Living in a cloud

I’m one of those people who used to carry more than one usb memory dongle with me that were full of programs and data.
Then I started to think things a little bit differently. Cloud based services are here today, and they are
easy to use that anyone can use them. It was a different thing a little while ago, but now a days it’s possible to use the most common cloud services with pretty much every device that you would need.

For files, there is Dropbox and it’s possible to use Dropbox with your Android (example HTC Desire Z) or IOS (Apple) (like iPhone) devices. Then you can access to your files on the go.

For e-mails, there is Gmail. It’s also possible to have your calendar and contact stuff there, and if you write documents or spreadsheets then you can use google docs.
This is also there and email, calendar, and contact sync like a dream to your Android device (with IOS devices it’s bit different).
It’s also possible to use Google Reader as your RSS reader so you can access to that with your device without installing RSS client to every one of your devices and keeping track which RSS feed you are following.

For bookmarks there is services too example to sync your Firefox bookmark there is a Firefox Sync. There is also Firefox Beta for Android devices, but it’s still too slow. It’s not good for everyday use, but it has Firefox Sync feature build in that seems to work.

For notes there is EverNote which has client for Windows, OS X, Android and IOS but sadly not for Linux.

I like to use myself as an example.
I use Dropbox to sync my files (which I need everywhere) between my Linux computers (Desktop and laptop), iMac and MacBook Pro, Windows computer, HTC Desire Z (Android device), and iPod Touch (IOS Device).
I used to also use Nokia N900 which worked with Dropbox too, but it wasn’t so handy than it is with the Android.
I sync my files between these devices, and I don’t need to worry or even think about any filesystems.
With Firefox Sync, I can sync my bookmarks between my iMac and my Linux desktop.
With Google, I can sync my email (I use IMAP on gmail) and my calendar/contact/rss feeds between my iMac, Linux, and HTC Desire Z.
For example, if you use Keepass to store your passwords, you can save that datafile which Keepass uses to your Dropbox folder.
It will then be available to all your devices, and you will just need to install Keepass to every device which
you use (Now available on Windows, Linux, Mac, IOS and Android (AppBrain)).
You will not need to worry about syncing your passwords to every device that you use and all devices will be updated when you
change/add passwords. One security tip: If you have webcam with motion detection at your home, you can configure it to save all
images and/or video to your Dropbox folder. Then it’s secured there and a burglar will be unable to delete or steal the computer.
Of course living in a cloud doesn’t work with everybody. (For example, Google haters will have to find other services even that
they would probably not even use Android anyways).

For example, there is Ubuntu One because it’s now mostly just for Ubuntu Linux. It is pretty useless for me who use multiple devices with different OS.

I’m sure that I didn’t remember or even know all cloud and that kind of services so feel free to comment and let me know about them. =)

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