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Alert! Did you get the memo re: cloud coverage?

October 9th, 2013 No Comments

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Last week Apple decided to revoke the 25 GB of free iCloud storage space they provided when they switched from MobileMe to iCloud. At the time I thought “What a nice gesture, but I don’t need it.” I was already locked in with DropBox, the cloud storage service that houses all of my documents and syncs to all of my devices beautifully. It also uploads my Camera Roll Photos automatically so they are safe and easily accessible when I erase them from my iPhone. For this service I pay $100 a year for 114GB of space. Why make a switch?

When Apple took back their precious space, they only left me with 5GB of space…to hold 17GB of information! When I didn’t purchase the extra space in time, THEY TURNED OFF MY EMAIL!

Quick breakdown of how this happened: I have been using MobileMe as my personal email from day 1. I now have 10GB worth of email saved! Most of it isn’t junk. Tons of pictures, but no real junk.  Junk gets sent to my work ibox that gets bombarded daily anyway. (Thankfully Gmail is unlimited!) After deleting a whole year of emails in one click and hundreds more by hand, I was still short a few GBs. So, I went ahead and bought 10GB more space for $20/year until I can do more purging.

But that sucks, right? Two different clouds that do the same thing.

I’m telling you this story as a warning. We need to know where we store our stuff. This isn’t brown-box-marked-with-a-sharpie days anymore.

iCloud is where the backups for our devices are stored so it’s important there is ample space to do so. Then you can decide where to store documents and photos: DropBox or iCloud.

For iPhone/iCloud users, check your storage by going into Settings on your phone. Scroll to iCloud. Click on Storage & Backup at the bottom. Then you’ll see how much storage you use.

Here’s my current situation AFER buying extra storage AND cleaning my mailbox. Ugh. And my email still doesn’t work. So I’m too the Apple store ASAP.

 

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“Your hard drive is crashing.”

March 19th, 2011 3 Comments

This is what an Apple Genius told me yesterday.

My response, “Like…right now?!” Apparently so.

I suspected as much because my computer has been temperamental for about a month, freezing every other minute while I’m trying to pound away.

Thankfully, I have taken measures to safeguard myself against the heartbreak of losing everything stored on my hard drive.  I’m sure most of you are smart and back up regularly.  In the past I have not been so wise.  THIS TIME, I’m using 2 kinds of protection.  Because a condom is only 97% effective right? (Bad joke, sorry.)

My two saving graces: Apple Care and DropBox.

I never buy insurance on phones or computers because I usually lose or crash them before I can ever take advantage of the warranty.  But with my first Mac, I went all out and purchased Apple Care, which means they will replace my hard drive for free and the computer will run like kido again. YAY!

To back up all of my data instead of using an external hard drive, I’m storing everything in a DropBox cloud.  This way everything is safe (as long as I pay the $60/year fee) and I can access it from anywhere in the world.  If you’re interested, this service has also replaced YouSendIt for me because I can upload files and share only that file by inviting people to share it.

Obviously both are a costly, but in my opinion, totally worth it to safeguard my document and memories.

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Back It Up Baby

February 24th, 2010 2 Comments

Raise your hand if you back up your files.

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Now raise your hand if you think it’s big ole pain in the ass.

Exactly.

That box takes up space, requires an extra cord, and costs too much for what it is.  Then there’s the action of plugging it in…ugh.

It’s super simple to back up files, but for some reason it’s a huge burden.

So when I heard about DropBox, I was THRILLED.

It’s a virtual box/cloud that you can drag your files to, drop them in, and then delete them from your computer’s hard drive and have tons of free memory.  As you can see it does so much more.

And unlike an external hard drive, you can access your Box from anywhere and the files will look the same.

Of course there’s a catch.You can get a free 2GB account, but that’s only enough to store pictures from your last vacation, so you’ll need to purchase more space. There is monthly (above) or yearly charge ($99/50MB) that you must maintain if you plan on keeping those files until your grand kids want to see your digital albums from 2010.

The other aspect that is less than pleasant is that it can take DAYS to transfer the files.  Fortunately it won’t slow down your computer like most uploads, but we’re all looking for instant gratification online, right?

Bottom line: I’m very pleased with my purchase (50GB for $99/year), which I realize is more than an external hard drive, but I have many of those that I now have no idea where they are.  So I  look forward to dumping all of my old shiii, uhem stuff,  into one box I can access anytime.

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