Apple offers MobileMe customers last chance to rescue data 'for a limited time'
Posted 03 July 2012 - 08:21 AM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 08:55 AM
Cloud services cannot be trusted as the sole storage source for your data, no matter whose name is on the cloud. I am a huge Apple fan, but cannot trust them to maintain such services for very long.
Kodak has just given us a great example of the pitfalls of the cloud. Their Gallery service is being moved to Shutterfly as part of Kodak's plan to self-destruct. How many millions of photos have been entrusted to Kodak's cloud based on their "trusted" brand name? Now Kodak says, some users photos "could take 2-3 months to arrive" on Shutterfly! One can only assume they are copying the images to floppy disks and then sending them by Parcel Post to Shutterfly for installation on their servers.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:56 AM
I strongly agree with the first sentence and don't disagree with the second, but you're neglecting something salient. iCloud isn't really a storage facility. It's a synchronization tool that happens to include some storage as part of its operation.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:19 AM
iTools, MobileMe, or iCloud has never ever been intended as a sole storage source for your data. The only real "sole storage" Apple has is your email that you haven't read yet. And well, I've been using the same mac.com address since iTools and Apple has never lost my email.
So, yeah, I'll trust Apple with that, knowing that every other piece of data on there is also backed up locally.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:27 AM
And frankly, iCloud seems to have some of the same gremlins so I don't consider it trustworthy whatsoever.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:15 AM
I understand that they want everyone on 10.7 but it's just not feasible for some of us and it's a really sour taste for a longtime mobileme subscriber and promoter.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:40 PM
I agree partially in that Apple should have at least supported synchronized Mail, Contacts, and Calendars on 10.6.8. Supporting documents, etc. involved much more "under the hood" work and was likely not feasible.
But I'll trust Apple who has no business interest in my personal data over Google, whose business model is based on my personal data. With Apple, I'm the customer. With Google, I'm the product.
Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:00 AM
Maybe it's because I didn't have much in iDisk to begin with, or maybe it got lost when I first made the switch. I don't remember, and I guess it doesn't really matter at this point.
I've already switched my iWeb site to Dropbox.