And boy! What an adventure! There is so much to share! Hopefully I will find the time to share all my stories of my adventures in The Land of Ice and Fire! But for now, I need some sleep. So jet lagged. And I have tons of photos to upload, convert and process which will take weeks. Done all the unpacking. Laundry is underway, and I am back in my cosy little room, cooling off, now that I am back in hot and humid Singapore just as when I was getting used to the weather in Iceland.
The Amazon Cloud Drive offers unlimited storage to backup your files to the Amazon Cloud. A relatively new player in providing unlimited file storage for just 50 bucks a year, its practically a steal. So how does it perform? And does the service suit my needs well? Remember I am trying to find an inexpensive, if albeit inefficient way to back up my photos archive that I have slowly accumulated over the years, either through photography, or from the photos I took using my iPhone.
The Amazon Cloud Drive offers a very simple service to anyone who wishes to upload files, big and small to the Cloud. It has potential, but currently, I feel that the services offered are a little too simplistic and basic. Unlike more sophisticated offerings from Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive, you simply use the web or app interface to upload your files to the Amazon Cloud Drive. No fuss, no gimmicks, it works as intended. However, there are several key features that are not present yet on the Amazon Cloud Drive, features that are already mainstays from the more mature platforms like Dropbox.
For one, there is no auto sync feature. You can download a third party software to manage your files from your computer to the Amazon Cloud Drive, but some of which would require additional fees for licensing and usage of said software.
Managing thousands of files using the simplistic web interface is a little too unwieldy. It does not have the more complex set of features and functions that would make file management from the Cloud a little more efficient. The Amazon Cloud Drive app is a very basic app, that only allows you to upload (or download) files to and from the Cloud. You cannot (yet) do any file management functions from the app. The app only functions 2 things; upload and download. The Cloud Drive is also unable to edit files like word documents, or excel sheets or powerpoint presentation. You can view photos you have uploaded, but for most other file formats, there is very little you can do from within the web interface itself.
However simple it is, the Amazon Cloud Drive, is strangely still my favourite, not just because of its low price point, but also the fact that its a simple, no gimmick Cloud service. Th upload speed to the Amazon Cloud Drive is by far the fastest and most reliable among the other services I have used, making uploading of large amounts of files relatively easy. I organise my thousands of photos into its various folders, making my entire photo collection neat and tidy. Such neat organisation makes it easy to export the same file structure and files within those folders to the Cloud. And because I rarely access or modify those photos that I have already archived, not being able to sync and update the files in the Cloud is not really a big issue, yet. Remember, I am primarily using the Amazon Cloud Drive to merely dump all my photos into a safe place. Yes, I have half a terabyte of photos to upload and it will take days over time, but eventually when it is finished, I simply have to upload any new photos I took and saved periodically, maintaining my file organisation that I have adopted for my older photos.
Will I stick to Amazon Cloud Drive main repository for all my photos? Maybe. I am still split on whether to invest in local storage solutions like NAS or DAS, or simply just go the way of the Cloud. Both has its pros and cons, which I need to constantly evaluate as I consider how I would like to store my photos. But for now, Amazon Cloud Drive is the most cost effective way to keep my photos safe. Until then, it might just be my solution of choice, until something better comes along.
It’s been a little more than 2 weeks since I started work and things have gone pretty smoothly. As a research officer, I am blessed to be under a supervisor that laid out his research plans and strategies to tackle certain research problems openly with me right at the beginning. This open communication with my supervisor has enabled me to to have the same vision with him when it comes to research. With that, I am glad to have a sense of purpose when I’m doing my work. I know what needs to be done and how it needs to be done to accomplish the research goals and objectives that he has laid out before me.
My research involves skin research, and my team is interested in finding treatment strategies to treat and alleviate a certain genetic disease that affects the function of normal skin. My supervisor spent 2 hours on a one-on-one presentation and information sharing session with me and it was really an eye opener. He already laid the groundwork for me on what needs to be done with regards to this research. After hearing him out, I finally had a sense of purpose! Not just what I need to do in the lab, but the very nature of the project itself. I am doing research that could potentially help a lot of people with this skin disease! It may be a small step forward, but it is highly significant if it turns out really well. I am, for the first time, contributing something meaningful to society. I am truly using my skills and effort in my work to really make a difference in people’s lives.
I don’t know how the project will turn out. Will it succeed? Or will it fail? What I do know for sure, is that with that sense of purpose, I can now go to work with the proper motivation, drive and mind frame. And I think that is very important for me. With a sense of purpose, I am eager to go to work and do my best and work closely with my supervisor. I cannot let him down, and I definitely cannot let myself down.