CLOUD: Yet another “web service” gets dropped for whatever reason

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Microsoft HealthVault service to end November 20, 2019
This notice contains important information from the HealthVault team at Microsoft. Please read this notice immediately; it contains time-sensitive information that may require you to take action.

We are reaching out to you because you are a registered user of the HealthVault service. We are providing you this notice to ensure you are aware of an important development:

The Microsoft HealthVault service will be shut down as of November 20, 2019.
Data you have in your HealthVault account will be deleted effective November 20, 2019. If you wish to keep the data in your account, you need to take action now to transfer that data from your HealthVault account.
Please take appropriate action to move your data or information you may have stored in your HealthVault account. To help customers that wish to transfer their data out of HealthVault, several options are available and described below.

If you are using an Application (mobile, web, etc.) that is dependent on the HealthVault service, such applications may also stop working once the HealthVault service is shut down. Please reach out to the Application provider for information on their plans.

We appreciate your use of the HealthVault Service. If you have questions regarding this communication please do not hesitate to reach out to HealthVault Customer Support.

The HealthVault Team
Microsoft Corporation


What date will the HealthVault service become unavailable?
The HealthVault service will become unavailable on November 20, 2019.
Will I be able to access or add new data to my HealthVault account after November 20, 2019? 
No, when the HealthVault service is shut down on November 20, 2019 your account will be closed. You will no longer be able to access the account or any data in it. If you want to keep the data that you currently have in your HealthVault account, please take action now to either download your data or transfer that data to another record keeping service, or your data will be deleted on November 20, 2019.
Can I delete my account and/or the data in it before November 20, 2019? 
Yes, you may proactively delete your account before November 20, 2019 if you choose to do so. For help, view the HealthVault Help section, Your HealthVault Account – “How do I close my HealthVault Account?”
Can I obtain a copy of or download my data before November 20, 2019? 
Yes. You can download your data by logging into your account and choosing to export your data. Details on how to export data can be found under the HealthVault Help section, Health Information – “How do I export and save health information from HealthVault?”. Once you have exported your data you have the option to take it to another record keeping service of your choice (for example, a Personal Health Record (PHR) service).
Is there an option for me to transfer or export my data to another Personal Health Record (PHR) provider?
The following companies should be able to provide you with a streamlined option to export your data to one of their PHR services. If you would like to use one of these services, you will need to authorize the HealthVault application to export your data to that service. You can find more information for these options here:How do I export my data to Get Real Health’s Lydia? (US and International Customers)
How do I export my data to FollowMyHealth®? (US Customers Only)

Please be aware that these companies are not affiliated with Microsoft, so if you export your data to them Microsoft will no longer be responsible for that data or its safekeeping. Because your data instead will be governed by the terms of service and privacy and security policies and practices of these companies, you should familiarise yourself with those terms, policies and practices before exporting your data to these companies.
What happens to my data if I do not wish to download or transfer it or if I don’t take any action before November 20, 2019? 
If you do not wish to download or transfer your data, you may proactively delete your account and the data contained within before November 20, 2019. If you do not take any action then your data will be automatically deleted when the HealthVault service is shut down on November 20, 2019.
Will I or my provider be able to access my HealthVault emergency profile after November 20, 2019? 
No, your HealthVault emergency profile will not be accessible by you or others after November 20, 2019.
I have set up devices like a blood pressure cuff to send data to my HealthVault account. What happens to these connections? 
On November 20, 2019 HealthVault will stop accepting any new data from all devices. Until then, you may continue to send data to your HealthVault account using your devices (unless you have closed your account).
I currently use HealthVault Connection Center to connect my device with my HealthVault account. Will HealthVault Connection Center continue to work past November 20, 2019? 
HealthVault Connection Center is also being decommissioned and will no longer be able to send data to your HealthVault account once the HealthVault service is stopped on November 20, 2019.
How do I stop getting notifications about the deprecation of HealthVault? 
You may delete your HealthVault account now to stop receiving these notices. 
For more information on how to delete your account, see the HealthVault Help section, Your HealthVault Account – “How do I close my HealthVault Account?”.
I use an Application on my phone that sends my data to HealthVault. Will this Application still work after HealthVault is gone? 
That will depend on what the Application does. There may be some limited functionality that the Application can still perform, or it may stop working completely as it will no longer be able to access the HealthVault services. For technical problems with a specific Application you should contact the Application provider.

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[JR: Argh! The big companies suck and will throw you over the side as soon as they can’t make a buck?]

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CLOUD: Revolar goes toes up

Thursday, October 26, 2017
To Whom It May Concern: 
We are contacting you to notify you that Revolar, Inc (“Revolar”), has made an assignment for the benefit of creditors (“Assignment”) as of September 25, 2017 (“Assignment Date”) and appointed an Assignee.
“Proof of Claim” notices are a required formality of the assignment process
Under Delaware law, the Assignee is required to send a notice regarding the assignment. This notice must be distributed within a timely manner of the start of the assignment and is intended to determine monies owed by Revolar. The Assignee is also required to provide a mechanism through which any party who may potentially have a claim against Revolar can file a claim. That mechanism is known as a “Proof of Claim” process, and Revolar claims can be filed on the website provided below.
Why you were sent a Proof of Claim
A Proof of Claim is available to all parties who have interacted with Revolar during the last couple of years to ensure that if they believe they have a claim, it is accounted for. It is not confirmation that you necessarily have a claim.
Proof of Claims are exactly what they sound like. If you believe Revolar owed you money prior to the Assignment Date and has not paid you, you’ll need to fill out the Proof of Claim form and return it according to the instructions found on the form, before March 24, 2018. The language on the claim form is formal and legalistic, but it is a necessary part of the process as we work to resolve the situation and outstanding debts.
Should you have any questions about the Proof of Claim form, you may contact the Assignee at:
Revolar (assignment for the benefit of creditors), LLC
P.O. Box 391600
Mountain View, California 91600-1600
United States
+1 650 412-2521 Facsimile

CLOUD: PLAXO bites the dust

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dear Plaxo User,

After 15 years of helping customers enrich their address books, we regret to announce that we will be shutting down the Plaxo service at the end of the day on December 31, 2017.

We will begin purging user data on January 1, 2018. If you would like to export your address book data, please do so before that date. Instructions for how to export your data are available here.

Thank you for subscribing to Plaxo. We appreciate the support you have given us over the years and we wish you all the best.

– The Plaxo Team

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CLOUD: AMAZON pulls the rug out

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dear ferdinand j. reinke, 

Amazon is no longer offering an unlimited storage plan. As a current unlimited storage plan customer, you can choose to keep your existing unlimited plan through the end of your current subscription. Your Prime Photos benefit of free unlimited photo storage is not changing, so you can continue to store all your photos, plus 5 GB of additional content, for free. 

At any time, you can cancel your subscription or switch to a new annual storage plan of 100 GB for $11.99 per year, or $59.99 per 1 TB per year, up to 30 TB, by visiting your Manage Storage page

If you have auto-renew turned on and less than 1 TB of non-photo data, you will be automatically renewed into a new 1 TB plan for your existing rate of $59.99/year at your renewal date. If you have auto-renew turned off or have over 1 TB of non-photo data, we will notify you by email before your subscription end date to remind you that you will need to choose a new storage plan. If you choose not to renew your subscription, digital files that exceed your allotted free storage will be deleted after a grace period of 180 days in accordance with our Data Retention Policy

For more information about our storage plan changes, please visit our FAQ page

Thank you, 


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CLOUD: Another free sharing site bites the dust

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Microsoft to shut down its file-sharing site December 15
Microsoft is shutting down its site in December and advising affected users to go with LinkedIn’s SlideShare and/or OneDrive for their file storage needs instead.
By Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft | June 9, 2017 — 11:40 GMT (04:40 PDT) | Topic: Cloud

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Officials posted a notice of the planned end of service on June 9 on its site. In that note, Microsoft attributed overlap between SlideShare, which is part of LinkedIn, and OneDrive with as the reasons for the December 2017 closing. Microsoft bought LinkedIn last year.

Microsoft is advising users to migrate and/or delete content they shared on as soon as possible.

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Clearly, you can NOT depend on anything that is free.

It either goes PAY or goes away.

That, imho, reenforces Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud as reliable services.

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CLOUD: AT&T Locker shutdown; no reduction in price

Friday, May 26, 2017

AT&T Free Msg: AT&T Locker, a cloud storage service you or someone on your account set up, is permanently closing on 8/3/17. Photos, videos, contacts, music, and docs in your Locker will be deleted after that date. Download your content using a computer at You won’t be able to upload anything after 6/4/17. More at

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Can’t depend upon anything staying around. 

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CLOUD: Google is “blind” to what3words addressing

Monday, April 3, 2017 

When I search for “where is what3words”, I get send to the what3words website.

Doesn’t Google understand that is a location using this universal addressing scheme.

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I guess not!

So much for google being the all-seeing all-knowing tool.


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