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19 Online Backup Tools for Protecting Your Data

Use this list to take your music, photos, videos, documents, and any other data online for backup protection. These services can save your bacon and have some cool features beyond just backup.   Make sure all your important files are backed up!



  • Supports PC and Mac
  • Free for up to 2 GB of storage – $4.99 a month for unlimited storage



  • Supports Pc and Mac
  • Prices start $54.95 for a one year subscription – unlimited storage

Jungle Disk


  • Supports PC, Mac and Linux
  • Software is $2 a month.  Uses Amazon S3 storage or Rackspace Cloud Storage – approx. 15 cents a GB per month – unlimited storage – no minimum



  • Supports PC and Linux
  • Software is free – uses Amazon S3 storage – approx. 15 cents a GB a month – unlimited storage – no minimum

Norton Online Backup


  • PC only
  • $49.99 for 25 GB of storage



  • Supports PC and Mac
  • Prices start at $4.95 a month for 150 GB of storage



  • Windows only
  • 2 GB account is free – $4.95/month for unlimited storage

My Other Drive


  • PC and Mac
  • 2 GB account is free – prices for 100GB of storage start at $4.99/month – max plan caps at 10 TB of storage



  • PC, Mac, Linux and Solaris
  • Plans start at $4.95/month



  • Windows and Mac
  • Unlimited backups start at $50/year



  • Windows, Mac and iPhone support
  • Prices start at $50/year for 150 GB of storage

SmugVault from SmugMug


  • Web based service
  • Prices start at $39.95/year for unlimited storage



  • Windows, Mac, Linux and iPhone support
  • 1 GB of storage is free, 10 GB and up start at $2.99/month



  • PC, Mac and iPhone support
  • 2 GB account is free, other pricing models start at $9.99/month for 50 GB of storage

Microsoft SkyDrive


  • Web based service
  • Free for up to 25 GB of storage

Online Photo Backup Resources

Use these sites if you have a huge photo collection and want to keep a backup online.



  • Web based service
  • Prices start at $49/year for unlimited storage
  • Online commerce, use your own Domain Name, and lots of sharing options to name a few.



  • Web  based service
  • Prices start at $39.95/year for unlimited storage
  • Choose themes for an online gallery and sell photos through an online store
  • Also comes with SmugVault – backup any file – unlimited storage.  Basically an interface to Amazon’s S3 cloud storage.



  • Web based service
  • Free account with 10MB of uploads a month – Pro account for $24 a year – unlimited photos up to 20 MB each



  • We based service with Windows, Mac, and Linux uploaders are available
  • Free, but current max is 1 GB of storage

Got more – give a shout out to your favorite in the comments.

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Free Online Typing Tutors

Wanna have a little bit of fun and improve on your typing speed too?  Check out these two typing test/tutor websites.

10 Fast Fingers


Ten Fast Fingers Speedtest is a great way to quickly challenge yourself.  The site simply gives you some random works to begin typing.  As soon as you do, the clock starts ticking down from 60 seconds.  Once your time is up, you’ll be ranked among all the typists before you.
The site has support for multiple languages and claims that the most commonly used words are what is being randomly presented for you to test against.


Accuracy counts – you get a better ranking with less of a speed penalty if you just slow it down a bit and make less mistakes.  I ranked better among the others typists and only incurred a two word per minute penalty by slowing it down.



If you are looking for something a little more advanced, you can also try TypingWeb.  TypingWeb allows you to create an account where you can store your typing data/progress (but this is not required).


TypingWeb has lots of different activities to help you improve your typing skills,  including training courses and typing games.  If you setup an account, you can also track your stats to see how your improving.

Keep your skills sharp and head over to these sites when you get a free moment.

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Create, Find, and Download Super Cool Fonts

Use Fonstruct to Create Your Own Designs Online

Ever wanted to create your own font? Maybe you have a creative project you want to do and need that special font to make it just perfect. Now you can create your own fonts with FontStruct.

fontstruct website image

Fonstruct gives you a design interface in which to draw your letters. You’ll create capital and lower case letters and can also do the numbers and symbols if you want. When you’re done, you can simply download the font set and install on your computer. You can also share the font with others.

You don’t have to draw every letter if you’re not going to use them all, but if you want to share your creation, it might be a good idea to have a complete set.

What’s also cool about Fonstruct is that you can create any designs or shapes and use them as fonts. Say you want your “A” to look like a gorilla, go for it. Then perhaps your “B” looks like a banana – that’s cool too.  Now put them together to make a nice little gorilla eating a banana picture.  Just check out some of the picto people that have been created by user saberrider.

blues_fontsruct_man butcher_fontsruct_man

Here are a few featured fonts available in the Fonstruct gallery.




Create your own at Fonstruct.Fontshop.com.

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Seamlessly Synch Files Between Computers

Get Your Files On Multiple PCs and/or Mac’s

For some time now I have stopped carrying around a USB thumb drive or portable hard drive.  I used to use them to transfer files between my computers.  I started using a couple of free services to sync my files between multiple PCs and/or my Mac.


Dropbox provides both Mac and PC clients for use with their Dropbox service.  Once you setup and account, you can download and install the client and begin transferring files to your Dropbox.

The Dropbox client places a small icon in your system tray (for Windows) and the Notification Area (on the Mac) and also creates a new folder with the Dropbox icon.  You can browse the folder like any other and drag and drop, cut/paste files in and out.  Once files are placed in the Dropbox folder, they begin synchronizing/transferring to the Dropbox website.  Once the upload has completed any other clients that you have installed Drobox on will also have their Dropboxes updated.  In a matter of a few minutes all your computes will have synchonized.

Access Anywhere

Dropbox allows you to get to your files from anywhere you have an Internet connection.  Simply log in to your account at getdropbox.com to view and download your files.

Dropbox browser view

Dropbox allows you up to 2GB of storage for free with more storage available at a small cost.

Live Mesh

Microsoft’s Live Mesh works similarly to Dropbox.  Sign up for an account with your Microsoft Live ID (if you don’t have one, you can get one for free at live.com) and you can begin using the service.

Once signed in to Live Mesh, you can download the client to multiple computers.  You can then create and choose a folder to use with the synchronization.  The folder will turn a blue color when you are signed into Live Mesh and will look like a normal folder when not signed in.

Live Mesh browser view

Drag and drop files into the folder to have them synchronized.  You can access you files from any Internet connection by logging in to www.mesh.com.

Currently Live Mesh allows for 5GB of storage for free.

Final Thoughts

Both services are free and easy to use, offer access via the web and folders on  your computer, but I believe that Dropbox has the upper hand in the simplicity department.

System Tray Icons

Live Mesh will have a greater integration with home.live.com and therefore may offer more services in the near future.  Including 25GB of free storage and creating and sharing photo albums from your shared documents folder.

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