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Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

Monday, March 6, 2006
18 years ago

Well, if they can do it like this software (and give me a 100MBit SDSL connection) it sounds interessting – creates a "normal" drive in your windows explorer and stores all data in your gmail account

/pd [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

Welcome back..!!

yeah your correct, the long term strategy i apps on the webs and data in a unified location.

Question in play: How much can we trust google ?? even as an indiduval are there are certain emails that I prefere not to send via gmail :)-

Bill Chorm [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

The privacy issues really concern me here. Google needs to be far, far more forthright about exactly when, where, how, and to whom they will turn over user data. All it will take is for a spouse to sue in a divorce proceeding and subpoena the other spouse's searches, email, stored files, etc., and the whole attitude towards storing things online could change rather quickly.

Google always touts the benefits of using their services, but never mentions any of the risks. This is not appropriate. By not being open, it seems like they're only setting themselves up for future lawsuits from users who weren't made aware of the risks. Burying some language 17 pages into the EULA is not going to standup to public outrage, in my opinion.

WebmetricsGuru [PersonRank 1]

18 years ago #

This is pretty interesting – I just read over the Analyst Presentation but had not focused so much on the GDrive as you have.

I'm also writing a post on this in I'm not surprised Google has ambitious plans for infinite storage – i think the idea has been around for several years but they are the first company to seriously attempt to deliver on infinite personal storage. We're sorta moving in that direction already with several Gigabytes of free email storage online.

Randhir Reddy [PersonRank 1]

18 years ago #

This is a great move in the Web 2.0 direction, wherein all the user files are stored on Google Servrers, is great for users. This is more in line with the way people would access the web i.e. thru Mobile devices, which will realise the goal of "Ubiquitous Computing". Making platform irrelevant, thus releasing users frm the MS stranglehold.

Wouter Schut [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

My predictions are starting to scare me :D


Semysig [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

"My predictions are starting to scare me"

Mine too!

If anybody is stupid enough to give any company complete access to all their files, I hope they get exactly what they deserve.

I can't believe even one person in these comments actually thought it was a good idea!!!
WIth govt. evesdropping on every phone call and email being common knowledge, and even 1% of people thinking it's actually ok (and it's more like 40%), it is INCREDIBLE that anybody would even consider using something like this GDrive.
Like I say, they'll get exactly what they deserve.

Problem is, communicating or doing business with these fools will put the rest of us at risk, and there will be NOTHING we can do about it!
You couldn't even use encryption of the dolt on the other end won't.
Maybe the whole thing will backfire on them, and Google will also sell the names of everyone who uses it. Then one could buy the list, and refuse to deal with anybody on it ;)

mrbene [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

But really, how many people say anything that really matters?

In my experience, if you've been targeted then you're going to be hurting for a while, no matter how well you've covered your tracks. A divorce will always be messy, various governments and agencies will continue to use all of their power to accumulate as much information as possible, and a person with a that fits the current definition of suspicious will have their rights trampled.

It's not right, but it's not just Google.

I'd say that making the assumption that you will be held accountable for every word you write might not be the worst thing in the world to do. Might even breed a certain level of personal responsibility, first steps towards power!

John M [PersonRank 1]

18 years ago #

I would like to point out that five seconds into reading infinite storage I thought of the malicious idea of copying a 1000 gb file and copying and pasting it or even a file that is allocated as 64^64^64^64^64gb even if it truely isnt, because thsi would crash their computers. The thing is it wouldn't be considered a virus because you have the RIGHT to have "INFINITE storage"... and they can't limit the storage, because then it most assuredly wouldn't sell. Either way it is rediculous to suggest such an idea. I hate the governmetn enough as it is. They are also reading all of this for sure because this is defiantely a red flag issue for them.

Vitor Spencer [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

Privacy concerns? I think the government, or wichever evesdropping institution, will always be able to get into the data you think it is private.
Myself, I'm not concerned about it: my life is alerady an open book anyway!
I also like the idea of a GDrive! Working with so many computers as I do, this would be perfect.
Of course, confidential data would never be there, but let's be honest: you deal with much more non-confidential data then with confidential, so this would be a good idea indeed for the average users (who are way more in numbers then the experts here ;-)).

Jean Cifrane [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

I'll be happy to have a backup on the net (at least far from my home) in case my house (with my PC and its local backup) is destroyed by some catastrophic event e.g. earth quake, overflow of a river, etc. .
Problem of confidentiality : if I encrypt my data, does a court has the power to force me to give the password? Has an eave dropping organization enough computing power to break the encryption?
Problem of speed : I need a clever backup program to send to Google each day only the few MO. that have been modified. To download my backup from Google (some hundreds of MO.) I need a long time even with DSL connection but this should not occur frequently! Google may perhaps offer the paying service to send my bachup (written on a DVD rom) by rapid mail...

Jeff [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

It sounds very very interesting...but when GDRIVE alive????

Dan R [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #


I think this is a step forward. It seems that the large hard drives would no longer be needed in computers just so long as a fix for the connections issue is found.

Web Word and that sort of functionality is something I could look forward to but like the rest of you, I would be a bit cautious with keeping important documents online whereas I could see myself harmlessly uploading a 5 page report.

Brinke Guthrie [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

About the only thing I want to keep a copy of is my photo collection. I have it all on my hard drive..back it up onto actual CDs periodically, and sent it all to Yahoo! Photos.

Can you put anything you want on GDrive? Like, could I send entire MP3's of albums?

Josue R. [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

GDrive is not a bad idea if you have encryption in mind. Simply encrypt your data with your preferred encryption software then upload to GDrive and you're done. Now if Google could only provide some of the popular encryption software as web-based enabled when using their services, alot of people will be using GDrive.

It seems that most of a Googler's 20% pet projects when launched gets heavy demand because of the quick word-of-mouth or blogs showing up as soon as Google has released them. Maybe its the fact that Google only provide separate servers to their employees who wish to showcase their pet projects that don't rely on the dedicated servers hosting Google's money-making main products (Search, Adwords, Adsense, etc). So far we have Analytics and Page Creator and more to come will experience a down-time after their first launch date. Google should really consider giving more resources to pet projects like these.

I wonder what them Google-PhD's are up to during work hours. It just seems to me that they are focusing more on how to solve Einstein's universal formula (e=mc^2) and trying to implement it onto a universal web-base product that will be unbeatable for the next decades... sure maybe so it might be true... but honestly i have a question here... how many PhD's does it take to release a Google product? From their past experiences it seems that it takes 4-7 months to come up with something brilliant. But look at the non-PhD's how quickly and effectively they launch productive and popular products ... (KeyHole, Writely, Urchin, etc..) then later acquired by Google.

* my 2 cents =)

/pd [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

hahahaha thats a classic .. lets play the game!! :)-

Taiwanese Hank [PersonRank 1]

18 years ago #

Funny how the inadvertent leakage of the Google Presentation says something about the risks of putting things online. Of course it should not have been uploaded in the first place. Of course, it should have been encrypted during or before uploading. Of course--

rohit bhardwaj [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

this is an ode to the innovation. privacyand secrecy issues are always relevant
the lock and key industry is the the third oldest profession of mankind...
so please cast all your doubts aside and support this excellent idea of gdrive... for every new lock two things are invented instantaneously.....

a key...
and an illegitimate key

which gets another key made....

infinte loop

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Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #


Vytas [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

At the moment i dont care about the negative aspects. I currently use google mail for backuping small files, but try not to abuse it. So I would love such a feature.

Noah Snare [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

Personally, having been around a while, I first had to deal with the mess of people looking for pretties building their own animated gif blink tag enabled personal webpages with the most horrid color schemes ever known to man and certainly never conceived of in the early versions of HTML.

Now I'm going to face dealing with an explosion of little technotards throwing their crap files online as well. I say, if you have a legitimate reason for needing your files available to you in multiple locations, then you should fit one of the following:

- Be competent enough to set up your own network to allow you to access your home from anywhere.

- Work for a company that can give you drive space

- Get a laptop, carry it with you

I agree with's so going to be a hub for pornography online.... [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #


Pierro Davilla [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

I presently use, I don't think I would switch to GDrive because I would want to have control over the data and applications on store on NET.

court reporter job [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

Wow... this would be great. It looks like it could be a very simple and easy way to have an off site backup copy of all data files from my website,

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

Jean Cifrane wrote:

> Problem of confidentiality : if I encrypt my data,
> does a court has the power to force me to give
> the password?

Jean: certainly in the United Kindom that is the case, under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act :,39020375,39269746,00.htm

If you don't supply the decryption key (or the decrypted data), it's a criminal offence worth up to 2 years in prison. But worse: if you tell anyone else that you were asked for the key, it's a criminal offence worth up to 5 years in prison.

Nuwan [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

Its a good concepts n seems it can help google users to make available the data virtually any where, with lot of security and privacy issues.......

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