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Every now and then I wish I had access to my laptop from my mobile device. The only times this happens is when I have downloaded a pdf or file that I would like to read but am away from my laptop. I can do this with my Dropbox app but only if the file happened to make it to my Dropbox folder. More times than not, the file is sitting in my downloads folder or my Actions folder that I use to process files that need daily attention.

I found the solution to my problem in the Backblaze Mobile for iOS 8 app . I have been a customer of Backblaze* for a couple of years now. If you are not familiar with them, they are an online computer backup company. It costs just $5 a month to backup unlimited data. What I like best about them is that I don’t notice they are there. I do know that if my computer crashes or gets stolen I can download my information to the new computer or hard drive. Well worth $5 a month.

But back to the Backblaze app. Let say I have some down time later today and I am away from the office. I remember I had downloaded a white paper to my laptop but had not processed it. Backblaze would have backed up the file during the day and would be available to me on the Backblaze app. I find the file, click on it and it downloads to my mobile device. If it’s a pdf I usually move it to iBooks.

Here are the takeaways:

  1. You no longer have to be away from all of your files on your laptop. And what I believe is the most important,
  2. You should always backup your computer, offsite as well as onsite. Use Backblaze or one of their competitors. It’s very little money for peace of mind. And now you have access to your laptop.

* I don’t receive any kickbacks on the links above to Backblaze so feel free to click on it. It’s just a service that I have been happy with that just got better with the iOS app.

Shawn Wright
Shawn Wright is a graphic designer and podcaster living in Birmingham, Alabama. You can find his design work at shawnwright.net. You can find his podcasts, Alabama Short Stories at alabamashortstories.com and the Shades Cahaba Oral History Project podcast at shadescahabahistory.com. His designs are for sale at TeePublic.com, Redbubble.com and Society6.com.
Shawn Wright
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