As fantastic, cheap, and convenient as digital storage is, it still comes with a rather significant downside. This is the issue of survivability and volatility. Since digital storage tends to come in quite a small form factor, it can easily be lost, dropped, spilled on, or suffer any other in an enormous range of accidentally ruinous outcomes.
When this happens, we can often find ourselves at a loss as to what to do next. Having recently suffered this issue ourselves at the beginning of a long trip due to a combination of slipping/hot coffee accidents, we want to go over a few easy solutions we found. For work, movies, and gaming, here’s what we discovered.
Losing work documents can be as stressful for the individual as it is for a business. Fortunately, it can also be one of the easiest issues to address. On this front, we’d entirely recommend trying out one of the Microsoft or Apple online cloud storage systems. For Apple, this goes by iCloud, whereas Microsoft’s operates under the name of OneDrive.
While there are many other options out there online for internet storage, these are closely tied to the Windows and iOS operating systems, making them easy to use and convenient for anyone regardless of tech expertise. Simply associate an account and password, and anything saved within these systems will be retrievable from anywhere in the world.
For those completely unaware, these cloud storage solutions essentially act as any other folder on your computer. Anything saved within these folders will be uploaded onto the internet whenever your internet connection is active. This means important documents can be backed up without fear of loss, no matter what happens to your original device or computer.
It should be noted, however, that this can be quite media dependent. There will be no issue if dealing with text documents and most spreadsheets, for example, but larger files like videos might be more difficult to work with. This is because larger video size means longer uploads and downloads, so users will need to ensure a strong connection in such use cases.
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When it comes to playing games, things are thankfully a lot simpler. Without the capacity for major storage, there is a single simple solution that works for most users. This is that of smaller online game engagement. Requiring nothing or very little in the way of permanent storage, this option has been popular as one of the most convenient ways to play games for decades.
Online games like those at Kongregate are an incredibly successful part of this approach. Covering all possible different genres and styles, these games tend to be far smaller than their downloadable cousins, only loading into temporary memory and removing their unnecessary data after use.
Digital casino games are another common example of this. Both paid and free slot games available online, like 5 Dragons and Buffalo, are not just small and fast to load, but they are also some of the most convenient ways around that a person can play on the go.
Recent moves by tech giants such as Google and Microsoft seem to adhere to this approach. After all, Google Stadia and Project xCloud promise to free up both processing power and storage on players’ devices by allowing them to stream the titles to their systems instead of having to download or acquire a physical copy of the titles. While they do use temporary storage, these titles are moving towards the same principle as the browser-based games mentioned above.
Movies and Music
This is probably the most obvious option, and worthy of the least explanation. When it comes to moves and music on the go, streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify all perform the job near flawlessly, and without requirements for large permanent installs.
The one recommendation we would make for streaming systems when out and about is that users check the overall resolution or streaming quality. While this is usually set to automatically change based on available bandwidth, this isn’t always the case. In situations with poor connections, this can lead to heavy buffering and juddering, which can create a frustrating experience. What’s more, a higher quality video stream does take up more temporary storage, which can hog your storage capacity in the long run, depending on how often you consume such content.
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There is no doubt that being left without storage sucks but, to borrow a platitude, it is far from the end of the world. With a little bit of ingenuity it can be quite possible to overcome this frustration and in some cases even have a better and more streamlined experience than you’d have otherwise. Consider these options, be sure to plan ahead, and your storage problems could be easily mitigated, if not completely ignored.