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Cloud Computing and Making a Difference

Every cloud has a silver lining—or so they say. I hope that’s true of cloud computing. I’m trying it out over the next couple of weeks. I’ve moved my works in progress to Microsoft’s OneDrive (mainly because I was at my limit in my free Dropbox account).

Information: Cloud Computing

Cloud computing means you store your files in “the cloud,” which is defined by PC Magazine as “anywhere but your hard drive.” As I understand it, you don’t know exactly where it is. All you know is that you can access it from any device that will allow you to log in to your Microsoft account. If you have a or email address, you already have such an account. It’s easy to set up an account at either URL if you don’t have one already.

On your browser, log into Hotmail or Usually, it takes you to your email page. In the upper left corner, you’ll see this menu:

Click on the “cube” icon with the black background, and the Microsoft services menu will pop up. Click on OneDrive. Next you’ll see something like this.

You can create new folders, and upload files you want to access from more than one device. OneDrive features free storage up to 5G, which is a lot. When you open the files from your device, you don’t have to have Word on the device you’re using. OneDrive uses the Office 365, and it’s entirely web-based.

I’m not sure I’ll like OneDrive better than Dropbox, but I want to give it a try. Next post, I’ll do a pros and cons analysis of the two. (Note: My computer has Windows 7 Professional, and I do not intend to upgrade to Windows 10 until I’m forced to.)

Inspiration: Making a Difference

Most writers I’ve met are on a mission. They want to make a difference with their gift of writing. But, sometimes, we don’t achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves. Sometimes we wonder if we are wasting our time with writing and its frustrations. Here are some quotes from the past that inspired me. I pray that they will inspire you, too.

“The pen sometimes builds a more enduring monument than can the hammer or chisel.” —James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone, 1882. *

“The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” —-Rev. Billy Graham. **

Readers, do you use Office 365 or another cloud computing tool? If so, please share your experience in the comments. Or, email me at akinemily(at) if you want to write a guest post. If you receive this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

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