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Did You Know You Can Store Files In The Cloud?

Did You Know You Can Store Files In The Cloud?

Did you know you can store computer files online without them taking up space on your computer? When you store items online it’s called ‘Cloud Storage’ or ‘The Cloud’ and can often act as a cheaper alternative to buying additional hard drives for your computer. What makes cloud storage so useful is if you’re connected to the internet, you can access your files. It doesn’t matter what your location is or what computer you’re using. There are different forms of cloud storage; private clouds, public and hybrid which make it easy to store documents for you and share with others if they’re too large to fit in an email. Unfortunately Big Yellow can’t store your physical items in our ‘Cloud’ yet but you can store your household items in our self storage rooms for a little as a week, month, […]

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Did You Know A Blu-Ray Disc Can Store More Than Five Times The Amount Of Data Than A Standard DVD?

Did You Know A Blu-Ray Disc Can Store More Than Five Times The Amount Of Data Than A Standard DVD?

Did you know that Blu-Ray discs can hold up to 50GB of data, which is around five or six times the amount a standard DVD can hold? They are a high definition storage alternative to DVDs and they get there name from the colour of the blue laser that reads the discs inside of a player. Having a large amount of storage space is essential for high definition discs as the quality of film takes up to ten times the amount of space that a standard definition disc requires. The 50GB capacity is for a dual-layer disc which is made up of two layers, a single layered disc can store 25GB of data which is enough storage space for at least two hours of high-definition video. The increased storage capacity allows Blu-Ray discs to provide a much sharper and clearer […]

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Did You Know That There Are Others Ways to Store Your Books?

Did You Know That There Are Others Ways to Store Your Books?

Did you know that there are many more creative ways to store your books, other than on a standard shelving system? If you tend to stack them, you lose floor space to the growing number of books in the lounge or office. And nine times out of ten, most of them haven’t even been read yet – they’re just being saved for future use. There is brilliance in the madness of Console Book Shelves – a design concept of Stanislav Katz, which features a reclining seat within the shelves! The Salkim book hanger suspends your books in groups with metal wire to give the illusion of a lightweight mesh, with square frames hooking together to give the impression of light instead of one big block. Using the same concept, you can buy ‘The Invisible Book Shelf’ from Amazon, made by […]

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Did You Know The Digital Storage Unit, The USB Drive, Had A Contested Past?

Did You Know The Digital Storage Unit, The USB Drive, Had A Contested Past?

Did you know that the digital storage unit of choice at the moment – the USB drive – has a hotly contested past? Software companies Trek Technology and IBM began selling the first USB flash drives commercially in 2000. Trek, from Singapore, sold a model under the brand name ThumbDrive and IBM marketed the first such drives in North America under the name DiskOnKey. IBM’s USB flash drive became available in December 2000, and had a storage capacity of 8MB – more than five times the capacity of the then-common floppy disks. In 2002, Netac Technology, a consumer electronics company, which claims to have invented the USB flash drive in the late 1990s, was granted a Chinese patent for the device. But while Netac Technology has since brought lawsuits against PNY Technologies, Lenovo, Sony and Acer, most companies that manufacture […]

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Did You Know That Magpies Use Self Storage To Attract Mates?

Did You Know That Magpies Use Self Storage To Attract Mates?

Did you know that the magpie – like all crows – does not have a musical voice and instead uses shiny objects stored in its nest to attract a mate? As with so many aspects of evolution – its reputation for stealing things is actually a feature of selection within its species. Magpies collect and display objects with reflective surfaces in an attempt to find a partner, as the bird with the most objects of highest quality gets the strongest mate. The birds will reputedly steal jewellery, silver and metals, earning them the name ‘The Thieving Magpie’. Rossini wrote an opera of this name (La Gazza Ladra). It concerns a French servant-girl who is accused of theft. She is tried, found guilty and executed. Later, the true culprit is revealed: a magpie. In remorse, the town organises an annual ‘Mass […]

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Did You Know That The Most Innovative Self Storage Strategy Can Be Found In Airports!

Did You Know That The Most Innovative Self Storage Strategy Can Be Found In Airports!

Did you know that the most creative – and often efficient – use of innovative self storage strategy can actually be found in airports all around the world? From bras filled with snakes to primates stored in trouser pockets, some people try sneaking plainly ridiculous things through customs using methods that are quite frankly bizarre. Custom officials at Melbourne Airport in 2005 became suspicious when they heard ‘flipping noises’ coming from underneath a woman’s skirt. Suspecting something fishy was occurring, they lifted it up to discover that she was wearing an apron of plastic water-filled bags containing 51 live tropical fish. Another smuggler tried to enter New Mexico with 16 packages of cheese stashed in his truck tires. However, he was busted by a border control X-ray machine and his truck confiscated as he’d failed to declare the extra goods. […]

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Did You Know: Microsoft Loves Self Storage?

Did You Know: Microsoft Loves Self Storage?

Did you know that Microsoft has confirmed that it will be introducing USB storage to its Xbox 360 gaming system? The technology giant has released a mandatory update to its flagship gaming console and with it added support for USB storage devices of 1-16GB capacity. This means that people will be able to plug in flash drives to expand the memory of their Xbox 360 console. Not only this, but it means that game saves, Xbox LIVE gamer profiles, or Arcade game downloads will now be portable. SanDisk have been quick to jump on the new feature, and will be selling a pre-configured Xbox 360 8GB USB flash drive that comes with a 1-month LIVE Gold membership in the US and the UK from this month. You can also use our self storage facilities to store your console collections, storage […]

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Did You Know Britain Has More Storage Space For Waste CO2?

Did You Know Britain Has More Storage Space For Waste CO2?

Did you know that the North Sea could provide Britain with a natural resource worth as much as £10 billion a year if the Government exploits it as a store for carbon dioxide (CO2), according to The Times? Britain has more storage space for waste CO2 than all of the other northern European countries combined, with the exception of Norway, according to research that suggests carbon capture and storage could be one of the boom industries of the next 20 years. At the British Science Festival in Guildford in September, it was announced that the existence of suitable rock formations beneath the British seas – mainly in the North Sea – means that Britain could make as much as £5 billion a year from selling licenses to store CO2 to countries such as Germany, Denmark and Poland. While technology for […]

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Did You Know Stones Can Be Used For Solar Energy Storage?

Did You Know Stones Can Be Used For Solar Energy Storage?

Did you know that there are many different types of energy – from the type that comes from plugs in the wall to power your electrical items, to the kind being stored in a battery? Solar energy comes from the sun and is not only absorbed by plants and crops to help them grow, but collected here on earth for heating, lighting and other human needs. A means of collecting the solar energy and a way to generate it are needed to make sure we can access the sun’s energy. This means that the energy can be converted into another form of energy such as electricity and heat. Storing the energy makes it last longer, as the sun does not shine for 24 hours a day – and in some cases not at all! Solar energy is very well suited […]

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Did You Know Hamsters literally love self storage?

Did You Know Hamsters literally love self storage?

Did you know that most hamsters inhabit semi-desert areas where they live in burrows consisting of multiple tunnels and chambers – the most important of which store food and bedding for the animals to sleep in. Hamsters are nocturnal, so they sleep during the hot days and move around in the evening when it’s cooler. As such, conserving energy is vital. Most species of hamsters have expandable cheek pouches in which they can carry food and bedding back to their burrow to store. In fact, the word ‘hamster’ comes from the German word ‘hamstern’ which means ‘to hoard’. A hoard of nuts buried by a rodent 17 million years ago is the oldest food larder so far discovered in the fossil record. A team from the University of Bonn in Germany found a burrow containing 1,800 fossilised nuts when digging […]

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