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shiv_#4
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shiv_#4   5/16/2011 3:38:05 PM
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And Dropbox has some pretty serious security issues too...

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Max The Magnificent   5/16/2011 3:37:59 PM
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1) Thank goodness I have nothing to hide :-) 2) They should get a life then -- I can't imagine anything more boring than reading my email :-)

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shiv_#4   5/16/2011 3:33:33 PM
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Google "reads" your email.

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Max The Magnificent   5/16/2011 3:17:31 PM
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Just one more thing to worry about :-)

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Qfman   5/16/2011 6:10:22 AM
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Good article and very tempting solution. The problem I have with the cloud is we are due for a CME event that will likely make for a lot of sunny days ;~( with not a cloud in site. Puns intended. I now have an android phone that replaced both my old Kyocera KOI phone and Palm Pilot. I also like to camp and go to remote beaches. The cloud is not avaible at several of those places and the the phone is a door stop with out the cloud. My old palm V had a great app that shows the tide and works as long as the battery is not dead. SOL with the new android phone. It will be interesting to see how we all cope with the CME when it happens. PS. CME = coronal mass ejection

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Max The Magnificent   4/25/2011 2:06:28 PM
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### actually I sensed masochism as soon as you mentioned Outlook "Spank me, spank me," said the masochist "No," replied the sadist (grin) The thing is I wouldn't know an IMAP if it crawled up my leg and bit me ... maybe I have gone a bit overboard, but everything is working like a dream and I'm wearing my happy face :-)

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amigasteve   4/23/2011 7:35:46 PM
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Unless I missed something you're making this sound a lot harder than it needs to be! (actually I sensed masochism as soon as you mentioned Outlook!). I'm a big fan of Dropbox for syncing my documents etc, but for mail, as Michael mentioned, the solution is a simple 4 letter acronym - IMAP. (actually, I also have a few legacy POP accounts, and for them I use Dropbox for emails I've removed from the server)

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bwalker970   4/23/2011 12:05:13 AM
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Actually, the sync solution is built into Apple's operating systems. Both Apple and Google use the same standard internet protocols for email and calendar. Apple's MobileMe, like Google, uses IMAP for email and CalDAV for calendar services which puts all of the data "in the cloud" and allows any client to access and edit. Both MacOS and iOS also make it easy to connect to Google services. So, my Mac and my iPad have been sharing data seamlessly for months. [grin]

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Max The Magnificent   4/22/2011 8:53:11 PM
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You have a point -- I know that my accountant refuses to even connect her internal systems to the Internet -- and since she has all of my details I applaud that. But to be honest my email is rather boring -- there's nothing there that would excite anyone to do anything -- in this case I think the convenience is worth the risk. And if you can't trust Google, who can you trust? :-)

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w_greene   4/22/2011 8:42:57 PM
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It sounds to me like the Google Aps service is acting as your database for all of your email, appointments, and calendar data. If this is the case, everything is on a public server in one place. Sure, security is high. :-) That's why we are always hearing about breaches and stolen credit card numbers or whatever. I don't know about you, but the last thing I want available to unauthorized users include when I'm on vacation (for example). Yes, the 'Cloud' is a very handy place to put data that you can access from anywhere, but I'm unconvinced that it's truly safe.

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