Posts Tagged ‘desktop’

The Cloud, Why it’s good and why it’s Bad

June 3, 2011

For a long time now I’ve been using a service called Dropbox. Dropbox is a cloud based (meaning it stores information up on it’s servers)service that stores your information in the cloud, for people who don’t know the cloud is the internet. Now, over all of about 2 years I’ve realized that there are a few downsides to this and also a few good sides.

One major good advantage to the service is it’s free!!!!!! Seriously, you can put at least 2 GB worth of data and access it from any computer or mobile device. For instance I could put a photo up to dropbox and go on my iPhone and look at it. Or, I could go look at it on my laptop. I could even show a friend that same picture on my desktop computer on my 20″ screen. The posibilities are endless. Another cool feature is that you can get 2 GB free when singing other people up. This is exactly what I did when I created my podcast site. I store all my podcasts and intros and ideas for podcasts up to dropbox. How did I do that? Well, I created an account but I used my personal account to send an invite for my podcast cloud. One of the best things that I like about dropbox is that I can store anything up there.

So, say your dropbox account gets compromised and you have photos of family your dog and your friends. Or say that you have a word document for school. (NOTE: this rarely if even happens though). What would you do? This problem occurs a lot with pc hard drives when people don’t back up their drives. So, even though dropbox is a good service for keeping stuff on the internet always have a backup. I actually have two. In my desktop pc I have a 500 GB internal drive and a 250 GB external drive. I keep everything that is important to me (meaning pictures, books, music, documents, podcasts, and podcast stuff ) on both of those drives. Now, you may be thinking well I want everything up in the cloud. 1 bad idea it’s fine to have certain hear me out certain things in the cloud but not everything, especially stuff like bank account information credit card info. No! none of that. It’s ok to have for instance fall class schedule, things like that but no personal info.

Overall it’s a cool service and I enjoy using it, if you need more storage they also have that as well and it’s fairly priced.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a Dropbox spokesperson I am only speaking from my experiences using the service.

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Mainstream and Specialized Technology

May 3, 2011

Life has gotten in the way. While life has been getting in the way I’ve had some time to thing about what my next blog psot was going to be about. Well, I’ve got the next thing. You will see from the title what it’s going to be about apparently. So, here it goes. Adaptive technology has been around for a long time. Before the first pda for sighted users came out blind people got there hands on a braille n” speak. I did get this and used it for a long time. The reason why this was a big deal was because a tradional braille writer was heavy, bulky, and LOUD. Very Very Very LOUD. So, when this device came out a lot of people flocked to it. I didn’t have to have a lot of braille paper with notes for school in different folders and then have those folders labeled. This little device cleared all that up. No more paper to sort through just files. I loved it. At this time I was learning to use a computer and loved that as well. But, there was nothing as powerful to me as having a note taker in my hand that was small and I was able to listen to what the teacher had tos ay and also take notes at the same time without having to apologize for my braille writer being loud. Technology has advanced over the years I’ve gotten smarter. Well at least I think I have… and adaptive technology has gotten better. No longer do you need a laptop to do all your word processing on you can have a specialized noe taker. The only disadvantage is that agencies for the blind have to buy them why?? They are expensive the braillenote Apex which is one of the if not the leading note takers for the blind costs $7,000. That’s right that much. The reason? Blind people are a small part of this world. Apple wasn’t ever popular when I was growing up. I only knew windows. Now, that I’m older and a young adult apple has entered the blindness playing field as we’ll call it. Offering everyday devices for the blind. The iphone and the ipad along with their line of laptop and desktop computers. You see, in the windows side of things a list of folders that a sighted person would see is called a “tree view” in the blindness community. So, when you are trying to talk to someone who is sighted about windows your terminology is different espically if you’ve been blind since birth. Apple has since changed that, I’m not saying that apple doesn’t have it’s faults nor am I saying that windows is better. All I’m saying is that we now have choice. Apple can improve in this writers opinion in order to keep up with the screen readers of today like JAWS the leading screen reader and window eyes. But, they do have a shot. Apple has leveled the playing field by providing a solution where sighted and blind mac, iphone, ipad, and ipod touch users can talk about the platform and get things done. A source list in OS X or OS 10 for the blind is also known as a source list to the sighted apple user as well. I see mainstream taking over adaptive. I don’t say this lightly, adaptive equipment does do some things that mainstream will never be able to duplicate but with the prices being compeditive there’s no denying that mainstream will catch up. Adaptive tech will always have it’s own community of people and place in the tech industry, and yes some people will use a mix of adaptive and mainstream devices like myself. But, mainstream is getting better and faster and blowing adaptive tech out of the water.


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