Live Mesh? Does it heed well to put up personal and work data online?

6 Mar 2010 - 9:01pm
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Sachin Ghodke
2008

I was researching on new technology and media for RIA and found Live Mesh. I found that it seamlessly connects your data through Windows PC, Mac, Mobile Phone, and other devices. It is an interesting concept and would we not want all our work to be seamlessly, updated wherever we are on the go?

What brings me to the thought is that "am i willing to share this data/information (even though it is mine) online?" What I mean here is that Microsoft will have access to this data, or for that matter anyone besides MS can have access to this data. We all know how vulnerable MS tech is. Knowing that we are today completely technologically overloaded. The real question here is that - is this an ethical practise that MS brings to the technology table?

It would really help understand your thoughts on technology's reach and up to what extent we can be part of this future?

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7 Mar 2010 - 1:22pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Are you asking how much of your stuff (and what kind) do you feel safe putting up in the cloud? Not sure if this is an "ethical" question or more a question of "trust". I don't think those are the same.

If up to me, I'd put all my stuff up in the cloud. I like to float on high in white fluffy cotton balls. But my wife feels different. She hates the thought of it. She doesn't trust it. 

It does seem like your biggest issue is if you trust the vendor of data storage and application rendering. For example many people use safe-deposit boxes at banks. We trust the banks with our precious materials yet we have seen in way too many movies just how easy it is to get around the security of a bank. My point is, that just b/c we know the system CAN fail, we still don't expect it to. Google and MS have not shown any failures of data integrity in any of their cloud spaces, and nor has Amazon (which basically rules the rest of the non google/MS cloud from the backend). Just sayin'.

Anyway, can you clarify your question?

-- dave

26 Mar 2010 - 3:41pm
martinpolley
2007
Google and MS have not shown any failures of data integrity in any of their cloud spaces...


Except this MS failure:

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/10/11/microsofts_danger_sidekick_data_loss_casts_dark_on_cloud_computing.html

So you're right, it absolutely is a question of trust...

Cheers,

Martin Polley
Technical writer, interaction designer
+972 52 3864280
Twitter: martinpolley
<http://capcloud.com/>


On Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 8:39 PM, David Malouf <contact@ixda.org> wrote:

Are you asking how much of your stuff (and what kind) do you feel safe putting up in the cloud? Not sure if this is an "ethical" question or more a question of "trust". I don't think those are the same.

If up to me, I'd put all my stuff up in the cloud. I like to float on high in white fluffy cotton balls. But my wife feels different. She hates the thought of it. She doesn't trust it. 

It does seem like your biggest issue is if you trust the vendor of data storage and application rendering. For example many people use safe-deposit boxes at banks. We trust the banks with our precious materials yet we have seen in way too many movies just how easy it is to get around the security of a bank. My point is, that just b/c we know the system CAN fail, we still don't expect it to. Google and MS have not shown any failures of data integrity in any of their cloud spaces, and nor has Amazon (which basically rules the rest of the non google/MS cloud from the backend). Just sayin'.

Anyway, can you clarify your question?

-- dave

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26 Mar 2010 - 3:40pm
Paul J. Sherman
2010

First, disclosures: I have sub-contracted to MS on research projects
but am not an employee. So I have no motive to cheerlead on this issue.

With that said, I wanted to say that I've used Live Mesh on two
projects and found it incredibly useful. It really helped the
distributed project teams function more efficiently. I was able to
specify who could access the data, but could clearly partition it from
my private data. So I found your question about ethics to be
irrelevant to my experience with the service.

To me it was just a means to sync a set of files across multiple
people's PCs (and Macs, which was nice).

Am I missing something? What is the ethical issue? If there's a
vulnerability and MS accidentally exposes my data, then caveat emptor.
It's a free service. I think you're saying that if MS does it, it's
somehow worse, but if say Dropbox (which I use) has a data spill, they
get a free pass.

So is it just a matter of scale to you?

(Please forgive any typos as I'm mobile)

-Paul

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 6, 2010, at 8:16 PM, Sachin Ghodke wrote:

> I was researching on new technology and media for RIA and found Live
> Mesh. I found that it seamlessly connects your data through Windows
> PC, Mac, Mobile Phone, and other devices. It is an interesting
> concept and would we not want all our work to be seamlessly, updated
> wherever we are on the go? > > What brings me to the thought is that "am i willing to share this
> data/information (even though it is mine) online?" What I mean here
> is that Microsoft will have access to this data, or for that matter
> anyone besides MS can have access to this data. We all know how
> vulnerable MS tech is. Knowing that we are today completely
> technologically overloaded. The real question here is that - is this
> an ethical practise that MS brings to the technology table? > > It would really help understand your thoughts on technology's reach
> and up to what extent we can be part of this future? > >

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