OK, just launched myself into the iCloud - and I'm a bit apprehensive

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    Apr 28, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    I already have an iCloud account, using its e-mail. But I wasn't sure I wanted to go into the cloud for other purposes yet. I've locally synced my iPhones to my Mac, as I did with my Palm PDAs for 10 years before that, and that was enough for me.

    But now I've got this new iPad, and the prospect of keeping both of my mobile devices and the Mac always sharing the same info wherever I go, if that's what I understand iCloud will do, seemed too good to resist.

    So I threw all the iCloud switches, and waiting to see what's gonna happen. Am I gonna lose all my data, or will it all double or triple? (I've had that happen before on some initial syncs) Or will it perform as I hope?

    Anybody else using the iCloud with multiple devices? Like it, work OK? And what, if any, are the pitfalls & drawbacks?

    BTW, love the new iPad, will make another thread about it soon.
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    Apr 28, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    I use Microsoft Skydrive and have some of my documents and all of my photos in the cloud. I can access them from anywhere, so it's very convenient. For now I'm somewhat selective about the documents I've uploaded, I need to feel my data is safe, and I'm not there yet. I think MS offers 7 GB free with a new Hotmail account, and 25 GB free with an existing Hotmail account.
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    Apr 28, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    It won't double or triple.

    Photos and music and whatsuch on one device will appear on other devices.
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    Apr 28, 2012 11:54 PM GMT
    Buddyboy938 saidI use Microsoft Skydrive and have some of my documents and all of my photos in the cloud. I can access them from anywhere, so it's very convenient. For now I'm somewhat selective about the documents I've uploaded, I need to feel my data is safe, and I'm not there yet. I think MS offers 7 GB free with a new Hotmail account, and 25 GB free with an existing Hotmail account.

    iCloud gives me 25 GB
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    Apr 28, 2012 11:56 PM GMT
    By the way I used the iPad dictation feature for the last post, and for this one too
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    Apr 28, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    My iphone died, so I don't have an iphone anymore, but from what i understand - you never have to sync to your computer at all anymore. I did upgrade from an ipad2 to an ipad3. I backed up my ipad2 into the cloud and when I turned my ipad3 restored the ipad3 with my ipad2 backup and lo and behold everything, music pics, etc. showed up on my ipad.

    I think if there are things you don't want to auto-sync like pics - you can turn specific features off. Or, if you take a pic - it will automatically store it in the cloud and it will show up on all your devices. Same with a music download, or an app download. It will show up on all 3.

    I was leery of the cloud, too, but I actually found it quite cool. It was much faster than syncing it to my computer.

  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Apr 29, 2012 12:15 AM GMT
    I just updated to the 5.0 software on my iphone for verizon. I thought I backed up but it erases everything when you install new software. 1 year of all new contacts, video, pics, notes GONE.
    Felt like mercury retrograde.

    I joined the cloud yesterday and it just is great how everything syncs together.
    so far i am impressed. I have to say I like the cloud.
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    Apr 29, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
    Always keep a local copy as a backup. Contrary to what Apple, Microsoft, Google, Dropbox, and the rest will promise you.. shit happens and you will lose data.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 29, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    I've met lots of crazy sex dudes online, and lots of crazy non-sex dudes online. The rest of them are on here looking for their next fuck. Some of us are looking for inspiration. You've given it so many times over.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 29, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    so the answer is, no you won't get more sex from the cloud.
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    Apr 29, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    If you follow Apple's directions, you will be fine.

    I use it for my iMac, Air, iPad and iPhone and they all share the same information with no problem or duplication.
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    Apr 29, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    zeropointdl saidIf you follow Apple's directions, you will be fine.

    I use it for my iMac, Air, iPad and iPhone and they all share the same information with no problem or duplication.

    Directions? I just started throwing preference switches. Uh-oh... icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 29, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidso the answer is, no you won't get more sex from the cloud.

    LOL! Well, that'll suit me fine, I'm already satisfied on the sex front.
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    Apr 29, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
    I'm not exactly sure what kind of stuff to upload besides photos, some documents, music. I'm not going to upload movies or any kind of film clips, at least I don't think I am. Maybe some news articles or health articles for reference...stuff like that.

    What do other people put in the cloud?
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    Apr 30, 2012 12:00 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    zeropointdl saidIf you follow Apple's directions, you will be fine.

    I use it for my iMac, Air, iPad and iPhone and they all share the same information with no problem or duplication.

    Directions? I just started throwing preference switches. Uh-oh... icon_eek.gif

    Sketchy might be partially right, following directions and all, but for important documents and creative work, I'd still back up on an external HD.
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    Apr 30, 2012 12:42 PM GMT
    Buddyboy938 saidI'm not exactly sure what kind of stuff to upload besides photos, some documents, music. I'm not going to upload movies or any kind of film clips, at least I don't think I am. Maybe some news articles or health articles for reference...stuff like that.

    What do other people put in the cloud?

    I really rely upon my calendar and address book functions. That's what got me hooked on Palm PDAs back in the 1990s. When I just synced between the device and the computer a wire connection was adequate. But with 3 devices (iPad, iPhone, and iMac) that becomes more clumsy and time consuming.

    And BTW, it works beautifully. Whatever I put into one device gets pushed to the other 2 within seconds. So if I enter an appointment into my iPad, my iPhone in my pocket has it, too, as well as my home computer, without my having to do anything. It's totally automatic, like they were all one unit.

    It's even more fun in combination with the BUMP app. If you meet someone with a BUMP iPhone, you tap your 2 iPhones together, sorta like a digital toast. Your contact information is instantly swapped wirelessly and goes into your address book. From there it's shared with all your other devices. When you get home you open the new contact already in your iMac's Address Book, click on his e-mail addy, and your Mail application opens as a new message addressed to him, to type a quick note saying how nice it was to meet him, and confirming the address. Could anything be simpler or more efficient?
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    Apr 30, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    zeropointdl saidIf you follow Apple's directions, you will be fine.

    I use it for my iMac, Air, iPad and iPhone and they all share the same information with no problem or duplication.

    Directions? I just started throwing preference switches. Uh-oh... icon_eek.gif

    Sketchy might be partially right, following directions and all, but for important documents and creative work, I'd still back up on an external HD.

    Everything stays on your device, as it would need to be when you're working offline. Rather, the iCloud is a backup, that can share the data with your other devices at any location where they have Internet access.

    What's more, you can access your data from any computer, even a PC, should you not have your own mobile device with you. You use a host computer to logon onto www.icloud.com, and your contacts, calendars, mail, and documents are all there. And you can make changes to your appts & calendar from the PC, which in turn are instantly pushed to all your Apple devices, including your properly-configured office or home computers. Which gives you great flexibility in your connectivity under almost all circumstances you might encounter.

    It's almost like a remote connection to your computer, except that iCloud is the storage intermediary. But what you do online with iCloud is pushed back to your source device, as well as to all other devices in your iCloud set, giving it a live interactive capability that goes beyond passive storage.
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    Apr 30, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidSo I threw all the iCloud switches, and waiting to see what's gonna happen. Am I gonna lose all my data, or will it all double or triple? (I've had that happen before on some initial syncs) Or will it perform as I hope?

    I'm sorta relating this out of order from my last 2 posts above. After I threw all the iCloud switches (settings) on my 3 devices, nothing at all happened.

    I went to the Apple online iCloud site, but I found the instructions unclear, more for an initial device setup, not for items already in service. So I phoned Apple Care, and as usual was talking with a (US English speaking) specialist within 5 minutes, who walked me through the process.

    Seems you've gotta go through a sequence of actions in the correct order, to erase existing data in some places while you direct it to others. Rather confusing when working with 3 devices, and I won't try to explain it here, but rather suggest that if you have difficulties phone Apple Care. Once done iCloud works in the background without any further involvement from you, as I described above.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Apr 30, 2012 4:27 PM GMT
    So far, I really like the Cloud --- especially for downloading music because once you download on one device, the music goes on all. Same goes for photos, videos, address book info, etc., so it certainly makes things easier not having to sync all devices, plus there is not more excuse for losing all your info should you have a device go lost or stolen