Remotely Fetch Files On Your PC With SkyDrive

June 25, 2013

Many people are unaware of a very powerful remote access option that is available with Microsoft’s online file storage and sharing solution called SkyDrive.

If you have the SkyDrive desktop app for Windows installed on a PC, you can use the Fetch files feature to access all your files on that PC from another computer by going to your account at SkyDrive.com. You can even access network locations if they’re included in the PC’s libraries or mapped as drives. When you browse a PC’s files remotely, you can download copies of them to work on. You can also stream video and view photos in a slide show. To access files on your PC remotely, make sure the PC you want to access is turned on and connected to the Internet. SkyDrive also needs to be running on that PC, and the Fetch files setting must be selected.

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I have mentioned this feature before here on the blog and can attest to using it frequently (without problem) from my work location to access the files on my computer at home (including external drives).

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download SkyDrive for Windows.
  2. Make sure you leave the box checked during setup that will allow you to “Fetch your files from anywhere.” (You can also choose this later by clicking the SkyDrive icon (SkyDrive icon) in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and clicking Settings. On the General tab, under Fetch files, select Make files on this PC available to me on my other devices, and then click OK.)
  3. Open your browser and sign in to SkyDrive.com.
  4. Your PCs that have SkyDrive for Windows installed will appear in the Computers menu. Choose the computer that has the file you want, and you can view, print, or download the file you forgot.

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Storing and Opening Password Protected PDF Files Online Using Google Drive and SkyDrive

February 14, 2013

If you are concerned about security and storing personal document type files online, you may want to consider converting the document file to the PDF format, then password protecting the PDF file. Password protection of online files is one of the most requested features out there.

What I stumbled across, through experimentation, is that Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive can handle and open password protected PDF files, using their built-in (online) viewers. When you go to open a password protected PDF file using either of these services, you will be prompted for the password, and the PDF file will be opened online, without downloading, using either of these services.

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This gives you an additional level of security protection when storing or sharing files using either of these services’ PLUS, the convenience of keeping the file online (and not downloading it). These were the only two file storage (and sharing) services I tested, where this will work; however, there may be other services, as well, that can handle or open a password protected PDF file. I also found that you need to be using a modern web browser, as well.

I know you are probably wondering, how do I convert my file to the Adobe PDF format and how do I password protect it?  The easiest way to do this is to download the FREE Nitro PDF Reader, which has a built in a PDF creator (or printer).

After you have downloaded and installed the Nitro PDF Reader, you will notice that when you go to print a document, you will see that a new printer is on the list called “Nitro PDF Creator (Reader)”.  If you want to convert the document to an Adobe PDF file, simply select the printer labeled “Nitro PDF Creator 2 (Reader”). Basically anything that can be printed on your computer to a regular printer can be printed to “Nitro PDF Creator 2 (Reader)”, including image files, spreadsheets, Powerpoint slides, etc…

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Using Nitro PDF Reader you also have the ability to password protect  any PDF file you desire to create. When you go to print on your computer, the print dialog box typically appears. When it appears, select the “Nitro PDF Creator 2 (Reader)”, then click on and select “Preferences”.

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Once you select preferences, the “Printing Preferences” dialog box appears. You will then notice a tab labeled “PDF Security”.  Click on that tab, click on “Require a password to open the document”, enter the desired password, then click on the “OK” button, then click on “Print” to generate (and create) a password protected PDF version of the document.

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I know this may seem like a lot of steps, but really it is a cakewalk.  After you have created the password protected PDF file, then simply upload the file to either Google Drive or SkyDrive. Your file can now be stored and opened online, with the additional security of password protection.

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MediaFire App Now Available For Android

January 18, 2013

MediaFire is an online file storage and sharing service that most computer users at home are not familiar with. With MediaFire you are given 50GB’s of space (for FREE) with a 200 MB file upload size limit. Compared to the other online storage services (which typically offer much less FREE storage space), MediaFire is very generous in their offering. I have maintained an account with MediaFire for nearly 2 years and have never experienced an issue.

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The complaint you will hear coming from people about MediaFire is that they will remove your account is your account is inactive. There is some truth to this; however, the rule is that if you must access the MediaFire API (your account) from either the Web, your Mobile platform or your desktop platform at least once per year and if you do that, your account will never be removed.  This is a pretty easy rule to follow; especially, that you are getting 50 GBs of online storage space.  If your account is in jeopardy you will receive sufficient notice via the email account you signed up with.

The one downfall to MediaFire, that I was experiencing, was no Android App available to access and manage my MediaFire files from my tablet. This has all changed within the past couple days (prior to the writing of this article).  MediaFire now has an Android mobile app available in the Google Play Store that can be downloaded to your Android phone or tablet.  You can get the MediaFire App [HERE] .

The MediaFire mobile app lets you access all your documents, photos, and videos from anywhere. Securely store, organize, and share all your data on the web and through your Android device.

MediaFire Mobile App

Features:

• Keep all your important files at your fingertips.
• View docs, spreadsheets, presentations, video, and listen to audio.
• Take and upload pictures and videos directly in the MediaFire app.
• Upload Android gallery images.
• Create and manage folders of files.
• Share files on the go via email, SMS, through other Android apps, and with copy and paste links.
• Quickly search all your MediaFire files and folders.

MediaFire Android App:  Requires Android OS 2.2 or higher

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Access SkyDrive From Any Android Smartphone And Tablet Running Android 2.3+ Or Later.

September 4, 2012

Folks, if you are looking for a nice, dependable and easy to use online file storing (and sharing) service, I am highly recommending Microsoft’s SkyDrive. With SkyDrive you will get 7 GBs of space for FREE and can opt in to purchasing additional space if need be. This service continues to get better and better all the time and has become my main online file storage service.  I encourage you to visit the link above to learn more about SkyDrive.

As this service continues to evolve, Microsoft recently made announcement that a SkyDrive app has been developed exclusively for Android 2.3 or later.

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SkyDrive for Android

So, if you have an Android based phone or tablet AND you are a SkyDrive user, this app is a must-have app.  I have been testing it on my Toshiba Thrive Tablet and it has performed flawlessly. I even have SkyDrive setup to access the files (and drives) on my main PC anywhere I have internet access (see recent article, Access Any File You Need From Your PC From Anywhere With The NEW SkyDrive). This option alone is like having my main PC tethered to my tablet.

With SkyDrive for Android, you can now easily access and share files on the go. You can also upload photos or videos from your phone to SkyDrive.

• Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you.
• View recently used documents.
• Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
• Share your files and photos – send a link in email or in another app.
• Open your SkyDrive files in other Android apps.
• Manage your files – delete, or create new folders.

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SkyDrive – Your Password Protected Hard Drive in the Cloud

January 2, 2012

The beauty of online file storage (in the cloud) is that you can access your files from anywhere; and from just about any internet enabled device (such as your computer, tablet pc, smartphone, etc.). If you are like me, I am always on the hunt for a good online file storage service that is reliable, reputable and is feature driven. The number of options grow daily and it is hard to determine where is the right place to store files.

Trust me, I have accounts with all of them and the more I engage in this the more confused I get and the more careless I see me getting.  Careless in the sense that I see myself storing files on a site, that in the end I may forget about, and my files are out there in never never land, forever and ever. As a result of this thinking, I have narrowed my options to a few and have made up my mind to stick with them.

One of the online storage options that has recaptured my attention is Microsoft’s SkyDrive.

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SkyDrive is not a new player in the field of cloud based file storage.  As a matter of fact I have had an account with SkyDrive since its’ inception; however, I just was not sold on it – until now! To use SkyDrive you have to sign up for a Windows Live ID account, or if you already have a Hotmail account you are good to go. With SkyDrive you are given a whopping FREE 25GB’s of storage.

What has changed my thinking on SkyDrive is actually this:

You can now perform (easily) batch uploads of files from your computer, as well as, batch downloads. You can select a folder in SkyDrive, select download, and the entire folder will download as a zip file.

SkyDrive appears to be quite reliable in terms of uptime vs. downtime.  You can check the status of the service [HERE] .

If you are a Microsoft Office user, SkyDrive ties nicely into Microsoft’s Office Web Apps which gives you the ability to edit your files online using Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote.

The file management interface of SkyDrive just feels right… You can right click on any file in SkyDrive and perform various file operations, such as Open, Download, View Original, Move to, Copy to, Rename, Delete, Embed and Share.

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If you had moved away from using SkyDrive at an earlier time, I encourage you to revisit.  I think you will find that with the FREE 25 GBs you are getting an online file sharing service that is comparable to many of the other paid services out there.

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A Good Read About Amazon’s Cloud Drive Music Player

April 19, 2011

Steve over at his site, Scoroncocolo, always drops me a line when he composes a new tech article. This time around he has researched and drafted an article about the Amazon Cloud Drive Music Player that he has asked that I share with you.

Amazon Cloud Drive Music Player

In summary, Steve’s article [ CLICK HERE ] explains how to use the Amazon Cloud Drive Music Player with the  Amazon Cloud Drive Service to store your personal music collection on the internet (in the cloud) where you can access your collection and stream the music content to your computer or android phone (or other android devices) from anywhere.  Be sure to check it out…

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