Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Using Remember the Milk to Keep Your Other Web Apps Free
I'm a big believer in cloud computing. First of all, I find it much safer to keep my files in the cloud. If my computer is ever lost or stolen, or my hard drive crashes, my files will be waiting for me in the cloud when I get another computer. Of course, I could set up an elaborate back-up system to protect myself from such calamity, but those require a great deal of effort and discipline, the back-up media needs to be stored off site, or you must use an online backup system with a monthly fee if you want to have enough space for all of your files. Secondly, it's just so much more convenient. It doesn't matter whether I'm using my laptop at home, my desktop at the office, borrowing a friend's computer at his house, or even using my smart phone on the go, I have access to my files.
Since I'm a bit on the cheap side, I use web apps that are free, but each gives a limited amount of storage capacity for free accounts. Here are just a few of the applications I use on the web. All of them are available free, but you can get more storage space for a monthly fee:
- Drop Box 3.1 GB free.
- Zumo Drive 2 GB free.
- Google Docs unlimited free strorage of documents created in Google Docs, 1 GB of space to upload other files, i.e. Microsoft Office files or pdf files.
- Evernote, unlimited total storage capacity, but only allows you to upload 60 MB per month.
Remember the Milk (RTM) does not provide a place for me to store files in the cloud. It is a task manager. It helps me to remember what I am supposed to do each day, and to keep a record of what does and does not get accomplished. But it does help me maximize my storage capacity on my other apps. Until recently, Evernote users with free accounts could only upload pictures and pdf files. This week Evernote removed that restriction, and allows it's free users to upload any file (with a maximum file size of 25MB). To maximize my useage of the other applications, I've set up a monthly reminder in RTM to see how much of my 60 MB allotment is remaining on the last day of the month, and then transfer infrequently used files from Drop Box, Zumo Drive, or Google Docs until I've (nearly) used up my 60 MB allotment. I leave a little space in case I need to make some more notes in Evernote before my allotment starts over at zero the next day.
Of course, in this monthly review of the files that may or may not need to be transferred, I also just find many that are obsolete and I don't need to use them at all anymore.