For The Last Time: Tech’s Unsatisfied Need For Cloud Storage

There is a major failure in the design of personal cloud storage services, this is why and how we act on it

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Google Trend for Cloud Storage interest over time (based on News Headlines, search frequency, and more)
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Error when managing several files in the Dropbox web interface. These files are not movable to the Dropbox folder, so this instruction is impossible to follow. It’s insulting that Dropbox would assume everyone has an active hard-drive with their entire Cloud—it contradicts the entire point of my 1TB plan!

Taking Care of the Cloud Storage Need

  1. Inconsistent to use. Sometimes this means, well, it’s damn hard to organize and get through file structures on your computer. When I pick up a new computer, god knows I have to shift and re-evaluate my expectations for hierarchy and organization. In certains models, you’d expect certain usability, but can’t have it. A file in your Mac’s Documents isn’t on your iPhone. You restored from a Mavericks backup on Yosemite, and a few applications went missing. Your memory doesn’t serve you right, and there’s no way to get a list of all the movies saved on your laptop, desktop, external hard drives, and backups disks or services.
  2. Frustrating to manage. Manual sorting, cleaning, checking, renaming, and generally managing a structure of files and folders on a computer (and most certainly in real life too) is a pain in the ass. Although many accept this, and sort of use most computers as a big pile of data—sometimes right on the desktop—that we put in a closet when it gets too obsolete to use. We’d hardly consider hiring a maid to virtually sweep the inside of our laptops—which is a problem in responsibility and ownership of items, not just basic personal computer storage.

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