is the latest technology advancement that caused the Non Tech Savvy folks to scratch their heads and just walk away confused. In 2014 there was a movie with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel. In one scene the couple was arguing about a personal video they made that somehow ended up on "The Cloud" where anyone and everyone could download it. Cameron Diaz argues that he should just "Take it down from the Cloud". Then Jason Segel responds "Nobody understands The Cloud, its a mystery". This is a very funny movie and portrays the kind of confusion less than tech savvy people have about this mystery called "The Cloud". Wilkins Websites will break this mystery down and end all of this confusion. First of all, do not let this example of the movie confuse you, when you store files, movies and pictures on the cloud, they are NOT accessible to everyone, just you with your user name and password.
Lets go back to the beginning. As computers have gotten smaller and portable (laptops) their hard drives have gotten smaller. Your Hard drive is where all of your information is stored, like a filing cabinet holds all of your records, your hard drive holds all of your files. Techopedia explains hard drive like this:
"Definition - What does Internal Hard Drive mean?
An internal hard drive is the primary storage device located inside a computer system. It usually contains pre-installed software applications, the operating system and other files. Most desktop computers have several internal hard drives, allowing them to provide greater data storage. On the other hand, laptop computers can only accommodate one internal hard drive, forcing the user to add an external storage device to store data that exceeds the laptop’s internal capacity."
External Hard Drives:
Techopedia explains how there is now a need for External Hard Drives. "An External Hard Drive is just what the names says, a Hard Drive that is external or "Separate" from the computer. These External Hard Drives are sometimes very large, to medium and even small, up to a Tera Byte or more of space (Tera Byte is a lot of space). They are connected to the computer or laptop computer with a hard wire, a fire wire, USB, thunderbolt and others. I carry a Terra Byte external hard drive in my briefcase along with the USB cable to connect it to my Macbook Air laptop. The Macbook Air has very little storage because it is so very small and requires an external hard drive to make it functional."
Definition - What does Cloud Storage mean?
According to Techopedia, "Cloud storage is a cloud computing model in which data is stored on remote servers accessed from the Internet, or "cloud." It is maintained, operated and managed by a cloud storage service provider on a storage servers that are built on virtualization techniques. Cloud storage is also known as utility storage - a term subject to differentiation based on actual implementation and service delivery."
So lets simplify this technical blah blah blah. Now that you know what an external hard drive is, what it is for and how it is used, The next step in the evolution of External Hard Drives is "The Cloud". The Cloud is simply an external hard drive that you access using an internet connection, not the traditional Hard Wire used for portable external hard drives. Yes it is true, it is no more complicated than this. I will say it again, The Cloud is nothing more than a hard drive or storage device where your files are kept, that you access using an internet connection.
How to use The Cloud:
There are several Cloud Servers available to the general public, a few of them are 1) Amazon Cloud 2) AT&T 3) Google 4) iCloud (what I use) and right here in San Antonio TX 5) Rack Space. When you are given or you purchase cloud space you are required to create a user name and password, save these, they are important. When you have important files that you want to save, it is best to use the 3,2,1 rule. A 3,2,1 rule means having at least 3 copies of your files, 2 of which are local but on different devices (one on your computer, 1 on an external hard drive), and at least 1 copy offsite (the cloud). It is also very important to name each file appropriately and store each file in the proper folder. Rule #1, never store anything to your desktop, that just slows down your computer when you turn it on. Rule #2, save your files to Documents, pictures to pictures and movies to movies. rule #3, then create a special folder within these locations such as "Personal files" or "Work Files" "School" and so on. This makes finding your files very easy. If you do not name your files, the computer will name it for you, a name like (scan135fbq), try remembering that file name
Here is a scenario that many people can relate to. A Real Estate Agent is in her office when an offer to purchase her listing is delivered, She opens the envelope and reads the offer. Everything is in order, escrow check, option fee, credit check for the buyers and the pre-approval letter from the bank, most of all the offer is for the asking price of the home. This is the best offer she has received for this listing and its about time, this listing has been on the market for too long. So she quickly scans every page of the offer, the pre-approval letter, escrow and option checks. She uses the 3,2,1 rule of saving this important file, 1 to her computer, 1 to her external hard drive and 1 to the cloud. She names this file "Best Offer Yet" and stores it in the folder called "123 Easy St. Offers" She calls her client to give him the good news and they set up a meet at a local pub and restaurant to discuss the offer and celebrate with a burger and a beer.
She gets to the pub and realizes that she left the paperwork on her desk at work. Fighting the rush hour traffic to get to the office and back is not an option, what is she going to do? She then remembers that she used the 3,2,1 rule for file storage. She pulls her iPad out of her purse, using the pubs free WiFi, logs into the cloud with her user name and password and opens the file that is stored in "Documents", the folder "Work", then folder "123 Easy St Offers" and finds the file "Best Offer Yet". She and her client go over the offer using her iPad, her client is able to read the entire offer while enjoying his bacon cheeseburger and ice cold beer. He is impressed with the offer, her efficiency and technical expertise. He accepts the offer, they clink beer bottles and smile.
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