Is Cloud software right for my daily use?

File-syncing and storage service Box gives you plenty of tools to do more with your files than simply make them available. It’s also wonderfully customizable, letting you integrate your Box account with a wide range of apps and services.

Source: Box (Personal) Review & Rating | PCMag.com

I have been helping use box with companies for years and it is really a great option if you want to sync files easily for people. I have used the competition (Google drive, iCloud, Dropbox, ect) and I like Box the best. What I like is that they have a variety of ways to use it, which means that you can really customize it and find the best work style that works for you.

I guess the only real disadvantage is that you have to download programs to get additional functionality, but one day perhaps they will auto install when you log into Box. I don’t mind having to install those programs because they allow people to share Office documents like Word or PowerPoint and not have those applications. No longer do you have to help people installer viewers for those file types if they do not use the software.

There seems to be a trend of companies moving away from buying Office software. I like that companies are thinking more open source and less proprietary. It gives people who don’t have money to buy expensive software a chance to be taken seriously in the world of work. I have had recruiters tell me that if someone doesn’t have a resume in Word, they don’t read it. That seems a little harsh to me. Not everyone can afford an expensive program like Word. To me the quality of their experience should mean more than what format it is in.

 

How important is Amazon AWS?

If you aren’t an IT person you can be forgiven for not knowing what Amazon AWS is. It allows a huge number of things that we have come to expect from the Internet like Netflix. This excellent article from The Atlantic has a breakdown why Amazon AWS is so important.

Image representing Rackspace as depicted in Cr...It is clear from many sources that AWS is the top cloud provider in reliability. Other providers have almost perfect records and much more affordable. As you might know from reading past articles, I used Rackspace for years and it was perfect. Now I am using Copyblogger/Websynth and it has been very reliable as well. Really the biggest problems you will face from those services are problems you created yourself or hackers create.

For example, I recently had a “Socket error” on my site that caused it to go down for a half hour. The problem wasn’t my hosting provider, but rather the company that I choose for my DNS. They were having a DDOS against them so understandably that error would happen. You can protect against everything, and you really can’t have two DNS┬áproviders, so its a limitation of the current system.

When I tried other cloud providers I found them from completely unusable (Google) to so confusing (Azure) that it is understandable why the average IT person wouldn’t use them. AWS was really the most understandable provider and it is easy to see why they have become popular. Whoever made AWS deserves respect for making it as friendly and reliable as they have. I only wish that Apple would jump in and help simplify cloud technology so that the average person could use it. For example, distributed computing should have been made more consumer friendly ┬áby now so that people and organization could use this incredibly useful technology. It is amazing how it democratizes technology and if it just had a friendly peer-to-peer arrangement this could eventually eliminate the need for IT. I can see that one day it will be that people will have informal/formal grid computing networks and when they have work they will submit it to that network. Instead of having a huge computer that may rarely get used to its potential, we will share computing power and the kind of research won’t be limited in the way it is now.

Kind of sad isn’t it? I read an article today that talked about the sale of a $650k luxury car for people who were world famous. For that kind of money we could have a distributed network working on the cures for persistent stubborn problems for humanity. Its is almost like the people with money would rather hold onto an illusion than progress. The illusion of course is that money will protect them from the scary world. Unfortunately no amount of money protects you from life, but when there is a problem sometimes waiting for a solution isn’t possible. I hope that one day we will be motivated as a species by care for each other, rather than on things that don’t provide happiness.