Moving the Cloud-Based Computer With Ease

Part of the drag of transitioning out of a job that I’ve been at for the past seven years is the dreadful process of moving files. I’ve amassed quite the collection of digital goods over the years, and they’ve usually resided on one of the many work computers I’ve had. Documents, media, notes, pictures, random files—you name it, it’s on my work computer hard drive somewhere.

As I’m moving things over from my MacBook 17″ to my newly purchased MacBook Air 13″, I’m realizing how happy I am with the decision to invest in cloud technology. For instance:

I use MobileMe to transfer all my computer’s settings and apps from the old to the new. I also use it to easily transfer files remotely between all of the Wise family computers (Back to My Mac, yo!) I know people give MobileMe a hard time, but I’ve really enjoyed the service.

I use Google Docs to keep all of my various work-related documents, both personal and collaborative, in one space.

I use Evernote to keep all my ideas in one place. I cannot tell you how freeing it is to open up Evernote for the first time on a new laptop and see all of your files, nice and synced and ready to go!

I used Rdio and Grooveshark to keep my music rolling through the whole process. Grooveshark still has a way to go, but they allow you to upload your own collection to the cloud, which is a huge plus. Rdio lets you stream pretty much any music you can think of on your desktop, through the web or using one of their apps. Very easy.

And finally, I use Dropbox to sync my Home folder with the cloud. With the 50 gb updgrade, I can sync my Mac home folder to the cloud using Dropbox and access it from anywhere. In my opnion, Dropbox is the most important cloud app out of all the ones listed here. You need Dropbox. Trust me.

What used to take a whole day now takes an hour at most (excluding the initial transfer using Migration Assistant). Just download a few apps and your new computer is up and running in no time. All hail the power of the cloud!

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6 Responses to “Moving the Cloud-Based Computer With Ease”

  1. wvpv March 30, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Also, for your non-iOS readers, Amazon just released Cloud Drive which you can use to stream your MP3 library with your Android device. 5G free isn’t too shabby.

  2. Jason Vana March 30, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    I love MobileMe, especially since I use my Macbook and my iPad interchangeably. It’s nice to have everything sync automatically and know that all my settings are the same on all my Apple products.

  3. Kyle Reed March 30, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    I think you nailed them all.
    But I am very interested in what google has been cooking up with their newest laptop. I think that is definitely the future and I am all for it.
    I would love to be able to have everything in the cloud and just rely on it that way. If companies got behind this technology i think it could change the way they did their work, cut down on server cost, and make the office an easier place to work (less stationary, more interactive).

    I am thinking about subscribing to rdio, but grooveshark has been to good to me lately.

  4. Chris Huff March 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    I actually just starting using Dropbox a few weeks ago. My church gave me an iPad for my birthday, and I was trying to figure out a way to keep all my documents in sync. Dropbox works perfectly.

    • Graham March 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

      I use itbto sync production files between the church’s three production team computers.

  5. Graham March 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Love me some cloud computing. I use dropbox for just about everything with the 50gb upgrade. So far I’ve gotten work to pay for that. I’m starting to organize my files in anticipation of my “professional transition”… Mind you I am not close to leaving my church yet, I think.

    But I’m trying to get as many documents off my personal laptop as possible and I’m moving them all to the church’s iMac which is on my desk. I’m transitioning to my new iPad for all personal/mobile-work related tasks. I’ve decided to even start creating “how to” documents for some of my regular tasks.

    It was great to seeball my evermore notes on my iPad when I installed the app today! 🙂