Bring Your Own Device

Make BYOD easier with the help of these five apps

SpiderOak 2

SpiderOak makes BOYD even easier with the following features: Backup data, create multiple, unique syncing pairs across all machines associated with an account, and easily share anything. If you're looking for the single best syncing solution to help make the BYOD transition easier, SpiderOak is the one you need. SpiderOak is available for all platforms.

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34 comments
GTWalling
GTWalling

I don't understand why LibreOffice is listed under BYOD, since it is Windows machines (Desktops/Laptop) only. How does this help with phones and tablets?

ms344
ms344

We all know that "slide shows" are just a trick to artificially inflate the web site's click count. Aware sponsors will divide the so-called click count by whatever factor (10? / 20? ) is used on average to inflate the promoted viewership. Beyond that, it is annoying and and more than a little inconsiderate of the reader's time. From now on, slide shows mean "immediate exit" for me.

MaydayIT
MaydayIT

People keep telling you guys we can't stand the tidbit-at-a-time slideshows, but you insist on defaulting to them. Just the facts Jack!

macgvr
macgvr

I have used Spideroak in the past for their backup services but had to go with another service because their software wasn't ready for prime time. Updates to their software would break the software and then I would have to uninstall the new version and reinstall the older version. It would miss files in some folders, especially files that were added to a folder. It was also frustrating to do tech support via email with a long delay between submission of the email and a response. There was a lot to like about Spideroak but for my needs it just didn't work.

ron.dondelinger
ron.dondelinger

by linking FIRST to the blog article, and THEN inserting a link in the blog article to the gallery slideshow article. #1 Most users are likely to suffer the gallery slideshow because that where they are initially directed. #2 Posting a broken link to the blog article will definitely skew the tally results disportionally towards the "popular" gallery slideshow.

vitec
vitec

Bad link, on seeing this as a blog.

Cyclones92
Cyclones92

Like everyone else said...I didn't like the whole piece by piece. One page would have been sufficient, just like LifeHacker does for their information.

gpv527
gpv527

It is absolutely astounding to me how anyone would let a business use their own personal device for business purposes and not have the business pay for it! Astounding! Yet ZDnet writers are "paving the way" with articles like this to get you, Mr./Ms. employee, ready and willing to pay for some billionaire's business! Absolutely astounding!

PeterM42
PeterM42

Is anyone from Techrepublic reading these comments? If so, please let us know and tell us if you are going to STOP USING SLIDESHOWS WHICH NO-ONE WANTS!!!!!

bart.denturck
bart.denturck

Please don't put an article in gallery format. It's bad enough when one has to click and wait for a page reload when looking at a set of pictures. Amazing for a site on technology how the basics of web user interaction are ignored.

andrew.jackman
andrew.jackman

"A writer for over 12 years, Jack's primary focus is on creating annoying slideshows with poor formatting which make articles difficult to read and annoys the cr@p out of his audience..."

mikef12
mikef12

Slide shows are for people looking at hot bods, hoping the next will be naked. No more slide shows.

progan01
progan01

Bring Out Your Dead! Might be more appropriate than some people think for non-standard devices with non-authorized files mingled with work files and private files. Let the audit begin!

Ed 1019
Ed 1019

I agree with PeterM42, PLEASE no more slide shows! Except the last line.

dale.rivers
dale.rivers

Slide shows are a nightmare especially on a mobile device or limited bandwidth. I hope you'll pack this practice in, if not then there's plenty of other sites where I can get my tech info. Awful...

mike.codding
mike.codding

Attention TR: Write the article with an option to download the screen shots for each app.

waltju
waltju

Ads? There are ads? If it's slideshow, I don't even open it. I move on--no time for it.

PeterM42
PeterM42

WE ALL HATE SLIDE SHOWS - IF YOU WANT TO TELL US SOMETHING - WE DO KNOW HOW TO READ. (CAPS are on purpose to try to get it home to these THICK writers)

Darren B - KC
Darren B - KC

This is not the first article I've seen on how to "deal" with BYOD. If there are enough issues with BYOD that people need to have guides or apps to help them make BYOD "easier", then that's a pretty clear signal that BYOD is just a bad (and stupid) practice. We don't allow BYOD in my company and there's no problem with that.

skf
skf

It is very annoying to keep clicking through for tiny bits of information.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

The gallery versions are very popular.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

Jack makes them because that is the way most people want to view it - the numbers show this every week.

tomokogun
tomokogun

Thanks, BOSS. You have saved the day. I almost gave up; sliding left and right.

oldguardreindeer-techrepublic
oldguardreindeer-techrepublic

When I realized the link to an article (not the gallery) was absent I almost set out to find it for myself but decided to read if anyone else was as ticked off as I was. Then I found your comment and the article link. Hats Off!

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

There are always two versions of the Five Apps pieces. And for the past few weeks, I have been linking to both versions in the newsletters.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Don't care how much fun you have creating these things, most of us hate 'em. About the only chance of making them acceptable would to do a striptease and we'd only click on the last one anyway...

ts3765
ts3765

Click Blogs at top of screen and select (for example) "Five apps for an easy BOYD transition" Articles are much more viewable.

GAProgrammer
GAProgrammer

but TR makes money on all those ads you see on the right hand side. Each time you reload the slideshow, new ads are exposed. I doubt they will be changing this feature.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

Which is not fun for me at all. Despite what you like on a personal level, more people view the gallery than the blog post, so as long as they do, we have to produce two versions.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I wonder what factors drive that preference. I dislike them because of all the repeated clicking. But if you've got the numbers, I can't argue. I do wonder how many actually complete the articles.