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Inside Dropbox’s Quest to Bury the Hard Drive

In the future as imagined by Dropbox, the gadgets are dumb, the features are smart, and data trumps devices. And that data doesn’t just follow us on our laptops, phones, and tablets. It’s in our cars, our fridges, our watches. Dropbox may or may not ultimately build that future. But it’s hard to imagine that someone won’t. Maybe someday a service like Dropbox will be more like a public utility, basic infrastructure for pervasive data that would be invisible, assumed, inevitable.

The genius of Dropbox is its agnosticism; it works across all Smart machines and operating systems as Internet pipes.

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“I keep an annual report on my life.”

A lot of the information about our lives is simple to collect. Your mobile phone and computer stores so much data that it’s fascinating to unravel how we spend our time. At the start, I was just curious to find out what I had been doing for the past 12 months. Then people started asking how they could collect their own life data too. It led me to set up a website called Daytum which helps them discover how.

I don’t like examining my life’s data on a daily basis but I do like looking at monthly summaries of stuff like my Fitbit activity or my social media behavior. Aggregated data can tell you how boring, exciting, or healthy your life really is and what things need to change or remain the same. And sometimes the data reveals so much that all we care about is getting on with the business of living.

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External Hard Drives Looks iCloudy

We need Internet external hard drives, Internet storage, the “cloud,” whatever you want to call it.

Apple’s iCloud comes at the right time, when mobile and Internet have intersected to allow consumption from anywhere.

Right now, I’m testing out Amazon’s cloud services for my music. It works. So does Google music cloud. But I want Apple, that’s why I’ve been waiting for the iCloud.

There’s been conflicting reports about iCloud in it’s ability to host owned music that can’t be matched in iTunes. This will be a serious setback if this feature gets excluded.

As you can see, I want to dump my files, especially my music files, and I want to do it on Apple’s servers. Simply said, iTunes is still the best music jukebox around.