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Backing up the backups at Hot or Cold Cloud Storage Space

These days, external hard drives are really cheap (as compared to their prizes year ago). Hence, backing up photos, videos, files, movies, etc. is not a big deal.

However, here comes the scary part!
What is the external hard drive itself crashes? After all its a mechanical device with discs in it!

Taking a back up of the external hard drive onto another hard drive is not practical enough.....for sure

Hence, wise and most logical thing to do is rely on cloud storage options. Cloud backup solutions enable individuals to store their data and computer files on the Internet using a storage service provider, rather than storing the data locally on a physical disk, such as a hard drive or tape backup. Cloud backup providers then enable their customers to remotely access the provider's services using a secure client log in application to back up files from the customer’s computers or mobile phones / tablets to the online storage server using an encrypted connection. It provides seamless sync options that ensures all devices are ready with files as required.

Before we get into which are different cloud providers, there are 2 major drawbacks of opting for cloud storage service providers.
1. You will always need internet - but i guess, that is not a big issue these days
2. You will have to pay the storage service provider a recurring fees (depending on the storage space we use)


There are 2 types of cloud storage providers:
1. Hot storage - One can retrive their information (files, photos, etc.) immideatly.
2. Cold storage -  One can retrive their information (files, photos, etc.) after 4 to 12 hours of the request place.

But then cold storage offers almost unlimited storage space at very cheap price. The following table provides various hot storage service options. The column trend shows the popularity of the company or the service provider. Popularity is based on:
1. Price
2. Storage capacity offered
3. Ease of sync.
4. Multiple device support
5. Security
6. Support

To an initial storage capacity, these providers offer free storage. For instance, justCloud offers 2GB free strorage and then it starts charging. Pricing models and operation models are different for each of them but the guiding principle for all is the same. For detail comparison, visit here.


But here comes an exception. What if I don't want to spend $$$. Is there a way to combine all such first free space and access it seamlessly? Answer is Yes.....there are paid and free apps that allow access to all such cloud storage from one interface. Once such example is cloudGoo. It onnects all your cloud drives with cloudGOO and act like it's all one big space. No more switching between multiple cloud accounts or apps. But then there is a limit to the first free space we get. Even if we add up all such free spaces we get, it's very difficult to cross 25GB. But, then still worth a consideration.

The other option is Cold Storage. It may not give you, the required files right away - but it takes around 4 hours.

Based on the Amazon Glacier technology, Zoolz introduces an interesting spin with Cold Storage; a low cost storage that is ideal for archival purposes and data that is infrequently accessed but needs to be backed up.

Zoolz is a complete comprehensive storage, which makes browsing easy with its thumbnail view of all the backed up photos, instant search, and a complete list of backed up files and folders stored on Cold Storage. This saves us the time spent wondering wondering about which file was just backed up and which was not.


I have a paid Zoolz account and i am loving it due to it's extremely friendly pricing. 

At the end, we may use an application like CloudGoo to extract free storage spaces from all hot cloud storage providers and sync. frequently used files (mainly images and videos) while we can use a paid cold storage provider like Zoolz for storing infrequently used files.


Posted by Amber Marfatia

Why is lego getting uglier?

If I remember my days playing with Lego or if i imagine my son's playing days with Lego, I would not want him to be surrounded with ugly Lego faces at all!

But as per the news just in, Lego has launched Mixels series in their portfolio for 6+ aged kids. And the picture in the blog will make us all figure out why i call them ugly!

Lego has such a wonderful set of figures (lego men / women) which are cute, preety and for sure not ugly!

Not that Lego has done it for the first time, read out this post....here

Well, what i would like to see Lego do is of course get new series in their portfolio but let it be more enjoyable and lovable!

When i look at this image of 10 random Lego men or their sets, the emphasis is on building something creative. Something that inculcates the very idea of re-usability and yet giving different outcomes every time. Its not only about the cuteness or ugliness its also about the creativity. With fewer parts and more complex parts, kids are not really left with bigger scope of triggering the thought process.

Posted by Amber Marfatia
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A step clouser to automate car & driving!!! (Using android phone)

I am not in possession of a Jaguar or Audi A6 & above or BMW but still i want my driving experience an automated one! When I say automated, what i mean to say is the moment I sit in the car, I don't want to manually do any thing apart from starting the car and running it.

Well, there use to be number of things I use to do earlier before I could actually ride my car. For instance:
1. I would change my phone profile to make sure, I disable WI-fi and enable Bluetooth.
2. Start the driving agent so that it can read my SMS / E-Mails
3. Start my GPS and Navigation app & car dock
4. Increase the overall volume of the phone
5. Call my beloved that "i am leaving for the home and I am at ...... junction"
6. Lock the phone so that I accidentally don't press any key.

Ufffff.....lot of things...and hence, I stopped doing it. But in the quest to automate my experience, i started using the paid version of "Trigger" App which is an android based app which trigger actions on various events such as start, close or change of
1. Wi-fi
2. Bluetooth
3. NFC
4. Battery
5. Time
6.Charging
7.Headset
8.Calendar Event
9. Geofence

In case of car, what is important is the last feature!!! Geofence......

A geo-fence is a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area..Example of geofence of shopping or home boundaries.

Geofencing combines awareness of the user's current location with awareness of nearby features, defined as the user's proximity to locations that may be of interest. To mark a location of interest, you specify its latitude and longitude. To adjust the proximity for the location, you add a radius. The latitude, longitude, and radius define a geofence.

More on geofence can be read at here

Coming back to how to use it for automating our drive experience....

I have geofenced my home and office location for Entry and Exit events. So the moment i exit my home location (radius), automatically the App triggers saved tasks mapped against "exit" event in Trigger app. It changes my profile to set the volume as per my desired levels, starts Bluetooth and connects with my car's media & phone system, disables Wi-fi, sends an existing composed message to my wife with location and short message!!! And yes, all this is automatic....i don't have to click a button.....

Simillary, when i enter the home fenced area trigger initiates WiFi, disables Bluetooth, GPS, etc. - yea, all on its own.....

I do recommend getting Trigger from android store and start checking out for an auto life!
Posted by Amber Marfatia

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