Jan 28, 2009

Tech - Google's GDrive system may render personal computer history

London, January 26 (ANI): Search engine giant Google will soon come up with a system that may make the personal computer virtually redundant, predict technology experts.

The GDrive system will merge Google's all existing web-based services to make them easier to use together.

Industry reports suggest that the 'GDrive' would enable users to store almost all their data on the Internet, and access it from wherever they are.

"Throw your hard drive away, Google's Gdrive is arriving in 2009," the Telegraph quoted TG Daily, an American technology news website, as predicting.

The GDrive would make it possible to access and update information like emails, photographs, music, documents and spreadsheets from any device with an Internet connection.

The novel system is being described as 'cloud computing', wherein the web rather than the hard drive is used as the place where information is stored.

Google experts are said to have begun convincing the world of its benefits.

The fact that such services are usually free could undermine the Microsoft business model, which was originally based on the ability to sell software packages with new machines.

It is believed that the GDrive could "cause a major paradigm shift in how we use computers and bring Google one step closer to dethroning Windows on your desktop".

However, there are some who think that trusting Google with so much personal or commercial data is dangerous, for information may not be as safe in the cloud as it is in a computer.

Peter Brown, of the Free Software Foundation charity, said: "Does it matter to you that someone can see everything on your computer? Does it matter that Google can be subpoenaed at any time to hand over all your data to the American government?"

A Google spokesman refused to confirm whether the GDrive launch was imminent.

"We don't comment on speculation, and we don't pre-announce product launches," she said. (ANI


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In fact, NomaDesk has similar features and is geared towards the need of the "digital nomad". We are convinced that the more data gets synchronized, the more likely it gets compromised. Therefore, NomaDesk includes an encrypted virtual drive that keeps your files securely available off-line and remote file shredding and IP-tracking with TheftGuard. Of course, we impose no limits on storage and bandwidth.
The current NomaDesk release 2.6 displays file states and indicate whether files are already in use by someone else. You are also able to add and review notes (i.e. meta-data). The Mac version is on its way.

So, NomaDesk works with a local client and allows access to your files from anywhere on the web. We have very good reasons to work with a local client, next to the already "traditional" web interface (e.g., box.net, the late Xdrive, etc.):

(1) 100% availability of the data, regardless of network quality
(2) 100% performance when editing files, using any type of program
(3) 100% simplicity; just drag-n-drop files to synchronize and share them
(4) 100% security on the PC also: the virtual drives that NomaDesk creates on the PC are encrypted and can be shred remotely via our online TheftGuard service.

The bulk of our users, which are SOHO and SMB teams, appreciate the straightforward and secure file sharing they get through using the NomaDesk client software. You should know that in most cases NomaDesk replaces the traditional file server, FTP and VPN - with success!

Please let me know your thoughts.

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