Apple + Google Cloud Computing?

Fred Vogelstein writes:

I don’t typically join the gaggle of folks trying to guess what Steve Jobs’ next move is going to be, but for once I can’t resist. On Monday Jobs is taking the stage at Apple’s worldwide developers conference in San Francisco to do what he does best – tell us all about Apple’s latest products and reinforce his place as the most charismatic CEO on the planet. He’ll probably announced a new Ipod, tell us more about the iPhone etc etc. One announcement I’m almost sure of, however : A far reaching, cloud computing partnership with Google. Both companies have been hinting about it for months, and it makes perfect sense.

Apple should kill .mac and bundle it as a Google cloud storage system.

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Yahoo Mail API + Unlimited Storage

Yahoo Mail

Brian writes:

Yahoo has “taken note of Amazon moves and are strategically leveraging their massive infrastructure to provide Yahoo mail users with unlimited storage. But it gets better, rumors have it they are opening the Yahoo Mail api to developers.

This is big. A much smarter way to compete with Microsoft and Google by letting their community innovate on their behalf all the while providing the community with tools that further entrenches their user base.” [full post]

Brian is totally right, this is BIG!

John Kremer (Vice President, Yahoo! Mail) writes:

We’re psyched to be breaking new ground in the digital storage frontier by giving our users the freedom to never worry about deleting old messages again. And, like any responsible webmail service, we have anti-abuse limits in place to protect our users. BTW: As much as we’d like to just flip a switch and “unlimit” everyone on the same day, we’ll be rolling this out over a few months to facilitate a smooth transition — we know there’s virtually nothing more precious than your inbox.

We hope we’re setting a precedent for the future. Someday, can you imagine a hard drive that you can never fill? Never having to empty your photo card on your camera to get space back? Enough storage to fit the world’s music, and then some, on your iPod? Sounds like a future without limits. ” [full post]

  • Yahoo Mail unlimited storage.
  • Yahoo Mail API.
  • Auto Forward Gmail Photo Attachments to Flickr

    As you probably already know I use Flickr to manage and archive all of my images. I usually get at least one email forward from friends or family with photos in it. Instead of downloading these attachments and re-uploading them to Flickr I’ve set up a filter in Gmail to auto forward all image attachments to my upload by email flickr address. Of course I set them all to private by default.

    Now whenever someone sends me photos they get saved (privately) in my Flickr. Keep in mind the Flickr upload by email feature can be flaky and isn’t designed for huge files or large numbers of files. I also do the same thing for documents and spreadsheets except I use Google Docs instead of Flickr.

    Flickr Upload Limit Removed – Use it to Backup Your Pics

    Flickr removed their 2GB/month upload limit today so now anybody use the service to backup their photos. (I guess now that Yahoo runs the Flickr tubes this is feasible)

    I’ve always had this fear of losing all ~50 000 of my digital photos. I’m not very good at backing stuff up so I needed a better way to deal with this. A while back I decided I was going to upload them all to Flickr for safe keeping. I started bulk uploading photos I set the default privacy on the photos to private. Of course I hit the 2GB upload limit pretty quickly so that system wasn’t going to work.

    One day I noticed Flickr stopped counting my uploads. I’m not sure what happened but I could upload as much as I wanted. So I took a few giant batches of photos and uploaded them all. My G5 chugged for 3 or 4 days and uploaded all ~50 000 of my images to Flickr.

    All my images are now safely stored on Flickr’s storage facility as well as on my own machine. It’s nice not to have to worry about losing my pics.

    In my opinion jUploadr seems to be the best Flickr uploader. Use that if you’re going to try this. I find the official Flickr uploader to be really flaky.

    I won’t be seeing this again:

    Flickr Upload Limit