Cloud Storage (photo credit: Forlanda)
I’ve meant to write about this for some time. Now is as good a time ever, especially with the recent release of Google Drive.
As of this writing, you can get several Gigabytes of cloud storage for free. Yes “FREE”. Everyone likes free, and this article will list several places where you can get anywhere from 2GB to 7GB of free space.
These sites offer free storage in the “cloud”:
There is another cloud storage solution called the Adrive which provides 50GB free. This is not a typo, it is 50GB of free storage, web interface only though with ads. There is an app for it on Android OS, but it’s not free.
Each solution below supports the following platforms:
- Dropbox: Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Apple iOS (e.g. iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Apple Mac, Android OS
- Skydrive: Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Apple iOS (e.g. iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Apple Mac
- Google drive: Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, Android OS
- Amazon cloud drive: Microsoft Windows, Apple iOS (e.g. iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Apple Mac, Android OS
- Apple’s iCloud: Microsoft Windows, Apple iOS (e.g. iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Apple Mac
Sign up for cloud storage now if you don’t have one.
Word of advice…only put files there that aren’t confidential in nature, or information you cannot afford to lose. Also backup your cloud files to a separate external USB drive. It will help ensure you aren’t caught unprepared if your cloud storage provider all of a sudden dissolves.
Are you using other cloud storage solution? If so, please share.
Tracks available on grovo.com
In today’s technology rich world, there are many tools available to everyone. Yes, everyone is using it, but not to their full potential. Tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube are some of the more well-known Internet tools or applications out there. You can learn them on your own by buying a book, or simply doing your own experiment by hunting and pecking at the various options there. Or you can go to a site like grovo.com and get free online computer based training.
I opt for grovo.com.
- It’s free (or you can upgrade to a premium plan, but free will serve most people’s needs)
- It’s always available and it tracks your progress.
- They have course tracks which are groups of courses designed to help you in a particular area of interest (e.g. blogging, social networking, beginning Internet, and so on)
- Include quizzes to test what you’ve learned.
- Best of all, it’s free! Oh yeah, I already mentioned that.
The courses are accessible from any computer or tablet. I didn’t notice any apps for the android or iPad, but I’m sure that isn’t very far behind.
I’m not trying to sell Grovo.com, but I like anything free. Check it out. Right now I’m in the Twitter track.
Are you using Grovo.com to improve yourself? If so, which track are you in?
Evernote, Best note taking app
I’ve use a lot of note taking tools in my life, including the tried and true notepad and pen. Nothing have come close to the perfection of Evernote. Why do I say this? Well, read on and find out.
What’s wrong with traditional note taking apps and tools? The very biggest problem with them is that they cause your data to be in one physical location, vulnerable to being lost. The other problem is that sometimes, you never really have access to that same tool; then, your notes become fragmented and out-of-order. The next thing is that trying to find an old note can be a big challenge. Lastly, you are limited to what you can write or type.
Evernote comes close to perfection when it comes to solving your note taking challenge. Why? Because it addresses each and everyone of those problems. And guess what? It’s free!!!
I’m not going to cover every little thing about Evernote here, but I will highlight its key features:
- Your notes go to the “cloud”; now it doesn’t matter what happens to your electronic device; it breaks, just get another one and you still have your notes. If you lose your electronic device, it doesn’t matter, you still have your notes; thus you can never lose your notes (unless Evernote disappears from the face of the earth; which is not very likely considering the success they are having )
- With Evernote, you can take notes with your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and through simple texting means. Most of the time, you’ll have your phone, and as such, you can still take notes.
- The search function within Evernote is great. You can search using key words, or through tags; nothing can be easier.
- With Evernote, you aren’t limited to taking notes by typing; you can add other forms of information like: audio, videos, images, and photos. You can’t beat that!
- Last but not least, it is FREE!
Let me know if this information is useful or if you have more information you would like to share. Comment below.
Sometimes files are just getting way too big to email. When they do, you can always use Ge.tt to temporarily store your large file (2GB max) in the cloud so that others who you wish to provide access can reach it via some unique URL.
Just recently, my mastermind group recorded a meeting which I wasn’t able to attend. The video file was over 100MB in size. They uploaded it to Ge.tt. One of the group members emailed us a very short URL. That link provided us access to download the large 100MB plus video file.
So if you ever find your self in a bind, Ge.ttspace for it.