In what's sure to have Google blushing and cloud-based computing opponents hollering "told you so!," the search company issued a notice to users of its Document and Spreadsheet products alerting them that some of their documents may have been inadvertently shared with others.
"This inadvertent sharing was limited to people with whom you, or a collaborator with sharing rights, had previously shared a document," Google Docs Team wrote in a notice. "The issue only occurred if you, or a collaborator with sharing rights, selected multiple documents and presentations from the documents list and changed the sharing permissions. This issue affected documents and presentations, but not spreadsheets."
Google blamed the mishap on a bug, which the company claims to have now fixed. In the meantime, Google said it used an automated process to remove collaborators and viewers from the documents it identified as being affected, and those will need to be re-shared by the owner.
According to Google, this was an isolated incident that affected less than .05 percent of all documents.
Hit the jump and tell us whether or not this sours your outlook on cloud computing.
A few weeks ago we looked at moving to the clouds, and clearly, this is a concept that isn’t going away. Of course, we would be the first to admit there are some limitations, but the promise of freeing ourselves from the shackles of a single machine is clearly within our grasp. For the most part, we are sold on the idea of cloud-based email clients, and even photo and music sharing, But what about bulk storage for our files and sensitive documents? For many users, this is a line that simply cannot be crossed. The sheer thought of sending private information halfway across the world via the World Wide Web is simply too much to handle.
Unlike many cloud services however, online storage provides a solution to a very unique need that is difficult to satisfy, offsite backups. In today’s age of 2 TB hard drives, keeping all your information, even backed up on multiple drives does you little good if they are all in the same location. A fire or a break-in could leave you with nothing but a decade of lost files, and a handful of regret. So rather than updating a USB hard drive and shipping it to your buddy's house every few months, wouldn't it be great if you could archive your files online, securely and inexpensively? Good news, you can! Plenty of free and paid options exist, but how are you to know which services will best suit your needs? In this article we will look at the most popular solutions available, and help you navigate the chaotic seas of web 2.0 solutions.
There's been a major push towards cloud computing during the past several months, so much so that IBM saw fit to invest $300 million upgrading 13 data centers with a cloud computing infrastructure. Dell even tried to (unsuccessfully) patent the term in anticipation of the importance the concept will play in the coming years. But are we ready to live in the cloud?
Apparently Nokia isn't, who managed to lose a full 3 weeks of user data on its Ovi service. Any updates made to profiles, images uploaded, and friendships added since January 23 have been wiped out and it doesn't appear any of that data wll be coming back.
Nokia blames the oopsy-daisy moment on a cooler that gave up the ghost in its hosting center, which caused a service interruption for several hours. Nokia's database was hit, and even though the company had been making regular backups, Nokia says its unlikely it will be able to restore the lost information.
To be fair, we should point out that Contacts on Ovi is a beta service, and as such, end users shouldn't be caught too off guard when problems occur. It just happens that in this case, the data loss demonstrates a potential danger of cloud computing.
Cloud computing has become quite the buzzword over the last year or so. It seems like every major company wants a piece of the “cloud,” from IBM to AMD to Microsoft. Definitions for the phrase vary, but the most common aspect of any cloud computing service is the notion that you can use the internet to run applications on remote computers, making you less dependent on any one physical machine.
And while the idea of software as a service is hardly new, the number of online “cloud” apps has reached a sort of critical mass lately, making it possible to do the vast majority of your computing online. In this article we’ll show you some of our favorite cloud applications, and explain how they can help make the move to cloud city.
The news section of Maximum PC is bombarded constantly with updates on new up and coming cloud services. Cloud computing figureheads such as Google make a compelling case to start moving our lives online, but what about bulk storage? Plenty of competing companies offer a variety of services to share your pictures, music, and documents, but they tend to be stand alone offerings. Many users in search of good old fashioned bulk online storage have settled on services such as Microsoft Skydrive, or Amazon S3 with Jungle Disk. Others have even gone so far as to hack Gmail accounts into temporary storage, but many have wondered when Google would offer something like this natively.
The answer to this question may be fast approaching with a service they are rumored to be calling “GDrive”. According to a description snipped from Google Pack’s code, enterprising blogger Brian Ussery has uncovered the following description. “GDrive provides reliable storage for all of your files, including photos, music and documents. GDrive allows you to access your files from anywhere, anytime, and from any device - be it from your desktop, web browser or cellular phone”. If this description holds true, it will defiantly give competing services something to worry about. The ability to upload any file securely online, and access it from any platform is truly a compelling idea. The questions that still remain are when, and how much?
What is your favorite way to archive files online?
If a computer can exist without hardware, as we learned in last month’s white paper about virtual machines, can it be useful without application software? It can if it relies on the concept of cloud computing.
Cloud computing describes a data-processing infrastructure in which the application software—and often the data itself—is stored permanently not on your PC but rather a remote server that’s connected to the Internet. When you need to use the application or access the data, your computer connects to the server through the Internet and some of that information is cached temporarily on your client machine. What do clouds have to do with all this? The cloud is simply a metaphor for the Internet, based on the symbol that’s used to represent the worldwide network in computer network diagrams.
The Windows Live team has been pretty busy lately, and they certainly aren’t resting on their laurels with the launch of yet another web 2.0 service called “Thumbtack”.With Thumbtack users are able to save, edit, and share copies of online articles from web pages by either pasting them into the interface, or using the optional bookmarklet. The content is then hosted in an online storage bin for easy sorting and searching. Though this service has been done before by companies such as Evernote, Thumbtack’s current offering of free unlimited storage provides an excellent alternative for web scatterbrains such as myself who have always found bookmarking articles cumbersome and often tend break over time. After creating a note in Thumbtack you can click the article to access the original page, but if it’s vanished from the web, your clipping remains intact. It is also worth noting that competing free services such as Evernote only offer 40 MB of storage per month.
Currently browser support for the service is limited to Internet Explorer and Firefox. While compatibility for web kit browsers such as Chrome and Safari is noticeably absent, it’s also worth pointing out that some features have been stripped from the Firefox interface as well.These features include mass copy and paste between collections and the canvas view mode which gives users a virtual workspace. Even though this service may not be entirely unique per say, it is a promising addition to the Live Service lineup and in my case, and excellent alternative to bookmarking for archiving my favorite articles.
Is Microsoft winning you over with its online services? Hit the jump and let us know what you think.
The CherryPal could computer has been in and out of the ether for the past months, but finally the folks over at TG Daily can confirm that it exists. Sadly, while there were some good impressions, it’s clear that there’s plenty of work left to be done on this little black box.
First, let’s start with the good. The machine’s size is diminutive; they compare it to the size of an iPod. And what’s better is that it has zero moving parts, making it entirely silent. The default ports on the back of the box are a VGA monitor port, Ethernet, two USB ports and a headphone/speaker jack. Inside, it’s also got built in wireless card that picked up on their present wireless network effortlessly.
Now, it’s time for the all too dreaded bad. While the box is tiny, it’s also flimsy. The enclosure is nothing to be impressed with, and gave pretty cheap feel. And while this machine is meant for simple desktop functions, the Freescale 400MHz processor under the hood was barely able to do so. Firefox was consistently struggling to load, and it’d really only be manageable as a word processing machine . Also, you should note that you get zero extras with a machine of this size. No analog microphone port, no CD/DVD drive, and the two USB ports fill up pretty quick.
Overall, it sounds like a nice idea, but it looks very much like a rushed product. If you want to read the whole preview, be sure to check it out here!
A press release from Valve has heralded the imminent arrival of the Steam Cloud; the ability to access your Steam savefiles and controller configs from any computer. Left 4 Dead will be the first title to have the Cloud functionality, and Valve has said they'll be retrofitting their back catalog with the feature.
According to Valve, the Steam Cloud will "just work." By this they mean that gamers won't have to do anything to get their saves and options into the Cloud; it will all happen automatically. Similarly, when a user logs onto their account on a new computer their data will be downloaded for them by default.
Valve president Gabe Newell explained the philosophy behind the Steam cloud, saying "For some time now, Steam has allowed gamers to log on from any computer in the world and access their applications ... Steam Cloud is a natural extension of the portability Steam affords gamers and developers, and we intend to expand its feature set as it is used in Left 4 Dead and other games coming to Steam."
Left 4 Dead launches on 18th, with the demo (which includes Steam Cloud) coming later this week. Are you psyched? Let us know after the jump.