DigitalOcean - An Incredibly Easy to Use Cloud Hosting Provider with Superb Customer Support

I have finally moved away from using shared hosting...and man does it feel good! And if I knew how easy and cheap it was, I would have moved on a long time ago. But then again, DigitalOcean wasn't really around 5-10 years ago.

So what is DigitalOcean? DigitalOcean is a cloud hosting provider built on simplicity and community. Both of which, are the reasons I decided to go with them. I have changed hosting providers several times over the years, mostly due to extremely poor (or nonexistent) customer service and unreliable servers/support technicians.

The most recent was Yes, they have 24/7 customer service, but absolutely NO way to email them. Also, the support people are fairly useless when it comes to troubleshooting or supporting anything other than password resets and how to connect to a FTP server. I can no longer count how many times I was told to do something completely incorrect by the tech support person. And only after wasting hours on an issue and on the phone did you MAYBE get lucky and have your issue escalated to a more senior person that could actually support you. Read more »

How to Access your Multimedia Collection from Anywhere in the World

Recently I have been moving my media collection into the 21st century. What does that mean? Well, I'll tell you what it means to me. It means I should be able to easily access my ENTIRE collection from anywhere in the world and with ease.

So how does one do this?

With an investment of time and some money for sure, but the outcome is awesome! You will need the following:

1.) A computer with A LOT of storage
2.) Move all your media to a digital format on your computer hard drive
3.) A high-speed Internet connection
4.) A laptop, iphone, ipad, or any mobile smartphone device
5.) A configurable router to enable a remote connection
6.) Some software for your computer and smartphone (I went through and reviewed quite a few and my final decision was to stick with ServeToMe/StreamToMe)
The outcome of all this will result in our very own Youtube, Google Video, Picasa Web, and Hulu all in one. You will create your own personal media cloud!

Step ONE - a computer with A LOT of storage

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