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DropBox as a poor man's PBEM - 7/10/2009 6:36:20 PM   

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I've been using a FREE product called DropBox for quite a while now. It is basically a simple system that automatically syncs a directory on your PC with remote storage in the Amazon Cloud. Up to 2 gig is completely free so I use it all the time to backup critical files or share them between 2 computers.

Anyway, it has a feature that allows two accounts to share a directory. What this means is, if I copy a file into that directory on my PC, it not only gets backed up to the Cloud, it also gets copied to the same directory on my friend's machine that I'm sharing it with.

Anyway, it occurred to me that for games that either don't have PBEM or its so poorly implemented as to be painful to use, this would be a possible way to play a game with a remote opponent with very little effort and no cost.

DropBox even alerts you when a file has been updated so you wouldn't even have to send your opponent an email to let them know its their move.

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RE: DropBox as a poor man's PBEM - 7/10/2009 6:38:01 PM   

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Sounds like a fairly good idea.

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RE: DropBox as a poor man's PBEM - 7/12/2009 2:16:17 PM   
Marc von Martial

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Yep, DropBox, I can recommend it.


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