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Thread poster: Tina Colquhoun

Tina Colquhoun  Identity Verified
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Jun 24, 2008

Just wanted to ask whether anyone has had any experience using so-called Cloud sites (e.g., Google Docs, Adobe) for storage purposes or just as their desktop on the go.

They seem a viable alternative to lugging a laptop around, they are free and have unlimited storage. I have been using for remote storage of my harddisk and this costs a neglible amount a month, but these sites look like a completely free alternative - with lots of other capabilities too. Jooce, for instance, is a rather nifty Flash site.

They are still being developed and I can't quite figure out whether all file types can be used, i.e. whether any computer you log in on away from home would be able to open particular versions of Microsoft Office or whether we're just talking bog standard formats for now...

Any opinions/experiences?



Susana Valdez  Identity Verified
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Google Docs Jun 24, 2008

Hello Tina:

I just use Google Docs and it only supports Word, Excel and PDF. For me is a great, quick and simple way of keeping a back up of my work. However, it does not accept any Tag Editor file or memory.icon_frown.gif

Have a nice day!


Niraja Nanjundan (X)  Identity Verified
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If I'm not mistaken... Jun 24, 2008 is trying to provide this kind of service with its new file upload and storage feature.

For more on this see:

[Edited at 2008-06-24 10:44]

Edit: This link doesn't seem to be working. There's a link to the forum where this is being discussed on the top right hand corner of the home page.

[Edited at 2008-06-24 10:47]


Tina Colquhoun  Identity Verified
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Well, kind of...but not really Jun 24, 2008

The proz thing is of course useful, but the Cloud is not really about storage. It's about the long-term changes to the way we use computers, i.e. moving harddisk space and processing power away from the home PC (which needs to be upgraded every two minutes to keep up with software developments, etc) and out onto hugely powerful central servers (they are talking about Iceland as one possible future site).

I realise that many of these sites are in their infancy and cannot do all that your own desktop can, but it's surely only a matter of time before full functionality is available. Concerns would then be wider security and platform monopoly questions.



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I prefer just storage Jun 24, 2008

For starters, I don't really think there will be a "cloud" way of using trados, or the million other software tools I and others use. (I mean without having them installed on the computer you're using, along with the TM files etc.) I have a bunch of dictionaries, TMs and a million odds and ends on my computer... working without them is not an enticing prospect.

... and that makes the whole concept moot for me in terms of work.
If someone developed a way of carrying my whole desktop incl. software with me on a usb key, we might be on to something. Until then, safety backups go up on mozy and the laptop travels with me.

Companies seem to think online is the best thing since sliced bread... But what if the service provider goes belly up or just has some downtime when it really hurts, or quite simply, your internet connection fails you (or you're somewhere w/o net)? But then I'm the kind of person who likes having stuff offline... I even downloaded a wikipedia dump.

There are ways and means, e.g. apparently there is a no-install usb version of firefox and I think system settings can be put on a usb stick, too, but trados and other stuff doesn't travel afaik (and SDL wouldn't be too happy if it did, that's for sure...)

[Edited at 2008-06-24 16:56]


James O'Reilly
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Check these directories for Web 2.0 cloud stuff Aug 23, 2008

Collaborative Translation Toolbox 2.0
(under Creative Commons License like Wikipedia, please check Ning Terms of Service)

[Edited at 2008-08-24 18:52]


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