Today, I wanted to check the sync speed of the main online file storage providers.
I synced the same file of around 800 MB on each platform (one at a time) with their respective Windows Syncronization application with no other specific internet traffic. I then captured the print screen of the Windows 10 Task Manager to see how much network traffic each of the Syncing applications was generating. Below you can see print screens with the results, you will also see how much RAM each Sync app was consuming. (more…)
Let’s start by a quick introduction. I’m a geek; I’ve been using devices in mobility for a while. Since using a handheld I was dreaming that one day, I would be able to have only one device next to my phone for all my uses. Until recently, the number of devices in my bag only grew. Until one day in April this year, when the Surface Pro 4 made the dream coming to life…
My Surface Pro 4 home desktop setup
Back in 2003 I used for less than few days a Slate Windows Tablet PC based on Windows XP. I liked the stylus idea, but the experience was not so great, especially because most applications where not yet designed for this. Since then, the tablet situation has changed a lot. With Vista and then 7, tablet pcs evolved, and while the stylus was getting better, the rest of the hardware was still far from perfect: heavy, low battery life (expect 2 hours and a half at best). Then came the iPad, which changed a lot the state of the art for the slates: good battery life, light, but with a mobile OS and its limitations and no stylus. Then came Surface, and Surface Pro. I will focus this piece on Surface Pro 4, which replaced my previous 2 years and a half old Surface Pro 2 one month and a half ago.
As you may have heard, Netflix started to block the usage of VPN and Proxy servers to be able to watch the USA Netflix (which has more content) from another country.
Unfortunately there are still a lot of licensing issues for Netflix to allow them to have the same content at a global scale. They are aware of the problem and they are working on a solution, but this will take years.
I have been testing different VPN & DNS Services that would allow you to not only protect your privacy by using a VPN to connect to the Internet, but would also work for watching USA Netflix wherever you are.
I backed Kiwi for Gmail which was originally called Gmail for Mac on Kickstarter, they asked for USD 20.000 and they got more than double of that USD 42.202, so people is really interested on finding a solution to better manage their Gmail accounts.
With a great opportunity in hands, the team of Zive composed by Eric Shashoua and Ryan Shetley, were supposed to make a clear statement with their product, unfortunately this didn’t happen, yet.
I discovered the Devolo Powerline adapters (made in Germany) some years ago. They basically allow you to expand your data network on your house or office with almost nothing but plugging the devices to wall electrical outlets.
How it works is very simple, you plug a Powerline to a wall power outlet and connect your ethernet cable to the computer you would like to connect. Then connect another Powerline near the switch or router of your house and plug an ethernet cable from the the router to this second adapter. The devices will connect to each other using your building powerline cables and will establish a network connection. This technology is called: Power Line Communication or PLC, you can read more about it here.
I wrote reviews about Bitcasa in the past, and they were in general positive. The company was missing things, but they were slowly moving forward.
Around a year ago, they decided not to sell anymore unlimited storage accounts. They were having problems with their business and paying for a lot of storage. This was sad, but this decision was not affecting existing customers. (more…)