5 practical ways to backup your data

Backing up your files is one of the most important jobs especially on laptops or tablets which are more prone to damage or theft compared to desktops PC. Your hard drive might crash after your laptop fall from table or thieves might steal your laptop at a café. Your work can lost if you have a back-up copy. Here I have 5 practical way to backup your data and you can do it yourself (DIY).

Optical disks
Optical disks have a storage capacity of up to 50GB (Blu-ray) and normal DVD (4.4GB). This is the cheapest way to backup your data. But the computers start moving to smaller and thinner such as ultrabook and tablet PC, slowly optical drive become unpopular and is predicted no longer used in the future, same situation happened to floppy disk.

Flash drive/ thumb drive
Very popular when I studied in college till now. It is known as USB stick, thumb drives are the best alternative to store your data. If you are very effective and well manage person, you can store every thumbs drive you have with different category and usage. But the problem with thumb drives is the devices is too small and very portable and can easily missing in your pocket or on the desk. Thumb drives suitable to store data temporarily and move data from one computer to another computer.

External hard drive
The most effective way to backup your data is in external hard drives. Transfer data to external hard drives much faster using certain software than optical disks and also reliable. Now the external hard drives have capacity more than 1 Terabytes (TB). So, it is possible to you to backup all your data in your laptop or computer. But the problem with external drives is they can easily damaged by physical shock.

External Solid State Drive (SSD)
SSDs have same functionality hard drives, but SSDs have durability same as thumb drive. But so far, nobody use SSDs as a backup storage because they are so expensive compared to hard drives with the same capacity. Available capacity up to 256GB.

Cloud storage
Storing data in the cloud is the most convenient way to backup but you must have internet access in order to do so. The price of cloud services depend on capacity and features. They give free sign-up with small capacity and limited functions. Suitable for small files backup and not suitable for backup confidential files.

Summary
You also can store data in SD cards but I’m not suggesting doing so because data can easily damage when transferring data from SD card to computer or vice versa if you are using poor quality of memory card reader. I have experiences where a few of my pictures in smartphone damaged after transfer to computer.

How to share photos and videos privately on Facebook

I prefer to share family photo with family members only. When my wife, my son and daughter go back to their hometown, I really miss them as I am far from them now. So, I ask my wife to take pictures of my son and daughter everyday and post them on Facebook. But the problem is I don’t want everyone in friends list see the photos except me or my wife’s siblings. So, I figured out the trick here.

Step 1:
Click on Friends in your left sidebar of Facebook site.

Step 2:
You will find Create List button. Here, we going to create a list who can see the photos and who I want to share the photos. After click Create List button, one pop-up windows come out and fill in List Name, can be any name list. Then put members’s name who can see the photos later.

Then click Create. The new names can be added later if you are miss out any members.

Step 3:
In your timeline Facebook, click Photos section.

Step 4:
You may find a few albums in your Facebook. So, if you have one album, let try on any album first.In the album, there is Edit button on the right top corner of the album. Click on Edit.

 

Step 5:
In my example, I’m select Abdul Hanan family list because I want only the members in the list can see the photos. You can select only one list at one time.

 

Now I can share the photos to the selected friends in Facebook and hide from others. All the best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why tablet is useful and worth to buy

We live with wide array of electronic devices everyday. Tablets, is new kind of electronic devices and it is difficult to compared with computer PC or laptop because it fall into different category.

So, should I buy tablet or not? Is it useful enough for me if I have one?

Quick start-up boot
You don’t have to shutdown or power off the tablet PC all the time. This is one of the great advantages of this gadget. You can just hibernate it if not in use and turn on back when required. You can easily to check email or searching anything in the internet using tablet compared to computer PC or laptop. Tablet screen is large enough for user to browse website compared to smart phone.

Great e-readers
The rising of eBooks in the digital market make the tablet very useful as an e-reader. It’s save your money to print out on the papers and can become great environment friendly.

Portable device
Even though we have netbook, it can’t be compared with tablet PC because netbook quite slow when boot Windows and application. It’s nice to be able to view an entire Web page as opposed to the mobile site or an oddly rendered version on a smartphone’s much smaller screen.

Easy to watch movie, music and sharing photos
Now, we can easily watch video in car or sharing photos with other people using tablet PC. We don’t need a DVD player to install in the car. The quality of video is same as watching in computer.We also don’t need a frame photo or photo album, just buy a accessories to make your tablet like a photo frame.

Gaming device
The latest edition of tablet PC can play high definition of games without any problem. The new iPad and Nexus 7 is great choice for users who like playing games. Using tablet as gaming device is more practical and the games apps for tablet are much cheaper compared to console games or portable gaming device like PSP or Nintendo 3ds.

Great battery life
This is great thing about tablet PC. I have experience using tablet PC. The tablet can go almost full day after charge. Using laptop, it can go only 3 hours or less depends on what applications are you opened.

Tablets might be the future of portable computing, but we interact with them in a profoundly different way than with smartphones or laptops. Tablets are ideal for web-surfing, watching films and TV shows, doing some light e-mail, reading magazines and newspapers. They’re fit for consuming. Tablets may change the way we interact with the web and other media but it still cannot replace the PC as primary computer.

iPad mini vs Nexus 7?Which one to buy?

Apple’s iPad mini and Nexus 7 are compete each other because both have almost same screen size. Even though Steve Jobs once branded 7-inch tablets as “tweeners” and stated that the size was useless unless you include sandpaper so users can sand their fingers down to a quarter of their size, but finally Apple has turned its attention to the smaller screen after dominating large screen tablet in the market.

People now like more 7-inch tablet compared to 10-inch tablet because the form factor, fit with on hand, light and feel good when playing games. Can you decide which small tablet is the best to buy? If you are new buyer and not Apple fan, continue reading this post.

So, here we explained two tablet, Apple’s iPad mini and Google Nexust 7. Apple just made its move into the smaller tablet market with the iPad mini, 7.9-inch tablet. The Google Nexus 7 by Asus is the world’s first 7-inch quadcore tablet to run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Why I choose the Nexus 7 as a contender for the iPad mini? Because the Nexus 7 is possibly the best budget tablet in the market with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and quad core processor. Of course each has pros and cons. Let’s look at these tablet common parts.

Fit into pocket and hand
Both are in the same category, 7-8 inch tablets, but there are difference in term of dimension. Nexus 7 has little bit narrower than iPad mini and jacket pocket friendly. The iPad mini is a bit wider and much thinner, but it gives larger display compared to Nexus 7.

Higher resolution
Even though the Nexus 7 only 7-inch compared to the iPad mini 7.9-inch, but it uses an 1280×800 resolution higher than the iPad mini, 1024×768 resolution. But Apple has reason why they put the resolution to the iPad mini. The resolution 1024×768 makes the aspect ratio 4:3, similar to all previous iPads, 16:10. This means it can run the existing – and extensive – catalogue of iPad-specific apps.

Performance
Apple’s iPad mini is equipped with 1-Ghz dual core A5 chip powers, the chip that run in the iPad 2. While the Nexus 7 uses a 1.3 Ghz quad-core nVidia Tegra 3 processor. I can say that the performance both tablet are no difference and both are powerful enough for playing games.

Value for money
Most of the reviewers said the iPad mini is pricey. But when it’s made by Apple, it’s always sell at premium price because Apple claimed the iPad mini is premium product. For those who already owned the iPad, move to iPad can save your money compared to move to Android tablet, Google Nexus 7 because you can use existing apps’s iPad into the iPad mini. But for new user who still think which tablet is worth to buy, of course Google Nexus 7. Android based tablet are easy to use and open source (means that you can find more free apps than Apple).

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