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Basic Types of Cloud Services Online Storage Services are similar to a blank Hard Drive • You must manually upload and download files • No scheduling or incremental uploads Backup Services allow you to schedule backups and to perform incremental backups. • Many allow you to store and recover recent versions Area 2 Computers and Technology • Most try to make things automatic Group Synchronization is a combination of Storage and Backup by Phil Goff, Branch 116 • Files may be manually uploaded or automatically when a file changes. November 17, 2011 • Great way to access and edit files from different computers. • Good way to share files to large to email. 1 2 Two Types of Backup Drive Imaging • Backs up a complete hard drive or partition • Drive Imaging • Backs up the Operating System and all Programs • Selected File Backups • Backs up all of your data files, pictures, music, etc. • Not many people backup the OS or Programs. If computer crashes, you have CD’s to restore them 3 4 Drive Imaging Data File Backup • Requires a lot of space on destination hard drive • Data file backup programs are everywhere. • Allows you to quickly restore your Operating System and • Download free software programs Programs in case of disk failure • Windows 7 has backup software included • Online services not designed to offer Drive Imaging • External hard drives come with backup software • Windows 7 includes Drive Imaging software, but no incremental backups (each image is complete size.) • Purchase Acronis TrueImage or other proprietary progams with special features. • Popular programs for Drive Imaging are Acronis TrueImage, Norton Ghost and Paragon 5 6 Data File Backup Storage Media for Backing Up Data Files What are the Primary Problems with Data File Backups? Media Disadvantages Advantages Burn backups to Slow and Good permanent • Select which files to backup – Need to know where all of DVD’s cumbersome. Takes record of dated file your data is stored on the computer. multiple DVD’s. images • Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos, Email, Browser Bookmarks, etc. Backup to an If fire or other Fairly simple and • Remember to backup regularly. external hard drive disaster, everything low cost. Easy to is lost recover files. • Need software that only backs up changed files (incremental) Backup to an online Costs money. Easy to setup and service works automatically. • Be able to recover a file or an earlier version easily. Easy to recover files. • You are not protected if a file is created and lost between backups. 7 8 Popular Online Backup Services (alpha sequence) Online Backup Services have Similar Features Online Backup Service Stated Price Price for 3 PCs and 50GB Free Plan Data for 1 Year • You select which files (folders) are to be backed up Acronis Online $50/year $50 2GB 30-day trial Carbonite $59/year/1 PC $177 15-day trial • You setup a backup frequency (can be continuous.) CrashPlan $50/yr/1 PC unlimited $120 30 day, free to backup to a friend’s computer • Online Company uploads incremental backups (changed files or IDrive $49.50/year/150GB/1 PC $149.50 5GB free account folders) Jungle Disk $3/month plus storage fees $81 None. KineticD $2/GB/unlimited PCs $100 14-day trial • Online Company keeps some dated versions for retrieval. MiMedia $99/year/100GB/Unlimited PCs $99 7GB free account MozyHome $5.99/mo/50GB/1 PC $119.88 2GB free account • Varying levels of encryption security. Nomadesk $75/year/unlimited/3 PCs $75 (subject to fair use 30-day free trial policy) • Files can be accessed from any computer on the internet. Norton Online Backup $50/25GB/5 PCs $100 30-day 5GB trial SOS Online Backup $79.95/year/5 PCs $79.95 14-day trial 9 10 Features of Selected Cloud Backup Services Features of Selected Cloud Backup Services Acronis Online Carbonite • Integrates with Disk Imaging to external drive • Unlimited Storage. • Up to 5 PC’s • Version sets stored for 90 days. • Storage up to 250GB • Pricing is $59/year per computer. • Version sets stored for 45 days. • For $99/year allows a System Image Backup online • Pricing is $5/month or $50 per year • Free trial for 15 days • Free trial for 30 days • Interface takes some time to figure out. 11 12 Features of Selected Cloud Backup Services Features of Selected Cloud Backup Services Mozy CrashPlan • Scheduled backups of all types of files. • Free service to backup to external drive or to another computer. • Keeps all file versions for 30 days • Pricing is $50/year for unlimited online • Pricing is $5.99 for 50GB • Pricing is for 1 computer only • Can access files from anywhere, even on smartphones • Can access files from anywhere with internet access • Free trial for 15 days 13 14 Popular Free Cloud Storage and Popular Free Cloud Storage and Synchronization Synchronization Google Docs Dropbox • Gives you 1GB but files converted to Google format don’t count. (Free storage can be extremely large if Doc, Excel & PPT files converted to • Everyone’s favorite tool for sharing and synchronizing files. Google’s format.) • Offers 2GB of free online storage • Picasa Web gives you another 1GB for photos but smaller files don’t count. • Synchronizes files across multiple computers and platforms, Windows, Mac, iPhone, etc. • Easy to use. All you need is a Gmail username and password. • Easy to share large files and pictures with others. • Easily share files and pictures with others. • Company is now valued at $1 Billion • Add-in for MS Office let’s you upload to Google Docs with a single click. • You can view documents when offline. 15 16 Popular Free Cloud Storage and Popular Free Cloud Storage and Synchronization Synchronization iCloud Microsoft SkyDrive • Synchronization of selected apps and file storage • Offers 25GB of free online storage • Apple gives you 5GB free. Content purchased from Apple • Offers 5GB of Synchronized storage doesn’t count toward limit. • Download Windows Live Mesh to install on computer • Replaces current MobileMe software • Interface is a little difficult but product is quite good. • Only works with iOS5 devices. (My 2nd gen iPod Touch won’t work) • Good way to share files with others. 17 18 Free Online Storage Only What is My Personal Backup Strategy? Adrive • I have two external hard drives. • Offers 50GB of free online storage • I do a complete system image once a month and then incremental backups weekly. (I use Acronis TrueImage) • No synchronization or version sets in free accounts • I rotate backups between the two hard drives so that the prior • Don’t know about it’s financial status month is always intact. • Once each year I copy all of my photos and most valuable document files onto a portable hard drive and keep it at my daughter’s house. • I am now working with Google Docs and Windows SkyDrive to synchronize data with my laptop. 19 20 Online Shopping for the Holidays Online Shopping for the Holidays Advantages of Online Shopping • You get to see a complete array of items, not just the one or two • Each Year online sales grow dramatically a store carries • If you don’t shop online, you should • You can read reviews by prior customers to see if something lives up to it’s claims • Many retail stores now have online sales • Many times you don’t pay sales tax (although that is likely to • Sales tax issue is still in dispute change.) • You can shop when you want, not just during store hours. • Will never replace retail stores, but will probably cause them to change the way they do business. • Shipping is fast and reliable. (You can track delivery.) • Returns can be made without waiting in lines. Online stores retain your invoice for you. • You don’t have to go to the store. By Phil Goff Branch 116 November 17, 2011 11/17/2011 1 11/17/2011 2 Online Shopping for the Holidays Online Shopping for the Holidays Security Photography • Credit card theft almost never occurs on the internet • Shutterfly, Costco, Snapfish and Kodak • I use Costco’s American Express. If there is a problem within 60 days, just tell A/E not to pay the bill. • Calendars • Organizations like PayPal act as a broker and can be used with eBay to • Coffee Mugs protect your card number from a small retailer • Notepads (only $7.99 for a nice pad) • Photostamps (cost ~ 90 cents each) • Mousepads 11/17/2011 3 11/17/2011 4 Online Shopping for the Holidays Online Shopping for the Holidays Other Photography Gifts Other Photography Gifts • Wrapped Canvas prints from • Picture on aluminum is a unique (but expensive) photo Zazzle.com are unique gift. Go to Bayphoto.com and Fullmetalphotos.com • They claim metal prints are much more vibrant than paper. • Can be custom shaped, etc. Wrapped Canvas print. See border. 11/17/2011 5 11/17/2011 6 Online Shopping for the Holidays Online Shopping for the Holidays Most Popular Website is Amazon.com Popular Items at Amazon.com • Amazon sells everything so go there first. • Cameras and accessories. Check dpreview.com for unbiased camera recommendations. • Generally purchases over $25 have free shipping. If it comes from Amazon then no sales tax. • Magazine subscriptions. Amazon carries all magazines at competitive subscription prices. • Amazon has a great Wish List function so ask relatives to build a Wish List. • Amazon gift certificates are quite popular. • Amazon offers a browser add-in so that your wish list can • Ebooks for those who own Kindles. reference other websites! Works in Chrome, IE, Firefox and Safari. 11/17/2011 7 11/17/2011 8 Online Shopping for the Holidays Online Shopping for the Holidays Other Websites to Consider Don’t overlook eBay.com • Meritline.com. They sell a ton of small cheap items. Most are • Sells many new items of all kinds technology type gadgets, but do carry other stuff. • Most can be purchased with a “buy it now” pricing (no bidding • Newegg.com. They sell computer and other consumer necessary) technology items. Great website to learn about an item. Customer service is excellent. • eBay protects its buyers so you are unlikely to be cheated • All the major stores have good websites – Macy’s, Sears, Home Depot, etc. • bhphotovideo.com is an excellent resource for cameras and accessories. 11/17/2011 9 11/17/2011 10 Online Shopping for the Holidays Online Shopping for the Holidays Questionable Websites Miscellaneous Websites to Consider • If a price is much lower than the major websites, then you are asking • United States Mint (usmint.gov) sell coin sets and other for trouble. good gift items. (Beware of similar named websites that are not the U.S. Government) • Watch out for discount photo stores in Brooklyn and NY area. If the website doesn’t list the location of the Company, then don’t order • For tools, try toolking.com. They have some good prices anything from them. (don’t forget Amazon, Sears, Lowes, etc.) • Check the website with the BBB at http://www.bbbonline.org • harryanddavid.com sells top quality gift baskets, etc. • Google a question about the website such as “problems with • rockbottomgolf.com sells discount golf supplies. wydeals.com” • smartplanethome.com sells kitchen gadgets that are good • Don’t bother with questionable websites. There are many legitimate for gifts. sites such as Amazon, Newegg, etc. 11/17/2011 11 11/17/2011 12 Online Shopping for the Holidays Shopping Online is easy. If you enjoy walking the malls just before Christmas then do it. I’ll be at home watching football. 11/17/2011 13
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