Cloud Computing Tips and Tricks

Are Terabytes of Cloud Storage Really a Practical Idea? by Kelly Lynn

When you sign up for an Internet connection, you usually only get to see numbers advertised for the download speeds available. The average American broadband connection is now around 21 Mbps, which puts it way behind countries in Eastern Europe such as Estonia and Hungary. If you're only willing to pay $50 a month, as most people are, you get no more than 16 Mbps in most areas. This can be a problem when you try to take advantage of Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive or any of the other great services that offer gigabytes or terabytes of space online (one Chinese service called Tencent Weiyun actually offers 10 TB for free, and another called Qihoo 360 offers 36 TB; the one problem is that these sites are completely … Continue reading

Do You Realize That Auto-Sync on Cloud Backup Solutions Has a Huge Flaw? by Kelly Lynn

Automatic synchronization is one of the most important reasons why you would choose to use an online backup service like Google Drive or Dropbox. Whatever important files you may have, auto-synced cloud backup solutions can help you maintain up-to-date copies in safekeeping. When you lose a file or see it damaged by malware, you can rest assured that your online cloud backup will have a copy. Unfortunately, this may not always work out as you expect. The problem is that auto-sync synchronizes your cloud backup to whatever state your computer is in, good or bad. If you accidentally delete a file, your cloud backup copy will delete it, too. If you accidentally delete an important part of a document, the backup will do the same thing. It's the same story … Continue reading

Here's What You Can Do with All That Free Cloud Storage Space by Kelly Lynn

    Only 10 years ago, until Gmail came along with then unheard-of offer of 1 GB of free online space, most email services offered around 5 MB. Many wondered how Gmail could afford to be as generous. The answer lay in the size of the attachments it allowed: no file could be larger than 25 MB, at most. With this size limitation, they made sure that most people didn't actually use the space they were given. Fast-forwarding to the present Today, many cloud storage services give away 1 TB of free space online. These offers are nothing, though, compared to what you get with accounts on Baidu or Tencent ( ). These Chinese tech giants want to get people to switch to them, just the way Gmail did … Continue reading

Cloudy: Using a Gmail Extension to Attach Files From Cloud Storage by Kelly Lynn

  Online cloud storage systems are a great way to save time and space when it comes to uploading files, documents and even photos and images. For Gmail users, the Google Drive cloud also makes it simple to email those files to friends and family with a few clicks. Other cloud storage systems, however, aren’t quite as Gmail friendly. Luckily, there’s a Google Chrome extension designed just for Gmail users that want to easily attach and email files from cloud storage sites like Dropbox, FTP, Box, Picasa, and more. If you haven’t already, head over to the Google Chrome Store and download the extension called “Cloudy for Google Chrome”. The next time you open up your Gmail account, there will be a new cloud icon in the compose window. You’re … Continue reading