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Computing in the Cloud: MS OneDrive
Part 1 of a 2-Part Series
Nancy DeMarte, 1st Vice President, Sarasota Technical User Group, FL
www.thestug.org ndemarte (at) Verizon.net
If you use Microsoft Office, OneDrive is an obvious choice. Let me introduce you to OneDrive in this two part series.
The History: Microsoft first introduced online storage outside the business world in 2007, when Windows Live SkyDrive was introduced. A person with a free Microsoft Live account could have 25 GB of free storage in a secure place on the Internet. At that time, though, it was a cumbersome process to learn and use. I tried it, but soon got frustrated and gave up. In the next few years, Microsoft made several improvements. In 2010 Web Apps were added to SkyDrive. These were simple versions of the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications which could be used online in SkyDrive to create and edit files. By 2012, the SkyDrive app was available for Apple and Android devices and was easier to use, although it only offered 7 GB of free storage space for home users. In February 2014, the name SkyDrive was changed to OneDrive as result of a copyright suit. Since then, the service is being upgraded and improved continuously. For instance, those users who purchase the subscription version of Office 2013, called Office 365, now get a total of 27GB of free storage space on OneDrive.
How it Works: OneDrive will not work with Windows XP; it comes already installed on Windows 8.1. In Windows 7, unless you have Office 2013, you must first establish a Microsoft account or have a Hotmail email address, Windows phone, or Xbox Live. Then you can download the OneDrive desktop app to your computer. As long as you don’t move this OneDrive folder to a new location, all changes you make to files you have saved to OneDrive will be synced to the OneDrive cloud location and any other computers or devices on which you have set up the OneDrive app. To save a document to OneDrive, either drag it to the OneDrive icon in the Explorer window or save it directly from the Word program.
I don’t save all my files to OneDrive, although in Office 2013, OneDrive is the default saving location. “Computer” is listed as well, as is “Add a Place,” where you can add other online locations. You can change the default location back to the computer, if you wish, from any Office program by clicking the File tab – Options – Save – in the first group of options, and putting a checkmark next to “Save to computer by default.” – OK.
Managing Files in OneDrive: Whether the OneDrive app came with your computer or was downloaded from Microsoft, it appears in the left pane of the Explorer window and the taskbar notification area. Clicking this icon will take you to OneDrive, where you can open, edit, copy, and share files. You can edit a file either on the web in OneDrive with Office Online (the new name for Web Apps), or download it to your computer and edit it with its full application. You can also upload other types of files to OneDrive, such as music and photos, as well as whole folders. Just drag the folder or file from your computer to the OneDrive icon. OneDrive works the same as any other folder on a computer. I can manage files (create sub-folders there, save files into them, sort, or delete) on OneDrive the same way I do in an Explorer window on my computer.
Tablets, Smart Phones, and Office 365: You can a download the OneDrive app from the Microsoft website to your Apple or Android tablet or phone, which makes it easy to synchronize your files among devices. Plus, some Office 2013 apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) are now available for iPad and Android devices. When I open the Word app on my iPad, I can view all my files and folders which I have saved in OneDrive. Because I have Office 365, I can edit an existing document or create a new document using the Word app, which I can save either to the iPad or OneDrive. Those with other Office versions can only open and view files with the Office apps, but this is handy when you receive an email attachment in Word or Excel.
Next week we’ll explore two important topics regarding OneDrive: how to keep files safe on OneDrive and how to share OneDrive files with others.
Uninterruptible Power Supplies
By Dick Maybach, Member, Brookdale Computer Users’ Group, NJ
October 2014 issue, BUG Bytes
www.bcug.com n2nd (at) att.net
In normal operation, the AC-Out socket is connected to the AC-In cord that is inserted in a wall outlet. At the same time, the input power is applied to a battery charger that keeps a lead-acid battery (which uses the same chemistry that starts your car) fully charged. Finally, control circuitry monitors the AC-In voltage, and if it departs from what is acceptable, a relay switches AC-Out to a DC to AC converter that generates a 125 volt, 60 Hz waveform from the DC voltage on the battery. This does mean that the AC-Out voltage is zero during the time it takes for the relay to complete its operation, but this time is short compared to the 1/60 second period of our power system, and it doesn't affect a computer's operation. Although not shown in the block diagram, most UPS devices have additional outputs that are connected to the AC-In port through a surge protector.
The second shows the voltages that cause the UPS to switch over to battery power.
The third shows the power drawn from the master outlet that results in the other connectors being shut off.
By comparison, the next screen-shot shows the Linux monitoring software, which is not supplied by APC. It shows only that the battery is fully charged and can power the computer for about 53 minutes. There are no control features here.
Regardless of its features, a UPS is a valuable peripheral that can save you much time and frustration, especially of you work from home.
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