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2010-01-14T11:43:54Z
If you've an avid PC user, and you dig the Internet, you've probablyrun across this problem before. You've got a file that's too big tosend over email, and the idea of mailing a physical disc or USB stickin the mail just turns you off. The solution? Up until now, only a fewsites out there (MegaUpload and Drop.io, to name a couple) wereavailable to help, but they certainly have limitations. Now, Google isaltering its strategy for Google Docs in order to help out.

Over the next few weeks, the company intends to roll out the "abilityto upload, store and organize any type of file in Google Docs." Afterthe change, you'll be able to "upload and access your files from anycomputer," essentially giving you a hard drive in the cloud. The bestpart is the Google name, which ensures that you'll face no pop-ups andweird banners when uploading and downloading your files from Google'sservers.



The new system will allow users to upload any file whatsoever toGoogle's servers so long as it's under 250MB. Each user gets 1GB offree storage for files that aren't converted to Google Docs format, andmore space can be purchased for $0.25/GB per year. This setup is adream come true for group projectors and corporate shuffling of Excelfiles, and we're eager to see the day where storage space becomes socheap that Google removes the per-year GB limit.
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rapid1
2010-01-14T12:43:14Z

The expansion of technology is both very interesting to watch as well as very interesting to imagine where it will go. We talk about these type of things in school (Going for a masters degree in CS with a security specialization right now), and the debates are very interesting. I think one of the biggest interests to me on a personal level is the amount of misinformation, and just plain unknown info out there. Also mind you the people in these debates or exchanges of information are also in school for computer science so they generally at least grasp the subject.

Either way things like this I think are where technology is moving to which would be true mobility. This type of thing means you can have your personal or needed information anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds. The impact of this is and will be huge as it becomes common place. I have my doubts about Google due to some of there CEO's comments on privacy for the common user. However; in some ways they are also redeeming themselves in a interesting position as well as professional and industry stance in China.

Either way the tools they bring to the market and the world are in general very good as well as useful to differing degree's. I think this one is on the very useful side of things although in general the public does not understand it's true impact. Plus when things move so fast and therefore also become common place at the rates they currently do. We cannot see or appreciate the changes and there impact until well after the fact.

dloendorf
2010-01-14T12:47:36Z

I am surprised you did not mention Windows Live SkyDrive with it's 25GB of free space. While the current maximum sized file is 50MB it's total limit is great.

gibbersome
2010-01-14T12:49:52Z

I cringed when the storage was compared to megaupload, rapidshare, etc.

Is google opening a pandora's box here? Megaupload spends a lot of time removing files that infringe copyright laws (music, movies, TV shows).

@rapid1 Indeed!

gibbersome
2010-01-14T12:51:31Z

I didn't know about Windows Live SkyDrive, that's pretty sweet even with the 50 MB limitation. You can use Winrar or HJSplit to split your files up.

dloendorf
2010-01-14T13:05:10Z

What is also great is that you can download SkyDrive Explorer (3rd party app) and have direct access as another drive in Windows Explorer. Works great!

mhenriday
2010-01-15T17:10:27Z

I'm impressed by the 250MB limit on individual files, but less so by the 1 GB limit on total storage. Two points, however : as a method to forward fairly large files to others,, after which the files are removed from Docs, this is a welcome development, and secondly, hopefully Google will up the free storage limit, in order to compete with the MS service. Colour me optimistic....

Henri

rapid1
2010-01-17T00:15:16Z

Wow I know what a data warehouse looks like now which is gargantuan. Can you imagine what one will look like when this becomes the norm "say multi level domed stadium".

gibbersome
2010-01-17T01:10:05Z

Haha, you could turn the Cowboy Stadium into a data storage facility.

Which does make me wonder, how can Google afford 7+ GB storage for each of their free e-mail accounts?

 

Henri, you might be right. Anything Microsoft can do, Google can do one better.