Category Archives: ICloud

The Future Of Cloud Storage May Become Our Worst Nightmare

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These words by Apple Co-Founder, Steve Woz, gave me pause. Not just a little pause but a great, big, scary pause.

In an article by CNET.Com, culled from Agence France-Presse, Steve Woz had this to say about the future of iCloud storage:

“I really worry about everything going to the cloud,” he said. “I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years.”

He added: “With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away” through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to.

“I want to feel that I own things,” Wozniak said. “A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.”

Okay, so I thought it was just me. My age! My unwillingness to release control of my life to something intangible.

But, I guess many people are questioning the wisdom in storing their information on some remote server that they have little to no control over.

In a perfect world, this should work and should be the answer to all our storage and curating problems.

And, with the treadmill-like pace of today’s world, we want a simple, fast and, hopefully, safe solution in which to archive our daily “stuff” – from photos, to documents, to finances, and more.

The “simple and fast” is a no-brainer with cloud service – but the “safe”? Not as much.

And truth be told, is it really that difficult to organize your routine in a way that encompasses saving your work to an external hard drive? How lazy are we becoming here? We have to take responsibility for our work and decide where and how it is stored.

Once you have added the proper folders to your external drive, it would simply be a matter of routinely saving your day’s work to the proper folder. Part of your daily regimen – like brushing your teeth or taking a shower.

And, with Time Machine and Time Capsule, you need not do a thing except make certain that the system is indeed working from time-to-time. Once, you set the back-up schedule for Time Machine, all your data is systematically backed up and ready for recovery if need be.

I think cloud back-up is great for movies and music and, perhaps, sharing some of your photos once the new PhotoStream kicks in via iOS 6 this Fall.

But, I presently use iMessage to send pictures and videos to friends and family and it works incredibly well. For others who do not have Apple devices, then email is just as good and instantaneous.

However, that being said, I would still use an external drive for permanently saving all this data, simply because it is tangible and it is yours!

And I would never (sorry, Mint.Com) store my financial data in the cloud. That is just asking for trouble.

So, the great Steve Woz has spoken. I agree with him. Do you? Let’s hear your take in the comments section.

WWDC Coverage Via Mashable.Com. What Just Happened?

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First of all, I would like to thank the incredible team at Mashable.Com for today’s outstanding live coverage of the WWDC 2012.

All the information and pictures you see in this article are attributed to Mashable.Com.

However, I would urge you to head on over to Mashable’s site for a more comprehensive look at the amazing technological advances awaiting us via Apple in the coming months.

This is truly the stuff of magic and dreams and, Steve Jobs, thank you for making this superior level of innovation possible in our lives.

Tim Cook and his team assembled a great presentation today, June 11th 2012.

Here is how it went down:

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Happy 57th Birthday Steve Jobs. You Are Missed!

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Heaven has inherited a tech angel in the form of Steven Paul Jobs. I am sure that my deceased father, who loves gadgets and from whom I inherited this love, is having a grand ‘ole time watching Steve weave his magic in his new home – the spiritual ICloud.

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But, here on earth, we are celebrating what would have been Steve Jobs’ 57th birthday. And, even though he is no longer with us in body, his spirit is an everlasting presence each and every day of our lives. Well, certainly my life.

For instance, I am typing this article on the IPad, while receiving text messages via my IPhone. My Mac is booted up and ready to use each day, seamlessly supported by Time Machine via Time Capsule back-ups.

And later on this evening, I will fire up my Apple TV to watch a movie and to access AirPlay in order to view the latest videos of my grandchildren.

Earlier in the day, I entertained my 1-year-old grandson with both my IPhone and IPad – stories, music, games in the form of Children’s Apps are the norm around here.

And, like many babies and toddlers out there, he has already mastered the art of pinching and swiping.

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This blog and so many like it exist because of Steve Jobs’ passion for technology and the arts. I am a musician and it was through the Apple experience that I was able to fully embrace all that technology could offer in terms of creative possibilities.

GarageBand, IMovie, IBooks Author, IPhoto Calendars and Books, not mention all the media and photo apps available – all spoke to my innate desire to create, create, create!

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The passion for creativity is ageless and Steve Jobs understood all this from day one. From young children to young children at heart, the Apple experience was created for people who never wanted to grow up. We have a bit of this Peter Pan complex in all of us, but, for some of us, it really is a way of life.

Unfortunately, I came late to the Apple party – June 2009. I walked into the local Future Shop, fell in love with the IMac 24″, bought the last one – a floor model but brand new – and never looked back.

In closing, I would like to express my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to his wife Laurene, his children, his colleagues – everyone who was influenced by this extraordinary man.

And – one more thing – please take the time to leave a message on the website created for Steve Jobs’ birthday.

Apple Second Generation TV Unit Just Doesn’t Work

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For the love of Pete, can someone out there in Apple land fix the trainwreck known as Apple TV 2? It just does not work. Movies download sufficiently well but the problems begin when one wants to watch the rented film.

The movie takes forever to start and, when it does, invents its own commercial breaks by stopping and reloading in mid-scene. My favorite is when, during the last rented movie my husband and I tediously watched, the movie decided to reload approximately five minutes before the ending.

So, Apple people, instead of working on a future release of an Apple HDTV, how about fixing the little black box known as the Apple TV 2 unit first? This product needs to be recalled and/or repaired via an immediate software update.

I think the only thing more maddening about the deficiency of this Apple TV 2 gadget is Apple’s silence at the thousands upon thousands of consumers ranting on their message boards.

Steve Jobs must be rolling in his grave. He was all about consumer satisfaction and communication.

Since he died, the only headlines capturing our attention were the millions of shares shoved into CEO Tim Cook’s pocket. Like we care.

We do not begrudge Apple’s head honchos their financial due, but we do hold them to task when products do not work while the company fails to address the issues.

I am an Apple fan and it will take a cold day in hell before I defect. But remember, all fans are created differently and can be fickle, depending on their tolerance level.

How about you? Is your Apple TV 2 unit going wonky? Did you manage a magical fix? If so, share in the comments section.

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