Thursday, May 29, 2008

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Update- Unfortunately Ghost has been discontinued as of June 2010.

I've been reviewing a few online Virtual Desktops for a while now, and I think Ghost (Global Hosted Operating SysTem) may have the most potential. Ghost gives you 5GB of free storage, and 3GB for your Ghost email account. You also can get 1 more gigabyte for inviting a friend. 9 free gigabytes is pretty impressive. With your Virtual Desktop you get all the bells and whistles.

They have integrated Zoho Docs to take care of your office needs along with just about everything you come to expect when you sit down at your computer. You can also upload files via FTP. The Ghost browser gives you the option of surfing the web directly or anonymously. What really surprised me is the speed and how smooth it is for a web based system. I tried Ulteo and it was has good qualities, but a little slow. Plus Ulteo is limited and if you want more time and storage you have to get a paid account.

Use Ghost's virtual MP3 player to listen to all your tunes. Change your desktop background with a Ghost provided image or upload your own. Ghost has also added a few widgets to use on your virtual computer with more to come.

This system is hosted on Amazon Web Services. I think right off the back this gives them credibility. Using a trusted merchant like Amazon to store your personal data is a good move. Ghost could benefit those who still can't afford a computer but have access to one. It allows you to leave your thumb drive at home, without losing the ability to access your pictures, music and video's from anywhere on the internet. I've created a short video below to give you a quick look at the Ghost Desktop. It may appear to be a little slower, but that's because of the recording program. Watch in full screen for best viewing. Give Ghost a try. Until next time peace!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Drop.IO (Upadate 8-20-10)

*Drop has a new Firefox Extension that makes moving files easy. Check it out at their website. Drop 
*Set Drop to expire up to one year.
*Web conferencing and chat

DropIO is a simple, but pretty cool site. It allows you to share pictures, audio, video and documents securely. Drops are not searchable via the internet. This great for individual exchanges or with a group. With the free account you get 100MB of storage ($10 gets you 1GB for a year). You don't have to sign up, and you can make the drop last anywhere from a week to a year. You can create an Admin password if you want continued access to your Drop. Drop allows you to set up free conference calls and receive free faxes (you must have an Admin log in for this feature). With your drop number and pin access you can also get messages and they will be saved to your account as a MP3 file.

You can send files to Drop via email or MMS text messaging, and with the admin feature you can give out a password to share with your friends. So how can this help you? Most email services put at 20MB limit on attachments so this is a great way to move a file to someone. Next having a way to receive faxes without a fax machine is another cool item. Need to leave a number, but don't want to give out your own. Use your Drop number to receive messages. I've been using this for about two weeks now and I really like it. Until next time peace.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Waker Upper

If you love that hotel morning wake up call then try Waker Upper. Just register and add your telephone number and your on your way. You can set a voice message or a text to speak message.

You can set the phone call to repeat daily, weekly, or weekends. It's straight forward and you can add more than one phone number also. I used it to give my wife a wake up Happy Mother's Day call and she loved it. As always with most of the themes here at the Madden Corner it's free!

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