Working in the Cloud or Cloud Computing

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with The Property Shoppe Team LLC

Working in the clouds  Working in the Cloud or Cloud Computing

What if you could improve profitability, increase efficiency and manage risk more effectively with a single solution?  You may want to consider, working in the cloud or cloud computering.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby all your resources - files, software and information – are provided to computers and other devices on demand, from servers on the Internet.

What are the benefits:

  • All files can be stored and accessed online anywhere, anytime. If you have a internet access, you have all of your files immediately at your fingertips. No more problems, with it being on your laptop hardrive, or you forgot your flash drive at home.
  • Works cross platform (mac, pc, smartphone, iPad);
  • All updates are done through a browser, no more waiting for software updates. If you access your files from your smartphone, or another computer, they are instantly updated and accessible from somewhere else; and
  • All your scanned and electronic files can easily be viewed, accessed and arranged online. You can even share all of your files, or a specific folder with team members, family or clients by giving them access rights to specific folders.

We have been playing with lots of products to guage ease of use, accessibility and efficiency.  Dropbox has won my heart. Oops, I skipped a beat!

Why?

Dropbox is a great way to experience a virtual office or “Cloud Computing.” Visit www.dropbox.com and download the software onto your computer. They give you a free, 2 GB account to play with. Once the software is installed an icon appears on your task bar. You can drag files onto the icon and upload them automatically to your online Dropbox account.

If you have more than one computer registered, or if you are sharing files with someone else, Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically:

a)      Sync files of any size or type

b)      Sync Windows, Mac and Linux computers

c)      Automatically syncs when new files or changes are detected

d)      You can view your files from a web browser. Now there are free apps for your Iphone, Ipad or Android.

Check it out!

&

 

 Always have your stuff when you need it with @Dropbox. 2GB account is free! http://db.tt/EPP5xkQ

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Rainmaker
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Jon Quist
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Thanks for the reminder. It does no good if I have it and don't use it! Duh.

April 26, 2011 12:14 AM
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Barbara Hensley
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This is a great reminder to check this service out again.  Have a great week! 

April 26, 2011 12:16 AM
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I love Drop Box.. especially for sending large files that wouldn't go through email!

April 26, 2011 12:19 AM
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J. A. Michail
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I have heard of dropbox and now I will have to check it out.

April 26, 2011 12:27 AM
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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With an iPad, Dropbox is a great way to get pdf documents available online.....you can also do it with Google docs

April 26, 2011 01:09 AM
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Thanks for the tip Pamelyn--now just teach me the rest

April 26, 2011 08:19 PM
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Gita Bantwal
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I will suggest this so more people can read it. Thank you.

April 27, 2011 06:48 AM
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Laura S. Baker
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Excellent post Pamelyn!  I have bookmarked and suggested.  Love this!  I had three computers crash so far (can't wait for a mac) and have struggled to retreive my prescious before and after photo's!  I plan on loading them all to the "Cloud" now that I have them again.  Thanks again.

April 27, 2011 06:54 AM
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Miriam Bernstein, CRS
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Dropbox is great - try Evernote another great app!

April 27, 2011 07:03 AM
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Dave Halpern
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I've been hearing about cloud computing but didn't take the time to research. Thanks for spotlighting it.

April 27, 2011 08:22 AM
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My computer crashed and burned two months ago! I make it a point to save my files to Google Docs and my photos to Picasa or Flickr so I can access them where ever I am. Thanks for providing info on Dropbox! 

May 02, 2011 03:20 PM
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Cloud computing is a great advancement, but make sure you "do not put all your eggs in one asket".  Have backups.  As we've seen in the last months, "clouds" go down just like individual computers go down.  Relying too heavily on one avenue can be a huge issue in these cases.  

Great post.

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Kathleen,

Thanks for making me think about that. I had all my eggs in one basket on my hardrive and it crashed with the blue screen of death. I spent a year rebuilding what I had lost, and stared using flash drives and an external hard drive, but they too, have their own issues.

I have been using Dropbox for a year now and have never experienced any down time or the inability to access it from any computer, device or my Droid phone. But I have spent lots of time waiting for other websites, even AR to be down.

I guess if it happens, it will be the perfect exuse to go shopping!

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