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Get your head in the cloud: the ultimate guide to data storage

04 Apr 2016
Peter - amaysim blogger

Peter

amaysim's Head of IT Operations

If you're new to the cloud game I've narrowed down my fave cloud storage options to help you get an overview of what's available and how to use them to organise your life.

Using the excuse ‘I spilt a cup of tea on my computer and lost everything' no longer cuts the mustard. Storing data in the cloud is the backup to your backup and will reduce the stress of deciding which worldly possessions to save in the unlikely event of a fire. Photos, important documents, love letters to George Clooney or that novel you've been plugging away at are all safe and sound in the cloud. Can you tell I reckon the cloud's pretty nifty? If you're new to the cloud game I've narrowed down my fave cloud storage options to help you get an overview of what's available and how to use them to organise your life.

What is this ‘cloud' everyone is talking about?

If you're still wondering whether we're talking cumulus or cirrus then you probably want to keep reading so that your head isn't in the wrong cloud. There is a technical description for the cloud but that's boring as hell. The simple description I use for the cloud is some remote servers where they take something you want to do (like store files) and make it easy and accessible anywhere. Storing your data in the cloud is not only incredibly secure, it's simple, and they take care of boring things like backup and version control. Lose your laptop, not a problem if your data was already stored in the cloud, you can simply re-install the app you chose and everything you had stored in there will come back down, nice and easy.

Dropbox

It's hard to go past Dropbox as one of the most intuitive data storage platforms available. When you look at modern cloud storage systems it was the first and in my mind really kicked off the concept of the cloud in the consumer space. The website is incredibly easy to use and is compatible with desktop applications for Mac, Windows, and Linux and on your smartphone through the Dropbox app (iOS, Android, Blackberry and Kindle Fire).

With Dropbox like most cloud platforms you can store nearly anything; whether it's holiday pictures, work files, or large video files, you can upload, store and share whatever you want. Dropbox has a couple of advantages when it comes to syncing files it really is a seamless experience, they have this down pat. The other thing is most people have Dropbox or know what it is which makes sharing super easy.

With automatic photo uploading on the mobile app, Dropbox will automatically upload any photos you take on your smartphone to your account keeping all your holiday snaps safe and sound. You're given 2GB free storage when you sign up, with the opportunity to earn extra storage through referrals and other incentives. Alternatively, you can pay $10 per month for 1TB of data—you will often come down to how many photos you are saving.

Google Drive

You're not just getting data storage when you sign up for Google Drive. A great platform for doing business, sharing files and uploading data: the service provides a word processor, spreadsheet application, and presentation builder. Another handy feature of Google Drive is the ability to scan documents using an Android device, which automatically converts them to PDFs.

The killer feature for me is the Google Photos feature, like Dropbox the Google Drive app can automatically backup all your photos to the cloud to keep them safe and sound but on top of that it has a whole raft of amazing features. You can edit your photos in the cloud (Instagram filters anyone), you can search your photos, e.g. you can search for Cats and Google will scan all your photos instantly and bring up any photos that it thinks has a cat in it and finally it has smart albums. If you take two weeks of photos in France it will suggest a smart album taking some of the best photos and automatically putting them together into an album you can share with friends, you can see a video on the feature here.

When it comes to storage Google Drive comes with the largest inclusion of 15GB but this does include your Gmail account. To top it off if you store your photos in High Quality mode (rather than raw) which is perfect for casual photo use all the photo storage is free. To upgrade your data on Google Drive it's $2 per month for 100GB or $10 per month for 1TB. It's worth considering if you're after a one-stop shop for filing and functionality.

Google Drive works across Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Chromebooks.

Microsoft OneDrive

This option is similar to other data storage services available but is best suited for folks using Microsoft Office apps. A definite advantage is the ability to collaborate with other users in real time when you have an Office 365 subscription and open a document saved in OneDrive. You begin with 5GB of free storage and if you have Office 365 you get 1TB storage included. While there is nothing wrong with OneDrive unless you are already using Office 365 in my opinion there are better options.

iCloud

Avoid posting a call out for people's numbers on Facebook by backing up your phone using iCloud. If you have an iPhone, turn on your iCloud backup to ensure that your data is regularly backed up. Even if it's been awhile since you last plugged your phone into the computer for a backup, iCloud will capture your data and send it to a safe place for later use. Unfortunately, iCloud isn't available for Android and other smartphones, so using one of the other data storage options listed above is your best bet.

What do you use? Any recommendations that we need to know about? Let us know in the comments below.

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Enola Holmes

Everything coming to Stan & Netflix Australia in September 2020

26 Aug 2020

Despite warmer weather conditions creeping into the mix over the past few weeks, spending more time indoors has become the new norm for many of us, which naturally leads to a ton of content being enjoyed from the comfort of our own homes.

Thankfully Australia's two most prominent streaming services continue to deliver the goods, with Stan and Netflix once again set to debut a stack of exciting new releases this September.

Netflix's lineup is headlined by Enola Holmes. Based on the book series by Nancy Springer, the mystery film stars Millie Bobby Brown and centers upon the story of the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes.

Meanwhile, Young Wallander is a new noir crime thriller that's well worth a look and follows the formative years of Swedish detective Kurt Wallander.

For those looking for a good thriller to sink your teeth into, check out Charlie Kaufman’s psychological film I’m Thinking Of Ending Things. Starring the talented duo of Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons, the film brings some rather interesting themes to the table around escapism.

On the documentary front, keep an eye out for Chef’s Table: BBQ. The acclaimedseries returns for its latest iteration on September 2, delving into the smoky world of barbecue.

Oh and before we forget, did we mention all ten seasons of Friends will arrive on September 17? Bless you Netflix.

Check out the complete list of new shows and movies coming to Netflix Australia this September and get ready for another huge month of at-home streaming.

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    Netflix Australia Original TV

    • Young Wallander (3 September)
    • Away (4 September)
    • Record of Youth (7 September)
    • Get Organized with The Home Edit (9 September)
    • The Gift: Season 2 (10 September)
    • The Duchess (11 September)
    • Family Business: Season 2 (11 September)
    • Close Enough (14 September)
    • Taco Chronicles: Volume 2 (15 September)
    • Baby: Season 3 (16 September)
    • MeatEater: Season 9 (16 September)
    • Signs: Season 2 (16 September)
    • Criminal: UK: Season 2 (16 September)
    • Sing On! (16 September)
    • The Last Word (17 September)
    • Ratched (18 September)
    • American Barbecue Showdown (18 September)
    • Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 4 (22 September)
    • Romance On The Menu (24 September)
    • Sneakerheads (25 September)
    • The School Nurse Files (25 September)
    • Country-Ish (25 September)
    • Whose Vote Counts, Explained (28 September)
    • Private Lives (Coming in September)

    Netflix Australia Films

    • La Partita (1 September)
    • Freaks – You’re One of Us (2 September)
    • Love, Guaranteed (3 September)
    • I’m Thinking of Ending Things (4 September)
    • Mignonnes (9 September)
    • Corazón loco (9 September)
    • The Babysitter: Killer Queen (10 September)
    • Se busca papá (11 September)
    • The Paramedic (16 September)
    • The Devil All The Time (16 September)
    • Enola Holmes (23 September)

    Netflix Australia Original Comedy

    • Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions (1 September)
    • Afonso Padilha: Alma de Pobre (3 September)
    • Michael McIntyre: Showman (15 September)
    • Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia (29 September)

    Netflix Australia Original Documentaries

    • Chef’s Table: BBQ (2 September)
    • Bad Boy Billionaires: India (2 September)
    • My Octopus Teacher (7 September)
    • The Social Dilemma (9 September)
    • La Línea: Shadow of Narco (9 September)
    • Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice (15 September)
    • Challenger: The Final Flight (16 September)
    • GIMS: On the Record (Coming Soon)
    • A Love Song for Latasha (21 September)
    • The Playbook (22 September)
    • The Chef Show: Season 2 (24 September)
    • A Perfect Crime (25 September)
    • American Murder: The Family Next Door (30 September)
    • ARASHI’s Diary Voyage ep12 (Coming Soon)

    Netflix Australia Kids & Family

    • The Boss Baby: Get That Baby! (1 September)
    • True: Friendship Day (1 September)
    • Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (1 September)
    • Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy: Part 2 (4 September)
    • StarBeam: Season 2 (8 September)
    • Julie and the Phantoms (10 September)
    • Pets United (11 September)
    • Izzy’s Koala World (15 September)
    • Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (18 September)
    • Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt: Season 3 (22 September)
    • Mighty Express (22 September)

    Netflix Australia Original Anime

    • The Idhun Chronicles (10 September)
    • Dragon’s Dogma (17 September)

    The Rest

    • A Star Is Born (1 September)
    • The Theory of Everything (4 September)
    • Ride Along (4 September)
    • Friends: Season 1-10 (17 September)
    • Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (28 September)
    • Instant Family (28 September)

    Stan Australia - September 2020 Release Schedule

    Stan has been dropping nothing but gems in 2020, with exclusives such as Yellowstone, Better Call Saul and Billions keeping plenty of Aussies entertained throughout the winter months.


    September's lineup is looking spicy, with a spin off to the hit series Power set to premiere exclusively on Stan on September 6. Power Book II: Ghost picks up after the events of the Power season finale, as Tariq tries to deal with the aftermath of his father's death.

    Other September highlights include The Comey Rule. Based on the New York Times bestselling book A Higher Loyalty, the two part mini-series dives into the events surrounding the 2016 American presidential election and is shaping up to be a must watch.

    Finally, before we wrap things up, if you've recently watched Tenet or are simply a fan of Robert Pattinson, you'll be stoked to hear the entire Twilight film saga will be coming to Stan on September 17.

    Check out the complete list of new content coming to Stan in September 2020 below. Happy streaming!

    September 1
    • Breathe
    • Daddy’s Home
    • Tropic Thunder
    • The Terminal
    • Mapplethorpe
    • Geordie Shore: Season 20
    September 2
    • Hey Duggee: Season 3, Set 1
    • Down Under
    • Material Girls
    September 3
    • American Pastoral
    • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    • Day And Night
    • German Angst
    September 4
    • A.P. Bio: Season 3 – Premiere
    • Cheers: Seasons 1 – 11
    • Canada’s Drag Race: Season 1, Episode 10 – Final
    • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 1, Part 2
    • Paddington
    • The House of Magic
    • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
    September 5
    • Natural World: Hippos – Africa’s River Giants
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 25
    • Broken City
    September 6
    • Love Fraud: Season 1, Episode 2
    • P-Valley: Season 1, Episode 8 – Final
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 1 – Premiere
    • Below
    • The Extraordinary
    • Proxima
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 26
    September 7
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 12
    • Be Kind Rewind
    • Selma
    • Porn To Be Free
    September 8
    • The Daughter
    • Apocalypse Now
    September 9
    • Red Dawn
    • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
    • Rosalie Blum
    September 10
    • China’s Artful Dissident
    • Goon
    • Cutthroat Island
    • Furry Vengeance
    September 11
    • The Voices
    • New Amsterdam: Season 2
    • The Blinky Bill Movie
    • Planet 51
    September 12
    • The Biggest Little Farm
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 27
    September 13
    • Love Fraud: Season 1, Episode 3
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 2
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 28
    • Wyrmwood
    September 14
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 13
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 46
    • Our Cartoon President: Season 3, Episode 10 – Midseason Premiere
    • Everybody Loves Raymond: Seasons 1 – 9
    • The Lunchroom
    • Dogs Don’t Wear Pants
    September 15
    • Clueless
    • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    September 16
    • Mirror Mirror
    • Terminator 2: Judgement Day
    • The Aviator’s Wife
    • The Queen of Spain
    September 17
    • Catfish: Season 7
    • Twilight
    • The Twilight Saga: New Moon
    • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
    • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
    • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
    • The Host
    • Rambo: First Blood
    • Rambo: First Blood Part 2
    • Rambo III
    • Everybody Wants Some!!
    September 18
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 47
    • Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past
    • Hummingbird
    • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
    • Astro Boy
    • Dino Time
    • High Tension
    • God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya
    September 19
    • PEN15: Season 2, Part 1 – Premiere
    • The Impossible
    • See Spot Run
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 29
    September 20
    • Love Fraud: Season 1, Episode 4 – Final
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 3
    • Summer of Rockets: Season 1
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 30
    September 21
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 14
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 48
    • Our Cartoon President: Season 3, Episode 11
    • Brothers
    • The Sweeney
    • Woyzeck
    • Where the Green Ants Dream
    September 22
    • Nerve (2016)
    • U-571
    September 23
    • Charmed (2018): Seasons 1 – 2
    • Red Planet
    • An Unexpected Love
    • The Dancer
    September 24
    • Fist Fight (2017)
    • Man on a Ledge
    • Aurora
    • Just To Be Sure
    September 25
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 49
    • Deutschland 89: Season 1 – Premiere
    • Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds: Season 1
    • Something Borrowed
    • Maggie
    • Petra
    September 26
    • Mechanic Resurrection
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 31
    September 27
    • The Comey Rule: Parts 1 & 2 – Premiere
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 4
    • Sleepless
    • Berry Bees: Season 1 (Part 2)
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 32
    September 28
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 15
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 50
    • Our Cartoon President: Season 3, Episode 12
    • St Trinians 2 – Legend of Fritton’s Gold
    • L.A. Story
    September 29
    • The Fighter
    • I Am Wrath
    • Elsa & Fred
    • 70 Big Ones
    September 30
    • Grey’s Anatomy: Season 14
    • Lock Up
    • Intimate Parts

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