First up full disclosure: One of my old friends from secondary school has recently started working here. He did not ask me to write this review but I did start using it because I know and trust him.
Backups, I think everyone reading this will agree are essential if you want to ensure your stuff isn’t lost or damaged by some event, virus or sheer stupidity…. At work we have a system for backing up our data, emails are important but being in control of our data word documents, ArcGIS maps etc.. is essential. At home it’s a different story it’s not word documents that are important it’s photos and emails.
So I have a solution for photo backups, basically a combination of external hard drive, main PC and Dropbox. My broadband although not quick can cope with the odd photo or two that I want to share and keep. It also feels natural to go somewhere take pictures and when home back them up.
Emails are another story, I get a lot, not all are important but it is my life blood at the moment all my life, from receiving that first email from a lady who ended up being my wife to photos of friends, announcements of births, deaths as well as work related emails with important attachments. Then there are all those online purchases, receipts, serial codes etc!! Now I really should have a backup of these, Gmail is good but it isn’t perfect and you do hear stories of people who have lost all their emails.
So I have been using an old version of outlook to periodically download all my emails and attachments off gmail and others… trouble is I less and less use this PC and whole months go by without me using it. That’s down to me using a work PC during the day and an iPad at home nowadays.
A while back I noticed that one of my old friends had jumped from his then employer Google to a startup called DropMyEmail. Wow, I thought what the hell is dropmyemail?
Basically DropMyEmail.com is a service that allows you to backup multiple email accounts in one place from a single dashboard. It’s really easy to use and despite a Web Of Trust rating issue (someone seems to have rated it as untrustworthy but is talking about another site), I can assure you it is safe.
It’s quick and easy to setup and can be logged into using twitter, facebook or google accounts, once in you get a free amount of space that you can boost with referrals and the like but 5GB starts at $10 a year which ain’t too bad at all in my book. You can manage the backups in one place which is great and if you do have multiple accounts the backups can all be searched from here. Attachments to emails also get their own attachment manager which is very useful and can be used to share them on a number of services.
So why use this service over other methods? Well for starters if you live in a rural location in the UK and your broadband is poor this could be very useful reassurance. Since it doesn’t rely on you downloading emails to your PC all you have to worry about backing up is your photos, you did do that right?
Not for everyone I admit, esecpially if you have good broadband speeds. Also if you don’t trust companies to keep your data safe well I’m not going to convince you! If you’re interested head over to their site and take a look www.dropmysite.com, it’s free for a set amount of data and if you’ve got multiple email accounts like me you’ll be wanting to upgrade pretty soon.
Summary: Email backup service for multiple accounts
Why? If you’ve got poor internet connections but still need backups of your webmail this is for you.
Rating: For me personally I give it a 4/5 it looses points because their sister site for backing up websites (dropmysite) is not integrated with dropmyemail
If you follow me on a social network you might have noticed me repeatedly jumping up and shouting look at me I’ve been on TV…. for this I apologise. I was interviewed as part of a piece BBC Sunday Politics Show was doing about Cumbria’s broadband somewhat stalled initiative. A local community group called Fibre GarDen was well represented, these guys I am pretty sure will be installing their own Fibre optic data network very soon. I am helping also them out with some mapping.
Okay why a post about some weird acronym type company? Well in the world of GIS (Geographic Information Systems/Science), ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) a software/consultancy company is a big player.
Yes they are a big corporate entity but in some ways they feel more like a movement, so when their yearly conference comes round I get excited. Not content with just advertising their products to their customers it feels as if you’re at an event for the GIS industry as a whole. Whatever issue you might have with ESRI’s software ArcGIS etc… you can’t fault the staff’s enthusiasm and professionalism (well that’s my experience anyway) especially at events like this.
Why the blog post this year? Well because I submitted a paper about using some software in our workflow called CityEngine and was asked to do a presentation on both days. You can find out more about ESRI here and ESRI UK here, I would also recommend some Wikipedia research on GIS.
You may have come to this post because I mentioned you somewhere, if you want to add something more (links, information etc…) or correct something contact me or add a comment to the relevant post.
- ESRI UK Conference – Day 1
- ESRI UK Conference - Day 2
- ESRI UK Conference - My Presentations
- ESRI UK Conference - People I met
- ESRI UK Conference - Thoughts for the Future, suggestions for ESRI UK
- Back in London – not really related to the conference more musings of visiting our nation’s capital.
|Great Asby Village hall and the attendees!|
“All of them, I think, were over 45. Bar Rory’s team, the guest speakers and a few ‘experts’ invited along, no one in the hall was under 45. Someone apparently said they were struggling to enthuse their local parish with the opportunities broadband would bring to the community, and that they had responded that if the older generation couldnt be enthused then maybe the under 20′s could be. The reply? There aren’t any, they’ve all left because there is no broadband.” Source : A Shiny World “#gab10″
- for me I had to leave early as it was bonfire night in Sedbergh at 7pm
- Saturday’s are difficult for many if you work all week a meeting in the middle of nowhere about computers isn’t that enticing…
- I got my invite via Twitter, how were other people identified? My guess is through Parish councils and local businesses? If it’s via community groups we know these are not attended well by working age younger people, just because we don’t have the time!
It was a great meeting and I was surprised at the number of attendees I just hope that expectations are not raised by the politicians and civil servants so much that even small successes are seen as disappointments.
I also hope those that attended are active within other areas to, for example planning and the provision of new affordable (by that I mean cheap not shared ownership) homes in villages as well as using local services such as the post office.
As important as fibre optic broadband is there are other things out there of equal or more importance. My advice/hope is that these extraordinary people who attended Great Asby on Saturday are not distracted by the flashy technology.
|First find Great Asby…|
- An inspirational two days in Eden by @johnpopham
- #gab10 by @loulouk
- Some Key Questions for the Designers of BDUK Rural Broadband Pilots by @RuralUK