Archive for April, 2016

Are You Foggy About “The Cloud?”

April 11, 2016


Many people are a little confused about “The Cloud,” and how it can help their computing life (or whether it can help them at all). Some folks think there is just “one cloud” (as if the cloud were, say, Mick Jagger or Hillary Clinton), and that once they “find it,” all they have to do is “use it.”

These individuals are forgiven, because “The Cloud” is in fact a bunch of clouds, a whole mess of clouds. And the best way to extract benefit from these clouds can differ considerably, depending on what type of computer you own, your work patterns, your tastes, your habits, your interests, and your needs.

Just so you know what you’re up against, I will list some popular clouds (which include, but are not limited to, “cloud-enabled apps”): Apple iCloud. Microsoft OneDrive (formerly “SkyDrive”). The Google Cloud (which includes a bevy of fresh-faced Google Apps, all cloud-based). The Amazon Cloud. Cloud-Based personal storage and online operation for programs like Quicken Online (now, QuickBooks Online, and RealTimes with RealPlayer. The ubiquitous Gmail is a cloud-based mail application. So is Microsoft’s (Microsoft’s answer to Gmail), and their new Office Online (that’s right, your old friends Microsoft Word and Excel now have a second home in the cloud).

Even dinosaurs like AOL and EarthLink’s webmail programs are, in fact, cloud-based programs.

Many familiar desktop applications are “moving to the cloud,” where they join a host of new, cloud-only based applications and services. Truth is, anytime that any part of your data or programs resides on the internet “somewhere,” rather than exclusively on your own computer’s hard drive, they are “cloud-based,” like it or not. On some days, it’s hard not to see everything moving to the cloud…

So, are you on the bus, or off the bus? Or should I say, are you soaring in the cloud(s), or stuck (perhaps reluctantly, perhaps not) on the ground?

If “The Cloud” has you scratching your head, don’t worry. Just pay The Computer Guru in Santa Fe a visit, and bring your computer(s) with you. I will look them over and provide a free diagnostic estimate for everything that’s required to make your equipment function correctly, reliably, and speedily in today’s fast-changing personal computing environment. I can install easy, inexpensive backup systems to keep all your stuff perfectly safe. I can upgrade your computer’s older, slower, tired components, to help you get an extra lease on life from your investment.

And if you’re better off with a new computer, I’ll show you a variety of outstanding new and refurbished machines in my world-class showroom. While we’re at it, we can talk about how you can get your head “into the clouds” and back to work — or play — in today’s challenging, fast-changing computing world.

The Computer Guru is located at 844 Agua Fria Street at the Southeast corner of the intersection of Agua Fria Street and St. Francis Drive, across from Lotus Beauty. There is plenty of free parking. The Computer Guru is open Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday from 10AM to 6PM, Wednesday & Friday from 10AM to 2PM, other days/times by appointment.

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