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Daylite 6.2: Now with Teams

It’s no secret that we here at Start On Technology are big fans of Daylite.  A well-thought-out CRM, Daylite allows for seamless access of business-critical info across all employee Apple devices.  These data types include contacts, calendars, tasks, opportunities, projects, emails, and notes.  If you’re worried about sensitive documents, you can set up custom permissions for any items in the database.  Looking for a unified view of company-wide email history?  That feature is a Daylite staple.

Just last week, app developer Marketcircle released version 6.2.  They ironed out some nagging bugs and cleaned up the UI, making a mostly smooth experience even smoother.  With one of these tweaks, a small but powerful layout has quickly found itself as our new default: the Team View.

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This screenshot shows the default setting for Team View, which shows your entire team scrolling sideways.

What does Team View offer?

Newcomers and veterans alike will enjoy the power and flexible this feature has to offer.  As seen in the above picture, Team View allows you to gain a bird’s eye view of all employees and what their week looks like.  Want to compare only a few staff members?  Custom team views can be created in the preferences section, as well as by clicking the “Everyone” toggle.  Want to send a company-wide email, schedule a meeting with everyone, or view the entire company’s appointments stacked?  Look to the quick-access buttons at the top of the window.

The quick-access buttons
The quick-access buttons

Another detail are the ellipses (“…”) at the end of each employee’s name.  Any action that is chosen from this menu will ensure that it is linked to the corresponding employee.

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Client feedback shows that Daylite users are taking better control of their work.  Accountability is better and workflows are more robust.  Sliding deadlines are kept in check with a unified view.  Just a glance is enough to put overdue items in context with the current workload.  This allows for more level-headed planning for everyone.  Having a heads up on what’s coming for the next few days can help prevent tunnel vision, over-thinking, and underestimating schedule demands.

In conclusion, Daylite has never been a more compelling option to bring up your team’s productivity.  Current users, please let us know how Daylite and Team View have helped you out.  If you have yet to try Daylite, we strongly recommend checking out the free trial provided at this link.

If you are interested in transitioning to Daylite, or improving current workflow, we’re here for you.  Check out our contact page to set up an introductory meeting via telephone or Zoom meeting.  We also provide other services.

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Xero Accounting

Xero is a cloud based accounting system. It has grown with its clients over the past 3 years, it has many small and medium sized organizations using their softwares from its origin country New Zealand, United States, Australia and United Kingdom. Throughout the years from 2006 up to 2016, Xero has been getting very positive feedback and it has been continuously growing.

The Xero accounting software made it easy for companies and their staff to be able to monitor reports, bank and credit card account feeds, issue invoices while on-site with clients  purchasing orders and managing reports. The reason why Xero is attracting a lot of companies is because it allows them to access from anywhere around the world. The software is one of the most modern and easy software available in the European countries.

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Since Xero has released their Xero touch mobile app for iOS and Android devices, much more companies were attracted and encourage to try out the software. Another benefit of Xero is that they just announced that they partnered with PayPal allowing invoices to be paid directly through PayPal. Xero Touch is very useful to keep your business with you at all times, it makes working so much easier.

Xero allows businesses to manage finances at anytime, allows unlimited users so that all staff can work at the same time. Clients can pay online so companies or small business owner get their money right away. Also Xero gives organizations the the privilege of having an accountant to help manage finances and they are available whenever you need them.

The Xero Touch mobile app is very useful for individual workers who are always on-site with their clients, it allows them to see invoices and it also allows clients to pay on the spot. Xero Touch mobile app allows individuals to enter expenses by picturing receipts. Also through the application an individual can securely connect to their bank account and import transactions everyday. The application estimates your taxes for you and reminds you of your due date.

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Xero connects with more than 500 business apps. Xero got on GetApp 4.8 starts and excellent reviews, people are very overwhelmed with its easy usage and how time and effort saving it is. How has several advantages like unlimited users, unlimited email support and simple bak reconciliation.

Another benefit of using Xero is that the pricing is very reasonable, $30 standard monthly subscription which give unlimited bills, invoices, reconciliations and adds payroll for up to 5 employees. Compared to other accounting softwares or systems, according to review and rating, Xero is the best and easiest accounting system.

After all, small business need a reliable accounting software to make their daily working lives easier. Xero is continuously improving and is currently taking over the accounting market. Having a safe, reliable and easy accounting system is a very important aspect for all types of businesses. At Start On Technology, our team member can help you to switch your accounting system to Xero with ease and we can provide you with all the information you need.

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iOS 10: 50 Days Later

Time flies, doesn’t it?  It seems like just a couple weeks ago that we all received the iOS 10 upgrade.  It promised to add bells, whistles, and extra polish to an already-stellar operating system.  Fast-forward fifty days and we find that many of the minor bugs that were found in the initial release have been dealt with.  And, although mileage varies from person to person, not a single one of my apps is incompatible with iOS 10.

(You should still check to make sure your most-important apps do support iOS 10, especially if the app’s design still resembles iOS 6.  Also, backup your device.)

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The GUI: New, but Familiar

Hitting an exhaustive 10th-release milestone, iOS finally feels like it’s come into it’s own as a fully-fledged operating system.  From a UI perspective, interactions with objects on-screen are more consistent than ever, especially in apps like Maps and Music.  A lot of users had some issue making the jump from iOS 6 to 7, where a lot the design work based upon real-material aesthetics changed to a minimalistic, flat look.  The shift was vibrant and admittedly futuristic in approach, but it threw off a lot of veterans.  Now we’re met somewhere in the middle: everything is flat but more iconic, buttons are more obvious (if they’re not to you, you can make buttons more pronounced in the settings), quick settings and widgets are more powerful and organized in their off-screen drawers, and system searches have received a couple wonderful updates:

  1. Siri is much faster and a bit smarter at giving you results.
  2. The search bar contains more resources in results.
  3. The define feature, renamed “look up,” has ramped up it’s reference chops as well, allowing highlighted items to display definitions, Wikipedia results, locations, and suggested web results.

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Old Devices: No Worries

Which iPhone are you using?  If you’re part of the large population still on older iPhone hardware, you may be leery.  Fear not: although some actions may be slightly slower in use, the amount of new features is well worth it.  If you want more in-depth info, check out Ars Technica’s write up.

As a daily driver, iOS 10 has been knocking it out of the park for me.  Sure there’s some getting used to the new unlock mechanism, which is now a button press versus the classic swipe-to-the-right, but the rest should feel like old hat.  Newcomers to an iOS device will be thrilled at having the App Store library, now with a rapidly-growing stickers and iMessage micro-App Store, extensions to make connections between apps more seamless, and Apple Music for an untethered music experience.

And one more thing… Apple has also built the future into these operating systems.  Every week reveals gradual improvements to Apple’s once relegated Maps services, especially in the transit department.  The Home app is now baked into the system, allowing purchases of new-and-compatible home appliances.  Thermostats, blinds, lightbulbs, and cameras can be easily managed via an exclusive “scenes” window in the control center drawer (store link).

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Stable, Secure, & Smooth

As Day 51 of iOS 10 approaches, it’s exciting to be met with a stable, well thought-out upgrade.  What have your experiences been?  Let us know in the comments below.  Remember: if your device is acting up on you, try restoring the phone from a backup before throwing in the towel.

Thanks for reading!  Please check out our services to see if Start On Technology is a good fit for you, your company, or someone you know.  For a full rundown of iOS 10’s new features, check out Apple’s landing page.

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Prepare your Macs for Hurricane Matthew

Best Practices

Since we’ve been busy advising clients today, we figured we would share our best practices for businesses to protect your electronics during a storm like Hurricane Matthew:

  • Check your backups, and if you use external drives or media store it in a safe, dry place.
  • If you haven’t started using offsite, cloud backups you can start for free using our recommended solution.
  • Move all power strips and battery backups up from the floor in case of water rise.
  • Shutdown all devices you won’t be expecting to access remotely. Those devices should be attached to a battery backup with auto-shutdown configured. We’ve shutdown/unplugged all our devices and highly suggest you do exactly the same.
  • Unplug all devices from AC power before the storm starts. Power down and unplug the battery backups if equipped.
  • If possible move critical equipment to a safe location and waterproof it.

Safety First!

Never risk yourself or others to save a device, don’t use any devices in or near water, and remember with standing water in a house or office may mean risk of electronic shock. Remember to be safe out there and use common sense!

Consider Battery Power

If you haven’t invested in a battery backup of some kind, hindsight is 20/20 at this point, you should strongly consider it. During storms having a battery to power devices a little longer could be used to stay in communication with loved ones, stay current on the storm situation, and contact emergencies services could give you a critical option. Plus during normal conditions these battery backups can help condition your power to avoid drops in power that can damage electronics.

Stay safe out there!

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iOS 10

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Today Apple released the latest version of iOS (10) to the public. It’s a free upgrade for compatible devices. This article will reveal which devices, what’s new in iOS 10, and how to upgrade. This major upgrade to the software will be available for the following devices iPod Touch 6th generation and the following:

iPhone iPad
iPhone 6s iPad Pro 12.9 inch
iPhone 6s Plus iPad Pro 9.7 inch
iPhone 6 iPad Air 2
iPhone 6 Plus iPad Air
iPhone SE iPad 4th generation
iPhone 5s iPad mini 4
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What’s new in iOS 10

Now you can finally delete built-in apps you don’t use. That seems to be one of the most requested items of the past.

You can hand write messages, change how messages look, send “hidden” messages, add animations for things worth celebrating, tapback quick responses, send stickers, tap to replace words with emojis, leverage message apps without leaving iMessage, and customize your video messages.

Siri can do more heavy lifting with 3rd party apps such as booking a ride with Lyft or sending money via Square Cash. Maps can book reservations, search along your route to the restaurant, and make suggestions to get there faster than before. Music and News get a whole new look with iOS 10.

The new Home app gives you a centralize place to control your home automation. This can help automate common behaviors, have Siri assist, and even share access to friends and family. All the home automation you need in one place.

Raise your iPhone to wake it up then on compatible devices leverage touch and go functionality to get a quick glance. Notifications on the lock screen now include a new rich view along with the ability to respond without opening an app. Your iPhone is also getting even better with predicting your text and handling multilingual typing.

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How to upgrade to iOS 10

  1. Make sure all your current apps have updated for compatibility.
  2. Backup your device using iCloud or iTunes!
  3. Plug into your Mac or PC and use iTunes to download and upgrade (recommended). You can also join Wifi and got to Settings > General > Software update, but some folks had issues with over-the-air updates.
  4. If you aren’t prompted to upgrade in iTunes make sure it is updated to at least version 12.5.1, or try selecting your device and clicking update.
  5. Enter your passcode if prompted and sit back and wait.
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Electronics Recycling for Earth Day 2016

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At Start On Technology we value how delicate our environment is on earth and how important it is to protect it. That’s why we are sure to recycle all our electronic waste produced by the services we provide. We are proud to be responsible agents of mother earth who make sure to use electronics recycling. The responsibility to reuse and recycle by Apple is one of the main reasons we prefer their equipment over others. It’s important that we all do what we can to be responsible for our mother earth. In honor of Earth Day we’d like to help provide information on the best ways to get rid of our old electronic junk.

Photo by Matthew Pearce. Rights reserved under Creative Commons 2.0. Retried via Flickr.com
Photo by Matthew Pearce. Rights reserved under Creative Commons 2.0. Retried via Flickr.com

One way and probably the best way to get rid of older Macs is to sell them. You can do this on your favorite an internet bidding site, directly with Apple’s Renew and Recycling Program, or other providers. Just be sure to do some research to find out the exact model you have now using a program like MacTracker. For the other providers do some research into the company and their policies to make sure they are legitimate. We help all our clients make the right decisions, so please if you are unsure just get in touch. We’d be happy to help point you in the right direction.

Sometimes these electronics are low-valued or simply too old to provide enough value, but that doesn’t mean you should drop your old electronics on the curb or in the trash can. Do the right thing by finding a local recycling agent such as the your local Apple Store or using the nationwide search below. You will probably be surprised how many others you find. If for whatever reason you have trouble there are many nationwide vendors such as SIMS Recycling Solutions that would gladly help you properly recycle your equipment

 

If you are living in South Florida then you can also take your electronic waste to special county centers in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. You can also find many private companies that can arrange pickup of this equipment for free or a small convenience fee too. If you are a client of ours then you will have piece of mind that we recycle for all our clients.

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What’s New in El Capitan

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The digital landscape has changed in profound ways over the last 10 years. From pervasive smart phones to life-augmenting social networking sites, our world is more tech-connected than ever before.

But before iPhones, Galaxies, and Androids came into the picture with their future-forward touchscreen software set, there was Mac OS X.

Now just OS X, Apple’s operating system for its Mac computers turned 14 this year. Back in 2001, you could still find Napster installed on most people’s computers. You were one of the fortunate few (and spoiled) if your cell phone had a color screen, never mind having more than just a dial pad to type out entire sentences.

But time moves on, and so do the technologies powering our devices. This year marks the 11th update to OS X, known as El Capitan (or for those of you who like numbers, 10.11). How does everything look after 14 years? Not too bad, actually.

The Feel

For those on Apple’s previous system Yosemite (v. 10.10), the Cupertino company offered us the most comprehensive visual overhaul the Mac had to offer thus far, the aesthetics falling right into line with the way iOS had been updated for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. However, many complained of little quirks, visual slowdowns, and the occasional runaway process that would hog precious memory.

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Needless to say, many of these woes have been addressed in El Capitan. Apps open much quicker, animations are smoother, and most apps have decreased memory demands. Even those with newer and high-end Mac systems will feel a difference, but it especially benefits those running much older computers. Most of these benefits can be attributed to Apple rebuilding their core collection of apps using Metal, a programming framework, which provides streamlined access to the Mac’s graphics processor. As a result, everything is smoother, faster, and more natural-feeling.

What’s New

El Capitan is light on major new features, but it more than makes up for it with a seemingly endless amount of feature tweaks. In this blog post, we’ll focus on handful of these tweaks; the full list can be found here.

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Split View easily takes the cake for most useful new item. A couple versions ago, we got the ability to put nearly every app in full screen. For some apps this made perfect sense, as they might contain a lot of information. Many people who’d previously been distracted by the dock and the menu bar hovering in their periphery hailed full-screen view. But most apps felt too big for full screen, and many wondered where a split-screen view was. Microsoft had been doing it for years.

Well look no further than El Capitan. Dragging any app window into a full-screened app splits their views in half. You can further determine the viewing size of both apps by simply dragging the separating bar left and right. It couldn’t be easier, and it couldn’t be more useful. Even better: as most websites have a desktop and mobile version, shrinking the view of a split-screened Safari or Chrome window will often times bring up the website’s mobile version automatically; see the screenshot for an example.

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Spotlight has gone through many iterations since OS X’s inception, but it has received some well-needed love in El Capitan. That little magnifying glass icon has more packed inside of it than ever before! Not only can it be used to search files and folders on your system, but you can search for the weather forecast, search by typing in plain English, immediately start playing videos from your search history, as well as move and resize the Spotlight window wherever you please. It may not sound like much in writing, but try it for yourself. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference it makes.

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The Mail app has also received some great additions. One of the best, as seen in the following screenshot, automatically grabs dates and contact info and gathers it at the top of the email message. From there, you’re only one click from adding a day and time to your calendar, as well as adding a new person to your contacts. Any attachments will also be gathered together in the same place. No more digging through emails for information!

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Lastly, Safari gets tricked out under the hood. Your favorite websites can be dragged to the left of your tabs to be “pinned,” keeping them in line with your open tabs and allowing you access them at anytime by clicking their logo. OS X’s Safari also plays catch up with the iPhone and iPad, letting you AirPlay directly from most websites’ videos without needing to share your entire screen. And a feature most of us have wanted since the late 90’s: have you ever had a lot of tabs open and start hearing speaking or music but have no idea where it’s coming from? Now you’ll see a “speaker” icon on the offending tab, which you can then click to mute. No more unwarranted interruptions!

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Wrap-Up

It’s not often we review something and recommend downloading and installing it after the first version, but this may be a rare exception. That’s not to say you shouldn’t do a little leg work and check if all your most-important, work-critical apps are compatible (RoaringApps is bar none the best index for this). As with any upgrade, your system should be backed up via Time Machine in case something goes awry.

In short, Yosemite gave us all a nice visual overhaul, with some wonderful features. El Capitan takes this one step further, smooths out the wrinkles, and shows how polished an Apple operating system can really be. If you’re in need of some assistance with installation, whether it’s learning how, needing hand-holding, or rolling it out to many Macs in an office, Start On Technology can help you to ease this process. Contact us today, and you’ll be up and running in no time!

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iOS 9 New Feature Roundup

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On September 16th iOS 9 was sent into the wild via over-the-air or iTunes update. Right away users started to notice the update size is much smaller than iOS 8 by around 3.5 times. This made the update process fairly easy for everyone who was prepared. Of course if you haven’t updated yet we always recommend a backup to iCloud or iTunes before getting started. Let’s get started with the roundup by exploring what’s really new in iOS 9 instead of finding out there is no emoji for flipping the bird.

The most obvious thing folks have noticed is the new San Francisco font that Apple switched to with iOS 9. The biggest response on Twitter #iOS9 seems to be related to Siri’s beep no longer is heard during accidental presses during inappropriate times. Of course with the new comes the new bugs, yet  the outcries haven’t been so bad.

New & Improved Apps at your disposal.

Where do you go to get news on what’s new? Apple has added a new app for that called Neios-9-newsws built for your device. You can pick from multiple sources and the app will funnel everything to you in a sleek interface. The more you use it the better it understands your likes and updates your feed to reflect it over time.

iCloud Drive is finally navigable across all devices with it’s new file system update and app you can add to the home screen to help. Meanwhile Wallet is getting fatter with plenty of new cards coming.

Make a note of it in the improved Notes app that now allows checklists, photos, and even a sketch with your finger. You can attach things to your notes and find them all in a special browser. Of course you can sync with iCloud to get your devices on the same page with those new checklists.

While out and about checking those boxes you can now use Maps for transit, what’s nearby, and even give you a faster route if it becomes available if you are driving. An overdue overhaul that finally brings the features everyone expects from mobile directions.

Power struggles and selfies are different now.

ios-9-powerYour iOS device is even more responsive with the addition of Metal. In addition Apple states user can benefit with 1 more additional hour of battery life. This was accomplished by streamlining key components of iOS 9 and adding a new feature to enable a low power mode. With this new power users can take even more selfies with new album dedicated for it.

Security in an unsafe world.

Now you can strengthen the already locked down iOS by moving from a 4 to 6 digit passcode. Making the encryption even harder to break for those who are trying to access your device. A good idea in this day and age along with two-factor authentication to keep prying eyes out of your cloud and devices.

What’s that Siri, you finally made friends with Cortana?ios-9-siri-cortana

Siri got even more useful with a tighter integration with suggestions that a personal assistant would make or know. She has some new flare to share with end users such as color waves, snappy new lines, and new sources of information. Now she can help with unknown callers before you even ask her or help you pickup on your favorite playlist. Want to pick this up later? Just tell Siri she’s got your back. She’s even proactive about it just looking at a flight email unlocks easy access to details to even add it to your calendar. Siri has been upgraded to rockstar status.

iPad users rejoice then split down the middle.

Multitasking is here with picture in picture, split screen, and slide overs. Reference a page while typing up a synopsis, pop your messages over to quickly respond to a text, and watch the ball game when your suppose to be reading your email. Just mix and match the possibilities that work for you then speed things up even more with shortcuts with QuickType on the keyboard.

iTunes Update

Of course an iTunes update is needed to suppose iOS 9 and tacks on some fixes to address minor bugs. Those security enhancements we discussed earlier also come in to play with this update.

Ditch the Droid

Now switchers can easily move information from their Android device to the iPhone. Very similar ios-9-appto how Apple’s migration assistant transferred terabytes and terabytes of user data from Windows. Need a nudge? Let’s make it easier to move devices.

iOS 9 isn’t OS X

Overall the update primarily seems to be cosmetic, but peeling back reveals it’s more systematic. Polishing the face, enhancing the use, and streamlining the flow of information is exciting; however, there does seem to be a lot of the same. With new products like iPad Pro and iPhone 6s leading the way I expect the gap will narrow further between iOS and OS. It’s still okay that iOS 9 feels familiar when the experience remains positive. I expect the naysayers will be in full force, but so far 24 hours into it I am not one of them. Go backup and download iOS 9 now it’s worth it.

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After nearly a decade of working in the tech business I’ve seen my fair share of apps come and go. It’s not very often that an app brings something so valuable while maintaining simplicity. Living in our data driven society it’s valuable to have what’s important to you available at a glance. Numerous is able to provide this feature by integrating with many data feeds, and by them adding limitless APIs through IFTTT and Zapier the possibilities are vast. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite tiles.

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Working from left to right and top to bottom these are my main focus tiles at the moment. You can easily move them around as you see fit, and setup is a snap. My most difficult tile is the top left mileage tracking which utilizes my Automatic and IFTTT that was pre-existing. I simply just had to create my own tile and point IFTTT to Numerous to use that square. I changed the background to reflect the tile for a clear message. Clicking on the tile shows the history and a quick rotate of your device gives you a historic graph. You can change views and share the data via message, air drop, email, social media, and more.

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Some more tiles I choose were related to gaining insight into my business, Start On Technology help me stay on top of our web traffic. It addition it helps with our social media presence and personal details like weather and stocks. Feel free to browse their channels on the numerous site for ideas.

If you need help getting started with Numerous, IFTTT, or are interested in Automatic for your business we can help automate your world. Just contact us for details.

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Where is My Data?

There’s no doubt that technological innovation has made it much easier for us to go about our day-to-day lives. Need to snap a picture? Pull out your phone. Need to view and modify your calendar? Pull out your phone. Need to share anything with anyone? Pull out your phone. Or computer. Or tablet.

With all of this innovation, surely there must be some centralized location where all your documents, media, and the like are stored, right?

Not exactly…

In today’s blog post, we’ll explore the various places your data can be. Some have been around since before the personal computer existed, some cropping up in just the last 10 years. From your hard drive to the cloud, where is everything really? Read on to find out.

Local Hardware

This refers to physical media that you likely have at your house, the office, in a carrying case, in your pocket, or tucked away in a box somewhere. The key thing to remember is that this information is hosted locally. If one of your devices gets fried, then that data could be gone forever, unless you have a backup.

Internal Storage

You know the device you’re using right now to read this? It has it’s own capacity to store documents and media. By default, most devices with internal storage save whatever it is your working on into its own file directory. This will look different depending on the device you’re using; e.g. Finder on the Mac, My Documents on a PC, the Photos app on the iPhone/iPad, etc.

Removable Media

These are external storage devices that can be inserted into your computer and then removed easily once you’re done with them. Any sorts of data can be written to these devices, although most use them for media and backups. The most common removable media are external hard drives, SD cards (usually from digital cameras), USB thumb drives, and CDs/DVDs.

Network-Attached Storage (NAS)

A wireless version of removable media, NAS is typically connected to a home or office network to offer extended storage. Although this could be seen as “cloud-based” technology, as you’re accessing the information wirelessly, it is not- as the source of the data is still local.

Clouds, Servers, & Websites

These include anything that are not usually localized hardware. Some of the following items always require an internet connection to access, whereas some only need internet temporarily to update the localized version of the document.

Cloud-Based Storage

This is when you have a destination whose true location is in a managed, remotely-located server, but typically appears on your computer like any other folder (and as dedicated apps on mobile devices). Some of these services include Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and iCloud. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that these are backup solutions- they aren’t. They are merely mirroring what the user is doing on their device. If you delete a cloud-based folder, it will be deleted from your computers and apps. Some services allow you to retrieve something you recently deleted (Dropbox), whereas some don’t (Google Drive).

Servers

Cloud-based storage is but one variation of a server. Usually located remotely, they give one or more users a dedicated computer to run specialized software, have a unified place to store data, and can be locked down and managed with special security measures to ensure business-sensitive items are safe.

Websites

You know those photos you uploaded to Facebook four years ago? They’re still there, far back on your timeline, unless you’ve manually deleted them. That goes for many other web-based services as well, from social media storing media you’ve uploaded, to e-commerce websites storing your credit card information, to file uploading services.

Back It Up!

Needless to say, all of your most important information should be backed up somewhere, as any number of things could make your primary storage medium cease working. Some examples of such things are liquid damage, dropping the device, leaving the device out in extreme temperatures, or just plain old wear-and-tear over the lifespan of the device.

On Mac’s, backing up involves the use of the built-in Time Machine software, which backs up your data to local hardware. There are also cloud-based backup systems, such as BackBlaze and CrashPlan, which exist for both Macs and PCs. You can also manually drag-and-drop your data onto most of the aforementioned storage mediums, but such a routine quickly becomes tedious if you want your backups to stay consistent with your current data.

Wrap-Up

So what do you do now that you’re armed with this knowledge? Well, for starters, make sure the main repository of your information is backed up somewhere, as well as double check any of the secondary-use mediums for important data and back them up accordingly.

Thanks for checking out my blog post, and thank yourself after you’ve identified your most important data, where it is, and how to best back it up!

Still stuck on how to best proceed? That’s what we’re here for! Reach out to us to receive advice and guidance for how to best manage your data, as well as a plethora of other services such as data recovery, Mac repairs and upgrades, and training. You can check out our full list of services here.

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