Originally Posted by cowhide
I just can't get cirrus about cloud computing, Maybe a thunderbolt will help.
Originally Posted by WelshDog
"I put my stuff in the Cloud, but then it rained. What do I do now?"
Surely that will be heard at a support center someday soon.
Originally Posted by PhilBoogie
Access a Pages document on a PC?
Originally Posted by diddy
You can get at the file, Opening it is another story. Maybe iWork.com?
With iWork.com, you can send an iWork document up there. You can then edit it on any Mac, iPad or iPhone, in native format if you have the appropriate iWork apps. Otherwise you can download a Word, PowerPoint or PDF to view/edit/etc. eg. on a PC.
Originally Posted by Gustav
You do realize you can't just put arbitrary files on iCloud, right. Only apps that support iCloud can put their documents in the iCloud. There is no iDisk functionality. If you want that, you'll need DropBox or a similar service.
Now, it may be technically possible for an app to accept arbitrary files and put them in the cloud. But I suspect they'd have to be encapsulated in some sort of archive first. I haven't read the developer docs yet to know if this is possible.
Yeah, we'll have to see how it goes. Apple's developer agreement may disallow them from cloudifying arbitrary files not related to the developer's app... Or they may allow it, so the first developers to create Dropbox-like functionality for iCloud will gain some traction.
As for me, I ponied up $99/year for 50GB of Dropbox, in the past few days I sent up about 6GB of stuff I 100% need to be "offsite". I.E. in case of catastrophic hardware failure or loss. I will be travelling overseas as well at the end of the month, so I will be carrying my MacBook Pro, Time Machine HD and USB stick. If all gets lost or damaged MobileMe, Gmail, Evernote and DropBox should have me covered. Lion can be re-downloaded from the App Store. Actually, heck, I'm going to send up my Lion, iWork and iLife DMGs to DropBox.
Originally Posted by Johnny Mozzarella
Apple should refer to it as "North Carolina computing".
When someone asks "where is my data?"...in North Carolina.
I definitely hope it's not *all* in North Carolina and that backups are somehow mirrored off-site, outside the US.
Putting on my "Don Draper" hat, I would say, the key concept is that "Cloud" must mean "Anywhere, anytime, peace of mind" to the layperson for them to "get it".
I'd love to see someone do a 60's retro-style add advertising iCloud, just for kicks. One day I will teach at art schools and give them the most bizarre and punishing assignments! Muah ha ha ha ha haAnywhere, anytime, peace of mind. Perhaps divinely ethereal yet comforting in a way.