This has happened to three people I know in the past two weeks. Read the article. It’s long. Read it anyway. If you don’t, then don’t whine when it happens to you. It’s your own fault.
As email, documents, and almost every aspect of our professional and personal lives moves onto the “cloud”—remote servers we rely on to store, guard, and make available all of our data whenever and from wherever we want them, all the time and into eternity—a brush with disaster reminds the author and his wife just how vulnerable those data can be. A trip to the inner fortress of Gmail, where Google developers recovered six years’ worth of hacked and deleted e‑mail, provides specific advice on protecting and backing up data now—and gives a picture both consoling and unsettling of the vulnerabilities we can all expect to face in the future.
If you’re looking for cloud space, BOX.COM is giving away 50 GB with a new log-in until (I believe) March 23. It’s definitely in effect right now. After you sign up and confirm by clicking the link in the email they send, you log in and are automatically upgraded to a lifetime 50 GB account (personal accounts only).
Kicks the 2 GB that Dropbox gives you all the way to the curb.
After a couple of hours playing and tweaking, here are my first impressions of Google’s new browser, in no particular order.
Simple, quick Web-based install. (Also installs Google Gears)
Very fast. Built-in JAVA V8 engine renders JAVA-based pages, like AJAX, super quick. (You really notice differences in server speed with this browser and a fast connection.)
Clean interface. Simple to use. Intuitive for anyone who uses Google applications such as Gmail or Google Docs.
Easy navigation via tabs. (A tab-lock would be handy.) Separate tabs for each application eat up about as much memory as Firefox, but the memory is returned when you close the tab. No discernible memory creep while standing idle.
Sandboxing (isolation) of activity in each tab keeps applications from interfering with each other. In theory, crashing an app in one tab will not crash the browser. Continue reading →