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[Review] MultCloud 2.3.1 – put multiple cloud drives into one service!

multcloud-logoMore and more people are taking their files online and storing them on storage services all across the internet. The reasons they do this are various, but often it's to allow the same file to be gotten at again when on a different computer; to share documents with colleagues or friends; as a backup in case the local computer fails, or just to clear up space on their own computer by using someone else's storage.

As the desire for online storage increases, more and more companies are setting up their own storage services offering different amounts of space and features. Some users are taking advantage of this by signing up to multiple services, to increase their storage by combining what's available from all the sites; and sharing their files among them based on which service they feel is most useful for each file. MultCloud is designed with these people in mind by allowing them to connect to several services at once, to remove the need to switch between lots of websites. But is it worth your time?

This is an update of a review originally posted on August 26th, 2013 to reflect changes to the service since the original publication.

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    Aug
    26
    2013

    [Review] MultCloud

    Logo for MultCloudMore and more people are taking their files online and storing them on storage services all across the internet. The reasons they do this are various, but often it's to allow the same file to be gotten at again when on a different computer; to share documents with colleagues or friends; as a backup in case the local computer fails, or just to clear up space on their own computer by using someone else's storage.

    As the desire for online storage increases, more and more companies are setting up their own storage services offering different amounts of space and features. Some users are taking advantage of this by signing up to multiple services, to increase their storage by combining what's available from all the sites; and sharing their files among them based on which service they feel is most useful for each file. MultCloud – formerly DropInOne – is designed with these people in mind by allowing them to connect to several services at once, to remove the need to switch between lots of websites. But is it worth your time?

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    Feb
    28
    2012

    New Features and Updates now live on Technically Motivated

    Technically Motivated was down for an extended period from Friday to Sunday to perform major site maintenance. During this time, as well as fixing the issues myself and many readers had come to notice throughout the site, I also worked on and tested many new features and enhancements for the blog, which I’m pleased to announce are now live. Read the rest of this entry »

    Nov
    16
    2011

    [Review] RaS – Rename and Sort v0.84a

    This is a review of the Software product RaS – Rename and Sort v0.84a [Beta], developed by Daniel Ryan.

    Contents of this review:

    The Basics

    System Requirements:

    • Any device capable of running Java
    • More than 2,291kb free space
    • A Java distribution MUST be installed; and should be up-to-date for best performance.

    Price:

    Free!

    Software description as per the developer:
    (Note: Developer software descriptions are copied directly from the developer's websites, so all spelling and grammar mistakes are taken in context)

    Rename and sort files with ease!
    RaS is a free application that smartly auto renames your files by dragging and dropping the files onto it. Depending on what file type is, it can use metadata embedded into the file, deletes any blacklisted words, general file name clean or uses webservices. This is all done with simplicity in mind.


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    May
    19
    2011

    Coming this summer: Finally, you can use Google Docs offline

    Somewhat later than had been planned last year, Google is addressing a significant weaknesses of Google Docs and Google Apps: the inability to use the services while not connected to the Net.

    “We will make them [Google Docs offline apps] available this summer,” said Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, in an interview here last week at at the Google I/O conference. “We’ve all been using it internally. It’s imminent. We want to make sure they’re good.”

    It’s not clear just how high the demand for the feature is. Although I find offline Google Docs’ absence a critical weakness, Google cited low interest in the idea as one justification for why it had removed an earlier attempt at the technology in 2008.

    One thing is very different from three years ago, though: Chrome OS, which in June will move from prototype to product with Chromebook models from Acer and Samsung.

    With Chrome OS, Google is betting that the world is ready for a browser-based operating system. For office workers using a Chrome OS machine to enter customer data into a Web form, offline access is no big deal, but for Chromebooks to reach their full potential, they have to be able to handle a bit more of what even the lowest-end PC can do. That includes being useful when you’re on a subway, on an airplane, or heaven forbid, in some primitive backwater that’s not saturated with reliable 3G.

    Google reassures people that offline Web apps are now possible to program thanks to a number of interfaces such as AppCache and IndexedDB arriving in browsers. But actually taking advantage of those interfaces isn’t necessarily easy.

    Google Docs was supposed to get offline abilities in early 2011, for example.

    Offline Docs hasn’t been easy, in part because of years of shifts in the plumbing used to let browsers look for data on a local computer rather than a remote server on the other side of the Internet.

    Initially, Google Docs had some incomplete offline support through a Google technology called Gears. Google removed that support when it discontinued Gears in favor of open Web standards that accomplished similar goals. The technology in Gears for offline storage was a SQL database interface that was closely related to the Web SQL Database standard for browsers. However, Mozilla and Microsoft didn’t like its approach, and Web SQL’s standardization was derailed.

    A final challenge for Google might be its own vision. The company is betting heavily on a future in which the Internet is built into the fabric of our lives. Indeed, with lobbying and investments in networking technology, it’s trying to hasten the arrival of that future.

    Google has perhaps a better idea of what that future looks like. Its campuses are bathed in Wi-Fi and peppered with Ethernet ports. Employees have home broadband, Net-connected shuttle buses, and for those moments in between, wireless data modems.

    Thus, it should come as no surprise that Pichai said he must consciously remember to unplug from the Net if he wants to try offline features of Google Docs.

    But for those of us not in the Google bubble, with spotty 3G and capped data for our smartphone and home broadband, offline support is essential.

    Apr
    25
    2011

    Google Offers Easier Way to Transfer Video From Google Video to YouTube

    Google Video is shutting down. That’s no surprise. Having been surpassed by YouTube for the longest of time, and Google subsequently acquiring YouTube in 2006 making their own service almost redundant, Google stopped accepting new videos to the site after May 2009 and urged people to move to YouTube instead. Now Google have announced the official death of the site – videos already on the site will no longer be available after April 29, and the site is shut down completely after that.

    You’d expect, if Google’s reason for closing Google Video is that YouTube has made it unnecessary, that therefore Google would allow a quick way to move from Google Video to YouTube in order for users to take advantage of the superior platform and not be forced to lose anything. But, originally, Google hadn’t even planned to do such a thing. The original message about Google’s Google Video closure stated that users would be allowed to download their video manually until May 13 and keep it to hand to do as they wished with it; but there’d be no automatic migrations, and the service – and all data on it – would be taken permanently offline some time after that date.

    Numerous voices spoke out, asking why Google couldn’t just create a quick way to transfer videos between the two services. Google listened. And now, good news: The company’s backed away from its original plans and done just that. Read the rest of this entry »

    Jan
    14
    2011

    Wikipedia is too complex for many people to edit, admits founder

    In a revelation I can only describe as being in the “no duh, Sherlock” variety, Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales has recently admitted to the BBC, that the encyclopaedia site ‘that anyone can edit’ is too complex for many people to modify.

    “We have to support our old power users because they build the site. But we also need to have a ramp for new users,” he told the BBC. “If you click edit and you see some Wiki syntax and some bizarre table structure – a lot of people are literally afraid. They’re good people and they don’t want to break something”.

    Wikipedia currently has an average of 400 million active users on the site, and have lofty expectations to try to make this number reach a billion by 2015. Wales reportedly believes that in order to achieve such growth the site will need a new interface, as the existing one leaves may people ‘afraid’ to contribute to the site because they don’t understand Wiki syntax – and so, when they edit pages and see what appears to be a lot of complicated code inside, they avoid editing it out of fear that they’ll break the page.

    Now if you ask me, this should have been apparent to Wikipedia ages ago. Indeed, I know many people who say that they find Wikipedia “too complicated”, and I’m sure you do too. Improving the interface and simplifying editing would definitely be a huge benefit, in my opinion – but I don’t believe that’s the ONLY thing hindering people from contributing to Wikipedia rather than just using it. (Myself, I feel that there is also an off-putting tone from the intense detail expected in some of the articles, and the slightly over-bureaucratic nature of certain decision-making exercises, but others may feel differently). In any case, I think it’s about time Wikipedia acknowledged the need to simplify their website – but what do you think? Comments appreciated as always!

    Jan
    11
    2011

    [Review] SmartClose

    This is a review of the Software product SmartClose, developed by BM-productions.

    Contents of this review:


    The Basics

    System Requirements:

    Windows 95, 98, Millennium, NT 4.0 (with Service Pack 6 or higher), 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008 and Windows 7. 32 and 64-bit versions supported, but on 64-bit versions of Windows, SmartClose will not be able to retrieve the command-line arguments or working directory of 64-bit processes, nor will it be able to kill these processes.

    Windows 95 and NT 4.0 require Internet Explorer 4 to be installed.

    At least 1MB free space.

    Price:

    Free!

    Software description as per the developer:
    (Note: Developer software descriptions are copied directly from the developer’s websites, so all spelling and grammar mistakes are taken in context)

    SmartClose is a free program that automates the process of closing all running programs. It can also save the state of the system to a system snapshot, so all the programs that have been closed can be easily restarted later by SmartClose.


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