Web Hosting Pad

Web Hosting Pad has been around for several years and have some great low cost deals, especially when you do a three year plan. They however a shared hosting provider so their plans do have limits. You need to make sure you do not exceed these limits as with our initial testing of Web Hosting Pad we exceed the bandwidth limit only to find our server deactivated. The best they could offer was uploading of the backup to another provider. Note, if this happens to you, make sure you ask if the new host offers a free transfer, as transferring sites from one server to another can be pretty tricky for a novice webmaster.
It has to be said other deactivating the account, the support was pretty good and responsive. They offer good deal for the money.

Thexyz Cloud

Thexyz Cloud iPhone App

Online storage is an industry forecast to grow 500% by 2012 (source: Gartner). Thexyz acquired over 1 million users during the public beta program and offers many benefits over traditional storage.

Access files from anywhere, on any device – no more e-mailing files to yourself or using USB sticks;

Data is stored in carrier grade data centers and backup up – if you lose your computer you don’t lose your files;

Work online

Thexyz provides a web portal where users can open, view and edit most common files, including Microsoft Office documents, from any computer with an Internet connection; and

Unlimited Storage

Thexyz is the only company offering unlimited storage, meaning customers will never run out of space.

The XYZ cloud APP

Best Alternative To Apple iCloud & Google Apps

When it comes to cloud synchronization of contact information, calendars and tasks, there isn’t much of a choice: Either, you’re some mid-forties sales person who’s using a Blackberry, thinking he’s still “up to date”, or you spent and ass full of money on your very own dedicated server and keep your data updated through FTP – or you give away your privacy to companies like Google or Apple and use their cloud services. At that point, you’re probably thinking “Why is there no services that allows me to sync my information without compiling a user profile out of my data – and all that free of charge?“. Well, let me tell you, there is!

Thexyz is a cloud synchronization service that takes your privacy serious. It was in beta for quite some time – actually, it looked like the next Duke Nukem Forever white iPhone 4 Spotify for iPad (okay, damn it, let’s just call it vaporware) of the contact & calendar sync universe. But not so long ago, but, wow, Thexyz indeed has been publicly available for quite some time now, but in the end of 2011/the beginning of 2012 they’ve moved to a new sync technology based on open standards. Thanks to Steve from Thexyz for the correction!

However, their basic accounts provide up to 3 devices. The Canadian company behind Thexyz also provides “Business” and “Briefcase” accounts, containing more possible devices and shares. Yet, there aren’t official statements about what’s coming, nor about when it’s coming.

The user interface is kept pretty simple and straight-forward. You can easily manage and add new sync devices and edit your account information using the links on the left sidebar. When adding new sync devices, Thexyz provides a feature many people might be missing on iCloud and similar services: Each device can be added using a unique access password. This means, that you’ll never have to use your actual thexyz.com account password on your devices, if you wouldn’t like to. The range of supported devices currently includes Mac OS X 10.8 (Address Book & Calendar), 10.7 (Address Book & iCal), 10.6 (Address Book & iCal), 10.5 (iCal only), Mozilla Thunderbird (Contacts & Calendars), Evolution (Contacts, Calendars & Tasks), iOS (Contacts, Calendars & Tasks), Google Android (Contacts & Calendars), Nokia N9 (Calendars only) and “Other clients” (CardDAV/CalDAV & .ics).

When adding a device, a wizard guides you through the setup process, using detailed screenshots of how to set up the synchronization on that actual endpoint.
Synchronization is working pretty fast and smooth and there’s actually nothing noteworthy to report – what’s good with such a service. From the current point of view they’re doing a very cool job!

If you’d like to try it out on your own, feel free to sign up on Thexyz and set up your devices. Maybe, it’s the alternative to iCloud and Google’s services you’ve been searching for a long time?

Telus Hosting

Telus Hosting is very basic and seems to belong to a previous era of the Internet. It is slow and lacks the security and features you would expect even from a much smaller web host. The support is slow and lacks knowledge about web hosting. From our experience here, we recommend using any other provider before considering Telus.


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