To Cloud or Not To Cloud?
A few months back Aled and I were in PC World, having a browse at the desktop computers (in the end I settled for a Lenovo B50, and it's my perfect baby, by the way) and something caught my eye.
On the side of the new Cloud Computing aisle, was a range of what looked like gift cards - 'KnowHow Cloud' they proclaimed. I became really excited at the prospect of how CHEAPLY they were offering cloud storage!
I knew that, as I was due to live in student accommodation this year and not have access to my router, the 'personal cloud hard drives' were already not an option for me. I don't want to pay anymore for my Google drive storage, because the price does go up quite significantly after 100GB - and this 'KnowHow' option was a lot cheaper, and offering a veritable TONNE of storage.
Being the person that I am, I got excited and immediately grabbed the cheapest card on offer, saying 'I'll buy this and see if I like it! So cheap!!' Thank God Aled knows how I get and just goes 'hang on a minute, let's just look this up and see what people are saying.'
'Ugh fine. Double check it then!' I moan, thinking 'you always have to ruin my fun!!'
But of course, he was right (don't ever tell him that I said that). The reviews online were APPALLING. In fact, I have never seen any reviews as bad as these were. I think they had on average, 1 star out of 5 on Google Reviews.
Apparently, the servers were constantly down, people frequently LOST their data etc. Naturally, I put the gift card back and we left PC World empty handed.
It's a shame that this service turned out to not be any good: But now I can decide to hold off on Cloud Computing for another year and then hopefully when I have my own place I can set up my own encrypted, safer, personal cloud using a device like WD My Cloud. It just goes to show that sometimes, it's worth the wait.
Do you have any good or bad experiences with cloud computing? Have you signed up to PC World KnowHow? I want to know how it went for you! Comment below!