Jan 13 2012

Cloud Drives: Can You Have Too Many?

The Cloud by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
From the seas and the streams;
I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
In their noonday dreams.
From my wings are shaken the dews that waken
The sweet buds every one,
When rocked to rest on their mother’s breast,
As she dances about the sun.
I wield the flail of the lashing hail,
And whiten the green plains under,
And then again I dissolve it in rain,
And laugh as I pass in thunder.

It is so easy to look brainy and erudite when you have a search engine to back you up!

Cloud services are well on the way to becoming the virtual USB thumb drives of my life. By that analogy you can never have too many because you never know when you might need one more iota of virtualized drive space to complete your life.

I have a Dropbox account (2 gig free), a Box account (50 Gig because I owned an Android phone), a SkyDrive account (25 gig because Microsoft REALLY wants in on the act), and now because Amazon has so much server space that they are storing high res images of all of Lady Gaga’a sloughed off dead skin cells there is a 10 gig block with your name on it at cx.com.

All of the accounts have little idiosyncrasies like a maximum file size or requiring you give up caffeine, but they all have their place. I am amazed at how much stuff I have tucked away in the cloud.

At this point I probably have more tucked away in my DropBox account but CX is the one that seems to have the best additional flexibility with a dedicated desktop app and sync folder to make it really easy access stuff between platforms. All of them have mobile app platforms and when I add up the total I have 87 gigabytes in the cirrus and cumulus.

Frighteningly, every one of these guys will try to sell you more space…but every airy GB is completely free is you stay within their limits. What’s not to like about that?

The best reason to have any of them is the ability to access your files on any of your platforms so they are perfect for multi-device people. You read my blog, and are still awake so I assume you are a multi-device individual as well.

So, if you have not taken your Magic Data Carpet Ride it is high time that you made the jump and stored some stuff up in the cloud…along with Lou Diamond Phillips head. I have no idea why I said that.

Click. Download. Upload. Sideload. Translate. Enjoy.

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