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ExpanDrive – Real Drive Letters for Cloud Storage


Enter the Cloud

Enter the Cloud

Cloud.  Today, it’s all about the cloud.  Store in the cloud, work in the cloud … live in the cloud.  Google even created ChromeOS to embrace the cloud – and we now have laptops that do practically nothing unless they are connected to said cloud.  While you could argue the merits of cloud computing all day and night – we’re only going to look at one aspect of it in this article.  Storage.

Cloud Storage

Cloud storage has been around for a very long time and there are more players in the space now than ever before.  There are venerable favorites like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Skydrive/OneDrive – and even more you haven’t heard of like Copy.com, Rackspace and Amazon S3.  With so many choices, you would think that competition would get the best of the market and drive prices down and features up, but oddly enough that hasn’t happened.  Sure, some cloud services have better features and cheaper solutions but there still isn’t really one to “rule them all”. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, Software, The Cloud, Windows

Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar” Wrapup


Everyone is being like Nintendo these days; forgoing the “all in” during big conferences – instead, setting up multiple, smaller conferences and demos regularly spaces throughout the year.

On July 24th, Google presented “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” to reveal new hardware, software and services. Let’s take a quick look at everything in a nutshell, and we’ll give you our two cents too. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Synology DS212j Network Attached Storage Solution


Storage. For almost everyone that owns technology, storage is the very fabric of life. It doesn’t matter how entrenched in tech you are – storage need eventually raises its ugly head. When it does, we scramble for a “storage solution” which is commonly equated to “more”; more GBs, more TBs (maybe even PBs for some). Some people are more worried about the format of storage; do I need a bigger old school hard drive or should I go for faster SSD solutions? Unfortunately, the “solution” part of “storage solution” is rarely looked at from an ever-growing need point of view; how do I access my storage?

Ah, yes. “The Cloud”. This decade’s biggest buzz phrase and an explosive industry all on its own. There are so many solutions it can make one dizzy and each one promises SOMETHING that “the others don’t have”; be it more storage, automatic syncing across devices – you name it. Unfortunately, they all have shortcomings – ensuring that none of them provide exactly what everyone needs.

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About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Freemium Part Deux: DRM in Disguise


In my article, Freemium: It’s Real, It Sucks, It Really Sucks I discussed the latest bait and switch from the gaming industry. The concept of micro-transactions isn’t new; but now instead of it being an afterthought, games are being BUILT around picking your pocket, $.99-$99.99 at a time. Games like Simpsons: Tapped Out show how the model works; take a four hour game, give it away for free – and drag those four hours out to over a year of “click and wait” while offering time-compressing “donuts” at top dollar. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Consoles, Software, The Cloud

Google Reader Dies on July 1, 2013: Why It Matters


Let me preface this article by saying I am not a regular user … of anything.  I use the web differently than most people.  I use my phone differently than most people.  I even use my tablet differently than most people.

However, among the regular users of Google Reader?  I’m a pretty average user.  That’s why I feel qualified to explain why Google Reader closing its doors is a catastrophe and why there are not substitutes currently available that meets the needs of users like me. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Google Drive: Why You Should Care


Introduction

Cloud storage is big business. Everyone wants to handle your online storage needs. If you go searching for a storage host, you’ll see venerable names like DropBox, Box, SkyDrive, Amazon – and some names you may not be familiar with like SpiderOak and SugarSync. There are a lot of potentials out there, but which one is for you? Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

1dollarscan.com – The Magazine Followup Review


Last fall I wrote a review of the scanning service 1DollarScan.com, a service where you send in your books and documents and they would professionally scan them into unprotected, high quality PDF documents.

In addition to basic scanning, they also offer some premium services (which I did not take advantage of) such as OCR, filenaming and high quality tuning. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Subsonic: Why you don’t need Google Music


When Google flagships a new product, the media blitz is astounding and Google Music’s release into beta (invite only) status was no exception.  Unless you’re living under a rock, you know all about Google Music and what it promises to bring to the table.

This all comes, of course, on the heels of Amazon’s own cloud music service which also recently made the news.  Buy and store music for free.  Stream it – by web, phone … pretty much anywhere.  Store your own tracks up in the cloud too.

For some of us, these FINALLY emerging cloud music services announce themselves with considerably less fanfare – not because we are not lovers of music; but because we’ve had something better than Google and Amazon for some time – and it’s called Subsonic. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+