Deleting files

Sometimes you try to empty a folder or delete a file only to find out you can’t because something else is using it. XKCD pictures it like this:

empty file

Sometimes you think you have everything closed yet you still get this message. You may need to restart your PC to make sure all instances that may have been previously connected to it are now disconnected. Another thing you can try is a program called LockHunter. Once it’s installed, you right click on a folder or file and you will see “What is locking this folder?” or “What is locking this file?”
LockHunter

After you click that, you will see what is locking the file or folder. I right clicked on a Pictures folder and clicked “What is locking this folder?” After that, this came up:
LockHunter Dialog

I can now find out what is locking the folder and take the actions I need to try to remove it.

A Personal Cloud Worth Looking At

If you ever want a personal cloud to access all your files from anywhere, look into the Transporter. It allows you sync your files, images, videos from anywhere with any device. The nice thing about the Transporter is there are no monthly fees. You pay for the device and you’re done. You can start with a basic device for $99 using your own USB hard drive and choose the capacity. Other options are 500 GB Transporter for $199, 1TB Transporter for $249, or a 2TB Transporter for $349. With the last 3 comes a Transporter Library which is a set of folders not synced but can be shared with others. Check it out. At the end of the video on this page, you have a chance to get a free one.

~ Jody Victor

Dropbox and cloud managers

Many people use Dropbox to store some files to share at work. But did you know you can have a second account and merge them?
You can have a personal account as well and merge the files so they are both available. Another alternative is to log out of one account and into the other to keep the accounts separately.

On a Windows PC, you can make a second user account and have one Dropbox account associated with each profile. Then to access each account, you can just “switch user” on the PC.

There are a few applications out there that allow you to sync ALL your cloud accounts (at least the ones they support) but it will cost you. Here are a couple:

Oxito.com – Different pricing: PC only, $39.99, iOS $9.99, Android $9.99, Windows 8 RT $9.99; Premium Bundle: All above for $95.90/year or $9.99/month. Comes with a 14 day free trial.

cloudHQ.net – This comes with 3 plans: Personal for $9.90/month or $99/year; Premium Plan for $17.90/month or $179/year; Business Plan for $29.90/month or $299/year.

~ Jody Victor

What does “Cloud” mean in computing?

Jody Victor®: Cloud computing to put it simply is having a repository for your data that you can access through all your devices, anytime, anywhere. Instead of saving to your computer, you save to a “cloud server”. There are many companies out there offering specialized clouds. They usually consist of a group of computers so there is load balancing of all the data.

There are clouds where you can store your music but they are tied to certain players and apps. Amazon and Apple iTunes are examples of these. There are also cloud players such as Pandora or Songza where you can play whatever genre music you want without actually owning it. You can play these through their website on your computer and/or download their app for your mobile device.

File cloud servers are places you can store all your documents and access through any of your devices anytime. You can search the internet for these – there are so many to choose from at different price points depending on the size you need.