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TODAY'S TOPIC: FINE-TUNING YOUR CLOUD
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Check out Gmail shortcuts!Check out Gmail shortcuts! Click on this thumbnail photo to see how you can quickly navigate in your "Gmail Cloud." More people use Gmail than any other email service, and most of these Gmail people use the "Cloud-based" webmail interface. When you're in the Gmail Cloud, just press "?" (without the quotes) to pop up this screen overlay, then click "Enable" to turn on these quick-key shortcuts. Very nice! Google also provides a nice Cloud backup service called "Google Drive" that offers 5 Gb of storage for free (I'm using about 2.7Gb) or 25 Gb for $2.50 per month, Google Picasa's latest version integrates with and offers unlimited photo storage on Google+ (I haven't started doing this yet), and Google Music Manager that lets you store up to 20,000 songs (maximum 250MB per song) for free (I'm using about 16.2Gb).

As many of my readers know, I also use the IDrive "Cloud" backup service for $49.50 a year, because I backup 41.8 Gigabytes of information, including several video files that range from 100 Mb to 150 Mb in size, all my downloaded install files, over 2,000 MP3 audio files, all four of my websites, about 12 years of digital photos, old archives, my current documents and other files. You can get 5Gb of storage on IDrive for free, which is plenty for many casual computer users. You can't think, however, that an automatic cloud backup will magically back up all your files once you've installed the program. You must check the logs to see if it's working correctly, and fine-tune it if it isn't.

Precisely because I backup some quite large files, I've learned that "automatic" backups to "the Cloud" aren't quite automatic! First of all, my scheduled backup start time is at 6:30am daily, and it can take several hours to backup over 1.5 Gigabytes of video files. I usually hibernate my PC around 10 a.m. or noon when I leave for work. This means, however, that my automatic scheduled backup would often fail because I wasn't allowing enough time to backup those huge files. So I have to leave my PC running when I go to work if I have some huge files to backup, and also change my IDrive "Bandwith Use Auto-Pause" settings to 80% when the computer is not in use, and to 50% when the computer is in use. This leaves some bandwidth to backup when I'm using the computer, and a little bandwidth for our VoIP phone system that's connected to the router even when the computer is idle. You still have to think about "automatic" backups!


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.


Microsoft made two big announcements in recent days: the Windows 8 operating system has reached "RTM" (Release To Manufacturing), and on Aug. 15 will be available to techies who have paid subscriptions to MDSN or TechNet. For the rest of us, when Windows 8's General Release takes place on Oct. 26, we can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro online for just $39.99.

If you simply can't wait until October, try out one of Microsoft's newest products, Office 365 Home Premium, the free preview. It can be installed on up to 5 computers for home use, and includes Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word. These are the full 2013 desktop versions, not pared-down web-based apps. When you install Office 365, your SkyDrive account is automatically increased to 25Gb of "Cloud" storage, so you can sync your Office and other documents to SkyDrive, put Office 365 on up to 5 computers, and work on your documents from anywhere that has an Internet connection. What's the catch? The Preview version will expire approximately 60 days after the next version of Office becomes available, in autumn 2012.


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The Security Blurb:
In the BBC News article US resists control of Internet passing to UN agency, we read that several nations may push for a change later this year in the way the Internet is managed. "At present several non-profit US bodies oversee the net's technical specifications and domain name system. They operate at arms-length from the US government but officially under the remit of its Department of Commerce" - states the article. Terry Kramer, the U.S. ambassador to the upcoming conference of the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union (ITU), says - "The US is concerned that proposals by some other governments could lead to greater regulatory burdens being placed on the international telecom sector, or perhaps even extended to the internet sector." But the hidden sub-text is that the U.S. security services are able to monitor almost all internatiional Internet traffic at present, because it flows through the U.S. No wonder the U.S. doesn't want to cede control of the Internet to the U.N.!


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Best regards,

"Dr. Bob the CompuNerd"

Robert D hoskEN
See the "nerd" in my name? (It helps if you're a little dyslexic!)
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