Dropbox and Cloud-related applications

Dropbox is not the first network application for storing your data in the “cloud”–that’s been relatively easy to do for decades, using UNIX networking tools–but it does seem to be the first to gain much traction outside the *NIX sysadmin cohort.

With Dropbox I can stick working files in a networked folder that I can access from any of my computers, from networked devices like my iPod, or from any connected computer via the web; it’s great, and I don’t need to go into the details here. Reddit came up with an amusing post about Dropbox, Why is Dropbox more popular than other tools with similar functionality? – Hilarious answer, which also links to some more useful (and some amusing) items.

But I have been stumbling across interesting articles about how to use Dropbox, or how to recreate a Dropbox-like setup on your own, or Dropbox-like applications that might be worth looking into. Here they are:

Right now, Dropbox seems to be the flavor of the month for cloud storage. It’s funny, because this kind of application should have been flourishing for at least a decade by now–especially since Microsoft and Apple and many other companies have tried offering something like it for a long time. The biggest problems with these kind of services are:

  • consumer acceptance of having someone else in control of access to their data
  • concerns over privacy of that data
  • concerns over whether or not the provider will still be in business next week/month/year

Time will tell.

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