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Old 10-15-2011, 12:59 PM   #31
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I'd probably do Dropbox for personal docs and Amazon for media.
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:09 PM   #32
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"None of the above"

I download my books to my PC, therefore ignoring Amazon's cloud, and just updated my iphone to the newest IOS so have not used icloud as yet, nor would I know what to do with it.
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Old 10-15-2011, 02:40 PM   #33
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I keep a couple hard drive backups. My amazon stuff is on amazon's cloud by default, but I download all of it anyway.

I have a few problems with clouds. First is bandwidth. I have a 5gb cap on data transfers. And I have about 80gb of music - even if I used up my whole month's allotment of data transfer every month on it, it would take forever to get all my music loaded into any cloud. Second, I want my stuff where I can always get it, no worries if the company goes out of business or their servers go down. Third, I don't like the privacy implications. Not that I care who sees what music I have - but for other stuff.
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:45 PM   #34
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I use Carbonite online backup on my main desktop computer. Its old, has all my files, would rather not lose them. Even though I periodically backup on to an external hard drive, I don't do it often enough. With Carbonite I can go to any of my other computers and log in and search and download to another computer.
I'm also using Carbonite, but I'm a bit wary of the whole idea of off-site storage, having been burned once by using another company. That company was Hewett-Packard, a name trusted because I felt they had a solid reputation and wouldn't be going anywhere any time soon. Needless to say, I was quite surprised when they discontinued their service. But at least they gave their customers some warning and some time to transfer their files off their servers.
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:49 PM   #35
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I still think Sugarsync has much more useful features. Right now I sync between my Scrivener Writings folder on my laptop and desktop (I probably can do something similar by placing my scrivener projects in the Dropbox folder on both computers, perhaps?) and whenever I work on my writing on my laptop, it gets synced to my desktop, and vice versa. I guess it's because I started on Sugarsync after reading about this feature, but I find Dropbox clunkier because I have to work out of the Dropbox folder rather than just designating the folders I want to sync. But Dropbox does have better compatibility with some mobile apps as I pointed out, like ebook reading apps*.. I just hope Sugarsync can catch up and keep up, because Dropbox seems like the clear popular choice!

*ETA: I figured out what the issue is with Sugarsync's app and opening files in certain readers. It's a weird bug, but basically Sugarsync defines the "Open in [Default App]" by going through the list of ebook reading apps on your phone alphabetically. So initially the default app was "iBooks" and I had the option of selecting "Open in..." and expanding the list to other apps, but only iBooks, the "default" app would open the epub file. Once iBooks has the file, Sugarsync defaulted the epub file to the next epub reading app, in alphabetical order, Kobo. at that point, Kobo could open the epub. But until Sugarsync thinks it's the "default" app rather than one of the "Open in..." list, Sugarsync won't connect to the app properly. So if I had only one epub reading app, which would be the case if Stanza weren't getting dumped permanently (I'm testing a ton of ereading apps trying to replace Stanza.. so far, not happy about my choices), there would be no problem (not that that's an excuse, the bug does need to be fixed). I have been posting on Sugarsync's forums to see if there is a fix for the issue. Probably no one wanted to read a wall of text about the issue, sorry!

Last ETA: After some back and forth on the Sugarsync forums, I've been notified that their iOS engineer has figured out the bug and it will be fixed in the next update. I'm really excited and happy about the Customer Service. I know I sound like a nutcase but I really do like Sugarsync's features and hope it does well. Dropbox is SO well-known but Sugarsync not as much, yet.

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Old 10-15-2011, 06:19 PM   #36
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None, my little FreeBSD vps does hosting(a few pages, mercurial, mail) and stores whatever I need to have on devices. $15 per month for 40gb/2tb and decent specs on the rest. I'd never store backups anywhere that I don't have physical access - so they live on two little hdd's which get synced every two weeks.
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:44 PM   #37
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No clouds for this old dog. I've worked in the industry for 35 years and don't trust anyone's backup but my own.
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:56 PM   #38
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As a writer, I email all my updated work to myself on a daily basis. I also save it on USB sticks.

I'd heard the phrase cloud, but thought it applied to the net in general. I didn't realize there were actual cloud companies, and to me it smells like something that is bound to go very wrong.
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:05 PM   #39
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I don't have a problem with Cloud storage but I wouldn't use them as a primary backup. I'm old school. I backup everything to discs twice.

Hard Drives fail even ones not so old. I had to replace my hard drive this last week after it failed and it wasn't even two years old. It use to be a hard drive lasted 5 years or more. Not so it seems ever other year I have to get a new drive now. Western Digital isn't what it use to be So the more backup copies of your data the better. As for privacy. I wouldn't trust cloud storage for important things but for ebooks, music and transferring between PCs it works great!

I do have externals and they saved me heartbreak this week as I was able to get my stuff backed up before my drive went kaput.
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:09 AM   #40
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I just started using Google's Calendar and GMail Contacts so that my Android and PC are in "sync" because the data is stored in Google's cloud.

I resisted this, but found it was the only viable way to go at the moment with Android.

As for personal files, I store nothing in the cloud. I use only local hard drives (including an OpenFiler NAS) and SD cards.
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:19 AM   #41
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Yeah right I'm gonna trust some website with personal data. please tell me where I can send my address, credit card info, bank account info, voting preferences and so on, on some website run by people whose Identities or faces I ignore. And I take what ? their word that they will keep this private.

Big Brother is watching you guys, shame on it, but you willingly giving in to that, shame on you.

Edit: on the Dropbox website, it seems you have to download an application to your computer so that the info on your computer can be sent to the cloud. They call it an application, I call it a Trojan ...

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Old 10-16-2011, 11:27 AM   #42
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I've read this somewhere, but isn't there some concern with the amount of traffic that constant/daily uploads to clouds and on-line storage will put on the whole structure?

Or are they just anticipating a lot of traffic as people upload their basic stashes and the rest will just be smaller incremental files?

And is anyone concerned about their data limits being hit by constantly hitting the cloud for things? I have an Iphone 4, old style, and haven't reached my monthly dataplan limit, but I wondered about it on vacation and we were GPSing constantly. I'm not sure we would have made it under our limit if we didn't carry a lot of our entertainment on the device itself.
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:26 PM   #43
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I've read this somewhere, but isn't there some concern with the amount of traffic that constant/daily uploads to clouds and on-line storage will put on the whole structure?
I fail to see how there couldn't be major concern on that front. Especially as we move closer and closer to a scenario where every single key-press or screen-touch results in network traffic being generated/received.
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I've read this somewhere, but isn't there some concern with the amount of traffic that constant/daily uploads to clouds and on-line storage will put on the whole structure?

Or are they just anticipating a lot of traffic as people upload their basic stashes and the rest will just be smaller incremental files?

And is anyone concerned about their data limits being hit by constantly hitting the cloud for things? I have an Iphone 4, old style, and haven't reached my monthly dataplan limit, but I wondered about it on vacation and we were GPSing constantly. I'm not sure we would have made it under our limit if we didn't carry a lot of our entertainment on the device itself.
GPS itself uses the GPS satellites, nothing to do with data limits just like any GPS... mapping can hit but the data load shouldn't be particularly high for that...
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If you have access to a .edu email account they double your referral bonus space.


I've been using Dropbox for a couple of years and totally missed the double referral bonus for edu accounts. I just changed my dropbox account to my University email account, jumped through this hoop to verify my address and my Dropbox Basic account (free version) total available space jumped from 10.25 gigs to 18.25 gigs.

Karma to you!

Update: It now seems that changing my account to my edu email address wasn't necessary.
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