OneDrive Unlimited Storage for all, sorta, mostly everyone!

OneDrive (Formerly SkyDrive) has once again upped its storage capacity from 1TB to unlimited storage. The upgrade is rolling out to its subscribers “over the coming months”, but users can try to get theirs earlier by signing up to some promotional ads.

This may be to one-up Google Drive or Dropbox.

 

So who is eligible and how do I get it?

If you don’t currently have Office365 you can still get Unlimited Storage. This bit of information was hard to find, but after contacting support, I figured that out.

  • In order to get OneDrive Unlimited Storage you must have office 365 Home, whether you already had it or not this gives you 5 PCs or Macs and 5 Tablets aswell as Smartphones and Online Office.
  • You need an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscription.
  • With that each user gets 1TB each for up to 5 users.
  •  With that you ALSO get 60 minutes of Skype Calls.
  • If you’re an Office 365 subscriber, you don’t have to do anything.
  • For Office 365 business customers, unlimited storage for OneDrive for Business has been added to the Office 365 roadmap and will begin rolling out in 2015.
  • source.

This type of business model must have been well thought out, the reason that I can think of is that users are not reaching their quotas, which makes sense. Google offers a 100GB for $2 a month, but 1TB is still significantly better, and available over 5 users, so 5TB for $10/mo, frankly. I’m sold.

OneDrive

 

 

 

 

 

Coloring Batch Files! – within one file!

I wanted colored batch files and I managed to achieve this with someones solution which I modified and made my own, it is now quite different to his but I cannot find who it was to give them credit, anyway, here is the code!

 

@echo off
SETLOCAL EnableDelayedExpansion
for /F "tokens=1,2 delims=#" %%a in ('"prompt #$H#$E# & echo on & for %%b in (1) do rem"') do (
set "DEL=%%a"
)
title Startup Assist - Handler
call :ColorText 08 "["
call :ColorText 08 "Service"
call :ColorText 08 "]"
call :ColorText 08 " Startup Assist - HANDLER - RUNNING "
echo.
call :ColorText 08 "["
call :ColorText 0E "WARNING"
call :ColorText 08 "]"
call :ColorText 08 " Startup Assist will stop if a server startup file is not found this is because of windows MS DOS functionality, Sorry "
echo.
call :ColorText 08 "["
call :ColorText 08 "Minecraft Service"
call :ColorText 08 "]"
call :ColorText 0A " Minecraft Server "
call :ColorText 0C " Nexion"
call :ColorText 0A " Started"
echo.
start "launch.bat" "C:UsersNexionDocumentsMinecraft ServersNexionlaunch.bat"
echo(
call :ColorText 79 "This window will now await user input!"
echo.
)
PAUSE
exit
goto :eof

:ColorText
echo off
“%~2”
findstr /v /a:%1 /R “^$” “%~2” nul
del “%~2” > nul 2>&1
goto :eof

which looks something like this

Capture

As you can tell, this is for my minecraft server 🙂 (Nexion.co.uk)

and that’s all there is to it! you can use any standard colors that you could already within batch files. (Note: When running without user, i.e. started by another process, the colors requite administrative privileges!)

edit: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7290434/how-can-i-make-a-multi-functional-batch-program

Adding Virtual Domains to Apache

Virtual Hosts are great for servers, it allows you to have multiple domains, Subdomains and Users all use the same Web Host (Server) and Is easy to configure.

 

First Please make sure your server is configured to use Virtual Hosts, See Here , Please note this is fundamental

 

Now you have your domain on a Virtual host you can now add others, But you need to add your Host to your DNS zone file from your domain regestrar, See Here

 

 

Now you are ready browse to your Apache installation folder and go to httpd-vhosts.conf

[box type=”shadow”]apacheconfextrahttpd-vhosts.conf[/box]

 

and add the extra hosts you setup in your Domain Registrars DNS Host Names like so,

(be sure to replace ‘dds’ with your subdomain)

Make sure this is at the end of your file, after your root of the domain, make sure you have configured the subdomain folder and the DNS Host names

Be aware that It can take up to 48 hours for Host Records to update through the internet!

Xampp and Apache

I recently played around with Apache and fond it incredibly educational.

I used Apache for multiple websites and sub-domains, and its a great web server. and I like Xampp’s user Interface, allowing me to edit, configure and Error check my site.

Xampp Control Panel
Xampp’s user interface, server side

 

Don’t get me wrong though, there are some downfalls when putting it through its paces using Owncloud I discovered that php supported was only allowing 2GB uploads, because it is 32Bit, I later discovered that Xampp is only 32Bit for Windows. This was a major disappointment for me, but I still found workarounds.

Apache is great and easy to use with Xampp, I recommend that anyone wanting to get into web servers and general Web hosting try it out first. I hosted it on my Windows Server, But using a server is completely unnecessary, I was also able to run it on my Laptop.

 

For a test Environment or to start out on Web Servers, I recommend Xampp. Its a trade up over usability and performance on Windows.