The University has partnered with Box, a cloud-based storage service, to provide 50 GB of free online storage space for campus employees. Files stored on Box can be synced and accessed from several locations, including desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. It is similar to other online services like DropBox that have become quite popular as file sizes grow and people want to access and/or share their files online from their mobile devices.
Some folks will not be interested in more places to look for their files, and so it's really up to you whether you want to take advantage of this service or not. Remember also that Lab provides two options for storing files: the file server, and Google Drive. Google Drive, as you will recall from last week's Tech Talk, will accept many kinds of files and has unlimited storage. The file server affords 20 GB of storage on our own hardware, though that number can be increased upon request for legitimate school-related purposes.
More information about Box and how to claim your Box account can be found here. Please remember that Box is a University-provided service, not Lab, so direct Box support requests to the UC Help Desk, not Lab's. You can reach them at 2-5800, via e-mail, or by real-time chat.
If any of you have been using the loathsome WebShare package currently provided by UC for file storage and sharing, that service will be put out of its misery some time next year.
The University has agreed to make High School students eligible for Box accounts, but that has not happened as yet. Notification will be forthcoming when it does.