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You Can Get Rid of Your USB, Really.

It's hard to believe that only 10 years ago, there were still people using floppy disks, and now we are using USB drives with capacities as big as 64GB! Though the reason for the USB has been fast speed, reliability, and the amazing amount of space it can hold, it definitely has its downfall. Many people either lose it, or forget about it - which can put you in a tough situation at times.
With the widespread availability of the Internet, your USB may have its days numbered. Here are four different things that can replace your USB drive.
Case 1: Let's say you're a college student that's been working on a term paper at home and have no printer. You spend all night on it and finally you are done. You could put it on your USB drive, or you could actually email it to yourself. Emails can now hold attachments of considerable size, GMail has about 25MB available for each email. After you email the paper to yourself, you can go to school, log in to your email and print it out. You no longer have to worry about forgetting something at home, and you just saved yourself from getting a printer (or using your printer ink at home).
Case 2: Let's say you always have around 1GB of stuff you always need with you - professional photos for your art portfolio, or essential programs you need to always install on a client PC. You can store up to 2GB of stuff on a free account with Dropbox. Wherever you go, as long as you have a WiFi connection you can access your files. Even better, they have apps for the Andriod and iPhone/iPod touch. That way, you can always check your files On-The-Go! http://www.dropbox.com/
Case 3: What if you want to back up a lot of stuff. Like ALOT. OF. STUFF. If you have a hotmail or MSN account, you can easily use SkyDrive. It's Free. It's 25GB of space.
Case 4: If you want to backup EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING. You can sign up for a free account on Mediafire. Mediafire allows you UNLIMITED storage. Each file needs to be under 200MB (use Winrar to break a file into parts), and files cannot be password protected (but you can make your files private). Make sure you sign up with an email account that you do use. When you haven't logged into your account for almost 90 days, you will be sent an email to ask you to log in. If you don't log in after 90 days, your files are gone forever.
So as you can see, there are tons of different free options to use to store your files - and you can access them anywhere! Try your hand at it!

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