Personal Clouds Get, Well, Personal

One of the most interesting trends in the last year is the emergence of what I’ll call Personal Clouds. This represents the ability for anyone to have web-accessible storage site. The technology is really simple and inexpensive. The one I’m using at the moment is Pogoplug It’s dead simple to install.

Your personal cloud service

No, I mean that. You can share files, pictures, stream videos, etc, all from the Pogoplug. You have to supply a USB drive (up to four per Plug) but that drive becomes your cloud storage device. Hang a couple of terrabyte USB drives off your Pogoplug and, voila, you’ve got your own personal cloud.

Yes, it’s making things accessible at network speeds and your connection to the internet through your ISP may be more of a bottleneck than you think. (How fast is it? Check it out for yourself by running at NetSpeed test on it.

What’s interesting is that you now have your own personal drop box style site, or drop io service. You can share whatever you want from your own drives.

This extends the notion of cloud computing from huge data farms out on the web, Amazon S3 style, to DropBox to your cloud. Cool.

A raft of cloud service are emerging. In today’s The Australian a separate insert fell out of the paper as I was on the plane down to spend a day in Sydney. It was all about cloud computing in Australian (e.g., this article about Qantas putting Frequent Flyers into the Cloud).

But today’s blog post by my colleague Alan Cody was priceless. A new service was announced Legacy Locker.  Here’s the come on from their home page:

“The safe and secure way to pass your online accounts to your friends and loved ones…in the event of loss, death, or disability…”

Yes, you got it. It’s where you store your passwords, personal documents (likeyour will). You create an account there, enter your ‘verifiers’, the people you trust to handle your affairs in the “event of your passing” (aka, when you die). Next list your online assets (username, password, etc. of the sites you have stuff on the web) and then assign a list of beneficiaries, the folks you’ll pass this information to in the even of your untimely demise.

There you go. A cloud service for when you’ve ascended into the clouds!

— pdl —

About longpd

I'm a senior scholar at Georgetown University, in CNDLS, a technologist and lapsed evolutionary biologist with an incandescent passion for new modes of seeing and learning.
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