I don’t know about you, but I like free stuff. I also like the convenience of having things stored in the could and kept in sync across multiple computers. Recent changes in cloud syncing services now make storing all of my smaller files like documents in the cloud easier, and for free. Let me tell you how I did it. In my next article I’ll talk about some ways that you can make multiple services work to your benefit and some general concepts so that it can work for you, but first here are some services I use and some of those recent changes I was talking about.
One change that happened recently was Google Drive. I like Google Drive, while I am a little disappointment that it isn’t more, and it is in many ways very similar to Dropbox I think it has potential. Another service which has gone through recent changes and that I am extensively using is the Sky Drive client which is made my Microsoft and available for Mac and Windows. It has some things in common with this iteration of Google Drive. For a while Microsoft has had web based versions of Word and other basic office programs that you could use to edit documents you were storing in Sky Drive. It isn’t the same as Google Doc’s but it is fully compatible with MS Office Documents which is nice. It is how I open and edit documents on my net book.
Then there are some of the old standards, like Dropbox and SugarSync. I still use their free versions for everything else. In the past I have recommended enough people to SugarSync that I currently have over 11 GB there. You start off with 5 GB but whenever you refer someone both you and the person you are referring get an additional 500 MB. If you want to check it out and get an additional 500 MB through my link you can look at it here. And with Dropbox that is where most of my Ministry Partner Development files live because when I first got Dropbox years ago that was the key way that my wife Karen and I used it.
Of course there are other companies out there that offer free online syncing services, but these are some of the more well-known ones, and they are the ones that I am using. So how about you, do you use more than one cloud service, and if so, how do you use them? Stay tuned, more on how we can make this practically work soon.