Cloud Storage with today’s technology is a place on the internet where you back up or sync your files to :
Typically what happens is when you install the desktop app, it creates a folder inside your documents folder which is sync’d to the cloud
Any file which is snc’d is then able to be shared to another user on their network, or to the world by sending a unique url to the file itself.
For me, who use 3 or 4 computers at a time, its really good, because I don’t have to worry ever about not having my files, I’ll install these apps on ever machine, and once I save the file, all the machines have a copy of it.. (plus on line so I can get it using my smartphone or tablet.
The leaders in this area are google, (with google drive) Box.com and DropBox and Amazon drive and Sugar Sync.
The difference is in some features of sharing and google converts your word docs to their version of word.. but all pretty much the same.
All have a free entry level, and start charging when you really want to use it a ton.
DropBox gives you 2 gigs for free, Box 5 and Google 5 Gigs,
For me, I want more – I have music / video’s and other stuff I have acquired and I need at least 12 gigs to be happy. So for the past year I have been on my companies account at box.com
Now comes the latest in the cloud storage, copy.com from Barracuda networks (big in spam protection worldwide)
They want in to this consumer need of cloud storage !
Their offering is pretty much the same as the others except.. they start off giving away 15 gigs of on line space, and increase it by having users invite others to their services. (like I am doing now to you.) !!
If you sign up with my link, you get an additional 5 gigs(starting your free storage at 20 gigs… ) I also get bumped up by 5 gigs..
You see, if you sign up 2 more people you will have for free 30 gigs of on line storage.. and so on.
The system is as easy to use as the others can work on ipads/androids iphones / mac’s pc’s and so on. I you sign up, and don’t like it, no worries, they don’t take your credit card… its just free.
Your name and email address , you create your own password.. that’s it.
Use this link.. to make sure you get your extra 5 gigs, and I get mine also.
My newsgroup service company NewsDamon just floated me an offer I couldn’t pass up. Ill explain.
The trouble is recently some of the best shows like Mad Men, and Game of Thrones are not showing up on the newsgroups. So I am forced to look back on the torrent sites for a few shows. As you know, my loyal readers I sort of gave up on torrents a while back in lieu of NewsGroups.
Ok I can still torrent limited.. so surf over to EZTV.IT get what I need, no hassle. But then I remember now I have to use peer blocker and relay on someone to keep my peer blocker updated… (questionable to say the least.. for free service)
Ok so I get this email with a promo for SlickVPN 3.00 a month, unlimited use, encrypt my data, and change the ip address one of 80 different countries, without speed issues. So in essence anyone who looks at my traffic, including my own ISP can see only that data is moving.. and anyone with a torrent, sees that I have a presence in Thailand, or Sweden, or whatever I want it to be.
3.00 a month.. for full bandwidth vpn service, masking my ip address , and works on not only pc but tablets, etc. pptp , l2tp, and your choice of various vpn vpn software. Support is good, service is good and price is right.
No I am not getting paid to refer you, and no I don’t include a link.. I am sure you can find it if you are interested.
Just passing along the info.. in case there was interest.
Have you seen the return of Demonoid.. as D2.vu its there.. sometimes.. but my username was there and I was able to log on.. somehow D2 might just be the rebirth of Demonoid. We will see.
There is one issue with the Itunes software that I really can not accept, and that is that you can using one pc to sync music to it. So for people like me who have various pc’s and laptops.. I come across a mp3 file I want to install onto my iPhone.. I have to wait until I get to the place with the one pc has the iTunes software install with my music..
006143170-big-hammer-rings-bell-02Sure I can install iTunes on another PC.. but just try to sync your iPhone with that.. well. you just lost all your music.
So apple has a solution for this, called something like icloud for music.. but of course its apple and just try to play music on it from a non apple product. not going to happen.
Up comes Amazon to the rescue again, Amazon cloud player allows you to upload to their cloud all your mp3 ogg, flac files .(try that with apple).. and amazon will scan it. and if they have it in their library, they dont bother to upload it. just just assume you purchased it, and give you the rights to play it on any of your devices.
No Shit.. thats what they do. !!
So I uploaded as a test 200 songs of so the other night, Amazon had about half in their library already, so I didn’t need to upload everything.
Then I went for my workout, and decided to stream some of my recently uploaded tunes on my iPhone.
Worked like a charm… the player also allows you to flag any song/ album to download it to your local device in case you are at a place without internet.
But steaming using ATT 3g works just fine
The cost for up to 250 songs is free (some of my songs are 3 hour shows from Gilles Peterson.. just counted as one song!!! but up to 250 songs are free.after that. you have to fork over 25.00 for a year service fee. ..for basically unlimited storage… maybe 250,000 songs something like that but its unlimited
Amazon kicks ass !
S3 cloud storage. and RDS love it.
Just an fyi, I am working now on html signatures for my company which have rotating images, and have to be a specific font. and have to be deployable on outlook, SalesForce, iPhones and iPads… all looking 100 % the same. I just cant believe that I have to write an installation manual which includes the line.
Then you shake your phone until you see the…..
Got to love a challenge. !
Side note. I am getting my gpz back today ! Started it up today. Sounds even better.. Boys and their toys. !
I love these guys, Caravan Palace !!
Looks like they care coming back to LA, I have to get tickets.
But in the mean time, here is a sampling of their music
I recently discovered a series of stations in the UK, apart from the BBC .
ITV. I downloaded and watched a few of the series, like the Making of a woman, Doors open, The Town !(loved that one )
And the dramas just keep on coming.
Right now I am in the middle of Broadchurch, which is a story of a 11 year old boy , killed in a small town in the UK. The plot twists are amazing, acting -first rate.
That being said, nothing has come close to he treat ITV gave its viewers at the end of Jan – Feb of this year,
A drama on the level of a really well made movie.
Conspiracy meets Art… Like Clockwork orange, meets Blue Velvet.
Beautifully shot, and a story so well told you find yourself needing to see the next episode..
and type in your address
Here in NY, and maybe other places there is a craze about selling your gold
Seems like many barber shops and salons are now in the business of buying your unwanted gold.
What are we thinking ?
Hey I think I need a hair cut.. oh. I might as well look in my ex wife’s jewelry case and grab some of that unwanted gold stuff.. My barber is gonna want to buy this from me top dollar !
How many times in a day do we all get emails saying something like
Join me for an informative webinar - its only 15 minutes.. click here to sign up.. for the latest technology issues you cant live without knowing about.
Has anyone ever signed up for one of these 15 minute infomercials on the web. ? if so .. why ?
Two shows I stumbled on in the past week I had to just pass along them as solid recommendations.
HPlus or H+ the digital series.
This Scifi series with well known actors, but not broadcast using any traditional network . No TV no Cable.. No Dish.. This mini series is YouTube only
Each episode is only 5 or 10 minutes, but I find myself needing to see the next one, just as I felt first time watching 24..
Watch it.. that’s all I can say.
Kelsey Grammer’s political drama on Starz, set in Chicago, is fast becoming my new favorite drama (now that we are seeing the end of Breaking bad.. )
Not a show for Kids.
Without a doubt the best free service now is Google voice. If you don’t have one yet, where have you been ?
wakerupper.com for a free wakeup call. if you cant figure out how to get your smart phone to wake you up.
box. com a really easy to use cloud hosting soltuions with webdav and ftp and email to file etc.
Admittedly, a strange title for a documentary but after many weeks I still can’t get the concepts explained in it, out of my head.
The examples used by Adam Curtis in the documentary were illustrations of what caused me to think of this concept in the first place. What I can’t get out of my head is the concept itself.
It is possible that just knowing the ideas laid out in this documentary has changed my life in ways I have no way of perceiving at this moment.
The core proposal Adam brings to light is that humans and all living things may be nothing more in the bigger picture than “Self Replicating Gene Machines. “ Not the best wording of the concept, but the idea is that we, while we are individuals, we are not nearly as unique or separate from one another as we think we are. This concept came from observations looking at human behavior in groups. We all tend to do pretty much the same things, giving the same set of influences. Our unique ability we claim to have, of free will, while in a true sense is there, is also somewhat of a misnomer because our automatic responses and programmed feelings have are embedded into our DNA and therefore what we think of as free will, could be nothing more than embedded programmed behavior rooted so deep in our DNA, that we can’t consciously tell that its even there.
Not to get hung up on only the behavior aspects of the concepts, take for example (not cited in the documentary) what happens in our body when an infection appears. Sometimes it dormant or silent without any symptoms for years until it finally takes it toll on your life and by that time, often it’s too late, (as in the case of syphilis) or it might be painful within the first few minutes of contracting it Our body’s immune system goes to work, by first identifying the attacking infection, figuring out what makes it unique and then creates receptors for it on the white blood cells and then starts reproducing millions of white blood cells sending them to the infected area with the idea that the white blood cells will kill the invading infection.
Take that to the larger social scale :
What does society do, when faced with a threat like an attacking enemy ? A threat which could, if allowed to go unchecked would take over, causing a civilization/tribe/camp/country to be and submit to the will of the aggressor, if not outright killed.
We do pretty much the same thing on a as our cell’s and genes do, all without much conscious thought.
We examine the enemy, size it up, calculate how much effort we need to push it back, find their weakness and then use whatever weapons we can make out of materials we find. When ready we launch an assault or create a barricade to stave out the intruder. Sometimes these methods work, sometimes not, but our social reaction to an attack is always the same. We protect those who we consider part of our group.
Think about what our bodies do with unwanted toxins. Our liver either filters them out or when our filter is no longer working properly and the toxin are allowed to run throughout the rest of our body and organs, killing them slowly.
How is this process all that much different than a social toxin i.e. Thieves, Drug addicts, Psychopaths, and other dangerous elements to society? Don’t we either lock them in a prison or attempt to treat them in hospitals, basically keeping them away from healthy society in the whole? Just as our liver and kidneys do for our life essence, keeping our body’s life fluids as pure and healthy as possible. What happens when we have prison overcrowding? We let these people(social toxins) return to society with the hope they won’t harm and kill the rest of us. Just as when our liver has had enough alcohol, doesn’t it just let the toxins into our blood stream without doing a proper job of filtering and cleaning it.
Our body’s nerve system is just a micro version of the world’s communication systems, regardless if we are talking about smoke signals, GPS or the internet, they all serve the same basic function, to alert another part of the system of danger.
We didn’t develop these social patterns knowing that we were modeling our society on our physical body, we just did it without too much thought. We looked at the challenges facing us and developed solutions to overcome them and survive and replicate ourselves.
The function of Replication is the most common and achievable goal any human has. Just the same as our biological brothers (cells) No matter the society we study, every society is built around the concept of child bearing and rearing, we all value children (especially our own) , because in them not ourselves, but we see the actual realization that life doesn’t end in death but it continues with our next generation. Its in our core DNA to make sure that life itself continues. Its why mothers love their children more than they can begin to describe in words, its why we love sex more than anything else , its why we naturally want to protect a close family member and people from other tribes are not quite as important to us.
My Lineage, My Life has to continue; regardless of costs or pain I might have to put onto someone else I have to live. I don’t know why . But I have to. It’s in my GENES, it’s what I do, it makes sense and it make me alive.
Follow up :
“Through the Wormhole” Season 2 Episode 3.
The show discussed some of the same elements of All Watched over, except on a much larger scale. There is a new scientific theory that maybe the universe itself may be is in fact alive and life on our planet, is nothing more than extension of the universal life we see all around us. We just have been unable till now to see it due to our language and definition of life.
As an example of life in a non traditional sense could be a city.
The show points out that a city might be a version of life, with its roadways acting as veins and arteries, cars and people as the blood vessels, and based on the size of a city, the heart beat is at a rate of two beats a day, one the morning rush hour, one the afternoon rush.
They discuss the concept of life in ever growing mass to now include the universe itself, and the big bang, might be nothing more than a heartbeat to life form we define as the universe. Continually expanding and contrasting, over such a long time we have just been unable to imagine it.
All this to say that the universe itself might be a life form – and the elements in it being made of the same stuff, are all life. In many ways a very similar topic to the argument in “All Watched over by Machines of Loving Grace”.