With Google Drive having now officially entered the
competition for melee which is online storage services for personal documents, photos and other stuff, this is clearly an excellent opportunity for an entirely self-serving reprise of an earlier piece in which I consider the benefits/risks of using third-party networks of computer servers for hosting and sharing your files.
Joni Mitchell, an acknowledged cloud expert, expressed ambivalence on the subject in her song "Both Sides Now."
Of course Joni couldn't go into detail in a three-and-a-half minute song, but she recognized that using the cloud requires a continuous Internet connection, entails some loss of control, and runs the risk of proprietary data being stolen or lost. (She rationalized this with her famous line: "Something's lost but something's gained in living every day.")