Is it luck, or something else?

I feel like Glen Zorger this afternoon.

2014-08-08 14.49.48I bought a new laptop recently. It’s great. But today, I looked across the table from where I was working and saw a screw — a very small screw. It looked just like the ones in the bottom of my brand new laptop. Sure enough, the screw fit in the bottom. How lucky could I get? That screw could have fallen out anywhere: At Spanky’s this morning. At McDonald’s last night while I was at my Men’s Group. At the Chandler Group on Wednesday. On the porch. On the patio. In the car. On the road. In the grass. But it fell out right there. On the table where I work. Luck!

But the screw was a TORX T05. That means REALLY SMALL. Who has one of those in their desk? I do. I had one because my friend, Tom Milford, had to buy one one time and the thing was so cheap that he bought two and gave me one. I hadn’t seen it for years, but when cleaning out my desk just yesterday, I saw it. I thought, “I should toss this. When will I ever need it?” Well, you know the answer. It was today. Luck!

So I put the screw in and tighten it up and then noticed the other ten screws. Should I check them? Would Lenovo ship a laptop with all the case screws loose?

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Yeah — I better check them. Every one of them was loose. Some, ready to fall out, in spite of the fact that they had thread lock on them. So I tightened each one with my TORX T05 before they all had a chance to work loose and fall out. Luck!

Then I thought of Glen Zorger. He once remarked to me, “I don’t know why I worry about things. God takes care of me in every way.”

He does. Maybe it’s not luck. Maybe it’s providence. Maybe it’s divine oversight. Maybe it’s God paying attention to the most clueless of his sheep. Maybe it’s grace.

Glen went to be with the Lord last month. And it’s nice to be reminded that it’s not luck — it’s Jesus.

What’s the Best Free Cloud Service?

Which Cloud Storage provider is the best? That’s a good question.

I use SkyDrive, Dropbox, The Box, Google Drive, and Copy. These days, I like Copy the best. You can get it here:

https://copy.com/?r=jFZwiy

I’ve been using Dropbox for years, and through referrals and other perks, I have a 22 GB free account with them. I can remember when I thought that would always be enough. But then again, I remember thinking I’d never fill an ST-225 with 20 MB of data.

200px-Folder-copy2.svgCopy’s biggest strength is that the free package is much bigger than Dropbox’s free package. And size matters when it comes to cloud storage. Just three months ago, Google demonstrated an awareness of this by increasing it’s free cloud service to 15 GB – up from 5 GB.

When it comes to size, Copy leaves Dropbox and Google Drive in the dust by starting free service at 20 GB (15 + 5 if you are referred by a friend — or by me by clicking here). Then you can add storage via referral 5 GB at a time. Last time I checked, Dropbox was giving you 1/20th of that, or 0.25 GB per referral. While The Box offers 50 GB free, usability in the free version was crippled from the start.

Is Copy cloud service safe? Well, it comes from Barracuda Networks, a long-time computer security company, so I am guessing yes.

Another thing to take into account when you make a comparison between Dropbox, Skydrive, Google Drive, and Copy is something Copy calls Fair Storage. This means that when you share a 2 GB file with me, it doesn’t take 2 GB of your storage and 2 GB of mine. We split it. So we each only use 1 GB of our Copy folder.

Thinking people will not delay in getting Copy Cloud Service. Some history explains why.

  • First, when Dropbox started out, they gave 0.5 GB for each successful referral. They cut that in half as time went by.
  • Second, when was the last time you were able to refer someone to Dropbox? It’s getting harder and harder to find someone who doesn’t have it. And when you find someone who doesn’t, you realize it’s because they either don’t need it or can’t see that they need it.

I have Copy running on my Android phone, my Acer tablet, an XP machine, three Windows 7 machines, an Xubuntu (Linux) machine, and a Linux Mint machine. They all work fine. I understand that Copy doesn’t work on older versions of the Mac operating system, but Mac users tell me updating their OS is a snap, so that shouldn’t be an issue. Currently, I still use Dropbox for everyday files. I use Copy for pictures, audio, and video I like to keep backed up. Sharing files or folders is also very easy via Copy. And secure.

Get it now so you can increase your own free storage through referral before everyone else has it. Click this link to get an extra 5 GB over the normal 15 GB: https://copy.com/?r=jFZwiy

One note about Copy is that occasionally the referral service doesn’t give the referrer credit. If you get it and install it, you might let me know by emailing me. Then if I don’t get credit, I can talk to their support.

Free Referral to Copy Cloud Service…

NOTE — On September 9, 2014, Copy failed to give me referral credit, saying that I had reached my referral limit. That’s kind of crazy because there was no limit on the referrals when I signed up. 

At this time ShieldsGroup cannot recommend copy.com because of this change in their referral rewards system.