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    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2008
    I saw this on and thought you might be interested. It's a list of sites where have your own desktop, apps, etc available from any computer (or mobile device, in at least one instance) you log in from.

    WEB OS RUNDOWN: 45+ Web Operating Systems

    Some examples...

    Desktoptwo - Not only do you get 1GB of space, you get a fully-featured suite. No, not a basic online editor that has simple formatting options. The full 2.0 suite from Sun, converted into a Java applet.

    Glide - Online operating system with support for BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian and iPhone users. - With 3GB of space, FTP access, and Zoho Office support, what’s not to like?

    goowy - Great webtop with your own email account (, IM, 1GB of space (via, and much more.

    myGoya - Nice WebOS with PIM features, a media player, and much more.

    Webdesk - This Indian webtop includes 1GB of space, POP3 client, PIM, and a nice modules API.

    YouOS - File sharing, powerful shell, and 700+ applications are all available with this wildly popular operating system.

    I didn't write the reviews, so don't blame the messenger.
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    How many of these does the NSA own?
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    I've tried a few of those in the past. Uniformly slow and, as you'll note, kind of light on the storage. They'll get there, but they haven't gotten past the "well, I need an OS to get to the internet to USE your web OS, so what have you got that's better?" problem.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2008
    Google docs seems to be the best compromise at the moment.
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    I think there are plenty of possible problems with online storage. What I do myself is to use two large external hard drives; one's on my desk, the other's in a safety deposit box at my bank. About once a month I do a complete data backup to the drive on my desk and take it to the bank, where I swap them. That means that even if my house were stomped by Godzilla I'd have a nearly current backup.

    In the days when I had a day job I'd just keep my second backup at the office.
    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2008
    Bradley - Yeah, that's EXACTLY what I do, too. Plus, out of pure paranoia, I keep an extra external hard drive in my laptop's case so I can do a quick backup of whatever I've just been working on right on the spot. Doing the bank safe deposit box swap every week is a pain, but the alternative is online data storage, which I'll never trust. The only way you can really control the box your data is sitting on is to control the box your data is sitting on...
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    Right now, I'm using JungleDisk to automatically back up to Amazon S3. Next week I'll be installing a 1TB Western Digital box as a second automatic backup.
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    When you get your WD box try using Acronis Home 11. It can take daily images of your hard drive and store them to an external disk. Then if your HD fails again you just need to put a new HD in and boot off a CD to restore everything back to how it was.
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    Its a shame you can't get a laptop, to my knowledge anyway, to boot off an eSATA ExpressCard; one of the biggest comforts for me on my current desktop is the fact I can boot from my external HD.
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
    @Bradley W. Schenck, mbakunin

    I keep backups at my best friend's house on the other side of the (kinda sprawling) city, on the principle that if both his house and mine get fucked to the point that the drives are screwed, we're in such deep shit (new volcanoes on the hotspot we're riding on, anyone?) it probably doesn't matter. Not as safe as a deposit box, I suppose. Might have to look into that. If I could, I'd figure a way to get backups on another continent, just in case. Paranoia is fun.