How to turn an old phone or tablet into a PC productivity tool

“One simple way to get some extra mileage out of an old tablet is to turn it into a dedicated PC monitor. Even with just 7-inch tablet, you can use the extra screen to keep an eye on instant messages, email, or social networks. If you’re working with photos, video or music, the second screen could even serve as a dedicated space for toolbars. It’s also an easy second screen to pack up and take with you.

I suggest Air Display.”

Jared Newman, PC World

Cutting out the middleman: Everydisk from Avatron Software

“As more and more of us have begun to embrace this whole “cloud” thing, we’ve gotten pretty loose with how share files with one another—and how we access our own files. Because right now, more often than not, there’s another entity of some sort serving as the go-between in the whole process. But that may be coming to an end, if Portland’s Avatron has their way.”

Avatron Kickstarts Everydisk project for secure personal cloud storage

“The big selling point behind Everydisk is its unlimited NAS-like storage. You get access to your entire disk, not just a special folder, the way you would with Dropbox and not just a standalone drive, as you would with PogoPlug or Transporter. According to the Avatron team, Everydisk creates its own secure tunnel between your computer and your access point, using Diffie-Hellman key exchange, offering you a way to confidently grab the materials you need.”


Avatron aims to deliver privacy and security in a post-cloud world

“Most of the competition like Dropbox or Google Drive are cloud storage that stores it in the cloud, which means they own a million servers or they rent from Amazon. They store it there so you have to pay a lot if you have a lot of files. In contrast we don’t store your files anywhere. The advantage is unlimited storage since we aren’t paying for it and we can’t sell your data or analyze it like the Google business model.”

Portland Business Journal