In my opinion, one of the greatest advancements in computer technology over the last few years has been the synchronization of data between devices.
Having our data in the cloud has certainly facilitated this, but it’s clear that our various devices and our applications are better designed to keep our data synched and up to date across multiple platforms. It’s a huge improvement over the way things used to be.
Many people have a computer, a tablet and a smart phone. I have just a notebook computer and a “phablet”—a large smart phone (Samsung Note II). And I use Google Drive as well as MS OneDrive to store most of my data. I love having access to all of my files from virtually anywhere.
And I really like updating my MS OneNote notebooks from my phone or my computer. Most of my life (at least the information in it) is now in OneNote (the best program Microsoft ever came up with).
Because I use Google Contacts, when I make an address or phone number change/addition in my phone, it immediately updates online. If I were to lose my phone, or get a new one, my 2,521 contacts would still be on Google Contacts. It’s the same thing with my calendar and my eMail. And my entire audio, video and Kindle library is available to me from my phone or computer using Google Play and Amazon Kindle.
Operating this way means that we have largely protected ourselves from a hard drive breakdown or lost-device disaster. That said, we still do a nightly backup for all the computers in our network using Mozy and FBackup.
Another place I noticed the “power of synch” was when we configure a new computer. It used to be that the biggest expense in buying a new computer was the day or two you spent getting the new machine configured and customized to your liking. But now, with many of your settings residing in the cloud, upgrading requires much less time.
Perhaps you’re already using some of the the power of synchronicity yourself. Good for you. But if you haven’t yet taken advantage of it, I encourage you to do so. It makes for more simplicity, ease and mobility.
Update Your Technology
If your computer is over two years old, you should definitely consider upgrading. Hardware and software advances mean that you’re working with antiquated systems. Maybe they’re not obsolete, but they’re certainly not optimal. Everything has gotten more compact, faster, easier to use—and less expensive.
For most of you, equipment and applications are tax deductible, so especially before year-end, you should consider getting some newer technology. With prices low, the increased efficiency should offer a quick return on investment.