Cloud storage is all the rage these days.
And for good reason, too - it certainly reduces the need for have to lug around a thumbdrive all the time. And instead of having to go through the hassle of cutting-and-pasting plugging-and-unplugging the thumbdrive every single time, all you really have to do is to drag and drop the file you want into your designated folder, and..... hey presto. It's there on your other designated computer.
You need to grab the file from another computer that isn't yours? No problem. With a little more effort you can grab it from the website run by the cloud service provider.
Now, we all know of several cloud storage providers, and many people swear by Dropbox. It's not hard to see why. Its simplicity is hard to beat. The only real issue with it is that it doesn't come with a whole lot of free cloud storage (2 GB free; perhaps a couple gigs more if you carry out some tasks for them), and prices go up quite quickly the more storage you need.
Which is why I decided to go with..... FOUR cloud storage services.
|Screenshot from my desktop. How I grouped them together this way is a story for another time.|
Dropbox was the original killer cloud storage software. It originally came with 2 GB free, and I was tearing my hair out trying to figure out how to get more storage. Sure, there were certain tasks you could carry out for more free storage (like talking about Dropbox on Twitter), but the only real way of getting more free storage was to refer my friends to the service. And for some reason, no one seemed enthusiastic about signing up for Dropbox.
This was until I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet. And immediately..... I hit paydirt. Samsung had a joint promotion with Dropbox, allowing me to claim a massive 48 GB of free storage space.
On top of that, since I was a postgraduate student at NUS at that time..... a little geeky thing called the Great Space Race helped me out. And NUS was right at the top of the race among all the universities and academic institutions in the whole world. That got me another 25 GB.
End result? I got a massive 79.4 GB of free space for absolutely nothing.
On top of that, various other cloud services were holding promotions at different times. I received 50 GB from Box, 15 GB from Google Drive, and 10 GB from Microsoft OneDrive (aka SkyDrive). So that's a total of 79.4 + 50 + 15 + 10 = 154.4 GB of free storage space.
One might say that four cloud storage services are a major hassle, but I beg to differ. I simply delegate different services for different uses. OneDrive might hold all of my MS Office documents, for instance, while Google Drive handles my photographs.
So with all that free space, you might be wondering whether a thumbdrive is ever really necessary. Not so fast, wise guy. At this point it's still quite suicidal to put all your trust in cloud storage. It is totally possible for you to successfully put the file in your cloud folder in one computer and have it not appear on another designated computer due to syncing problems.
And like it or not, you have to put your trust in these companies to actually not look into your files. At the end of the day, you are putting your files on their servers, after all. It is hardly advisable to put your most sensitive files in cloud servers.
That being said, cloud services are highly convenient and sure make life a little easier for everyone.
If you have multiple computers and have never tried a cloud service, you're missing out on a lot. Trust me on this.