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Back up Your Data for Less Than $10 per Year using Amazon Glacier

Back up Your Data for Less Than $10 per Year using Amazon Glacier

I was looking for some backup solutions over the weekend for all the pictures and videos I’d taken over the years and found an easy way to use Amazon Glacier. Currently all my media is backed up on hard-drives but hard-drives can deteriorate over time and if a fire or flood broke out or even a burglary  the backups could be destroyed or stolen too. Furthermore, it’s a pain switching the hard-disks back and forth to copy files which means that it can be months before I perform another backup (I keep my backup hard-disk separate from my computer).

Looking online, there are a bunch of online back up solutions such as CarboniteElephantDrive amongst many others. There are sync tools such as Google Drive, Skydrive and Dropbox. But when I looked at the prices I thought there must be a cheaper way.

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    How to backup for less than $10 per year

    Amazon Glacier is your friend. It takes a bit of setting up, fortunately there are some free tools out there. Here’s how it works.

    1. Create an Amazon Glacier account. If you already have an Amazon account, you can use that account.

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    2. Create an API key for your Amazon Glacier account by going into your Security Credentials page in Amazon and then create an Access Key ID, this should also provide you with a secret access key.

    3. Download Fast Glacier (It’s free). This is the app that will connect to Amazon Glacier and let you backup your files in an easy way.

    4. When the application starts up, type in your account name, access key ID and secret access key into the following screen –

    add-new-glacier-account

      5. Create a Vault (I picked US East for the cheapest prices, but you may want to pick another location)

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      6. Now it’s simply a case of adding files or folders that need to backed up and then letting it run.

      (For Mac users, you can use Arq)

      What’s the cost?

      It can get complicated here –

      For me, I had about 60GB of pictures and videos to store. The cost is $0.01 per GB per month. That’s $0.60 per month for storage. Amazon also charge for data transfer. For putting the data into storage, it’s free. For each file you put into storage or remove from storage it costs $0.05 for every 1000 files. (Assuming 1 request per file)

      For restoring backups (retrieving files), the first GB of data is free, after which it costs $0.12 for the first 10 TB of data.

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      The cost in my scenario is 60 GB, 12,000 files, I won’t be downloading data all that often (maybe when I sync but that should be less than 1000 requests per month after the initial backup is complete)

      So my annual cost will be
      $0.60 x 12 (Storage cost)

      +

      $0.05 x 12 (File request cost)

      = $7.2 + $0.60

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      Add in the initial cost of uploading the data which would be $0.05 X 12 =$0.60

      My total annual cost will be $8.40. Even if I were to backup an extra GB of data per month, after a year, that extra cost would be $0.66. barely over $9. To restore all my data it would cost $7.68, but i don’t expect to do this often. Here’s the pricing page in case you wish to see the prices for yourself.

      What’s the disadvantage?

      Glacier is designed for archiving, so it’s not designed to work on ‘Live’ documents. It’s for the things that you don’t need to modify (hence why I use it for pictures and videos). It’s not fast.. it’s not designed to be fast so retrieving data may take some time, but if you need long term storage for your backups, this is the most cost effective and stable solution I have come across.

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      8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

      8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

      Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

      Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

      Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

      Why Typing Fast Matters?

      Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

      Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

      Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

      Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

      8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

      Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

      Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.

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      For Beginners

      1. Speed Typing Online

        What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

        The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

        2. Typing Trainer

          Typing Trainer

          is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

          Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

          The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

          3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

            There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.

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            Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

            The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

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            4. The Most Dangerous Writing App

              Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.

              If you stop longer than 5 seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.

              Sessions are timed from 3 minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you’ve been stuck on, or help with procrastination.

              If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

              If you’re wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until each the end of each session.

              5. The Typing Cat

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                Looking to upgrade your typing skills? Also working as a personal tutor, the Typing Cat has a list of regular typing courses with the option to try other lessons with more complexity such as HTML. Learning to type code is a another valulable skillset worth adding.

                Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

                The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

                Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

                Fun typing games

                6. ZType — Space Invaders Meet Webster

                  Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It’s hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.

                  Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

                  The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.

                  7. Epistory – Typing Chronicles

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                    Although this game does cost money to purchase, it is worth the investment if you’re looking for a refreshing and alternative mode to learning how to type fast.

                    Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a role-playing action and adventure game of a young girl riding a fox in a magical and fictional realm; together they combat enemies in the shapes and forms of words.

                    Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                    8. Daily Quote Typing

                      Need some inspiration? Say no more.

                      Daily Quote Typing is one of many gammes available on Wordgames.com – a website that offers a variety of typing games ranging from different levels based on your experience.

                      With Daily Quote Typing, users are able to type out inspirational quotes by famous leaders, inventors, and innovators such as Mark Twain and Albert Einstein.

                      Bottom Line

                      At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                      By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

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