Get 5GB Free Online (Cloud) Storage from Amazon

Amazon Cloud Drive - Free 5GB to 20GB Storage
Amazon Cloud Drive - Free 5GB to 20GB Storage

Continuing with today’s theme of free online storage… Amazon has announced that they are giving away 5GB of free online storage! They use the word “Cloud” which is becoming more popular these days, but I try to avoid it as it makes me nauseous because of those Windows 7 commercials! Ugh!

Anyway, back to the free online storage! If you are so excited that you just can’t read any further, here’s the link: Free Cloud Storage from Amazon

But wait, there’s more! Amazon will give you up to 20 GB free if you purchase a complete album… Any album… And the files will be automatically added to your CloudDrive (as they call it). Not a bad deal at all if you were planning on buying an album anyway right?! Plus there are some great deals out there right now!

Search Amazon MP3 Store

Or check out a few albums I recommend for $5 or less!

And one more for my buddy Phil:

Did I mention they have a built-in Cloud Player to stream your audio to you easily?

They also have an Android App, and you can store more than music/video… You can store anything. 🙂

Get 2GB Free Online Storage from Dropbox

2GB Free Online Storage with Dropbox
2GB Free Online Storage with Dropbox

Today I’ll be writing about some easy ways to get free online storage. I’m starting with Dropbox because it was the first one I started using and I love it!

Dropbox offers 2GB of free online storage, and if you use this link to sign up, you will get a bonus 250 MB of storage! That’s 2.25 GB of free online storage!

What’s better than that? You can access your dropbox from any computer or mobile device! You can login via the webpage, or you can download an app specific to your computer/device!

It works on Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Droid, and more!

It is super easy to setup and use, and it syncs automatically, so you always have the latest version!

They also have a time machine like feature that will let you go back and get an older version of a document or undelete something that got deleted (perhaps by mistake? lol).

Go ahead, give it a try! http://db.tt/Rggu5hT

Start Firefox 4 in 32-bit Mode For Less RAM Usage

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64 Bit Firefox 4
64 Bit Firefox 4

If you hadn’t noticed yet, Firefox 4 now runs in 64-bit mode by default (at least on Mac anyway). I’ve noticed that Firefox uses up almost double the ram in 64-bit mode compared to when running in 32-bit mode. Also, some plugins (like Silverlight) are not yet compatible with the 64-bit mode of Firefox.

 

Update: running in 32-bit mode will also help with a known problem with Java MIME types not being recognized correctly.

Here’s how to run Firefox 4 in 32-bit mode (by default) on Mac OS X:

  1. Using Finder, navigate to your Applications folder and locate the Firefox app.
  2. Command+Click (or Right-Click if you have a 2+ button mouse) and go to: “Get Info”.
  3. Check the box that says: “Open in 32-bit Mode” and close the Firefox Info box.
  4. Quit and then Relaunch Firefox.
Open Firefox 4 in 32 Bit Mode
Open Firefox 4 in 32 Bit Mode (click to enlarge)

It’s as easy as that!

Note that 64-bit Firefox does run faster than 32-bit Firefox, but you probably wont notice that much of a difference, and you will reap the benefit of less memory usage, which can be crucial if your system is always low on RAM.
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Upgrade/Install Firefox 4 in Ubuntu 10.10 (or whatever)

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Firefox and Ubuntu
Firefox and Ubuntu

I’ve received a few questions about this one, so I thought I should put it up here for everyone to see. Note: If you are just looking for the quick solution, skip to the end, otherwise keep reading for the question and answer stuff.

The question is: “How can I install Firefox 4 on Ubuntu 10.10? I tried doing the usual update but it was just a minor update of 3.6, so what gives?”

The answer is: Ubuntu 11.04 will come packaged with Firefox 4 by default, but because of the way Ubuntu does things (I’m trying to keep it simple here), they try to stick with the same version of most programs and only do updates for that. Newer versions will be included in newer releases of Ubuntu. They do this to make sure they have time to test everything and make sure there are no conflicts. It may be frustrating, but you have the option to work around it, and if you’re honest with yourself you’ll admit it is fair and reasonable for them to do as they do.

Now, if you want to have the latest and greatest versions of your favorite programs/applications (like Firefox), then you might want to become familiar with PPA’s. I know I’ve posted some things about them in the past, but never really mentioned anything specific about the PPA part of it. PPA’s are basically an alternate source of applications that are managed by the developers. You can add PPA’s to your sources list just like you would repositories (as they are just that, repositories) and have more frequent updates for your favorite programs, and even programs that are not included in the official repositories by Ubuntu. Note: a word of caution: if you are willing to add a bunch of PPA’s, be prepared as you may encounter bugs from time to time as the newest versions of various programs/applications are not necessarily tested as thoroughly as Ubuntu developers would do when preparing for a new OS release.

OK here’s what you need to do:

Open Terminal (are you getting used to this yet? Applications->Accessories->Terminal) and enter the following code:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

or if you prefer, you can do it all in one line of code:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade


Update:
Forgot to mention that you will need to restart Firefox to notice the changes, and it will likely ask you to update/upgrade your addons at that time.

If for some reason you are running into a problem, let me know and I’ll try to help you out, but you really should be all set with the above.

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