Paul uses an old computer as a server and it has about 1TB of hard drive storage for a non-profit he works at. But it's starting to slow down. Leo says that Paul should let a cloud-based solution handle all the heavy lifting. Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, DropBox. And if he needs more than just data, but a server that runs programs, then Microsoft Azure is a great choice. Leo also recommends using a Dell Desktop Server, rather than an old PC or laptop.
Scott Wilkinson joins Leo to talk about the HPA Tech Retreat in Palm Springs. 500 Hollywood professionals from directors to cameramen, to post-production people. All talking about new techniques in moving making. One was making a short film in a single day. Scott says that while shooting the demonstration film was the near real-time upload of every shot scene to the cloud for editing in post. Using proxies. Proxies enable you to create an "edit decision list" that can then be applied to the higher resolution footage to create the final cut.
Kevin wants to know about getting his data into the cloud. Leo recommends starting with DropBox. But if he has GMail, he already has 15GB of Google Drive for free. Amazon Prime also backs up photos and videos for free.
Focusing mostly on their Cloud applications, Microsoft didn't even mention Windows at their latest event. Leo says that Microsoft has acknowledged that the Internet has become operating system agnostic, and as such, it really doesn't matter what OS you use. So Microsoft focused on their Cloud services like Azure. Could the end of Windows be near?
The caller wants to know if backing up data to DropBox is secure? He's worried that backup companies have access to his sensitive data. Leo says he can encrypt the data, and he alone has the keys to that. So if he loses it, he's out of luck. DropBox will accept secure encrypted data. If he's looking for a cloud-based encryption backup option, SpiderOak is an option, though it's a bit clunky. VeraCrypt is another.
Nam is debating whether to get a Chromebook or a laptop. Leo says that you can pretty much do anything on a Chromebook that he could do on a laptop, within reason. There are some higher-end professional uses, like video editing and gaming, that are better on a Windows computer. But most other activities can be done in ChromeOS through a browser.
Todd has always backed up his documents to a flash drive, but since it has failed, he's starting think there has to be a smarter way to do it. He was thinking of putting them on Google Docs. Leo says it's a good solution that's free, but it can be limited. Leo likes Microsoft's Office 365 since it's cloud based, yet documents can still be stored locally.
Neil built a killer desktop computer, but he's now finding his needs are simpler now. So he's thinking of getting an iPad. Leo says it really comes down to what he wants a computer for. He wouldn't write a novel on it, but for surfing the internet, doing email, and documents, it's ideal.
Neil says it lacks external storage, though. Leo says that is an issue. The iPad does come in an 128GB model now, but most of us store our data in the cloud, where he can access it any time. So he really won't need that external storage on the iPad.