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Help me choose a platform for delivering educational programs

I'm looking for the best online platform to deliver educational content. It should incorporate content delivery, goal setting and tracking, collaboration tools, and community engagement. Cost is not an issue. [more inside]
posted by autocol on Mar 21, 2014 - 5 answers

 

Resources for executives learning about IT industry?

My boss has asked me to help him find some introduction-level resources to understand modern IT industry fundamentals (cloud computing, modern storage technologies, security, system architecture, etc.) from a management standpoint. I have a good handle on the technical side, but I'm not sure where to look for the basics. What resources would be a good introduction? Web sites are most helpful, free or paywalled okay.
posted by pocams on Mar 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Personal file backup advice should I use a cloud sevice

I want to find out what is the best cloud services for backing up laptops and pc's. Should I go with the cloud, and in addition should I save my files to external hard-drives as well.I have a lot of photos primarily that I do not want to loose, I am using windows . Thanks for the help.
posted by Upon Further Review on Mar 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me understand what a proper business IT system looks like.

I've only worked in a small business (15-20 employees) since I got out of school, and I've handled the technological necessities since I started because nobody else could. I've handled things on an as-needed basis: troubleshooting problems, setting up new computers, maintaining an iron grip on software installations, setting up the network and administering simple network devices, etc. However, I'm completely self-taught, and I have no idea if my hacked-together system looks anything like a properly-implemented corporate IT system. So I want to know what one looks like. Specifically, I'd like to know if there are any resources I can check out on my own that paint the picture of what I should be trying to achieve. NOTE: I'm NOT averse to hiring an outside IT firm or consultant to help with specification and implementation. However, I don't want to be at the mercy of a firm's "knowledge" and my own ignorance; you can waste a lot of money that way, regardless of scenario. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Feb 11, 2014 - 16 answers

Cloud-based web database?

I'm looking for a cloud-based database solution with a web front end. The idea is that you could upload an Excel spreadsheet or CSV file (or Access export), and then customize a front end query that will bring back results. [more inside]
posted by adverb on Feb 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Easy-to-use forum solution, maybe a suite of apps, other than GoogleApps

Our non-profit [a Quaker Meeting] is looking to expand our online offerings, both internally--for our members and attenders [private forums, and possibly more real-time social features], and also a more friendly and informative public-facing website than we have now. Any of the solutions should be easy to administer for people with middling to pretty good internet/computer knowledge. We are looking at Google Apps for non-profits, but so far, I'm finding their Google Groups a pretty poor approximation of a web forum. So I'd like to know what other options may be out there for us. We'd ideally like a full-featured suite of products that can grow with us, but if we build something piecemeal, are probably most interested in first having a user-friendly but robust forum. Free is ideal, inexpensive could be considered, based on features. We are a 501(c)(3). Would love pointers to software or cloud solutions, but am also interested in exploring groups that are already using such software [if they are public].
posted by QuakerMel on Jan 25, 2014 - 1 answer

Looking for cloud-based document sharing service for small group

I have a small business of about a dozen which has a massive amount of paperwork to be scanned in, organized, and shared. Boxes and boxes. The shareholders are not all very tech-savvy, so I'm also looking for something easy for them to use. There's sort of a dizzying array of options out there. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Jan 23, 2014 - 11 answers

How should I encrypt files before uploading to the cloud?

I want to back up some of my media files to various cloud storage sites (box, Dropbox, Google drive and skydrive.) I don't want them to easily see the file names or types. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2014 - 14 answers

SugarSync alternatives?

Sugarsync is transitioning to paid-only plans, with the minimum plan being $75/60GB. This is more space than I need, so I'm looking for alternatives. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Dec 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me stop downloading music from the cloud

I have all this music on my iPhone. But when I go to play it, it has to download it from the cloud first. Although the playlists are there, nothing is actually being stored on the phone. So it takes ages and chews through lots of data when I just want to play a song. How do I get rid of all this cloud nonsense and just store old-fashioned music files on my iPhone? (Relevant: I have iTunes Match switched *off* in Settings -> Music on my iPhone.)
posted by peter1982peter on Dec 2, 2013 - 4 answers

What can i do with a (cloud) server?

Someone linked to CloudatCost on Metafilter recently and, on a whim, I sprung for the $35 for life plan -- so I'm now the proud owner of a virtual cloud server. But I'm kind of a doofus and don't know what I can actually do with it. [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause on Nov 20, 2013 - 2 answers

What is the best way to back up photos and videos?

What is a good place to back up photos and videos from several different devices into one shared place? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Nov 15, 2013 - 12 answers

How to track business inventory location? Cloud based, no POS, iOS.

Trying to help a friend find a solution. They need a simplistic solution to tracking some office items. They have several demo kits (15) that their team uses. They need a way to see where each kit is at, without having to contact each employee that's out in the field to see who has what. [more inside]
posted by peripatew on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Help get my head in the cloud

My company has about 40 employees and five Windows based in-house servers. About half our staff work remotely (using a terminal server) and we have redundant Internet connections. Over the years we have built up a decent data center involving battery backup and tape archival. As I look to the 2014 budget, which would involve upgrading two servers, I have been asked if we should go to the cloud. I'm honestly finding it hard to evaluate this and hope some others may be able to help me improve my pro/con listing. Extra credit for suggestions to evaluate the costs. [more inside]
posted by dgran on Oct 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there a good, NON-JAVA, non-MS project management tool out there?

I will be starting to work on several small, overlapping projects soon and need a lightweight tool. WANT: Ability to manage 2-3 resources (mostly me, really), schedule tasks, create and output Gantt charts. DO NOT WANT: The security hole of suck known as Java, so Project Libre, OpenProj and the like are right out. MEH, WILL ACCEPT IF NEEDED: Cloud app. I really prefer desktop programs for various reasons, but if the best solution is on the cloud, so be it. A PLEA: I'm going to a presentation on Office 365 tonight with a devotee of MS Project. Please arm me in advance against the call of the dark side! [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Sep 26, 2013 - 8 answers

how to recover my contacts and photos from an iphone 4 incomplete backup

bullet points: - i recently had to get an i phone 5 for work at a new job. - i backed up the previous iphone 4 to i cloud. - when i re-entered i cloud, it said the backup is incomplete. - i thought i had changed my apple id username, but i have only been able to use the old id so obviously i must have done it incorrectly - i cannot sync my old contacts and photos to my new i phone. - i assume all the contacts are on the old sim, but it doesnt fit a 5. - i probably dont have access to the old handset. - i might be able to use my girlfriends handset, but not reset it. - i want the photos and contacts. i am starting to really hate apple. how do i do it - is there a way or have i lost all my contacts?
posted by edtut on Sep 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Best Project Management Solution (maybe able to export MS Project files)

Are there any websites or programs that can read and export MS Project .mpp files that are more affordable and just as capable as MS Project? Failing that, what's a good online website that can achieve the same effect of building the chart for the customer and maybe even allowing them to collaborate with us on it? We're a small company whose customers often like to see and modify MS Project files at the beginning of a project. Project is expensive and locked to one computer per license, and I don't feel like installing it on lots of computers here when most of the users will use it maybe 1% of the time. Plus, none of us know how to fully extract all the value from this expensive software to justify it. I'd like a solution more tailored to our small needs that still will satisfy our customers. I'm also open to other project management solutions as detailed below. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Sep 9, 2013 - 3 answers

a free web service I've come to rely on shuts down, part 47

On Sunday morning I discovered with a shock that Catch.com had shut down. So now I suddenly need a replacement for taking simple notes. A complete list is inside, but in short I want to A) create and edit plain text notes on my Android device, B) create and edit plain text notes on a web service and C) have those two stay synchronized. Some more needs are inside. Help me find a new solution! And before suggesting Evernote, see ... [more inside]
posted by intermod on Sep 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Is my data written to a TrueCrypt volume only when it's dismounted?

I'm very interested in TrueCrypt, and am experimenting with moving some of my files (especially stuff I keep in my Dropbox) into TrueCrypt containers. But there's one possible scenario that concerns me, and about which I can't find any solid information -- not on TrueCrypt's site, not via Google, and not here on the green: What happens to my newly generated data if my computer crashes before the TrueCrypt volume I'm working in is dismounted? [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Aug 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Back up my network drive with fluffy clouds!

I have a 2Tb network hard drive with a lot of important photos etc. which I'd like to backup to the cloud in a Mozy/Crashplan manner ie updated files are automagically uploaded to the cloud without me having to worry about it. What services will *actually* let me do this? I've paid for at least one service which actually refuses to connect to my NAS drive... (a Netgear Stora, if you need to know this!)
posted by almostwitty on Aug 8, 2013 - 10 answers

Online backup recommendation?

I need to back up some laptops that are roaming around so I'd like some kind of automagic online backup solution. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Calendar "hacks" for incompatible digital/analog people?

I'm a software engineer who loves having the latest gadgets and spends much of my time online; she's a stay-at-home mom who avoids the Internet like the plague. This causes problems when it comes to our calendar. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Jul 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Where is my rolodex in the cloud?

My small highly mobile business requires a very basic cloud based address book, preferably with as much free form as possible so that key people in different time zones / locations have 24/7 access to a common address book. Think AZZ cardfile in the cloud. Where is it? All I've found are overtly complex and demanding of what goes on what line and are totally US centric. I am a great believer in KISS (Keep it Simple, Stupid) and want my keypeople to be able to operate the same way. Salesforce is not my answer. All input gratefully appreciated.
posted by adamvasco on Jul 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Where can I learn more about EC2?

I want to learn more about EC2 but am stumbling with what size instance I'll need. I also don't understand about the firewall aspect of EC2. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Jul 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Where to set up a development environment for personal projects?

I'm working on some personal full-stack projects and trying to figure out what my options are for setting up a development environment. For work stuff, I'm used to deploying a dev environment on a machine inside the corporate firewall and then either VPNing or SSHing in to work on it remotely, but I'm not sure what the best choice is for personal projects. [more inside]
posted by asterix on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Dependent Calendaring - Scheduling Reading Schedules, Episode Views, Etc

I have a need for dependent calendaring – maybe this is the domain of project management software, but such seems more elaborate than what I need. But any ideas or solutions would be appreciated. I’ll go into a little more detail inside to explain what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 14, 2013 - 2 answers

Simple Database for Video Production

I'm looking for a simple, cloud based database to keep track of production contacts (Cast and Crew) and location information for a medium sized production company. The database should be able to be used simultaneously from computers worldwide and feature tagging and photo uploading. Also, we should be able to change the basic fields when needed. Do you know of a good service/tool for this use? [more inside]
posted by sdsparks on May 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Online Days Since counter for many recurring tasks?

Before iGoogle disappears, I need to replace my 'Days Since' counter widget. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Apr 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Likelihood of Dropbox deleting my files?

I use a free Dropbox account for loads of stuff and I think it's a great service, but I currently only use 70% of my allowance and don't want to fork out for pro. However, I recently read the Ts and Cs of free account and see that they can delete my files whenever they like. Eek! I find it pretty unlikely this would happen, but how big a risk do you think it is? Is it worth paying just for the security, or is it so unlikely that I can continue with free service and peace of mind?
posted by KateViolet on Mar 26, 2013 - 18 answers

Which home NAS with online backup for 2013?

I have a mess of ad-hoc backup systems, none of which “just work”. I would like to have a NAS that quietly backs up the cross-platform content I have, and also mirrors it online securely. I should probably budget for about 1-2 TB. I have no problem doing geeky setup stuff, but the less routine stuff I have to remember, the better. System details follow. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Feb 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Software for creating an equipment library

I'm about to start running a community college multimedia lab, aimed at providing kids with the resources to make videos. I'm looking for software that'll make it (relatively) easy to administer. Specific hopes and dreams inside… [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I get my old Amazon MP3 purchases to appear in Amazon Cloud Player?

Is there a way for me to get the MP3s I bought from Amazon.com before they introduced the cloud player (where you downloaded them once and that was it) to be available via cloud player now? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Jan 14, 2013 - 9 answers

I want to save this moment forever

I'm looking for phone apps that will allow me to easily and simply record sound and simultaneously back up the recording offsite (send it to email, save to a cloud server, etc.). [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Jan 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Cloud Box desired. Please help :)

Help me find or make a cloud in a box. By a cloud I mean a "A visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground." By a box I mean something that can fit on a desktop. The inspiration came from this art installation. [more inside]
posted by rdurbin on Dec 31, 2012 - 14 answers

Google in the enterprise?

Is there a way to define a group of people on which to grant a permission within Google Apps for Domains? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Dec 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Cloud-based alternatives to NotePad++?

NotePad++, but in the cloud? I have the app I like, but I want it everywhere at once. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Dec 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Advice needed: moving a MS Access DB to the cloud..

Our small office uses a MS Access database daily for non profit work. The database is small enough where I'm not certain it warrants upgrading to SQL. Most of the work done in the database is remote (7 users total) so we are looking to move from a standalone PC w/remote access to the cloud. I would greatly appreciate any advice with regard to moving the DB to a cloud service provider that supports MS Access. One that is reliable, is relatively easy to admin e.g., backups and lastly, inexpensive.
posted by Sagres on Dec 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Hundreds of characters indexed in the cloud (fictional worldbuilding data management tools)

Us: 13 participants in a multi-year group fiction/worldbuilding project with hundreds of named characters, places, and items to keep track of. Our current system (YahooGroups databases, GDocs, and some other resources) works, but I keep thinking there's a better solution out there. More details within, but we're looking for something that does all of what we're currently doing, plus internal linkage, effective relevance-based searching, internal sorting, tagging or some other method of grouping data in multiple ways, and that is web-based, lightly password protected, accessible on a wide variety of devices, and easy for our other participants to use. (We'd also take a pony, if you had one.) [more inside]
posted by modernhypatia on Nov 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for a cloud billing system.

Looking for a cloud billing system that both tracks amounts to be paid to contractor/staffers who work remotely and which also tracks the combined amounts to be billed to the client (on whose case all the staffers will work). [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Nov 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Genetics Research and Networking

Career mashup: Genetics Research and Networking. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Nov 26, 2012 - 5 answers

I need some help syncing my files.

I need an alternative to Google Drive that's going to work well with all my little snowflake snowflakes. And there are a bunch. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Sep 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Advice on converting a python program to a web app?

Hi I have programmed on eclipse, a reasonably straightforward program in Python 2.7 that applies image filters to user selected images e.g. by turning them to sepia, black & white, negative, etc. It uses Tkinter for the graphics user interface and the program functions ok. However, I was thinking about how to turn this into a web app. So to transfer this to an Amazon cloud server, I understand that for the client side user interface I would need to convert the program by adding html and javascript to the client side while python handles the server side? Does anyone know of any tutorials or other resources that are particularly good at covering web apps like this using python, html and javascript?
posted by conrad101 on Sep 19, 2012 - 3 answers

application migration to work in the cloud

I am looking for guidance on migrating an application to the cloud, from both a practical perspective as well as a theoretical perspective for a project. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on Sep 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Recommend me a good quality forum on Cloud Computing?

Recommend me a good quality forum on Cloud Computing? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Aug 26, 2012 - 1 answer

I no longer trust dropbox. What better replacements are there?

I no longer trust dropbox. What better replacements are there? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Aug 3, 2012 - 30 answers

feature or a problem?

I purchased iTunes match so that'll my songs are both on my hard drive and in the cloud. When syncing my iPhone with computer using a cable, playlists will copy but only the information. Not the actual tracks. I have to download them with wifi. My questions is 2 part 1) is this normal that the media does not actually transfer? 2) if it isn't how do I fix this so that songs transfer from computer to iPhone? I'm up to date on all software.
posted by captainscared on Jul 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Finally ready to let go of my MP3 cache

I'm possibly ready to stop toting around 75GB of music, and switch to something 'cloudier'. What are the best options for a geek/control freak? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jul 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Sharing good PowerPoint slides within a company

Please help me set up something like a shared shoebox for keeping useful PowerPoints slides, ideas for visual representations, graphics, etc. [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Jul 5, 2012 - 1 answer

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop?

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Jun 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Cloud Based Document Management System

Cloud based Document Management System (DMS): what is the lastest and greatest (Mid 2012)? [more inside]
posted by Slackjaw37 on Jun 22, 2012 - 3 answers

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