Dropbox used to be a perfect service. I happily paid them money every month. They silently synced files across all my machines (and with friends) with 99.999999999999% accuracy.
Good job Dropbox.
Then... Dropbox decided they needed there own app (for reason that I still have yet to figure out). Now at random time this stupid dropbox app shows up in my doc and I see no way to turn it off. I can close it, bit it keeps coming back.
Congratulation Dropbox, you ruined a near perfect service.
Why? Probably because they wanted more "engagement" from users. Netflix suffers from this by auto playing video and previews to create more engagement despite almost everyone hating it. They don't care because a) They get more engagement (even is that engagement is rage) and b) No one leaves their service.
Thing is, I don't want to engage with Dropbox, I want it to silently (and magically) run in the background.
What's next dropbox? A Dropbox social feed?
It seems that wherever a company creates a wonderful service or product they quickly ruin it by adding features no one asked for in slave to their algorithms. AI isn't going to end the world via Skynet, they are going to do it by algorithming us to insanity and complacency.
Pro-tip: If you want to add features, give people a way to turn them off to create a perfect service for everyone (I'm looking at you Netflix).
If anyone knows how to stop the Dropbox app from appearing in my doc, please let me know.
I'm sure there are people who like autoplaying video and binge mode on Netflix. Fine, just give the rest of us a way to turn it off. Then everyone is happy.... hell, I'd even pay a few more bucks a month for this option.
Also, never trusted Dropbox's syncing; rather pay for a less convenient but more reliable cloud service.
That's the same problem with finding an alternative to Photoshop. There are some really nice alternatives on the Mac, but no one I work with uses them.
Anyway, Photoshop has come a long way, CC is a dream compared to the previous versions, that's probably why most people don't want to give up on it.
An alternative that I've used is OneDrive by Microsoft to store files.
I think the best approach here might be to write (or find?) a little utility that runs in the background and kills the Dropbox process whenever it shows up in the dock.
I personally moved to OneDrive after convincing a single key person to do the switch. Once that guy was converted, a lot of other people in my workgroup followed. Sometimes it just needs one or two people to jump.
I use this this tool to backup local folders to OneDrive that I'm not synching.
I am mainly and happily using OneDrive included in Office 365 on Windows, i don't know how it does integrate on OSX though.
And you can hook it up to different external services/storage, too.
For me it was well worth the effort to set it up.
Also, this post wasn't about alternatives to Dropbox, it was more about how companies create wonderful products and then fuck them up. It's worse in todays world where I have no choice but to accept the "upgrade".
Now I remember when Google was a quaint little web crawler that unlike its competitors Yahoo and Lycos didn't have a busy frontpage. And everyone thought highly of Google for offering the service that everyone wanted from a little web crawler.
As its popularity grew so did its investors. The investors were a funny lot who demanded that Google became the name on the tin at the end of the string. People trusted Google.
The investors weren't a very stable bunch. With their bellies being replaced by Microsoft Excel and a hunger for money. And so they wen't about acquiring all the shinest of code that they could find. As the investors worried that they'd starve to debt they were always vigilent in their strife to shit out ideas that no sense could fathom. So much so that they prioritized action. If there was no action then they'd protect a new finance-pool with their graft. And so we now have yet another cloud service wasting space in orbit propelled by a poop on a stick.
The moral of the story: don't bring an app to a service, and let your clients handle their own business. Oh and Stadia; I think the dialogue in the Monkey Island 1 SE needs to be rewritten to include a new point about the software market. That you should never pay more than $20 for a game on top of a $20 subscription service.
+ dropbox v76.4.126
p.s. v76 sounds impressive 😀
Accidental Dropbox desktop app update
We recently announced a new desktop app experience that is now currently available in Early Access. Due to an error, some users were accidentally exposed to the new app for a short period of time. As a result, you or some members of your team may have seen the new app on your desktop.
The issue has been resolved, although there might be a short lag for some users. There is no action needed on your part. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
- The Dropbox Team
I have the same issue with MANY sites/browsers/apps. They work wonderfully for a while then they decide to add "features" no one asked about or do stupid redesigns, and you can not opt out. I hate this with a burning passion.
Another problem I have is that on Windows, installing Dropbox somehow interferes with the built-in OneDrive integration, and they both trigger each other to download files in an infinite loop of passive-aggressive mutual access contention.