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I Started Using Microsoft’s OneDrive Cold-Turkey & To My Horror, Kind Of Enjoying It.

by Anura Guruge



I have had a love-hate relationship with Microsoft for the last 30-years. To begin with it was my loyalty to IBM. But, much of it was due to my distrust of them.

That said, for the at least the last 25-years or more I have been using, at a minimum, Microsoft Word on a daily basis (other than when I am travelling). Most days I would use Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There was also a period of about 10-years when I used FrontPage on a fairly regular basis. And I have to confess I have taught Microsoft Office classes! Plus, I, alas, use Windows — though there was a time I was a devout Apple fanatic. Then, in 1997 I had to start using PowerPoint on Windows for some of my consulting work. At that time I had 6 Macs in the house. I had to go out and get a Windows 95 PC — for PowerPoint. Within 11-months I had multiple PCs and I was giving away my Macs.

But, I always try to avoid using new MS products.

That was the case with OneDrive. I am a heavy Google Drive user and have been for years.

But, I resisted OneDrive.

But, a couple of days ago I have to start rethinking my MS plans because, ALAS, I am planning to get a new PC with Windows 10. OneDrive is very much a part of Windows 10. I noticed that THOUGH I was not using it, my MS Office applications, e.g., Word, had me logged onto OneDrive.

So, two-days ago I decided to use OneDrive. It is really no different to Google Drive. So, there was no learning curve to speak of. Yes, it is easier to backup my Office files directly to OneDrive without having to upload them, manually, to Google Drive. NO, I do not believe in auto-backup. No siree. I like to have control,

Anywho … So far, so good. I am even impressed. It is easy enough to use and quite convenient.


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OBi110 Voice Service Bridge: Works And Works Well. Pretty Neat. Setting Google Voice As Default Drive Me To Distraction, Though.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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As I stated in this post, I am redoing our whole entire phone infrastructure now that we ditched ‘U.S. Cellular‘ and went with ‘Consumer Cellular‘.

Since everybody has been raving about it I decided to look at Google Voice. I had never heard of it! Though we had a Magic Jack a few years ago, I don’t really pay much attention to VoIP mainly because I don’t really like to use the phone — unless I am having trouble with something. But, I tried Google Voice, and as with most things from Google (e.g. Google Drive), was BLOWN AWAY. They really do make things simple, but powerful. Talk about ‘click-and-play’.

Given that Google Voice (GV) gives you VoIP for ‘free’ in the U.S. and Canada, and I already had it just by the virtue of being a ‘Google’ user, I decided to get a BOX that would let me use GV over my home phone system. Found the OBi110 Voice Service Bridge fairly quickly on Amazon. It is exactly what I wanted. It aggregates, i.e., bonds, my existing TDS landline and GV1. So using the same handsets I can make and receive calls to/from landline and GV1. Pretty neat.

Had a OBi110 delivered today.

Basic setup was ‘OK’ and fairly simple. Had to redo some of the Web stuff multiple times before it worked.

But, when it said it was all done, IT WORKED,
and worked well.
Good sound quality. Clear calls.

I can make calls out on TDS or GV1. To select TDS I have to dial **8<number>. For GV1 I have to dial **1<number>.

Calls made either to our TDS number of GV1 number (with a Portland, ME prefix (as was also the case with Magic Jack)) rings on the handsets — transparently.

All of that was GOOD and worked as promised and as it should.

The only thing I don’t like is having to DIAL **1 to select GV1. I want it to be the DEFAULT, i.e., if I don’t dial **n, it dials out via GV1.

I know it can be done. Obi documentation says it can be done. But, couldn’t find HOW to do it or where to do it. Drove me nuts.

Online Chat was offline! Couldn’t find telephone support. When I finally did and called they were ‘offline’ too. I went on their forum and in desperation did a post offering to PAY someone, via PayPal, if they told me how to do it. It was up there for nearly 90 minutes. 45 people read it, BUT I didn’t get a single call.

Then I called up their Sales number. Got a very nice gentleman. Told him my problem. It was EASY to fix! But, he admitted that it was non-intuitive and is NOT documented. You make the change in the GV1 service NOT against the line option. But, took about 15 seconds to achieve once I was told where I had to make the change. So I am happy.

Good Box (so far).

Documentation, especially for the Obi110 which is the only device that supports a land line, could be better.

I will keep you posted.

Now that I can dial out, on GV1, without hitting any keys in front — I am happy.
Not orgasmic. Not even close. But, maybe happy as a clam (and I am not sure whether clams get orgasmic).

My new 5-handset Panasonic is here too. But, that is for tomorrow. One technology at a time.

I Replace My ‘4 Year Old’ C-Drive With A Clone — Both Western Digital (WD) Blacks, Though I Went Up To 1TB.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access NewEgg product page for this 1TB Western Digital (WD) drive.

Click to access NewEgg product page for this 1TB Western Digital (WD) drive.


Click to access 'PC World' article.

Click to access ‘PC World’ article.


My main PC, on which I write this, is, indubitably, my most prized of possessions — not because of its intrinsic value (which isn’t that much) but because of its familiarity. I will readily confess, and Deanna will gleefully concur, I spend more time with this 4-year old PC than with anything else! I can’t help it. That I baby my PCs is well known within the family. IF I am having PC problems, I am not a happy camper. So, Deanna is more than happy for me to spend money to keep this computer humming since it stops me from mopping around. Now, it is not as if I don’t have backups. I have two, one more or less a plug-and-play replacement — but it is never the same.

This computer, give its workload, is getting old. It is 4 years old now and I have written 14 books on it! It is not a super computer. It is very much middle-of-the-road, though it has an quad i7, 12GB of memory & a high-end graphics card. I just like it because I know it — well, given that, on average, I spend at least 10 hours a day on it. I am a creature of habit. So, I have exact replacements of my keyboard and mouse — at all times. If one goes bad I replace it with another that is identical — and the first thing I do is go to Amazon and order a replacement. You can laugh. You can scoff, but how many PCs do YOU know on which 14 books have been written.

I have had LOTS of problems with this PC this year. Yes, these problems have shortened my life by at least 5 years, though that is not a big deal. None of the problems, though intensely traumatic to me, were serious. I had to replace my main 27″ monitor, three (yes, 3) cooling fans, a mouse and the power-supply. Given the age the next most vulnerable component was my C-drive — the boot disk with Windows 7 Professional. I have a D-drive too, which I use for data backup.  So it was agreed that I should clone my ‘C’ with a new drive.

So that is what I did today — with Shane Selling of Laconia, yes, the Hexacopter flyer, doing all the work.

I like Western Digital (WD). I have been familiar with them for 3 decades.

I had WD Black 750 GB drives. Now I got another BLACK, 1 TB drive. [It always has to be black. Do NOT bother with any of the other red, blue or green WD drives. In this instance BLACK is always the best.]

Shane cloned the 750 GB C-drive onto the 1TB new drive. Since it was block-to-block copying, the new 1TB still comes across as a 750GB. That is not an issue. I have lots and lots of free space. When I need the additional ’20GB’ I can extend the drive.

So, I write this using my new 1TB cloned drive.

So far, so good. Yes, of course, I have my old C-drive, literally in cotton balls. So, I can go back to that if something happens to the new ‘C’.

Yes, I know I might be tempting fate. Drives are fickle. I know that.

But, I am hoping I have some protection. As long as a I have a bootable-backup I am set.

Never worried about data. I have multiple backups — including ‘in the cloud’, online with Google’s amazing ‘Google Drive‘.

Of course you will be the second to know if I encounter any problems. The first will be Shane.

GoDaddy Is Driving Me Nuts. Bloody WordPress Blog Stopped Working Again.

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I do my best to like GoDaddy.

But it is becoming increasingly difficult.

I now no longer use their damn File Folder. I used Google Drive — and JUST LOVE IT.

Yet again GoDaddy is giving me grief with my popes-and-papacy blog. This is beyond the pale.

Google Drive Is Rather Compelling. Easy To Use. A Few Missing Features But Very Useable.



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I have been using it EXCLUSIVELY this week. Have not even tried to access my old GoDaddy Online Storage! Created folders for all my active books on Google drive and uploaded the files. Pretty compelling. I like the interface. I just found that you can even drag-and-drop! Wow.

I am hooked. Don’t really see a need to pay for online storage if I can get 15GB free (for each Gmail account I have).

A few things that are inexplicably missing or are odd.

Though it has a really fancy preview capability and file description pane, there is no way that Google lets you see the file size! This is a known issue that has been repeatedly discussed. Don’t tell me to sort my size. That is not what I want. I like to see the size of the uploaded file since I tend to have a fairly good idea of how big a file should be. So a quick glance at file size can tell me whether the file uploaded OK — and maybe even that I uploaded the right version. Not a showstopper but rather strange to say the least. Appears that there may be a Machiavellian reason for this. This way you never get to see how Google is calculating your space used!

Another very strange but similar quirk. Doesn’t show the DATE that a file was uploaded. Just the time! I kid you not. Very bizarre.

I also have some concerns about security. But, is any Online Storage offering watertight?

But, for now, I am happy.

GoDaddy Online Storage Is Not Working For Me, So Started Using Google Drive Today. It Is FREE!

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Spend well over 90 minutes with GoDaddy support on the phone and on e-mail on Friday trying to get MY Online Storage (i.e., File Folder) problem fixed.

Doesn’t look like it is going o get fixed. And as they repeatedly point out, I can still access my files and upload new files. So, as far as THEY are concerned this is not a bug. That I have to re-logon is not really their problem!

Deanna and Devanee have both been using Google Drive, with Google Docs to boot, for the last few months — fairly successfully at that, though they are still coming to terms with Google Docs. I steered them on this route because so that they can start using ChromeBooks when their PCs pack up.

So, I was the lone hold out using GoDaddy Online Storage — and paying for it too! I have been using FF for nearly a decade.

I still have a ton of stuff on there. But, I have quite a few months already paid for. So I will slowly move stuff to Google. Since what I mainly save are Word documents I don’t have that much volume. 15 GB, what Google gives you for FREE, should be more than plenty. I don’t think I even use 5 GB right now.

So just a heads up. It was pretty easy enough to get going. Since I use Chrome, and I stay logged on to Google, all day, it was a piece of cake. You have to hand it to Google. They really make it easy. Yes, it is easy to become a Google junkie.

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