A Response to COVID-19 From OWC Founder and CEO, Larry O'Connor
MyCloud Mini

The latest firmware update (20120814) for the MyCloud comes with a new feature called Batch Rename. You can now easily rename multiple files at the same time and automatically number the files.

As an example, let's say you have just uploaded a batch of images from your recent trip. The original file names from the camera might look something like this "P1000794.jpg". Wouldn't it be easier to have a file name that reflects the content of the images?

Here is where batch rename comes in handy. Simply select the files and rename them all at the same time with a name that is easy to remember. The system will automatically number the files, so you don't have to do anything manually.

Network Speedtest

A question we often get is why the transfer rates are so much slower when accessing the MyCloud remotely compared to the network speeds that can be achieved at home.

When you access the files on the personal cloud server at home, you are on the same local area network as your device. The network speed is only limited by your network switch or router and possibly by the wireless connection. If you are on the road, you have to consider several important factors that do not come into play at home.

Network Speed

First, there is the download speed of your current connection. The faster the connection, the faster you can load websites, download mail and stream files like those you access on the personal cloud server.

Second, there is the upload speed of your internet connection at home. In order for you to access the files, the personal cloud server at home has to serve the files by uploading them from your home network to the wide area network. Unless you are on an expensive business plan, your download speed is usually many times faster than your upload speed. What this means is that when you are at home and access websites on the world wide web, the download speed is fast enough that you don't have to wait long for pages to load. However, because the upload speed is much slower than that, it takes much longer for the personal cloud server to upload the files when you are accessing them from the outside (remotely).

MyCloud App for Facebook

The newest app from AKiTiO allows users of our MyCloud personal cloud storage devices to simultaneously upload their photos to Facebook and also back them up onto the hard drive of their MyCloud device.

In the past, users needed to upload pictures to Facebook and back them up to their MyCloud separately. The ability to do both at once saves time and energy. Once the pictures have been backed up, they can then be deleted from the mobile device, thus freeing up space to take even more pictures. Mobile devices are no longer limited to their internal storage capacity as MyCloud users can take as many pictures as they can fit onto the hard drives in their MyCloud devices.

Please let us know what you think about our new app by leaving a comment below. Do you find this new feature helpful?

Also, please let us know if you have any other great ideas for other features that we can either add to our current apps or implement into new apps for our MyCloud products.

Neutrino Thunderbolt with SSD

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OTK Media Group

OTK Media Group, Inc. uses the AKiTiO Neutrino U3+ laptop hard drive enclosure on the production of “Werk! Living! Fierce!”

“The AKiTiO Neutrino U3+ laptop hard drive enclosure was a valuable tool during production of the series, “Werk! Living! Fierce!,” said Omar Kelly of OTK Media Group, Inc. “The drive offered a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, a USB 2.0 backwards compatible interface, a FireWire 800 interface with two ports, and a FireWire 400 backwards compatible interface. I was able to daisy chain two Neutrino U3+ hard drives together, one as a scratch disk, and one as a main “final” disk, via the FireWire 800 interface. The drive was able to handle the work load, and remain cooler than other drives I have used before, in an on-location environment.”

“Working as the director of photography on this production, Director Cris Judd and I saw a need to keep the workflow moving at a consistent pace. The throughput speed of the USB 3.0 is fast enough, to ensure I don’t need to compromise the file type I want to use, and doesn’t limit the quality of the footage we capture. I was able to download files from my SD and Compact flash cards directly to the scratch disk quickly.”