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Susan Cramer, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Have you ever lost your computer files? Did you leave them at home and need them at the office? Are your files and the office but you are on the road? Keeping track of one’s files when work expectations have expanded to anywhere any time and one may work on a variety of different machines and/or devices becomes a challenge. In this Web Resource Spotlight I would like to highlight two useful tools — Evernote and Dropbox. Both are located on the web, hense the term virtual locker, allowing you to have access to ideas and files whereever you have a connection to the web.

Evernote. As advertised on their website… Remember everything. This simple app can run on your phone, mobile device or computer. It allows you to save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see. It is also searchable by keyword, tag or even printed and handwritten text inside images. I think of Evernote as the paper notebook I used to carry. Now all I have to do is jot a quick electronic note to myself using Evernote and I have it with me whenever I have access to the web, regardless of what device I input it on originally. How convenient is that! Naturally, it’s free.

DropBox. This site allows you to save all your files to the web so that they are available to you anywhere the web is available. You can set the permissions on each file or folder so that some files are private while others are open to the public or shared with specific individuals. This tool is free for up to 2GB of space or you can upgrade from there. Goodbye lost files, hello virtual locker