TAG: Cloud Application

First Look: BitTorrent Sync

Bittorrent SyncThe massive number of cloud storage and synchronization applications available makes choosing one very difficult. It seems as if a new service is released every day – sometimes very little fanfare. Today, I’m blessed to see one of the more compelling  types of cloud synchronization applications out there. This new tool comes from the granddaddy of data movement on the Internet, Bittorrent. The idea behind this tool is not to store your data in the cloud, but use the cloud to keep your data updated on multiple computers. The current Alpha version supports Windows, OS X, and  Linux.

Quickbooks Online: A First Look

One product that seems perpetually locked to the world of desktop software is that of the Accounting Package. Sure, there are CRM applications like Salesforce that have made the “Cloud” more viable for that market. But, in the small to mid-sized business market – the dominant tools for accounting still remain desktop versions of Simply Accounting, Quickbooks or BusinessVision. Intuit is looking to change all that with a new product seemingly targeted to Canadian Businesses that the desktop version of Quickbooks might handle. With a 30-day trial of the product, I decided to take a look at the product and see how well it works.

Great Tool: If This, Then That (IFTTT)

IFTTT-LogoOf the many tools I’ve come across (and there are many of them), one of the best is a simple tool borne out of a simple programming structure:

“If something happens, do something”

Yes, it’s that simple, but the Internet is not really built around this idea. Social services and other types of Internet-based sites generally require your interaction. What if there was a service that allowed you to automate stuff (just like you might do on your own computer)? This is what iffft does. The future of the Internet is really modelling it to reflect what you’re reading or thinking as closely as possible.

Useful Or Not? Running Apps “From The Cloud” With Spoon.Net

Recently released and hyped by a number of blogs – Spoon.Net is a very interesting service that purports to let you “Run your apps from the cloud”. They also go on to say “Spoon virtualization lets you run desktop apps anywhere with no installs – at work, at home, or on the road.”. Running applications without installing and having cloud access is definitely an intriguing concept, and, done right – this could be a very disruptive service. I imagine having a location where I could get at any of my most-used utilities fast and easy – or being able to run new software for testing without spending the time on installation. Let’s see how well Spoon.Net lives up to it’s potential.

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