Given the Regtards' penchant for that eponymous suffix, shouldn't "Google lovers" be replaced with "Gtards"?
More evidence has surfaced that Oompa Loompas inside the Google Chocolate Factory are hard at work on something called the GDrive. When perusing a file used by Mountain View's free software suite - Google Pack - blogger Brian Ussery spied a brief description of the long-rumored online storage service. "GDrive provides …
I've been waiting for this for far too long -- and when DropBox popped up about a year ago with their cross platform implementation of exactly this -- I started using it with gusto!
I use DropBox (http://www.getdropbox.com) religiously for automatically sync'ing my personal folders, documents, photos, iTunes database (so that my iPhone doesn't complain when I sync across multiple computers), OSX Address book, and MSN message logs (so that no matter which machine I'm logged in through, I have full access to message histories).
Too little, too late I'm afraid.
Why the heck does every Google story have such an extremely negative bent to it? I would be the last one to say that everything Google does is sunshine and roses, but Cade Metz seems to have made it his own personal crusade to run everything Google does into the ground.
Sadly, his writing smacks of bias, and the valid points that he makes get lost in the silly swipes he takes at Google in every other line.
El Reg, I'm sure all your readers like to see a well-balanced story, but lately each and every story has been written by Metz, and they all share the same tone.
Cade, I respect your point of view; heck I like the fact that you bring things out that others miss, but I do wish that you wrote slightly more neutrally. Or maybe The Reg should mark all your articles as opinion pieces, which would make the tone perfectly acceptable.
Anyone else here thinks that things are a tad askew?
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I'm sure the concrete fountain molding enthusiast is outraged that he's been personally identified in public. Oh wait... that didn't actually happen, did it?
Now that it's been revealed that someone amongst the six billion earthlings is reading this stuff, I'm sure the fountain mold secret police are assembling in their black helicopters and checking their weapons. However they need a bit of help in narrowing down the list of possible targets.
Gets what they deserve. This model has been done before with predictably disastrous results. John Dvorak mentioned this a few weeks ago:
"The loss of data is nothing new. You can hardly expect better when you allow someone other than yourself to have ultimate control. Just recently AOL shut down its Hometown Web sites, and people complained bitterly because they didn't get their data off the system before its abrupt end. Podrango decided to stop giving away bandwidth to podcasters and has given users until the end of the month to get their content off the site or risk losing it. In the late 1990s, as the dot-com crash gathered speed, free services started being shut down one by one, often with no warning. Despite all this, people keep coming back for more agony." from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2337643,00.asp
Oh what is one to do? If I put all my personal stuff on a pen drive some ne'er do well will half inch it. If I burn it to to a disc and post it to myself it will disappear into oblivion. If I put it on the 'Cloud' the sky might go sunny and all that skywriting disappear at the scratch of an accountant's red pencil.
Mind you if people would stand still and not change their email provider every two months I could still be using the hard copy address book buried in the drawer below the phone books.
May eat your data, mulch babies and kick kittens. Oh, did we mention we'll be having a good butchers at your files for, um, quality and testing purposes?
With external storage being so inexpensive these days, there's NO excuse not to have a couple of off-site backups of your data; you don't need to flood a ~448kbps uplink for hours to do so and the data remains under your control. Until there's a reliable, symmetrical, high-speed connection to the 'net that is affordable to everyone, this "cloud" crap is pointless, even if you were able to encrypt your data to dissuade prying eyes. Not only that, but you'd have to be some sort of masochist to entrust your private data to the world's largest online online advertising/data mining company in the first place.
Before coming down on Cade for being a paranoid, unthinking anti-Google zealot, just ask yourself the only question that matters: What's in it for Google? The only answer I can give myself would scare the bejesus out of me, were I wont to use such services.
Amazing. Dvorak wrote something not only relevant, but I agree with him. I guess a stopped clock is right twice a day after all ... I especially like this bit:
"Lulled by a false sense of security, nostalgia for the past, and years of conditioning by AOL, how could the public resist the cloud? The cloud is the future of computing. In other words, the past is the future. You've got the mainframe at the end of a slow network. You've got oversight and control turned over to someone else. Do you feel better now?
"Now if someone could just come up with a batch-processing mechanism, the circle would be complete. "Submit all your work at once; we'll take care of the rest!" "
I've been thinking this for a while. While I'm sure there's a good point somewhere in the article, I find the constant use of childishly derogatory names (i.e."Oompa Loompas" and"Google Chocolate Factory" ) to be distracting. If I wanted to read the bitter rants of a blogger I'd read a blog, I expect a more adult approach from a supposedly professional publication.
Is google planning to keep this to itself or will it use advertising to support the development and sell the tech to corporates, for the "internal cloud?"
That may work because employees don't get the choice of tools.
To me it just looks like another piece of the puzzle (chrome, googledocs) to make windows less important to IT.
All the world is a lab, and the software merely beta...
Ducky, The Register has been doing extreme vitriol since before blogs were a glimmer in Cory Docterow's eye. I like their extreme vitriol. I like having tech journalists that don't believe that Jobs, Page, Brin,Gates et al walk on water. That being said, regurgitated press releases have been turning up on The Register recently, so crank up the vitriol ASAP!
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