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15 Cloud Storage Tips And Tricks You Probably Don’t Know

15 Cloud Storage Tips And Tricks You Probably Don’t Know

While we have become used to the rapid pace at which Internet technologies develop, it is quite amazing what everyday tools we didn’t have a couple of years back can do; things we often take for granted nowadays, but which make our online and everyday life much, much easier. There are very few offices that don’t have a use for IT, and the same goes for retail businesses. The online market is becoming a heaven for startups and freelancers alike, and they all have a need to handle things more efficiently. One genuinely groundbreaking new piece of technology that became available for the masses in recent years is cloud technology.

Most people are aware of the basic application of cloud storage. Most of us use it to store files and access them from anywhere we have web access, but not many people know that it can also help you automate and shorten the ‘clicking and copy-pasting logistics’ of working on the web. If you just take a little time to set up the whole thing, you will resolve a lot of running around and, basically, cut your work time.

But storage is just one of the many ways cloud technology is used. A wide spectrum of services use cloud technology – for example, cloud hosting, cloud call centers and other forms of PaaS (platform as service), IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and SaaS (software as a service). Here are 15 tips and tricks for cloud storage that you probably didn’t know:

1. E-mail attachments

Even though we can use instant chat and video calls, a lot of online messaging is still done through e-mails. People working in IT know how messy e-mails can get and how easily you can lose an attachment you really need to find. The service Send to Dropbox sends your attachments to your storage folder so you will always be able to find them.

2. The always accessible and fresh to-do-list

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Google Drive Icon

    Given that a lot of people use multiple devices and that we’ve all lost the habit of writing things down, it comes in handy that you have an updated to-do list. Dropbox, Sky Drive (now One Drive) and Google Drive all give you this option with a .txt file.

    3. Managing document versions

    A lot of companies use their drives for collaborative, on-file work. In this kind of setup, access to previous file versions may arise. Google Docs, Sky Drive and Dropbox offer you a document management feature as well. This way you can rectify mistakes without having to do things over and waste time.

    4. Music storage and streaming

    Music is an everyday part of people’s lives, and in some situations you really want to listen to your own music. Google Play gives you the option to store your music and access it from anywhere and it keeps a backup of up to 20,000 songs.

    5. Unifying your clouds

    There are situations in which companies and businesses use multiple clouds, and managing them all may waste a lot of your time. Otixo makes this a lot easier and less time-consuming.

    6. Easy file transfer

    You also get situations when you have really overcrowded one of your storage options and want to transfer your bulkier files to another storage option. Mover lets you manage this with no problems; no matter from where to where you are transferring your files.

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    7. Downloading directly to cloud

    Downloading and then uploading to the cloud is a part of many people’s routine. You can remove one step from this process by using synced folders as a default download folder in order to shorten your work process.

    8. Unlimited folder sync with multiple PCs

    By using Cubby, you can share multiple folders with different parties. This way, you can have all the benefits of standard cloud storage, but different folders for different uses.

    9. Getting more space

    More space on the cloud

      Through completing certain tasks that include friend referral, social networks integration and so on, you can actually get more space from Dropbox and SugarSync.

      10. Remote printing

      By using your FingerPrint, you can connect your iPhone or iPad to any printer and use Dropbox to print out any kind of document you like. The only twist is that you will have to dish out $ 19.95 for FingerPrint.

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      11. Backing up your phone

      The benefits of the cloud

        These days, there is a lot of data on our phones, and when you lose it or break it, you lose that data as well. There are ways each different smartphone operating system can be set to an automatic cloud file upload.

        12. Browser settings backup

        Mozilla Firefox and Chrome

          Chrome and Firefox offer automatic syncing of your browser settings so you can access them from any PC.

          13. Blog publishing

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          Pancake IO

            For simple blogging solutions when you don’t really need anything fancy, you can use Pancake.io to serve as both your domain and hosting provider.

            14. Blog backup

            WP backup to Dropbox

              The cloud can be used to backup your WordPress site as well. The WordPress Backup to Dropbox plug-in is a great tool that can save your data in case of a security breach or system failure.

              15. Code your cloud data

              SpiderOak

                While we are on the topic of security, you can also encrypt your data before uploading it by using SpiderOak.

                The impact cloud technology has on how we deal with our everyday obligations is astonishing and allows us to move faster and deal with real things, instead of just clicking away to accomplish certain simple tasks. I hope I helped you speed things up and get rid of those nasty IT chores.

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                Last Updated on August 29, 2018

                5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                1. 750words

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                750 words

                  750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                  750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                  750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                  2. Ohlife

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                  ohlife

                    Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                    Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                    3. Oneword

                    oneword

                      OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                      Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                      4. Penzu

                        Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                        With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                        5. Evernote

                        Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                        Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                        For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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