Beaming to the Cloud All the Mess That Is Our Digital Life
(New York Times) — We used to wrestle with managing overstuffed closets and bookcases teetering on collapse. Now our digital closets are overflowing, too: Facebook wall messages. Tweets. LinkedIn profiles and messages. Family photo albums. A music collection from Gustav Mahler to Manu Chao. Thanks to cloud computing, we now have seemingly limitless, Internet-based storage. But our files are scattered across devices — a smartphone, netbook, e-reader, U.S.B. keys, an MP3 player and a home computer. Tech giants like Microsoft and Sony, as well as a number of start-ups, are starting to ferret out ways to help us put our electronic lives in order, offering content-management services that allow people to store their digital clutter and reach it from any device.