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Old 05-07-2014, 12:28 PM   #1
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Can anyone explain Cloud Storage to me?

----- in simple layman's terms? I've read Wiki's explanation and am left baffled---- not a hard thing to happen to me.

Does a person have to sign up or it is something that is happening 'behind the scenes' without me knowing it?

Is it only for businesses?

Any explanation appreciated. Then, as usual, I'll probably have more questions.

(Oh, and I probably don't want it whatever it is! I'm turning into a Luddite after all these years of wanting to be on the cutting edge!)
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:52 PM   #2
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It's an option for you to store your data on a computer other than your own. You rent/lease space with a cloud storage provider and then you can, for example, back up your computer or individual files to a cloud data center for storage. You can go online any time and access it just the same as if it was on your computer.
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:01 PM   #3
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It's an option for you to store your data on a computer other than your own. You rent/lease space with a cloud storage provider and then you can, for example, back up your computer or individual files to a cloud data center for storage. You can go online any time and access it just the same as if it was on your computer.
Thanks, Andy----- so as long as I don't sign up for it I'm clear. Whew! I have my own external hard drive back-up.
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:05 PM   #4
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Cloud storeage is also used if you purchase digital material like a book or movie from Amazon. You can pull it up and view it on any device because they have it "stored" for you. I like it in that regards.
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:08 PM   #5
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Thanks, Andy----- so as long as I don't sign up for it I'm clear. Whew! I have my own external hard drive back-up.
Any magnetic media, including hard drives and thumb drives, are subject to failure with no notice, which means you can lose everything suddenly. I use Backblaze.com for off-site backup in the cloud. The files are encrypted so they can't be read by anyone unless they have the password.
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Cloud storeage is also used if you purchase digital material like a book or movie from Amazon. You can pull it up and view it on any device because they have it "stored" for you. I like it in that regards.
Oops! I guess I do have stuff on a Cloud then. Thanks for telling me.
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Any magnetic media, including hard drives and thumb drives, are subject to failure with no notice, which means you can lose everything suddenly. I use Backblaze.com for off-site backup in the cloud. The files are encrypted so they can't be read by anyone unless they have the password.
Thanks, GG----- I'll have to think about that. Of course the NSA or Edward Snowden wouldn't be interested in reading what I have stored on my hard drive. Recipes? Jokes? Emails? Medical abstracts? Science quackery?
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Any magnetic media, including hard drives and thumb drives, are subject to failure with no notice, which means you can lose everything suddenly.
This is one reason why I like to keep important files in duplicate external drives, like having 2 duplicate thumb drives, in case one fails unexpectedly.

But for most photos, I use the free version of Photobucket.
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This is one reason why I like to keep important files in duplicate external drives, like having 2 duplicate thumb drives, in case one fails unexpectedly.

But for most photos, I use the free version of Photobucket.
I used to do that. My problem is that I would get lazy about actually doing the backup. With the online backup service I use, every time a file is created or changed, it gets backed up almost immediately in the background. Once it's set up, it does this automagically.
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Thumb drives are nice.They've come in handy around here.

Maybe cloud is another way for hoarders to keep more needless clutter out of the way for someone else to keep.

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