Maybe Tom Watson (old IBM CEO) was right when he said we would just have a few dozen massive data centers in the country. The problem with the thought is you need a fairly big machine, just to get to the internet. It my be cleverly disguised as something else but it is still a computer. Using an internet backup for your critical files might make sense if privacy is not an issue but file transfer is really going to be slow, compared to a local drive so you won't be doing much real computing with them. I prefer local backups myself. I am getting ready to bring up a file server with a RAID array for my backups and common files.
How convenient when Big Brother wants to check what sort of files people have...all for "national security" or "child protection" or the like. And we know the likes of Google, Yahoo, etc. become compliant to the wishes of the government when required. Internet users in places like China would be familiar with this.
Google doesn't really care if you are a national security risk or if you like animal porn. you would just get porn site spam. If you talked about bombs you would start getting spam about where to get discount ammonium nitrate and diesel oil on Ebay and there would be an ad for the anarchist handbook from Amazon.
Google Docs does pretty much the same thing, though they have to be files supported by the office suite.
I also use Windows Live Sync (http://sync.live.com/) to keep my laptop and desktop files synchronized. It uses a technology similar to BitTorrent; the server identifies which files have been added/changed/deleted, and then the two computers connect directly to transfer. I think you can even set up a sync with your SkyDrive.
I note that Yahoo Briefcase is being dropped and is asking users to retrieve their files.
Mind you, with 30MB of storage, how do you compete with the likes of G-Mail that gives you storage space in the GB range?
Now, I'm no conspiracy theorist or anything like it but I reckon, once Google has got everyone on this "cloud" storage thing, it will stop being free all of a sudden, I hope it doesn't go like that, but you never really know until it happens, do you?
(I just find it hard to justify a huge push to get people to save all their documents and files and applications* to a server, miles away, you have no control over what happens to "your" stuff once it is in there.
*If we do go with this G-Drive thing (and lots probably will), will we find that once we upload all our files into the "cloud" that you can only open them files with applications that Google has made for the purpose? Meaning that if you try and re-download your files, to a HDD or the like, they won't work unless you have that proprietry (sp?) "cloud" application?
Sorry this is mere conjecture on my part, but I do feel it does need to be thought about.
What is your opinion?
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