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I started using Dropbox a month or more ago.  The beauty of this application is (by my decidedly un-tech explanation) it automatically checks for changes to any document you keep in its folder on your computer and uploads it to your online account.  All for free, I might add.  I've been using it for backup purposes.

Today I discovered another GREAT use!  Oh my god, I'm in love with this app now.  See, yesterday in my novel writing venture I decided to alter a course of events.  It involved a lot of re-writing as I'd already written the scene one way.  So what did I decide to do this morning?  Change it back.  I think this is the reason for my previous post of not wanting to write.  I didn't want to have to deal with trying to piece the section back together by deleting text and going back and finding the original in the cut text section (assuming it was still there, as I don't recall now if I moved it or deleted entirely, or used the "track changes" feature.)  So sitting here deciding that if I was going to write today, I better get busy and just do it, I recalled that Dropbox also keeps note of your file changes.  Is it possible that there's a copy of last night's edition of my story, pre-change?  

It so happens there is!  JOY JOY JOY!  I could sing and dance right now, but will not subject my flist to any of that nonsense.  But seriously, if you haven't tried Dropbox yet, you just may want to give it a try.  It really does run unobtrusively in the background, which was my biggest worry.  

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