By Dave Winer on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 8:40 AM.
First a few necessary recitals:
1. Dropbox is very useful.
2. I pay $99 a year for the upgrade.
3. I use the Public folder to host all kinds of stuff. It neatly solves a problem that's been around forever -- how to quickly and easily put up small files that provide connective glue for the net. I use it for reading lists, my elements of the world outline, default configuration files for software I maintain.
Now there's a problem with using the public folder this way. Lock-in. Consider that this is the URL of a file in my public folder.
I've been worried about this, so yesterday I set up an Amazon S3 bucket to host a mirror of my public dropbox. So I can use this new URL: