Take flight to the skies, the geek way.
Thursday, April 05, 2012

I really need to write more geeky stuffs. The nature of my blog has defied the laws of.. blogs. Okay I didn't really plan the starting very well.

Not the point.

The point is, this shall be a very geeky post, but dumb-ed down for mere mortals to attempt. Sounds great eh?

"I'm here to teach you how to fly." 

These 2 services will change your life.
1. Evernote
2. Box.net

If you already know how to use all of them, then there really isn't any point in reading this. Unless there are some thing you never knew you could do with it!

Alright, so what do I mean by flying?
This is how you could take all your data into the internet. Poof! Like magic, your data will always be available no matter which device you're using.

Why am I doing this all of a sudden?
Because the devices we're carrying increases in power exponentially, but we're not making full use of it. Especially your smart phone, it's one hell of a powerful device, I swear.


1. Evernote

It's available in practically every popular platform. It's a note taking application. You can use it with your Mac, Windows, Android, iPhone.

Basically it syncs all your notes to the service. So it will be available online. You might think it's kind of stupid at first, but well, it's really useful when you start to use it productively.

For my example, I'm just going to talk about Windows and Android.

On windows, you get this very simply interface where you can split your notes into different Notebooks, well, I haven't been using it a lot since the start of my internship. But you could use it for To-Do list as well. There isn't much to write about the desktop application.

The mobile application however,

I'm going to let this guy explain it to you.
There are quite a few changes since, but it's all for the better.

If you're using Google Chrome like me, there is an extension, which means that you could literally get your notes on any computer you use. (that is, if you have a portable chrome installation on  USB drive with the extension installed like I do)

As you can see, the web version looks very familiar.

What you end up in the end, is having notes, or reminders, or just stuff available to you anywhere, being able to share with your friends and collaborate is another important point to note.

2. Box.net

It's essentially Dropbox, by another company. Why did I choose it over Dropbox? Because they have random promotions and stuffs, which grants you a whopping free 50GB storage. While Dropbox comes with a puny 2GB.

Let's see, I managed to find all the videos needed to explain it's services.

It's, really that simple. There's also this desktop application called SimpleShare, which allows you to upload files, just by dragging files into the taskbar.


When it's done uploading, it'll show a notification like so. Just like this, I have access to the file on my phone immediately.

What are the use cases? You decide for yourself. 

In my case, I use it to share documents mainly, pictures, or random things that I want to backup into the internet. I've only just started to use it, in preparation for my final year.

Since I'm pretty sure pace will pick up, and there'll be lots of collaboration needed with my team members, I'm sourcing out all the communication tools that will allow us to do things via the almighty Internet.

Real time document editing, conversation, version history, sharing.

I've more or less gotten down most of it. The problem now is to get all of them online.....
Kidding, I'll kill them if they don't listen to me.

I'm the frickin Lord for god's sake.

So that's more or less it. I don't think I did a good job at the teaching part, but I'm pretty sure I nailed the telling part.

Good luck with the internet, and may the odds always be in your favour.

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