Google unveils GDrive that's 'not the GDrive'
Storage for any file on Google Docs
Google says it's not the fabled GDrive. But the company will soon roll out an update to Google Docs - its web-based file editor - that lets users upload and store files of any type.
In a Tuesday morning blog post, Google Docs project manager Vijay Bangaru said the update would appear on existing accounts "over the next few weeks." Naturally, the company touted the addition as an alternative to transporting files via email or USB drive.
"You’ll be able to backup large graphics files, RAW photos, ZIP archives and much more to the cloud," Bangaru's post reads. "More importantly, instead of carrying a USB drive, you can now use Google Docs as a more convenient option for accessing your files on different computers."
This does not mean that Google Docs will read any file. Editing and viewing is still limited to popular document, spreadsheet, and presentation file types, including .docx, .xlsx, .doc, .odt, xls, .ods, .ppt, .csv, .html, .txt, and .rtf. And there's a file-size limit: 250MB.
In March 2006, a Google PowerPoint presentation intended for industry analysts famously exposed a company plan to store "100% of User Data."
"With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including: emails, web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc)," the presentation read, before pointing out that this sort of thing was already part of company projects known as GDrive, GDS, and Lighthouse.
Ever since then, rumors have swirled that the GDrive was on the horizon. In November 2007, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google was preparing an online storage service capable of housing all the files you now store on your own hard drive, saying it could be ready "a few months from now." And in January 2009, new evidence indicated that this sort of storage service would be rolled into Google Docs.
No doubt, Google would like to distance itself from talk of storing "100% of User Data." But this Google Docs update jibes with a GDrive reference that turned up last January in a file used by Google's free software suite, Google Pack.
Naturally, users are under no obligation to use the service. They can upload as much or as little data as they like. But in the grand scheme of things, this does give Google access to more user data - something it's constantly striving for. Data is not only a means of making decisions at Google, it's a way of juicing its search results and targeting ads.
But that's not the party line. With its blog post, Google also said that its Google Docs update will facilitate collaboration, with users able to upload files of any type to its "shared folders," introduced in October last year. Meanwhile, business users paying $50 per year for Google Apps Premier Edition can do batch uploads via the Google Documents List Data API. And as discussed Tuesday morning on the Google Enterprise blog, various third-party developers are offering tools that do automatic file migration and syncing with Premier Edition.
All Google Docs users received 1GB of storage for free. Consumers can purchase additional space for $0.25 per GB per year, while Google Apps Premier Edition users can must pay $3.50 per GB per year (or €3.00 per GB per year in the EU). Premier Edition includes support and covers not only Google Docs, but Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Sites, and more. ®
Google [and all search engines are similarly blessed and afflicted] need to be very wary indeed and aware of the damage that they will be able to do, for they are easily groomed and outed as being affiliated to whatever particular phishing for information and intelligence entity they may be a covert proxy for, [and there may be more than one, and Google themselves may not know that they are being used and/or abused as a proxy by others] should one share with them sensitive information in a file or a document or a blog or whatever, for their Storage and Easy Immediate Anywhere Access Plan, which would then subsequently become Unavailable Immediately Anywhere, for then is the Information Identified by such an Action as being Extremely Valuable by Virtue of the Intelligence it would be Sharing...... with it being Uncomfortable and Disruptive and Subversive in one Camp with a Tentative Information Advantage and Penetrative and Explosive and Helpful in A.N.Other which would be Suffering Presently the Intelligence Disadvantage.
Now if they allowed 25Gb of data I'm pretty sure some enterprising young person would write a FUSE daemon that'd let you mount this on Linux machines. Add in encryption and you have a great near-line backup store for many small virtual servers.
pick n choose
imagine the potential for idenitty theft, when all the numptys put their key data on their?
As for those of you who carp they have USB drives for X and Y, correct you have. Whilst Google want you to use their services for everything, NIKE Will want you to dress entirely in their *clothing* range.... but, i bet you dont. You pick and choose services, clothes etc as you see fit.
I am sure it could be handy for a number of circumstances or situations........ time will tell.
Why not just break your photos up
...into, say, albums for each month. Or do you take more than 1,000 pics of your baby a month? Picasa already organises by date, so it shouldn't be a problem.
I have 80GB of Google storage (bargain at $20) and have uploaded tens of thousands of photos. I just don't have more than 200-300 in a single album (my albums usually relate to a single day/event).
Already exists. But I think the project died and anyway it was too slow to be really useful but it was a successful proof of concept.