I can already see the submissions coming in the first time someone even thinks Google has lost one of their files and ends up having to deal with the atrocious Google support machine.
My personal needs/habits don't quite fit their model, but as a technologist and entrepreneur I absolutely love Dropbox technology and their business model. And it's always a pleasure to point people to their website and inevitably get a warm "THANK YOU" back via email. Making people happier through software, even if it's not mine, has always been my reason to be in this business.
Anyway, what is the usual habit for similar stories? should I delete this link to clean up HN?
Great, I can store 1/16th of my $50 thumbdrive online.
The SkyDrive still needs a native client to be as useful as DropBox, but it's a step in the right direction.
From a perception standpoint, I hesitate to use this because it seems that MS doesn't yet have full faith in this service.
which offers mountings for google docs, picasa and a bunch of others...
It's like Dropbox, but a bit more complicated/flexible, has more free storage, can sync any folder on your system, does p2p syncing, works through firewalls without configuration, etc.
Cloud storage is neat, but quite frankly "the cloud" still has not proven, to me, to be reliable enough for my personal tastes yet. Layer on top of that the fact that Google isn't really earning high marks these days for customer service.
On the other hand, it doesn't look like Google offers synchronization so its utility as a backup environment is quite limited.
Actually, my beef with all these services is the opposite: they rarely provide support to mount plain old drives under windows. It's always some crappy web interface or custom client that synchs stuff around which makes it non-interoperable with every other program I use that just wants to save something to the file system and know that it got to the cloud. I really don't get it - Windows supports WebDAV - what is so freakin hard about this?
I really wish they would just give me a network drive to save to and let me worry about finding some synchronization software to mirror stuff there if that turns me on.
I won't be surprised if in a year the free storage offered had already quadrupled.