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Sharing on Evernote

Despite some competition, Evernote still owns the space where we save stuff we might need for ourselves. But is it up to the task of our increasingly collaborative world? I’ve gotten a bit confused about what can and can’t be synced and shared and with whom so I asked them. This is what I think I learned: (some corrections made after checking with Evernote) Syncing between devices If you’re a free user, anything you add on any device can be viewed (and edited) on any other device. If you’re a premium user then you’ll be able to download and store offline all notes to yourContinue readingSharing on Evernote

The Limits of the Cloud

Microsoft’s FolderShare, a folder synchronizing tool that I’ve recommended in previous columns, is going off the air for up to three days in the middle of the week “for server upgrades”: FolderShare will be offline for a little while (48-72 hours) next week for some server upgrades. The outage begins Tuesday, June 17, at 6 PM Pacific Times (UTC-7). We hope to be back online by 6 PM Friday at the latest. I share some of the disbelief of commenters to the blog post and ZDNet’s Michael Krigsman: Users are attracted to services such as FolderShare for two reasons: useful features and the promise ofContinue readingThe Limits of the Cloud

Pocket Lockets

videocapture from myTreo.net Here’s something that caught my eye from CES: D.A.V.E. from Seagate. Despite its awful name (it stands for Digital Audio Video Experience) it’s a great idea. It’s basically a small 60 GB external hard drive but it’s small (65 x 90 x 16 mm) and light (106 grams) and connects to a smart phone via WiFi or Bluetooth. The devices contain a USB port for uploading data (and presumably can use a wired connection from smartphones too, should the need arise.) As Tadd Rosenfeld of myTreo.net puts it: We believe DAVE is a game changer. With the introduction of 1 gigahertz smartphoneContinue readingPocket Lockets

Xdrive’s New Clothes

AOL is unveiling a new media sharing and storage service, BlueString, which gets a positive write-up from Rafe Needleman at Webware. I remain more skeptical (I give it a ten minut.es write-up here.) Rafe is reliable on this kind of thing, so I take his word for it, but I’m nervous about AOL after a post on my blog more than two years ago became a sort of crash-site for angry users of AOL’s Xdrive product, which BlueString builds on and cherrypicks from. Complaints about Xdrive have been posted as recently as last month, in which there were three, and center on: not being ableContinue readingXdrive’s New Clothes

Backing up hard to do, but worth it

This is an edited version of my weekly column for Loose Wire Service, a service providing print publications with technology writing designed for the general reader. Email me if you’re interested in learning more. Sometimes it takes something like an earthquake to realize that you’re vulnerable. Once the ground stops shaking and you’ve begun to sense that your life — and those of your loved one(s) — are not in imminent danger, your thoughts turn to the next most important thing in your world: Your data. Well, of course, that may not be your exact train of thought, but it’s the general direction. So muchContinue readingBacking up hard to do, but worth it

Foleo, Foleo, Where Art Thou?

Caption competition: “Is this a dagger I see before me?” “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio” Now you see it, now you don’t Photo from BusinessWire It has the grim predictability of a company that doesn’t seem sure of what it’s doing, and what people want. Ever since Ed Colligan unveiled the Foleo — a Linux-based sub-sub-notebook — a few months back, folks have been saying it was a mistake. Now it’s dead. I liked the idea, but felt it was the wrong solution: the iPhone and the Nokia N800 seem to prove people now want something that isn’t just a workhorse, but anotherContinue readingFoleo, Foleo, Where Art Thou?

A Beginner’s Guide to Scanning

(This is the text of my weekly Loose Wire Service column, written mostly for newcomers to personal technology, and syndicated to newspapers like The Jakarta Post. Editors interested in carrying the service please feel free to email me.) A lot of folk ask me whether they should buy a scanner: those things that take bits of paper, or photographs, and turn them into files your computer can use. Frankly, I’m surprised by this (not the taking and turning, but the asking). Why would people not have a scanner? I have four. Well, five, actually, if you include that little business card scanner sitting in aContinue readingA Beginner’s Guide to Scanning

Gmail’s Achilles’ Heel?

I wondered what would happen when I reached the limit of my Gmail account, and now I know: I can buy more space. When I checked my account just now I found the message above and this one at the bottom of the page, in scary red:  By clicking on the purchase link I’m taken to a Google Accounts page, where I can buy more storage at the following rates: 6 GB ($20.00 per year) 25 GB ($75.00 per year) 100 GB ($250.00 per year) 250 GB ($500.00 per year) Seems pretty reasonable — at least the 6GB one (and a kink in the armorContinue readingGmail’s Achilles’ Heel?

How to Pack Right

Here’s a piece I wrote for the latest issue of DestinAsian magazine on travel strategies for uncertain times (I have a regular column called Tech Travel in the travel magazine): The way we travel will continue to change, and we will need to adapt to it, especially when it comes to the technology that tethers us to the office or to loved ones. And, in case any of you are grumbling about carry-on restrictions, or the long snaking lines for airport security checks, or the difficulty of arriving looking fresh and gorgeous at our destination when we’re not allowed to carry moisturizer, makeup, or hair gelContinue readingHow to Pack Right

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