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Sonny Gill
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Hi guys,

What online document storage do you recommend?

My needs are pretty simple. I want to keep a few files online, because I keep forgetting where they are between PC formatting, and moving files to and fro between my work pc and laptop.

I used for Yahoo Briefcase for a while, but it is kinda clunky.
One option I am aware of is Google Docs. Has anybody tried it?

If the service provides synchronizing with the desktop, that would be a definite plus.

Cheers.

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David O'Meara
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I choose not to trust any document storage solutions. TYpically I just need to move text config or the occasional small zip, so I just email it to myself at hotmail.
Sonny Gill
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A good decision.
I just need to store stuff that is not necessarily private, like my resume or public photos etc.
Joe Ess
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I have a static IP address on my DSL account, so whenever I need online storage I just SSH to my home computer.


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Jeroen T Wenting
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Same as David, I don't trust online "storage" services.
Most or all will use your data for whatever purposes they want (starting with marketing, but if someone were to pay them enough I'm sure they'd sell it).
I use USB sticks to carry stuff around, or upload it to my own webserver and download it again from whereever it's needed.


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Angela Poynton
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I use Google Docs and Picasa for Photos


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Sonny Gill
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Thanks guys, for sharing all the opinions.

I understand your concern about privacy issues. But, I don't have access to an always-on pc, where I can store stuff. Moreover, the kind of documents I need to store are not really confidential.

Since I use web based email (gmail mostly) anyway, I can't see any added risk in storing similar documents on, say, Google Docs.

Thanks Angela. I think I will give Google Docs a go.
Sonny Gill
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Errr...small problem.
Google Docs does not allow storing of zip and other file types. It is limited to the common 'document' formats.

Any other suggestions?
Rahul Bhattacharjee
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I prefer e-mails.External storate backups might not be suitable for confidential data.


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Jeroen T Wenting
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of course you should not use services like gmail for those emails as they're stored externally (and in case of gmail by a company that reserves the right to use the content of those emails for whichever purpose they choose and actually do so).

A USB stickdrive (encrypted if you like) is the best option.
 
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