We are giving away a free one year Livedrive Pro Suite account and a Livedrive branded T-shirt to three lucky winners over the next few days. How to Enter To enter the competition simply follow us on Twitter (@Livedrive_com) and Retweet our competition tweet found here: https://twitter.com/Livedrive_com The competition will run from 5pm UK time […]
Livedrive Backup automatically keeps copies of your files safe in the cloud. If you accidentally delete a file from your computer or you lose your computer and want to transfer all of your files to a new device we have created a program called Livedrive Restore. Livedrive Restore is built into the Livedrive desktop software […]
If you would have asked me decades ago whether I’d be able to have global on-demand access to my crates of records, shelves of CDs, shoe boxes of photos, and my piles of notebooks containing grandiose ideas, I would have answered, “not in my lifetime.” To me, it seemed like something you’d see in an episode of Star Trek, but decades later, I am happy to that I was completely wrong—thanks to LiveDrive.
I now have access to my entire record collection, thousands of photos, videos spanning from my childhood to this year’s vacation, and even a document I started writing last week about a new business idea. Through LiveDrive’s digital storage cloud, I can now continue writing that document from any coffee shop, living room, office or airport. All I need is an Internet connection and more ideas to write. I often stream the music I’m in the mood for when I write directly from my own music collection in the sky. Well, by sky I mean I connect and stream or download music via a wireless connection to one of my mobile devices such as my Android mobile phone, iPod, iPad, iPhone 4, or my laptop. I also connect my PC and Macbook Pro via my Android phone but that’s for another post.
Also if you asked me decades ago what I’d be doing for a living, there’s no way I would’ve been right since my job didn’t exist then. I develop, market, and provide web, mobile and social platform solutions to companies across the globe. That’s a bit techie and kind of Star Trek-ish to some people, but I love it.
My biggest hurdle over the past few years— given that I’m a self-confessed workaholic—has been the ability to access my numerous files, accounts, and documents when I travel. For me, working on the go was a hassle. Whether I was cruising across town from my office to my home, or even from the East to West Coast, if I wanted to effortlessly pick up where I had left off, I was forced to transfer files to a storage device in order to keep working. Thankfully, this problem has been easily remedied by LiveDrive.
Not only is LiveDrive an awesome solution for my personal media, it’s also a lifesaver and timesaver for my business. I have every computer at home and at the office backing up and syncing in real time, so have easy access to files I’m working on at my disposal anytime, anywhere.
While this may seem like the pinnacle of geekdom, I have drawn a diagram of my constant connection to my digital media at home, at the office, and on the road. I may be exposing my not-so-dormant inner nerd, but I think eventually most digital media mavens will get to this place, too.
My home network wired connection points are five PC desktops. One PC has several USB drives connected to it for data storage, mapped across the network. The wireless connection points are four PC laptops, a MacBook Pro, an iPod, an iPad, two Androids, and an iPhone 4. All of my desktops and laptops have LiveDrive installed and are connected to the same unlimited backup account I got from Elephant Backup. My Mac backup files have their own folder in my LiveDrive account, so each has a separate set of files. I have a similar setup at the office, but the key thing is that all the computers I want to backup, sync, and have access to are logged in and backing up to the same LiveDrive account.
Now, when I’m on the road, in a café, attending a meeting or a conference, I can easily log into my LiveDrive account from any PC from anywhere to view, download, and modify files. When I’m on foot, or in the car, I use my Android or iPhone to stream music, show someone a photo or video, or view a file. Needless to say, I am pretty connected from everywhere—and this scenario is all possible thanks to the unlimited backup account I got from Elephant Backup, who is hands-down the best LiveDrive seller I have encountered. Believe me, from one uber-geek to another, Elephant Backup rocks.
This track from The Uptones‘ new CD is dub sunshine in a bottle. Huge molten brass slathered over a miles-wide bass and drum beat mixes it up with skankin’ guitars and shimmering organ bubbles. An instrumental reggae lovefest, “Solar Disco Ball” just became the soundtrack to my East Bay spring day.
A soulful rendition of “I Must Have That Man,” Billie Holiday’s intimate crooning and impeccable timing doesn’t disappoint. Lady Day confirms that, like her voice, heartbreak is timeless. Recorded in New York, early on in her career, you feel her personal tragedies in this gem. But, like Billie, the end of this sorrowful song is triumphant with a strong brass finish.
Livedrive just announced the release of version 1.13.2 of their Windows and Mac OS X software. The new program includes an improved backup management screen, a restore client built directly into the desktop software, and some security improvements to give Livedrive a better performance behind corporate firewalls.
You can read more about it at Livedrive’s official blog. If you are a Livedrive user already, you’ll get a notification to upgrade software next time you log on. I just upgraded my Livedrive here and it went seamlessly.
From the vaults, pulled up by my friend Dan over at SFMusicSluts, here’s Critical Mass – one of the wackier ska punky bands from the ever so wacky “third wave” o’ punky ska. Led by tenor sax man Michael Valladares – now proud owner of the bestest watering hole on that strange planet of East Bay, California, ye olde Hotsy Totsy – CM brought metal madness and cartoon music to bear on their special ska brew, here expressed as an epic instrumental.
Critical Mass – “Black Liquorice” (Play/Download mp3)
Godspeed is one of Canada’s most famous bands. One of the archetypes of the post-punk sound, a style of instrumental music that builds and descends in epically long tracks. After releasing an EP, Godspeed released a double album (totaling a whopping 9 songs), “Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven.” This title track is a beautiful introduction to their sound. This song builds and builds until it crescendos making you feel like raising your skinny fists to the heavens!
“Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven“ (play/download mp3)
Buy/Listen to all of Godspeed’s music.
Good news for Kindle users!
Livedrive now has an app for Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.
Livedrive for Kindle allows you to:
- View eBooks and PDFs
- Play your music
- Stream videos
- View your photos
- Edit your office documents
— all from your Kindle device.
Download the app from Amazon.