Woot! Now you get #UNLIMITED space on #OneDrive ?!?!

To start of my day when I was commuting to work, I read on FaceBook through my friend (Chee Yong Poh, Microsoft Technical Evangelist) re-shared a post on The Verge that Microsoft has decided to provide UNLIMITED space on OneDrive – read the article here.

How would this change affect you? Well, when I was dwelling whether to archive my media that I will no longer require access to it on a regular basis to put it into the cloud so that it will not hurt the almost-filled NAS further. I was deciding between Amazon Glacier, DropBox and OneDrive but I tried Glacier at first because it is something pretty cool while OneDrive and DropBox has been in my daily life already. From my previous article titled “Is there something missing in #OneDrive ?” where I talks about something related as it shows that I am uploading all the media files to OneDrive.

So where is the value proposition of Amazon Glacier? Where would you see the value in OneDrive over Amazon Glacier? Well, in terms of space consumed and amount paid or you will be paying. Let’s see.

Microsoft OneDrive Cost (USD) Amazon Glacier Cost (USD)
100GB $6.99 100GB $1.00
500GB $6.99 500GB $5.00
1024GB (1TB) $6.99 1024GB (1TB) $10.24
2048GB (2TB) $6.99 2048GB (2TB) $20.48
10240GB (10TB) $6.99 10240GB (10TB) $102.40

 

Do not forget that Amazon Glacier charges you to bring the data out from the cloud back to any devices you are trying to retrieve from while Microsoft OneDrive, it is the same as DropBox or Box storage where it does not implicitly charge you for data transfer. (Of course, you can’t complain much if the retrieval takes forever! *evil grins*)

Do you have more than 1TB of data to store to the Cloud right now? – Yes, go to Microsoft OneDrive now!

Do you require your data to be used by other cloud services in Amazon? – Yes, stick to Amazon Glacier, there are nice API that can do retrieval from the vault.

Do you need Office suite of products? – Yes, go to Microsoft OneDrive now!

Has this come across to you that storage is getting cheaper and cheaper and Microsoft is well aligning its strategy to Cloud-First, Mobile-First?

 

Do you know that you can sign up to enjoy the unlimited storage first? Hit on to https://preview.onedrive.com/ now!

Cheers.
Milton Goh

Is there something missing in #OneDrive ?

Just when I subscribed to the Office 365 Personal in order to get that 1 Terabyte (TB) of space so that I can start archiving some of the files that I do not required sitting in my home NAS that are filling almost up quickly since the total usable space is 1.5TB. (I know it sounds like it is time to upgrade but looking at schedule where I intend to do a home renovation, I think I will leave those new gadgets coming in after the renovation.)

The latest statistics of the amount of space that I have packed into my account is:

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So during the course of the first few days into actively pushing some of the media files to OneDrive, I found out something that I feel missing out. So I started of using Google Chrome for all my surfing experience (yes, I do love Internet Explorer too) and started uploading files via the OneDrive web portal.

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The browser that offers two upload options as shown:

  1. Files
  2. Folder

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Notice, it reads as “Files” and “Folder” where it is missing something!

Number 1 – *MISSING WHAT?*: Why can’t I have an option to upload multiple folders?

Then I went ahead to upload by single Folder at a time since each folder contains multiple huge files, it does not matter to me actually. So after uploading the 9th or 10th huge folder, I start to ponder upon something that is missing.

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Do you all notice the difference? It caught my attention why when it was uploading 5th file out of the 22 files that I have, the amount it has progress in the blue bar is showing perhaps 5-8% of the total length. However, when it is already in the process of uploading the last file, it only show almost 25% taken up! So, what’s the big deal about the remaining 75%?

Number 2 – *MISSING WHAT?*: What happened to my progress bar?

OK, that’s all for Google Chrome. Next on the list… Internet Explorer!

 

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So I wasn’t quite convinced with how Google Chrome works, so I went ahead and try out using Internet Explorer (IE) as always Microsoft line of products should all work almost seamlessly together.

Number 1 – *MISSING WHAT?*: Why can’t I upload by Folder??????

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Notice that for the “Upload” portion, there isn’t any option for me to choose between a Single File or Multiple Files or Single Folder. It is just, go ahead and select something out of a single folder.

So by using Internet Explorer, users will have to first create the appropriate folder then upload the files into it as shown.

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One thing for sure that is working is the progress bar… *Yayyy*

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I don’t know who to reach out to but I hope that Microsoft will consider to allow uploading of multiple folders via the OneDrive web portal one day.

Do you have similar experience as me? If yes, why not share it with me by commenting below.

Cheers!

Regards,
Milton Goh

My Ez-Link Mobile Application–Convenient at a cost.

The company that take care of all our electronic card (EZ-Link) that commuters used on a daily basis while commuting has released its own mobile application for mainly the Android and iOS platform. The mobile application has been sitting on my phone for awhile and until just yesterday I decided to give it a spin again. In the past, I used it mainly to check the values that is remaining in my card as I am a lazy commuters who doesn’t bother looking at the gantry indicators whenever I go through.

Let’s roll over to the mobile application itself.

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This is the start screen of the application. To get things started, there is a need to scan the EZ-Link card to know what other functions is available.

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Once I place my EZ-Link card at the back of my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with NFC enabled, I will be able to get all the details.

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OK, previously I have scanned this card and save this card as per identified as “Milton’s Ezlink” as usually one card is tie to one person. However, there is no ruling that one person cannot own more than one card but that isn’t something that I required as of now. (I have intentionally replaced the CAN ID so that it is not known, I personally do not know the implications if someone knows my card ID but just want to be on the safe side). This application gives me a break down of my last few trips made or rather the last few transactions that was performed using this card. This actually reminds me of the past where I commute using Bus / MRT during work and we will need to access one of the machine at the nearest station to print a transaction receipt so that I can claim it from the company. Although it is just less than a dollar or two but when things adds up, it could foot the bill for a meal for one easily.

So is there any situation where you are about to leave home for work or anywhere else and you wish to take the public bus but to realize that your EZ-Link card runs low on value? On top of that, you have run out of coins to use to pay off the bus fare and aren’t willing to throw in a two-dollars note to pay off a ride that may only cost you 90-cents or one-twenty?

Here the mobile application come to your rescue! Touch the “Topup Card” feature as shown in the previous screen image then you are on your way to top-up your EZ-Link card using E-Payment such as Credit Card.

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Select the desire amount you want to top-up and continue. My recommendation here is to select the highest amount available! Will come to it shortly.

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Now do you see why? Do you see that greeny weeny “Convenience Fee” that the Credit Card merchant is going to impose for helping you to make sure you don’t lose out? Be it $10, $20 or that mean option of $5, you will still need to pay for the thirty-cents “Convenience Fee”! So be wise, since you paid for the convenient, utilize it fully!

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From the back of my mind, I do not remember that I have keyed in my date-of-birth anywhere when I set this whole thing up, but nevertheless, I couldn’t have forgotten about when I was hatched from the egg. Go ahead, enter the value and proceed. (Maybe I would try to provide false information and see what the application will prompt me)

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Lastly, enter the Credit Card information and proceed… Hooray! EZ-Link card topped up! (Oops, I didn’t continue because I still have values in my EZ-Link card but wonder would I ever fall in such trap where I do require to use this feature!)

In the current era, technology has advanced so quick that providing convenient to consumer is on the top priority. Integrating many solutions into one so that to leverage on expertise from different field or industry.

Have you used this application before? If yes, share with us how it goes for you. If no, why not? Would you give it a spin like what I did? Perhaps, that one day you would really need this?

Find this Android Application over here.

Cheers.

Milton Goh

Hola! It’s Q4’ now! Windows 10? MVP?

Time flies! We are now into 4th Quarter of the year and usually it means more work till end of the year where people starts to go on vacation especially during Christmas period. So yesterday was the 1st of October where there are a couple of highlights going on globally.

  1. Announcement of newly-minted and renewed Microsoft MVPs. – For this, it would be exciting if I am being awarded but I know I have not done enough yet to deserve that award. Nevertheless, I will continue trying, contributing to this huge community that I have received lots of goodies (information) from.
  2. Technical Preview of Windows 10 – This is interesting as Microsoft has welcome everyone to be part of the building process to help provide feedback to the desire OS that users want / need. If you are still unsure of the Technical Preview – find it here.

I didn’t have the energy to stay up all night waiting for the link to be active so early in the morning when I hop out of bed, I quickly refreshed the URL and started downloading the ISO. After that, the next thing I did was asking myself whether that piece of OS would be available on Microsoft Azure yet. To my surprise, it is! Then I took Windows 10 off on a spin on Microsoft Azure.

If you still do not have a Microsoft Azure account, I would encourage you to sign up here.

Let’s start the ball rolling…

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*Hooray!* See! Windows Server Technical Preview October 2014~

The next few screen shot will be familiar for some if you have played around with Microsoft Azure (Virtual Machine / IaaS) before.

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*Shucks* – “Fastest fingers first!” Obviously I lost it…

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OK, we are almost there… It is provisioning and should be ready in a couple of minutes. That’s something I really like about using Microsoft Azure. I could skip wasting time and it increases my productivity especially when I am trying to find out some small items like available features or configurations.

After spinning up the Windows 10 Virtual Machine in Microsoft Azure, below is some of the noticeable changes that I have found out after meddling with it for around 30 minutes.

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*Proof* – I am running Windows Server Technical Preview (aKa Windows 10) as the overall outlook is still very similar to Windows Server 2012 / R2 although the BGINFO on Microsoft Azure still tells me I am running Windows Server 2012 R2.

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1) Taskbar

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An additional icon beside “Server Manager” which I will explained about it later. Document folder icon also has a new icon image.

2) Start Menu (is back!)

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3) Multiple Desktop (somehow, this is what I have experience when I was using Mac OS in the past with my Mac Mini, MacBook Pro & iMac)

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This is really good if you are very organized person. Probably good for me when I decided that when I am writing PowerShell scripts, I should not be looking at my Social Media programs like Twitter. Smile with tongue out

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Ability to add (don’t know whether it is unlimited or limited yet) more desktop.

4) More icons changes

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5) Additional Role (Merging the Multipoint Services)

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This is something not available in Windows Server 2012 R2 where I verified using one of my Virtual Machine.

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6) Missing Features

Notice that there is one feature that is missing starting from Windows 10. The Windows Identity Foundation 3.5.

This is a screen that I have in Windows Server 2012 R2 and can’t be found in Windows 10.

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Overall, I really like how Microsoft has decided to allow the general public to do the testing, provide the necessary feedback and always listening to customers feedback. I will continue meddling with this new OS in the coming weeks and how it fits into a typical enterprise.

Cheers.

Milton Goh