The cloud sounds like a nebulous place where all your photos, videos, and data are just floating around in the sky.
Think of a personal cloud as a private external hard drive that stores your data which you can access from all your devices (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you’re away from home. Building a personal cloud also means if something happens to the drive or software you use to set up and manage the personal cloud, you’re also responsible for repairs.
When you use a public cloud service, such as RealPlayer Cloud, all the work is done for you. One thing to understand is that your data is stored along side plenty of other people’s content.
Finally, since your cloud service isn’t physically located in your house, you don’t have to worry about it getting stolen or some other unforeseen event happening to it. Here’s how to setup a personal cloud at home and how to create an account on a public cloud service. There are a lot of personal cloud products available such as Western Digital’s My Cloud and LaCie CloudBox.
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Even if you disagree (which would be ludicrous, by the way), I want to tell you about why you should set up your own private cloud for your home office or creative business, how you can use your cloud, the types of things you should be backing up, and a daily routine you can do when you finish work for the day (checklist style) to keep you organized and sane. I want to share five ways that getting set up with WD’s My Cloud EX2 is different from other storage options, and thus beneficial. The absolute first thing I noticed was how much faster it was to load files to my private cloud with EX2. And if I may be honest for a moment, at the end of a long day, or long video edit, the last thing I want to do is wait several minutes for my files to be secure in the cloud.
You can get a My Cloud EX2 that goes up to 8 TB, and it’s still expandable after that. So my brother came in town and requested that I create him an account with the My Cloud EX2 I was setting up. The nifty desktop app keeps your PC or Mac connected to your personal cloud, regardless of your location. WD’s mobile app lets you transfer files between your personal cloud, Dropbox, and other public cloud accounts very simply. THREE: Did you love it enough to have a completely weird photo shoot with it in front of a very hip, Austin, art wall?
Of course there are simple USB external drives, but I think they can be challenging in that they require the extra step of finding them, plugging them in, storing, and unplugging. I have been aware of these personal cloud devices for a while, but I’ve never had any trouble accessing my remote files on DropBox, iCloud or Evernote. I DO use the Time Machine function on my main Mac to back up automatically every hour to a hard drive on my desk, but I like your end of day list and will try it this week. And actually, I’m not against remote storage, as long as you also have immediately accessible storage as well.
Thank you for a product referral post that was full of information that I could resonate with and really connect with!! Sierra, thank you for reading, and I agree with you >>> this is a great solution for a videographer.
I also work between a laptop and a PC so having a central repository for all my files makes it so much easier than confusing myself with duplicated files.
This sounds awesome and it seems like just what I need since I filled up my current 1TB external HD today!
Jessica, the recent anniversary photo shoot on your blog for that adorable couple is so cute–and I completely love her dress, random side note.
I think you might like this option because you can expand the storage or switch out the drives inside the box. So, for some reason I never clicked on the pin where that image came from, and I have to say I am totally impressed with you and those beautiful curls! The benefit here is that it’s only your photos and videos on the drive and you have complete control of how that data is secured. If you don’t use a RAID storage system, which stores the data on multiple drives, then you only have one backup of your precious memories.
The service offers multiple ways to access your data from any device (phone, tablet, computer, TV). While you do need to typically pay a monthly fee for access to a cloud data service, a base amount of free data storage is usually offered in addition to the paid tiers for larger amounts of storage. Some personal cloud products come with two drives, which will give you a RAID solution that simultaneously backs up your data on two hard drives. You’ll need to make sure the included personal cloud software will work with your computer. Although, the software for these solutions is intuitive, you definitely need to have some computer knowledge to setup and maintain them at home.
Since these services usually offer some free storage space to get started, you don’t have to figure out how much space you’ll need. When you see the Drop Files Here to Upload text, release the mouse button and watch them upload.
Once you have videos uploaded to your personal cloud in RealPlayer Cloud, you can share them. Both methods offer security; so think about how much you really want to be involved in keeping your data safe. When Joni started appearing in product review videos, she fell in love with the story-telling format and honed her video skills to include producing and editing videos.
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You’ll be able to access a live video feed from your nanny-cam and watch previously recorded video on any Internet-enabled device you own by signing into your secure account.
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Virtual hugs to WD for sponsoring an upgrade to my creative life by letting me try the private cloud with My Cloud EX2. Okay, you got me, yes, I do make stuff up all the time when it comes to tech, but this is real. In fact, I had such a service for many years that backed up most of my files to their servers. You have client projects and books you’re writing and other deadlines, just like I do. You certainly can and should back up and organize documents as you go, but this daily routine makes for a great double check. I’ve had one for years and the extra work it requires means I skip my backups at times.
Plus, I’ve always thought one of the most important benefits of remote storage was the security of having all your stuff far away, in case of fire or flood or some other immediate local disaster that could permanently destroy your backup.
Your blog is just about my favorite blog these days, and I’ve just joined your G+ Community. I have a best friend and former business partner who dropped a Starbucks drink all over her computer and a huge project we were woking on. I have suffered through lapbook disasters myself so I know the pain of losing valuable content. I didn’t know you could have your own cloud and now, just like when you showed me Photoshop, WordPress, and Mac computers so many years ago, I have to have my own.
I might sound very dumb but, except or the fact that it your computer connects to it through wifi rather than a cable… how exactly is it different from an external hard drive. Just last week I was sitting at a cafe with friends, about 2 hours from my home and pulling up photos from my WD back at home using my iphone’s WD app.
Do you find that it’s much simpler than trying to share large files through the other programs available?
My business partner and I share some BIG files and I would hate to be having to use one of the paid services.
Being able to sit in a cafe with wifi and access those files totally changes the way I work and my ability to service my clients. Please, guide how to set my private cloud and my cloud EX2.I would like to participate in conversation to get updated because my desk top and emails , it seems, have been hacked and often I have mislead by sites to whom I have never prescribed.
Starting out at home can be very difficult but with the right resources it can be done properly. I have had that “end of work day” routine posted up on my bulletin board for months, and it has revolutionized my mornings!
If I ever have any questions about blogging or business or consulting, your site is the first place I check. Once you have the adepter ready, connect your office systems together and then connect all system to your chosen internet service provider. There’s good reason, we’re taking more and more pictures and videos on our devices, which means we’re producing more personal data than ever.
For example, if you take a picture on your phone and store it in the cloud, it is saved on a hard drive in a remote location.
Setting up a personal cloud includes picking out the hard drive to setting up connectivity to securing and managing the data. You simply upload your content to the cloud and access it anywhere you have an Internet connection.
Rest assured, these companies have plenty of strategies in place to ensure that only you see your data. The good news is that there are products sold that include both the hardware and software needed to make your own personal cloud storage solution. The benefit is that if one drive fails, you still have your pictures and personal documents on the other drive.
For reference, 500GB of data will store approximately 8,500 hours of music, 500 hours of video, 155,000 photos and 250 hours of movies.
So if you have a mix of devices (iPhone, Windows tablet, Android smartphone) make sure the software will work with all of those devices. Check your computer to see what version of the OS (for example, Windows 8 or Mac OS X) it’s running. You should also be able to name the drive and make a few other customizations such as adjusting the power settings. If you want other family members or friends to have access to your personal cloud, you’ll be responsible for setting up accounts for them.
Click the video you want to share and check the box in the upper left corner of the video image and click Share in the top navigation bar.
If you opt for setting up a personal cloud on your home network get at least a drive with 1TB of data. Joni has made appearances on CNN, BBC, CNBC's Bulls Eye, and Good Day New York to discuss the latest in technology. Fortunately, advances in cloud computing and wireless camera technology make it possible for you to be with your child virtually, even when you’re out of the house. The built-in microSD card slot lets you record video, while H.264 enhanced video compression stores five times as much footage as other cameras in the same amount of space.
Or you can take advantage of the camera’s built-in audio and motion detectors and set your nanny-cam to record automatically when either is detected. Instead, it’s a network camera that connects directly to mydlink, D-Link’s innovative and secure cloud computing platform that’s accessible from anywhere in the world. Simply log into your mydlink account from your smart phone and you’ll be transported visually to your living room. However, I was disappointed to find out that if something happened to my computer (like the soy chai latte that happened to my best friend’s MacBook Pro), it could take a few days to get my files to me.
So whereas you can still use a free account (with less space) with other cloud storage places for in-process files and collaborations, you can likely back up all of your stuff to your own cloud. All of my favorite nerd things are named with both letters and numbers, so it’s simple for me to remember the EX2.
What’s something you can add to your daily routine to keep your business safe + organized? The only backups she had were remote and getting a copy of all of that stuff took too long. Still, after all this time, I can’t believe how cool the Interwebs is to connect people who think alike and can benefit from each other. Perhaps a smaller, free backup of your most important docs and current projects, and then a large backup of every single thing on your computer.


I also have set up a folder that my business partner on the other side of the world has access to so we can share working files.
I think that’s been the biggest difference for me (the sharing of super large files). He’s just done a whole lot of videos for an online course he is running so some of these files are huge. And to be honest, I didn’t think the My Cloud was that much more expensive than other hard drives.
And, I can easily see how as a photographer with such high-quality images, you can run through a 1TB HD pretty easily.
It’s all about being as efficient as possible, manage this and you will do well, thank you and look forward to more content.
I realized that all of my monthly fees were starting to rack up a little higher than I’d like. Today, more and more people are going in for wireless network however, it is more expensive than a wired network setup.
Sure, you can still have the picture saved in your phone’s memory, but you also have a duplicate of that photo saved to the cloud.
Depending on how savvy you are, you may have an option for setting up your personal cloud drive at a remote location, separate from your home or office.
You’ll also be responsible for implementing security software to make sure your pictures and videos are secure. The cloud service manages the hard drives that store the data, they also have multiple drives for redundancy. Each of these solutions includes software to help you get started.The first thing you want to do is make a list of your needs. Then review the specs for the solution you’re going to get and verify it’s compatible with your system. When she's not spending her time writing or shooting video you can find her exploring and tasting the latest food trends.
Simply plug in the device and run the brief installation wizard to complete the set-up process.
VGA 640 x 480 resolution guarantees superior image quality whether you’re watching pre-recorded video or a live stream. If my almond milk chocolate chai latte happens to my computer, I can get all my backed-up files moments later (from the My Cloud EX2) on a different device. We (well, actually mostly she) had to recreate everything while I worked on other aspects of the project. I have 4 TB of space (with expansion possibilities) so it really doesn’t matter that I have bad digital habits. Having a folder that we can easily access, that can take that format and upload it quick has been a dream.
The cloud is just the spot since you can access data stored on it from just about any device.
So if anything happens to your phone (we know, things happen to phones all the time), you can still access that picture from the cloud on your new phone, tablet or computer. Don’t use the same password you use for other accounts, incorporate letters, numbers and characters, and make it at least 12 characters long. Since all these solutions are different, we’ll walk you through the steps you can expect once you pick a personal cloud. Once you setup your own personal cloud account, you can easily access your media from multiple devices either via the web or a mobile app. Enter the email address of the recipient and add a message and click the blue Share button. As an added bonus the DCS-933L has a built-in wireless range extender that automatically strengthens your Wi-Fi signal to any room where the camera is placed. The camera syncs with your router and configures itself automatically, so there’s no wasted time dealing with long number sequences or arcane technical settings. Things like alphabetizing, Breaking Bad, Grease II (I know), Japan, margaritas, music, personality typology (I’m an INFP), pumpkin scented candles, puns, Radiolab, red wine, San Francisco and most importantly: food.
But first, I’m super happy EX2 (as I call him for short) fit well with all the black and gold on my desk. And below is something else for you to tweet, if you’ll be switching to the private cloud with me. I don’t feel confused or overwhelmed the next day and I generally feel good when I stop work for the day.
You just have to choose the wireless equipment, configure the router and connect your system and other peripherals. Even the very large 1 terabyte (1TB) hard drives aren’t very big or bulky so there’s plenty of room to store it in your house.
There are teams of people monitoring the data center where your photos and videos are stored and can take care of any issue that may arise. No matter where you are, all it takes is an Internet connection and you can be virtually there, as often as you want to be. Because here’s the thing, I try to limit the things I take on for a monthly fee as a creative business owner.
Hugging the device that let me set up my own cloud and break the chains on monthly backup + file storage fees is not odd. So I can work like a slob all day, then at the end I get it all organized and pretty according to that list, and BAM my mornings are fantastic and much more productive!
The last thing you want is to upload all your data to find out the company is going out of business. Our income is irregular, so it can be hard to estimate how much we’ll make each month. Although, you may end up needing to purchase more storage space from a cloud service provider you’ll be happy to learn that prices for online storage have only gone down over time.
Whether you choose to setup a personal cloud privately in your home using a NAS solution or sign up with a cloud service provider, you’ll be able to access your media on your devices whenever you want. I’m really good at making really bad jokes, I’m always ready for boot weather, I can’t keep my plants alive and I probably left my straightener on. Accept the terms of use of iCloud and in the next step, you will be prompted to merge all contacts and upload to iCloud.
If you want to access your contacts online, you can choose Merge.Once you have completed this step, you can see all the options available for sync with iCloud.



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