Hey all - the Real Estate Photography Podcast just hit a milestone 50th episode and I wanted to announce a new way to contribute to the back-end of the show: the donation button. It takes more work than meets the eye to create, edit, and distribute the podcast. We have some great sponsors who help the show financially and those fund keep the lights on, metaphorically-speaking. So, after a great deal of thought, I've decided to just say, 'If you like the show and have found it helpful in your profession, you're more than welcome to buy me a cup of coffee." Sound good?
Thanks in advance!
Here's the deal - it's no secret that I use and love my PogoPlug. It's a nifty little device that allows me to create a file server that will dish out files to clients with extreme ease. Cloud Engine's newest iteration of the device - PogoPlug Biz - is armed with some great ideas but fails to deliver on the ones that matter. Plus, it's 3x the price.
For triple the cost, business users are permitted to use a few additional menus in the 'PogoPlug Settings' panel such as Upload, Custom Mail, Custom UI, and Users Settings. Let me repeat that - for the additional hardware cost, you're granted access to software. The only physical difference between the PogoPlug and the PogoPlug Biz is cosmetic - it's black as opposed to pink. I assume that's because it's supposed to fit into a business environment without sticking out like a sore thumb.
While Cloud Engines has put thought into the presentation of the hardware, they've put almost no thought into it's presentation online. What I mean by that is the 'Custom Mail Settings' panel isn't nearly as custom as it leads itself to be. In fact, all you're allowed to do it change the text, font, and color. You're still not allowed to get rid of the pink 'PogoPlug' logo at the top of your outgoing email invitation, nor are you allowed to put your business' logo in the email. You're given the ability to customize your file-browsing UI with your logo, but not the outgoing email invitations. Customizing email invitations is the most important aspect of PogoPlug Biz, and it's a feature that feels like an afterthought. Not to harp on the Biz too much, I'm certain it delivers on usage stats, web-only sharing, and multiple users just fine - but I'm not interested in those features nearly as much - you may be, but not me.
My PogoPlug Biz is already on a UPS truck headed back to Cloud Engines - I'm not paying three-times the price for software that hasn't really considered the end-user in its design. I'm very satisfied with my current PogoPlug, but thoroughly dissatisfied with the the newest member of the PogoPlug family.
Yet again, it was a crazy week and weekend - one that left me without time or energy to record a show. If I were really pushing it, I could have gotten it done, but it definitely wouldn't have been as good as I was completely and utterly out of fuel. So, hang tight - there are some great shows coming up, including another Q and A session with Larry and I. Stay tuned.