Do You Like iCloud?

LockerGnome.net user macmanmcmanaman (now suspended, presumably for having too few vowels in too long of a name) asks:

Do you like iCloud? Do you?”

I’ll begin to answer a question with another question: Do you think that cloud computing — that is, keeping your data stored in a remote location and accessing it by network or Internet connection rather than on a local hard drive — is a half-baked, foolhardy misuse of technology fraught with potential security disasters, or a brilliant management of resources that will lead us into a better future? There are certainly pros and cons to either side of the argument, but one thing is clear: Apple is committed to making the most of cloud computing, and wants us to trust it.

With the introduction of iCloud, Apple’s newest foray into cloud-based backup and data distribution, both OS X and Windows users can enjoy its services (in fact, as you’ll see in the video below, Chris Pirillo says he likes the iCloud experience on Windows just a little more than on OS X). Of course, it’s available on iOS 5 devices, allowing users to safely stow away their calendars, media, email, photos, and other data from the convenience of, really, anywhere. The days of worrying about losing everything with the failure of a single hard drive seem like they’re finally over — and honestly, isn’t it about time?

Another nifty feature of iCloud is a service called Find My Mac, which operates like some James Bond-level security device that can find, lock, and wipe a lost or stolen iOS 5 device (or Mac) from a remote location, adding another level of protection to data that should be for your eyes, only. Even if you never see the hardware again, the punks who took off with your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook will be less likely to make it work for them — and doesn’t pissing off jerks who have gone out of the way to make your life miserable make you feel at least a little better while you wait for UPS to drop off your replacement device?

So what do you think? Do you like iCloud? Do you?

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  • http://twitter.com/MacyBoy11 Dan Thomas

    I love iCloud, it has made my business life so much more productive.

    • Big_marcelo

      It hasn’t changed my life, sure knowing some of your stuff is backed up is good… But I really love and couldn’t live without dropbox….

  • http://twitter.com/rahul247rocks Rahul Ghosh

    I love it..it makes sense to use Cloud Computing finally…

  • http://twitter.com/rahul247rocks Rahul Ghosh

    I love it..it makes sense to use Cloud Computing finally…

  • http://twitter.com/headsetchatter Headset Chatter

    I’m sad to say that so far I find it a big letdown for my purposes.  Aside from the MobileMe features that already existed, none of it works the way I hoped it would, and some features like the iWork document updating, just don’t have any use in my workflow.  I like the idea, but I haven’t figured out how to make any of it useful to me.

  • My Subscriptions

    If I could get my contacts to work, I would like iCloud but as it is, my contacts are uploaded to the cloud, and I can see them when I log in with a web browser, however, if I enable cloud on my desktop, ALL contacts are deleted from my Outlook address book. (good thing I have had enough bad experiences in life to know to make a copy of my Contacts …PHEW!!) So, although I am actually not really technically challenged, this particular technology is getting the best of me. :-(

  • Anonymous

    iCloud will be useful for me when Pages for Mac comes to the syncing party. Until then, dropbox rules.

  • Patrick

    I really like iCloud for the features that it combines (mail, contacts, etc.) that other online syncing services don’t. 

  • mike

    The days when it is working, I really like it, but when the iCloud server is having problems, I hate it because I can not log on to any https:  sites!  I have been down for over three days now with my iPhone and computer.

  • mike

    The days when it is working, I really like it, but when the iCloud server is having problems, I hate it because I can not log on to any https:  sites!  I have been down for over three days now with my iPhone and computer.

  • Natan Facchin

    I do like it, I use it.
    But I don’t use it for contacts and photos.
    Because I use an Android phone (And Mac/iPad).
    I wish iMessage had an web interface, as well as photos.
    As it currently doesn’t, I use G Drive for photos now.

  • http://www.RodneyOnEarth.com Rodney Johnson

    I like using cloud technology. I do like iCloud for syncing contacts, mail, calendars photos and reminders. I also like backing up my iOS devices to iCloud. What I dislike is having to go through iWork apps to get to files to share them out. If I want to do work with a Pages doc, fine i’ll launch Pages. I don’t want to have to launch pages to email a Pages doc. I would highly prefer a separate app like Dropbox that exposes all files of all types stored on iCloud. So for synced stuff and backups: iCloud. All others: Dropbox.