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Keep Your Head In The Clouds: The Benefits Of Cloud Storage Services

Keep Your Head In The Clouds: The Benefits Of Cloud Storage Services

These days “to have your head in the clouds” is not a bad idea at all. It has very little to do with fantasies and daydreaming. On the contrary, the very term “cloud” is now associated with being efficient and pragmatic. It is all about cloud storage services that allow you to keep data on a remote server accessed from the Internet. This model offers you a number of benefits so irresistible that, for most of us, it is not a question of to store on the cloud or not, but rather a question of what cloud service to choose?

However, for the sake of those who still have doubts about cloud storage services, let us start with listing their advantages:

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Advantages of Cloud Storage

  • You get to save precious space on your hard drive. Instead of keeping all these bulky videos, images, and ‘God knows what’ files on your Mac, upload them online. “You are running out of space” warnings won’t display across your screen anymore and you won’t have to delete “unnecessary” stuff in panic only to find out that you accidentally deleted reports you’ve been working on.
  • You can access your data from any device anywhere as long as you are connected to the Internet. Create a file on your office desktop, make changes to it on a laptop at home, and review it on a tablet while commuting to office.
  • If your laptop decides to end its life journey without prior notice, you won’t be crying over its untimely death too much. You’ve got a backup of all your files on a cloud, so you can download them from there and carry on with your usual activities.
  • It becomes easier to collaborate with your colleagues. Now, instead of mailing them large attachments, you can send the link to a shared folder on a cloud.
  • It might not be obvious, but storing data online is much safer than keeping it locally. Security systems of cloud services typically do a very good job at protecting your data from unauthorized access.

The advantages offered by cloud storage services are abundant and it is best to just go ahead and experience the benefits for yourself.

Now, one has to choose which service to use. It is not a very easy task considering how many options the market offers these days. What you could do is start by using several of them, give them a trial period and see which one suits your needs best at an optimal price. It is also possible that you will find it more convenient to use multiple storage services at the same time.

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Managing Data Stored Online

In any case, you will need to figure out how to manage your data stored online. Traditionally, there are two ways to upload, download, and manage data stored in clouds – either through the web interface of a service or with the help of a native application client. Most users prefer the latter method that allows syncing the content of one’s machine and the cloud storage.

Say, whenever you update a file on your Mac, you drag-and-drop it into the folder designated for a particular cloud service and the latest version of the document gets uploaded online. The problem with this seemingly very convenient solution is that you basically keep your files both on your Mac’s hard drive and a cloud service. This completely wipes out the previously mentioned first advantage of using clouds services, i.e. you basically do not get to free much needed space on your Mac.

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Is there a workaround? What should one do to solve the problem? The answer’s simple, use a third party application, like CloudMounter. This software allows you to make most of a desktop application for a cloud service and saves you hard disk space too. The app is capable of mounting cloud services on your Mac, and you can access its contents as if they were stored on your Mac’s additional hard drives. Of course, you need to be connected to the Internet to view and access files.

The application supports the most popular cloud storage services – Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Amazon S3. It also enables you to connect to FTP/FTPS/SFTP and WebDAV servers. Thus, CloudMounter becomes a single entry point to access all your data stored online.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

Everyone has the ability to learn a life-changing skill not just this year, but in the next 6 months.

By life-changing, I mean something that can have a positive impact in your life moving forward, even if it’s something you can’t envision today. Certain skills we can immediately reap the benefits of, while others will be life-changing when we least expect it.

In this article, we’ll share 8 life-changing skills you can learn in 6 months, where you can learn them, and how you can get started today.

1. Speed reading

Bill Gates has been known to state that if he had one superpower, it would be the ability to read faster. What Bill and the rest of the mega-successful understand is that knowledge is power. The ability to process information faster from books, articles, and reports is what will help us learn faster, and therefore improve each aspect of our life faster as well.

Where you can start learning: Speed reading courses are becoming more popular, as more people realize how important it is with the limited time we have. You can check out free courses like Read Speeder or you can start learning how to use Spritzlet, which allows you to speed read articles online with a browser extension.

2. Public speaking

Research shows that people fear public speaking more than death itself. There’s something terrifying about being in front of dozens or hundreds of people, and exposing yourself completely. It’s when you’re most vulnerable, but learning how to public speak is a life-changer.

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Warren Buffett has given advice to recent graduates that the number one skill you can have to succeed is public speaking skills. Everything from communication, confidence, and sales is developed when you develop your public speaking skills.

Where you can start learning: Luckily, there are great communities out there like Toastmasters that organize local meetups all around the world. You’ll find amazing public speakers that are looking to get to the next level to beginners that are just getting started. Check out Toastmasters’ website here.

3. Spanish

As the third most spoken language in the world, the ability to speak Spanish will allow you to reach over 500M people around the world. No matter where you live, knowing how to speak Spanish is becoming increasingly more important, with the Hispanic population and economy spreading quickly worldwide. If you’re living in the US, this is even more important, with over 30% of the population being Hispanic.

Spanish is also on this list, because it’s one of the easiest languages to learn. Sure, Mandarin is an important language to learn, but it’s an incredibly difficult one to learn. If we were to measure the level of importance and the time to learn for all the languages available, Spanish would make it to the top of the list.

One of the biggest reasons why people never reach fluency in any foreign language is: using the wrong method, and lack of time.

It turns out that humans retain only 5% of what we learn from lectures, 20% of what we learn from apps (visual cues), and 90% of what we learn from immediate immersion. Yet, how do 90% of learn a new foreign language? Language schools (lectures), books, Duolingo (apps), etc that don’t provide the real-life immersion required for our brains to learn faster.

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Where to get started: If you want the most effective way to learn a language, learning from real-life interactions is the best way to do it. There are great websites like Rype, which offers Spanish coaching for busy people, solving the issue of lack of time and bringing real-life immersion to your screen. With Rype, you can book as many lessons as you want, at any time of the day, any day of the week, allowing you to fit it into your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

4. Accounting

If you’re looking to get into business, accounting is one of the core fundamentals you’ll need to succeed. While you don’t need to be an expert, you definitely should understand the basics.

This skill can also be used to manage your personal finances, to meet your financial goals, and having more control over your life.

Where to get started learning: If you didn’t learn accounting in school, no worries. You can either teach yourself using books, or check out free accounting courses online.

5. Microsoft Excel

Most people reading this probably have a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. While this is a good start, there are so many powerful functionalities that are hidden, which could make your life a lot easier.

Excel is also a great asset to have whenever you’re looking for a job, as many corporations rely on Excel to organize and manage multiple parts of the business.

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Where to get started learning: With the popularity of Excel, you can find tons of free resources and videos online to learn. Check out Excel Exposure, Lynda, and Excel with Business.

6. Blogging/Vlogging

Blogging is a powerful tool if you want to spread your ideas, build your brand, or grow your business. Since it was introduced, blogging has taken on a life of its own, and today there are ~2M blog posts being written on a daily basis.

Where to get started learning: Anyone can start blogging today. All you need is a content-management system like WordPress, which is completely free. Personally, I think the best way to start learning how to blog is to just start writing. There are techniques you can learn on how to promote your blog, but the best way to grow your blog is to write great content.

7. Weight training

Yes, weight training is a skill. It’s not as advanced as learning how to code, nor will it take as long as learning a new language, if you just want to learn the basics.

We’re not promising that you’ll get a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you will see much faster results for whatever goal you have, just by understanding how to workout properly. And of course, when you’re dealing with an activity that involves physical strain, you’ll always want to caution yourself.

Where to get started learning: There are amazing body builders that are sharing all of their secrets for free on Youtube. You can check out Bodybuilding.com’s Youtube channel to get started.

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8. Photo and video editing

In the digital world that we live in, from Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook, there is no avoiding photos and videos. In fact, social media has increasingly gone away from text sharing and almost everything to photo and video editing.

Where to get started learning: For photo editing, you can use Photoshop. For video editing, you can use iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Keep in mind, there are dozens of editing software tools for video and photo editing, but what’s more important are your editing skills, not the tool itself.

Check out education websites like CreativeLIVE or Skillshare, where you can learn from experts themselves on how to best use design and software tools.

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