computers is a fairly simple task. But what happens when you need to share files with many computers, that may not all be the same operating system. Or what if the computers are all in different locations? You can do this with ease using 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.
  • Easy Sharing. Sharing files with your friends and family is just two clicks away.
  • Worry-Free Syncing. Sync your files automatically to your computers and the web.
  • Photos. View your photos in a gallery and share them easily with anyone.
  • It’s Everywhere You Are. Sign in and access your files from any browser or mobile device.

It is so easy and seamless to share files in a familiar interface. At least for me, I have a little icon in my menu bar that tells me how much of my available space I’ve used. Stuart Maxwell helped us out with Gnomedex. He used his Dropbox account to connect to mine, and suddenly copies of all his Gnomedex files were on my computer, as well. Man that was sweet, and so fast.

This is certainly the way I’m going to be sharing files from now on when I need to. $9.99 a month for 50GB is worth it. Keep in mind that 2GB a month is free! You don’t have to worry anymore about carrying around a USB drive. You don’t have to worry about trying to zip a file and upload or email it. This takes all the guesswork and difficulty out of sharing files.

It looks clean, and it’s seamless. I don’t like applications that take me out of my environment. This program just works for me.


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