The Wall Street Journal Online edition is reporting this morning that Google is working on a service that would let users use the Google server cloud to store all their data.
Folks are already bringing up all the logical issues around such a move: data privacy, misuse (will Google serve TurboTax ads against my latest 3Q finance update Powerpoint deck?), copyright, etc.
My biggest concern would be performance.
I've had a challenging time with the browser-based Gmail, tending to instead use a POP connection to Gmail via Thunderbird.
I can't imagine trying to load my own latest 10MB PowerPoint presentation up to the G cloud via the increasingly crowded Intertubes.
Maybe Christmas Doesn't Come From A (Yahoo! Checkout) Store
Meanwhile, back at the North Cyber Pole, Yahoo! Checkout apparently wasn't up to the strains of Cyber Monday, with its checkout capability for small merchants checking out for up to eight hours, forcing many to depend on the good old-fashioned telephone to place their online orders.
Do you Yahoo? Why yes, I do, except for the busiest e-shopping day of the year when that nasty Grinch stole my e-Christmas joy from atop Mount Crumpit.
You are a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
Why don't you just get your mean self back to Whoville and leave those Yahooligans tending to their commerce servers, why don't ya?
Could You Hold, Please?
Me, I'm having my own technical difficulties, finding that making the transition from Vonage back to AT&T is even more painful than the horrible upstream feed from my Time Warner Roadrunner connection (which I blame wholeheartedly for my having to make this backwards transition to a POTS phone line).
Get this: I submit a new phone order to AT&T for an address where I had previously had POTS phone service (ergo, no installation supposedly required!)
I call their support line, just to check in on the details, and the AT&T CSR assures me they will be able to turn the phone last (Thanksgiving) week.
Great. I return home to find not only do I not have AT&T phone service, but then get the email announcing that my Vonage service has been discontinued.
I call this new syndrome: Voip to POTS Transitionus Interruptus
It's a rare (but probably ever-increasingly common) condition, and most infuriating.
Until I get my AT&T line back someday, be sure to email instead of call.