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After the flood came the cloud !

Online storage - big business ?
Many of us are moving our MegaBytes to online storage facilities and why shouldn't we, especially if it is free ? It's safe, secure, there's auto-backup and it's easy to share our data with others.
Offering the first MegaByte of online storage for free is a very tempting offer designed to get us hooked on the service and there's nothing wrong with these online storage facilities casting a sprat to catch a mackerel.
Multi-mega pixel photographs soon use up the first free MegaByte and so, it doesn't take too long before we are faced with the decision - to pay or, not to pay for additional storage ?
Online storage - someone has to pay !
The thing is, I wonder how many people take up the free MegaByte of online storage and then, when it is exhausted, go elsewhere. There are many online storage services with similar offers !
Selling advertising space on pages running popular online services like Gmail enables Google to offer these services free to the end-user and is not only successful, it's a hard business model to compete with and beat.
What worries me is: there is a growing culture of internet users who expect everything for free and pull there noses up when money is mentioned. At the end of the day, someone has to pay !
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A shortage of Hard Disk Drives will almost certainly mean a price-hike

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05-11-2011
Thailand's flood crisis has hit their manufacturing industry and capability hard. Global companies in the consumer electronics and car industries are bracing themselves as industry experts predict shortages of certain products and electronic components that are needed to manufacture vehicles and a range of consumer electronic products and devices.
The knock-on effect for some industries and companies is already being felt.
Kohei Takahashi, an industry analyst with JPMorgan Chase and Co has written several articles about the problem and is predicting losses of up to $500 million for Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
Another notable warning is coming from market research specialists www.isuppli.com who, in their October 31st press release, "Thailand flood exerts broad impact on electronic supply chain", say that Hard Disk Drive shipments are set to fall by nearly 30% as several key manufacturing companies lose production capacity.
A shortage of Hard Disk Drives will almost certainly mean a price-hike as demand out-strips supply, but also, holds the potential to cause major problems for manufacturing companies who use Hard Disk Drives or, their components in their manufacturing production lines elsewhere in the world.
Closed factories, halted production lines and problems caused by the flood waters are already causing head-aches for global manufacturing companies like Western Digital and Toshiba who manufacture Hard Disk Drives and their components in Thailand.
Acer Chairman, J.T. Wang, is reported as saying that Acer, a netbook computer manufacturer, will increase the price of its laptop computers some time in mid-November.
So, with the cost of Hard Disk Drives set to rise, cleaning up your computer's existing disks and drives, as opposed to purchasing extra storage capacity at the moment, seems to be the more sensible option.
Alternatively, thrifty computer users will already be looking no doubt, to shift some, if not all of their data storage requirements to one of the many online storage facilities that are currently available.
With this in mind, I took a look at my online Gmail account which tells me that my free online storage capacity is 44% full and that I am using 3,425 MBs out of the 7,643 MBs of 'free' online hard disk drive storage that Google provide for me - thank you Google !
Anyone who is using an off-line email editor such as Outlook or, similar, and storing their emails and all those memory-hungry attachments locally, on their computer, ought to be considering shifting their email data storage requirements to a free facility such as Google's. That'll help you free up some space on your hard disk drive !
Similarly, avid photographers who are storing their photographs on their computer's hard disk drive can save space by shifting their data to an online storage facility such as Picasa Web Albums - it's easy and free (1024MB) with extra storage capacity available at very reasonable rates per MB. There are many other online file storage services available and a quick Google search will reveal many.
Finally, a lot of people have not only shifted their data storage requirements online, but their software application requirements too. This has become known as cloud-computing and if Google gets their way, it's how we will all be computing in the near future.
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