Your Memory Is Changing – Part 1 of 3

Pop Quiz CTL readers.

  1. What is the capital of Nevada, Cañar, Prince Edward Island?
  2. How many feet in a mile, boiling point of water in degrees Kelvin, fahrenheit, celsius?
  3. Who is the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Prime Minister of Spain, Foreign Minister of Ecuador?

Did you know any of them by heart?  Good for you! Of course you know where I’m going with this. Don’t waster any hard disk space in your brain because all of this information can be found on Google.

The Internet is an amazing tool and is also a prime example of Disruptive Innovation. 60 years ago when I was in 5th grade the answers to the above questions had to be looked up in an encyclopedia. Perhaps you had one in your school library or if you needed this information during non school hours you had to trek to your local library and hope no one was using the “S” edition to find the Prime Minister of Spain :-).

A friend in Oregon sent me this fantastic article on Why Your Memory Sucks  Please read the article because I hope to have a ongoing discussion on:

  • Memory
  • Technology
  • Disruptive Innovation

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The Cloud Revisited

My wife and I returned from the U.S last week and I was able to travel to Oregon, Idaho and California without a computer thanks to the cloud. I could receive my email via the Google Cloud. I could retrieve my photos via the Yahoo Cloud, I could read my books via the Amazon Cloud and finally hear all of my music via the Apple Cloud.

Two years ago I advised new purchasers of computers, tablets and smartphones to buy as much memory as they could afford. Today, with the advent of free cloud services I tell people to buy the minimum memory configuration.

The following are the free storage available to any user.

  • iCloud (Apple) 5 gb
  • Google Mail And Drive 15 GB
  • Youtube – Virtually unlimted videos uploads
  • Flickr (Yahoo) a whopping 1 TB  (1000 GB ) of photo storage

There are other services like Dropbox, Pogoplub, Box etc that also offer free gigs of storage.

This blog is being stored on the WordPress Cloud.

Bottom line – take advantage of the many free, safe and reliable cloud storage systems to streamline your life.

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