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, 

Amazon

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CLOUD: Another free sharing site bites the dust

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-to-shut-down-its-docs-com-file-sharing-site-december-15/

Microsoft to shut down its Docs.com file-sharing site December 15
Microsoft is shutting down its Docs.com 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 Docs.com site. In that note, Microsoft attributed overlap between SlideShare, which is part of LinkedIn, and OneDrive with Docs.com 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 Docs.com 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 locker.att.net. You won’t be able to upload anything after 6/4/17. More at att.com/lockerhelp

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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

https://what3words.com/ 

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

Doesn’t Google understand that shed.varieties.menu 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.

Argh!

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CLOUD: Amazon Prime Videos broken?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017-Feb-11 1221 

 

Amazon
Your Account Amazon.com
Message From Customer Service
Hello Ferdinand,

I’m sorry to hear that you’re receiving geographical restrictions errors while trying to watch Amazon Videos.

Upon checking our resources, I found that there’s an ongoing issue with this error. Our technical team is working on this issue to fix this at the earliest.

A little patience is all we require from your side while we work on this issue.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best regards,
Keerthi U
Thank you.
Amazon.com

 

 

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CLOUD: Google’s New Trusted Contacts Shares Your Location with Loved Ones In Real Time

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Google’s New Trusted Contacts Shares Your Location with Loved Ones In Real Time
http://lifehacker.com/googles-new-trusted-contacts-shares-your-location-with-1789666993

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Ever since “a certain young lady” has me watching the crime shows (i.e., L&O of all genres and Investigation Discovery), I’ve realized how important it is for me to have “trusted contacts” in case she “sacks” me. (Never knew how many women killers there were IRL!)

Laugh!

You might want to avail yourself of it. 

Android only! (Boo, on Google!)

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CLOUD: Another “cloud” is proved unreliable

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2016-Sep-06

MAILCHIMP is unresponsive.

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You submitted your compliance questionnaire on Aug 14, 2016 8:08 pm, and our team is reviewing your responses. While your account is under review, you’ll be unable to send live or test campaigns, but Campaign Builder, signup forms and reports still work.

We respond to users in the order their information is received, so someone will be in touch with you soon. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm EST.

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Beware!

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