When I was in Elementary School if you wanted to get information from one computer to another you'd have to whip out a 5¼-inch floppy, in Jr High it was 3½ inch (Who else remembered having stacks upon stacks of those bad boys). After that we started seeing CD-R / CD-RWs or the thwomping 128MB USB thumb drive. At this point it was possible to email small files, but we're still having to compress and zip and unzip and it was still a huge hassle. But now, users have a ton of options available from usb drives vast enough to contain operating systems and entire media libraries to 'the cloud'; that I had an Apple Sales rep try claiming 'Apple coined the term cloud, and invented modern cloud computing', trying to sell me a two some odd year subscription to MobileMe at something like $100 a year.
Here are some of my personal favorite information storing, saving, and sharing services and methods be it photos, links, documents, or whatever dumb crap you want to show your friends.
I feel like these little squares are really underutilized.
One of the easiest methods I've found for generating a quick QR code to share links is with goo.gl, googles url shortener, then adding '.qr' to the end of the shortened URL.
For example, I shortened 'ShitBoxMyCompter.Blogspot.Com' to 'http://goo.gl/nvkR2'
Then can instantly convert that into a QR code by adding .qr to the end of it. For Smartphones, be it an Android, Blackberry, iPhone, or Windows Phone, there are a ton of apps to easily and conveniently use decode, encode and share via sms or email.
public folder. Personally, when I'm working on a document, I save to my dropbox folder and set the auto safe refquency to one minute. Never let a neglected laptop battery be the cause of losing hours of work again.
SpringPad (or Evernote)
So if you're brain is anything like this, I'd recommend it.
Zamzar is a free file conversion service. Plug in a file, pick a new file type, check your email. It's that simple and usually that fast depending on the file size. It's also an easy way of ripping audio from flash videos from websites, or downloading the actual video itself. There other options for file conversions and download videos but, I've found this to be the most convenient. I know this isn't really a sharing or storage service but felt it deserved mention.
Nothing beats the most reliable Data storage method:
A USB thumb drive powerful enough to load an OS, stock with system recovery tools, password reset utility for Mac or Windows, and store any important files you'd like to keep safe with a strong encryption to go with it. It's the best PC first aid kit, weapon, or personal vile vault.
What are your favorite utility applications and services?
Have any stories where one saved you?