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Not So Sunny When It’s All In the Cloud

How to BackUp Gmail and head-off another Glitch with Anytime, Anywhere Backup File Access—

Recently over 150,000 Internet users found their Gmail inboxes, contacts and chat conversations gone–vanished. According to Google, the issue was caused by a storage software update that introduced an unexpected bug. Google has begun restoring data from tape backups, explaining in a blog post that while it maintains several electronic copies of every email sent through its system, this particular glitch destroyed every electronic copy of affected emails, and retrieving them from tape backups could be a long process. Although Google’s Gmail service temporary data loss won’t make the history books, it does serve as a reminder that no matter how reliable some cloud-based services are, none are infallible.

The “cloud” is a popular term for computing, and file sharing and storage from remote data centers. Many rely on cloud services, like Google Gmail, Flickr or Yahoo! Video to safely send, share and/or store files. Yet recently Yahoo! Video announced it was closing, leaving thousands of video sharing users in the lurch. Other cloud services are expected to follow suit. And, now with the Google Gmail glitch, people are asking whether it’s smart to put your complete trust in the cloud.

As 97.3 KIRO-FM host Dave Ross put it, “When I saw this story, it confirmed all my worst fears about this idea of cloud computing — that is, trusting your sacred data to this collective electronic entity somewhere in the ether.”

So what’s the solution? Simply, backup your data that is stored in the cloud. As Google proved, the cloud is not a solid fortress so don’t take any chances. Here are a few ways to backup your Gmail account:

1. You can simply setup Gmail to forward all your emails to another email account, but that’s just distributing the risk and really isn’t a foolproof solution.

2. Gmail Backup is a free Windows-only service designed to backup and restore your Gmail mailbox. After installation, simply type in your credentials and it will download your emails, allowing you to restore them to your account should Gmail encounter another snafu. Files are stored in your local directory.

3. For $20, Gmail Keeper will back up Gmail messages and any other data from your Google Apps as a zip file to a local disk. It supports multiple accounts and even stores labels associated with each message.

There are other solutions, but most involve moving your data from one cloud to another. So distributing the risk is not really solving the problem as you’re still relying on the “collective electronic entity in the ether.” So the most reliable way to backup your Gmail is to your hard drive or and then copy and then save to a DVD or external drive if you want to backup your backup.

If Gmail has another glitch, you’ll be covered—if you’re down the street or halfway around the world. Remember, with HomePipe you can always access your files from anywhere, anytime on any Internet or broadband-connected device. In minutes, you can retrieve your backup files and get back to business.

So to protect your data, start backing up your Gmail and all your other cloud computing and storage accounts to your hard disk or an external drive. Use HomePipe to ensure anytime, anywhere access in case one of your “clouds rain on your parade” and goes down with all your data. HomePipe takes seconds to download and it’s free so why wait? Try HomePipe today.

 

 

HomePipe Selected as Global Top 500 App

From Angry Birds to Zagat, The Sunday Times Top 500 App List recognizes the world’s best mobile apps.

Compiled by experts in the relevant fields and regular Sunday Times app reviewers, the App List covers all the most popular devices including Apple® iPadTM and iPhone®, RIM® BlackBerry®, Google® AndroidTM, Nokia® and Amazon® Kindle®.

We are excited that HomePipe’s industry leading digital content sharing and access service was selected to the Top 500.Whether it’s sharing a photo, document, music or video, reviewers found that HomePipe lets you easily access and share files online from any Internet-connected device with friends, family and colleagues—anywhere, anytime. That’s just what we wanted to hear…well, read.

So, whether you are a techie who is first in line for the latest smartphone, or a newbie still finding your way around that tablet you got for Christmas, check out The Sunday Times App List and check out HomePipe.We have a free version to get you started.

“Careless Computing” and The Cloud: Richard Stallman Warns Against ChromeOS

Thought provoking article from Richard Stallman that makes you wonder if/how/when will the day come, when we all wake up with all our stuff in the cloud?

http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/14/stallman-cloud-computing-careless-computing/

Announcing the Partner API Program!

Due to Strong Partner Interest and Market Uptake of the HomePipe Service, the Company Announced Availability of the HomePipe API Today, Which Enables Partner Apps and Service Provider Partners to Integrate Easily and Safely With HomePipe.

 

The announcement gives partners the opportunity to seamlessly give their customers the benefits of the HomePipe Access Services directly through their own mobile app, cloud service or Web application. HomePipe allows users to access and share files online  from any computer with whomever they want, from wherever they want. The business potential for partnering companies is large considering the direction of technology is heading toward more and more on demand services.

Read the full Press Release.

 

More information regarding HomePipe API partner programs and how to partner are available through HomePipe’s Web site at http://www.homepipe.net/developer.html .