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4/20/2016
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9 Cloud Services To Keep You Productive At Interop

Interop is coming and it's time to get ready for the trip to Las Vegas. Here are 9 cloud services that can help make your travel to the expo or any other event less stressful and more productive.
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Google Docs

When it comes to creating fancy, complex documents, Google Docs leaves a lot to be desired. When it comes to simple document creation in a form that is made for collaboration and can be easily shared, Google Docs is hard to beat.
Google Docs may not be where you do most of your work, but it can be the perfect cloud service for creating documents that you'll export to your regular tools, or for putting together team documents that everyone adds to for distribution to the team. Google Docs are accessible from Web browsers on personal computers and from apps on tablets and smart phones. It's popular to sniff at Google Docs' limitations, but for keeping notes during Interop it's a top tool.

(Image: Curtis Franklin Jr./InformationWeek)

Google Docs

When it comes to creating fancy, complex documents, Google Docs leaves a lot to be desired. When it comes to simple document creation in a form that is made for collaboration and can be easily shared, Google Docs is hard to beat.

Google Docs may not be where you do most of your work, but it can be the perfect cloud service for creating documents that you'll export to your regular tools, or for putting together team documents that everyone adds to for distribution to the team. Google Docs are accessible from Web browsers on personal computers and from apps on tablets and smart phones. It's popular to sniff at Google Docs' limitations, but for keeping notes during Interop it's a top tool.

(Image: Curtis Franklin Jr./InformationWeek)

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4/21/2016 | 1:09:57 PM
Re: Google Drive and a Chromebook is all I need

Thanks Pablo for passing on the information regarding Hangouts.  I didn't know one could use it directly from the browser.  A big plus in my book.

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4/21/2016 | 1:07:07 PM
Slack Me.....

I can't say enough good things about Slack. Another Cloud Solution that I have been recently introduced to.   It has been very useful and I love the fact that even though you can set it up for internal communication, all you need ( besides the software of course ) is access to the Net to use it.  

That is absolutely fantastic.

 

I am going to experiment using it for my own personal use.

Pablo Valerio
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4/21/2016 | 10:46:46 AM
Google Drive and a Chromebook is all I need
Curt, thank you for this interesting list, very useful.

I'm just about to travel to Madrid for a few days, and my Chromebook, using my Google account, is all I need now. Well, that and my Sony Android phone.

I still have my trusty Dell XPS laptop at home, which I use when someone send me a complicated Word document with comments. But it is hardly used now.

I have a Google for Work account with my own domain, and I use Drive for everything. Since my work computer, the one I'm using right now, is a ChromeBox, I don't need to worry about synchronizing my documents.

As for Skype, it is the most popular video conferencing service out there, but Google's Hangouts is hard to beat in quality and convinience, as you can use it directly on the web  browser without installing anything.

I've been using Chromebooks for the past three years and they are great for conferences, especially since WiFi is available everywhere. 

And Chromebooks encrypt all traffic with Google servers, plus you can't get infected because you can't install anything.
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4/20/2016 | 7:09:16 PM
Do You have a Crash Plan ?

I really appreciate your listing of Cloud resources Curtis to keep one productive while on the go or in this case at Interop.

As I started to review the options I was stopped cold by the Listing of CrashPlan. I had not heard of this company until a new client of mine was found to be using it.

After working with it for awhile I like the service but if I understand correctly how they work in order to do backups - the backups are also written to a external drive that you provide.  I am not sure why one would need CrashPlan if the backup is written to a external drive that you own.  Why do you need CrashPlan ?   You could just backup to an external drive yourself.

But as you point out one can access these backups without having to worry about connecting to your home network.  Which for the lay person is probably worth the cost.

 

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