The Best Unlimited Free Cloud Storage Solution

The Best Unlimited Free Cloud Storage Solution

Hive (the storage site) is actually pretty good, but there are some issues. Still, combining it with Mega for secure files and Drive for common use and quick access is a good free set up.

Hive provides free unlimited storage with a 50GB daily limit and up to 20GB file size, which should be sufficient. The ability for Hive to, if they wanted, screen or delete everything of your’s is less than ideal, as is its HQ being somewhat sketchy. But, it’s free of malware or anything else, so it’s still a good option for things you deem less sensitive, and it works nicely to share files with friend.

Hive also lacks folder uploads and desktop syncing, which is a huge bummer. It’s a bit of a clunky design all around.

Mega is one of the most secure free options around and still provides a solid 50GB of storage, which should be enough for anything you really don’t want to be seen by others. Drive is likely to always have your files and is a nice platform, which makes it nice for some things you either (a) could not lose or (b) use often. This is in contrast to Hive, where they could theoretically delete all your stuff at will; you should also avoid uploading illegal documents of any kind, as they could be screened and deleted. Drive should also have enough space for this sort of thing with 15GB free.

Now, it is true that getting, say, Mega Pro (I, II, or III) for up to 4TB of secure storage would be better, as would getting how ever much you need from Drive, which is still pretty secure and can be made more secure with good practices. However, you will be paying a premium for this, and not the nice kind where you give them your money and they shut up – no – this is the kind where you have to dish out the cash monthly, which can get uber-expensive.


The Decline of Extensive Reading and Why It’s Worrying

Reading, long-form reading that goes beyond small articles or Facebook posts, is of incredible importance, and reading is in decline (see, among other studies and articles, Sharp Decline in Children Reading for Pleasure, Survey Finds).

Reading of the aforementioned kind allows for one to juggle many things in one’s head at the same time, analyze a text, learn substantial new things, and more. A good example of an advantage of reading is that of learning languages. Professor Dr. Alexander Arguelles discusses the current status of reading today as well as its relation to polyglottery and polyliteracy in this video.

But, even I, a voracious reader and one who was born into the internet age, find myself reading less these days. Not only that, but I also find reading to be more difficult. Excluding the first few sentences, during the first five or so pages, in the case of a novel or light academic work, I struggle to focus and “get into it”, which is something I had not struggled with until the last few years. Also, because the bulk of my reading today is on screens, I struggle to even keep my eyes on the text when I have a physical book or relatively large electronic text. Like my eyes wander on a computer or tablet or phone to another page or app, my eyes wander from the page and my mind wanders from the material. Now, I will say that despite how bad I make this sound, it really is not all that common or extreme. Moreover, I still read a book every few days, and I would say that much of my slowing in reading is from having already read so many classic texts, among other things not related to my new-found struggles.

The hard truth is that we as a society must continue reading books of substantial size, and children and adults alike are beginning not to read as such, for pleasure or otherwise. In fact, even when instructed to in school, children often do not read, commonly opting out for notes or some other alternative. Clearly, with the fairly recent introduction of other options – audio, video, the internet – reading is expected to decline, but with so many reading virtually nothing at all, we clearly have a problem, one we should probably address.

What If Other Sports Adopted the WWE Strategy?

Many sports (oddly enough, sumo comes to mind) have within their leagues corruption and cheating, but unlike in sports such as football where throwing a game would be shocking, in popular wrestling – WWE and its predecessors, TNA, et cetera – such behavior is commonplace and fairly well known. Now, what if other sports were to adopt the WWE business plan, optimizing for entertainment value rather than actual sport?

Certainly, there are isolated examples of this, for instance the Harlem Globetrotters, but there are not – at least not to my knowledge as a sports fan(atic) – leagues of football, soccer, basketball, or baseball teams where the winner is decided a priori, where drama (i.e. performance, acting) plays a major role, or where play is maximized for “wow” moments.

Imagine now for an instant that such a thing were not purely hypothetical. What if we did have, say, World Baseball Entertainment (WBE)? What would it look like? How successful would it be? Would it be effective even if spectators knew it was all “fake”?*

In the case of baseball, I suppose pitching would be more or less gone from the game, unless the balls were not true baseballs, so that pitchers could throw with freakish action on their breaking ball and/or more speed. Moreover, home-runs, steals, inside the park home-runs, and diving catches (although, I am not sure how they would set up these) would feature prominently. But, for the game of baseball, would this not ruin everything?

At least for me, part of the fun of a perfect game or a steal or a home-run is that they are rare occurrences. One might even argue that a hit is rare, and in some games the same could be said of a strike.

But, then what makes this form of entertainment so specific to wrestling? I think it has to do with the lack of popularity of “real wrestling” among laypeople, particularly outside of the Olympics and local competition. It takes great amounts of popularity and time to have a game be such that one would actually care if “cheating” were introduced, and wrestling simply never gained the popularity, at least not in, for one, the United States.

Furthermore, it takes time and popularity to have a game reach the point where fans no longer accept change. Look at basketball or football or most other popular sports and you will notice that they have remained largely unchanged, at least in their basic premise, since they gained mass popularity. So, even if someone were to find a way to make the WBE a reality, it is unlikely to happen. People simply do not like change.

*Note: This is something I wonder even with wrestling. Is it more or less entertaining if you know it is fake? Having some actual experience in wrestling and martial arts as well as just plain old fighting, I could, as I think anyone should be able to, see through the WWE from a very young age. (My older brothers were fans.) Even the dramatic aspects seem blown out of proportion. I can’t see how anyone watches it most of the time; it seems to be the worst of the acting world mixed with the best of the wrestling world, just being done very poorly as to remove any reality.