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#461041 - 03/27/18 01:31 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
estatereal Offline
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this thread is old and so is much of the advice on the thread.

the amount you can store on a pc is now a bad thing. you break or corrupt your pc and the more you have stored there the more you have lost.

how much you can store is obsolete. i'll even go as far as saying you should store nothing on your pc except maybe what you are working on right now.

store everything in the cloud.

almost everything an agent uses is web based.
if what you are using is not web based its probably obsolete.
if you are an agent and tell me about program you use that is not web based im probably going to tell you to outsource that part of the job to a pro and focus on selling more houses.
my example would be photoshop.
you should not be taking and editing photos. hire a professional and focus your time on selling houses.

what we need a pc for is ridiculously simple. dont complicate it by doing jobs you should not do.

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#461048 - 03/27/18 11:47 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: estatereal]
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Originally Posted By: estatereal
store everything in the cloud.
We put everything on OneDrive last March and switched to Office 365. Now, everything saves to the cloud and then updates on 2 phones and 3 computers. All for a yearly subscription of about $80.

I don't know how many hours I wasted over the years trying to back computers up, verify back ups, update software, and on and on and on. Now, I just check to see if OneDrive is synched. No stress.

My son and I replaced the HDD in our laptop. It took longer to do that than to reinstall the software and files. While the laptop was down, I worked seamlessly on another computer in the house.

I would never go back to the old way...unless I was forced to.

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#461053 - 03/28/18 12:44 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Long Walk]
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Hi Long walk ... I have never heard of OneDrive till now ... can you tell me more about it? I have Macs, iPads, iPhones so right now Iím trying to find ways to ex out of ICloud as I already ran out of space and was considering of buying more as I save too much information but OneDrive sounds like it could do that and more. What is the Office 365? How much space are you getting for $80/year? Thanks in advance!

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#461054 - 03/28/18 01:17 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: DJM]
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Office 365 is the subscription version of Office and OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud storage solution. For now $99/year (a little less if you shop and catch a deal), you get Word, Access, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, and Publisher in the most recent version. 1TB of cloud storage comes with it. That allows you to synch the same data across 5 devices.

We have about 150GB of data, which is all of our photos, music, and business records. Movies take up most of the space. Store those somewhere else and you should never use the whole 1TB.

The subscription is annual and the customer service is really diligent. Price out Office upgrades when you used to buy the program and it works out about the same, with the cloud thrown in for free.

As a note, if you upload everything in one shot to OneDrive, don't delete the records from your computer. Sometimes, OneDrive misses small things in a big data upload. After a year of using it, you will know if anything got missed. I found a couple of small things that I was able to fix by copying the data from the hard drive files.

OneDrive is not balky and has never gone down in the year we have used it. To Estatereal's point above about the cloud, I will say that I fought it for years and am now totally sold on the reliability and flexibility of it.

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#461057 - 03/28/18 08:02 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
estatereal Offline
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@long walk

im with you. i used to use

200 gig external hard drive... (back when 200 gigs was alot) manually backed up weekly!

then automation set in..
carbonite
sugarsync

then google drive and spanning backup for teh backup of the cloud.

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#461062 - 03/28/18 10:10 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: estatereal]
Long Walk Offline
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Originally Posted By: estatereal
200 gig external hard drive... (back when 200 gigs was alot)
And that's the thing, right? When I started, nobody used a computer. I had a recipe box and index cards for a lead follow up system. Prospecting was FSBO's out of the St. Pete Times and cold calling out of Hill Donnelly. We got a computer for our wedding in 1998 -- cutting edge technology -- it had a 2GB HDD. That's it! 2GB. My kids get trinkets at school field trips. Know what they give them? USB sticks -- 2GB.

So the world got crazy complex in 20 years. What will the next 20 look like? But, as it got complex, storage got really cheap. That is what makes the cloud go. So Microsoft is either giving me Office to sell me cloud storage, or vice versa.

And your point about farming out work is spot on. All of us have become part-time IT gurus in addition to the thousand other things we have to be good at.

Cloud-based file storage and programs/apps make my life so much easier.

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