The Cloud, The Cloud, it’s all a big scary thing with the accounts and the big fat hairy i which means Apple and maybe you don’t have Appley products and maybe you do and maybe you have an iPhone but you have a PC or maybe you have an iPad but a Droid or maybe you have a PC and Droid and a Nexus tablet period and you think you’re left out but NO!
THE CLOUD IS FOR EVERYBODY!
Well, almost everybody.
Because really, as long as you’ve been on Yahoo or Gmail or some such, you’ve been in The Cloud.
The Cloud is remotely stored data that you can access. That’s all it is. Like you’re email.
So get ahold of yourself, sister. We’re looking at two FREE Cloud-servers accessible from any device that you can log into.
This used to be Google Docs, and honey, it is so simple. First, get a Gmail account. Then download this app on your iOS devices. Sign in and you’ll get a window like this:
- Touch the “+” sign in the upper right corner to create new documents, spreadsheets, folders, upload pictures or videos from your iPhone.
- To access documents already in your Google Drive Cloud, touch My Drive. If there are particular ones you want to get to faster, without scrolling through all your folders, star them.
Anywhere you can log in to Google, you can log in to Google Drive. It’s right on the Google page.
Oh look. I seem to have added a file from my iPhone recently.
Let us see what it is.
Another productive morning.
BONUS beauty: You can share a document with others and it will show up in THEIR Google Drive accounts. AND you can limit what they can do to the document: either eyes only, allow comments, or full permission to edit. Nice.
Google Drive gives your 5GB of free Cloud space, easily accessible from any device.
Here’s the thing. Evernote does a whole lot freakin’ more than Google Drive. Which also makes it a whole lot more complicated. The basics:
Evernote is “notes” organized into “notebooks.”
These “notes” can be text, pictures, audio recordings OR clips from the internet or other apps, which I am NOT even getting into today. Next time, mes amies.
I know, it doesn’t sound that complicated. THAT’S BECAUSE I DIDN’T MAKE IT SOUND THAT COMPLICATED. There’s all this:
With the tagging and the searching and the sorting and the locationizing, and there’s a spiffy feature there on the top right, that boils down to a scanner.
Notebooks can be shared with THE PUBLIC, or only with CHOSEN ONES, but if you want to give editing privileges, you have to pay for the Premium App.
There is a 60MB for month limit, 25MB is the largest file download allowable. HOWEVER. There is no limit to the amount you may keep in your Evernote Cloud.
To access your account from anywhere, just go to evernote.com and log in.
These are just two of many ways to get afloat in The Cloud for free. So really, there’s no excuse to get caught without the notes your need to get an article or chapter finished.
Please. Help me think of a new excuse for not getting chapter 38 finished.