3.31.2008

Here ya go Caleb

Microsoft's FolderShare/SkyDrive:

I recently started using FolderShare as an easy as crap way to share files from one computer to another. Like my work computer to my home computer for example. I also wanted an easy way to share files to my mom without it being a hassle for her to figure out. So far its been working splendidly.

Heres how it works:
Go to foldershare.com and make an account then login and install it.
Then you setup your shares. Select any folder you want. Then when its all done,.. fill it full of mp3's cuz lets be honest.. thats what most of us want to do right? When you get to the 2nd computer you want to sync with once again go to Foldershare.com to do the install. This time after its all installed it will tell you that you have a share but before you can access it you will need to select another folder on your computer for it to sync to. All done.. now you can get all those mp3's you downloaded at work!

Now heres the 2nd cool thing.. you can invite anyone else to use your share. Like my mom for example. So now we have a folder that we can both throw files into and instantly have access to them on the other side. Neat eh? You can also setup rights to your folders so if you want someone to be able to get to your files but not change or delete anything.. its totally doable.

Now Caleb wanted me to talk about SkyDrive:

Here is another free Microsoft service that is easy to use. This time though instead of easy folder syncing for easy real time access the idea is off site storage.

So pretty much think of it as a free 5GB flash drive but instead of carrying it around with you.. it stays on the internet.

To use it just go to skydrive.live.com and click get started. Once you're logged in you can just start uploading files. Easy smeezy.

3.26.2008

Computer advice #1

Flash drives:

1. They fail just as often as the old floppy disk's.
2. They are not intended as a storage device. More of transportation device.
3. If you use it as your main storage you will be sorry when it fails.
4. Have a backup of all your date in 2 or 3 different places.
5. 9 times out of 10 a data recovery can not be run on a failed flash drive.
6. Buying a good or "expensive" brand will not save you from being careless.
7. BACKUP YOUR DATA!

I get about 2-4 people coming into my office every week with dead flash drives.. some that are almost brand new. The truth is they are not water proof, shock proof, static proof, or fire proof. They can break if you drop it. They can break being thrown around together with your keys on a key chain. They can break in a million other ways.

But MOST OF ALL I think they break from not being removed from computers properly. You must not EVER just pull it out!! You must click the small green arrow in the task tray and wait till it tells you it is safe to remove your flash drive! Mac users: you must eject the flash drive by dragging the icon to the trash!

Also it is my opinion that the retractable flash drives (like the picture below) have a higher chance of being broken and I think this is due to the fragile sliding mechanism. Twice as many contacts to get corroded or broken.

3.24.2008

3.03.2008

Windows Vista Update

Just want everyone to know that I still hate windows vista with all the faculty I possess. What an awful broken pile of trash. What a sorry excuse this is.

I hope and pray no one buys vista or buys a new computer with vista on it. I do not want to start supporting vista. The workload would triple. I have nightmares about it.

I dont want anything to do with information technology if windows vista ever becomes a widely used operating system. I'll go work for national geographic or something. Or better yet.. ill move to California and work for the coast guard or teach tourists how to wind surf...

Big news!


Got me a blendtec

Life can only get better from here...

a gummy bear for davy

Another fire trick

This looks really dangerous so I don't recommend doing this but still, it's kinda cool.