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Your Computer as the Cloud

I wrote about the PogoPlug a couple of years ago (Tech Bit 59). PogoPlug is small, inexpensive (under $100) device that turns an external USB hard disk into cloud storage you can access from any computer, either via a web browser or a small software download that turns your PogoPlug cloud into a drive on your computer (usually the P: drive).

PogoPlug recently introduced a video version of the PogoPlug that can share video and take care of converting it to the format the receiver needs in real time. Other than the internal changes, it still looks the same, albeit a bit more expensive.

Just this past month I got an email from PogoPlug with a really exciting new option for PogoPlug cloud storage. A software version for Windows PC’s that can turn your computer into a PogoPlug cloud storage server, no external hardware required.

One disadvantage of the PogoPlug hardware versions is they use external USB disk drives. My experience with external drives is they don’t turn the hard drive off, ever. So leaving the hard drive spinning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to be accessible via the PogoPlug can cause the hard drive to fail faster. But Windows can power a drive down when it’s not being used, set up in your power profile setting.

Until this PogoPlug software, I used Microsoft’s Live Mesh to let me access my computer in my home office, mostly to be able to copy any file from the computer to the PogoPlug where I can access it remotely. But with the PogoPlug software, I can add directories (or entire drives) to my PogoPlug cloud. So my home computer is not only part of my cloud now, but the two main drives on the network server which are mapped to drives on that computer.

What is perfect, the basic software to allow sharing is free. Just go to and download the software. Installing it is easy. And configuring it is as easy as the hardware version. For a modest charge (under $30), you can upgrade the software to include the video sharing of the upgraded PogoPlug hardware.

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