I’ve got my head in the Cloud

Posted: October 16, 2015 in Tech Tock
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Untitled designEven though I’ve embraced the title of geek, I haven’t done any blogging about it.  That’s going to change today.  More and more, so many of us are working on the go, which means that we need access to information and files that might be stored on different devices.  Enter cloud storage.

Now, despite what Apple might have you believe, online storage isn’t a new thing.  Android has been utilizing it for years, and even back when I was in college I was using a form of it.  Back then we called it “x drive”, and it didn’t automatically sync files or anything, it was all manually organized, but it did exist, and lots of us used it.

Remember when it was a terrifying thing to have your computer crash because of all the lost information that went along with the disaster?  Cloud storage provides a perfect solution for this.  Now you can seamlessly move between devices, work without fear of losing tons of information, and keep all your pictures safely tucked away without having to remember where you put the usb stick or, for some of us, the burnt dvd (or CD…remember those?).

So why do I bring this up now?  Recently I just got an external hard drive that came with 200GB of space on Microsoft’s online solution, OneDrive (originally called Sky Drive).  Up until now, I’ve been a big fan of DropBox, and don’t get me wrong, I still love it and think it’s an awesome service.  However, the 250 or so GB of free storage I had with them is about to expire, and being the cost conscious (read: cheap) person that I am, I’ve taken advantage of the newly acquired OneDrive, and let me tell you, I’m more than impressed! Like most people, I am a creature of habit, so change can come drudgingly, but this isn’t one of those times.

cloud-storageSo if you’re in the market to find yourself a good cloud service, I can fully endorse Microsoft OneDrive.  If you want a different solution though, DropBox is definitely my next choice.  Apple users will undoubtedly go with iCloud, and Google purists might want to use Google Drive.  There’s also Box that was meant for business and IT (doesn’t mean the casual user can’t use it though), but for me, the flavour of the month sits firmly with OneDrive.

What do you think?  Is there one that you like better?  Leave me a comment, and we can discuss it!  How about the tech avenue?  Who wants me to start including more tech related things in my blog?  Let me know!  Hit that like button, subscribe for more, and as always…thanks for reading! 🙂

~Matt Johnston

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