What’s the latest internet trend, the fad of all fads, the change in habits that brings fear to Microsoft? It’s the cloud. You’ve heard of it, right?
It’s that place in etherland where apps and data will go when they tire of being held captive by your Mac, PC, or iPhone. The cloud is where it’s at, baby. We all know it’s coming. Someday. Soon. Maybe. Guess what? New Trend Alert™.
Who Backs Up The Cloud?
So, while watching TV last night I saw another Microsoft commercial about cloud computing and how it’s supposed to revolutionize everyone’s data and apps and give us peace of mind. Peace of mind? From Microsoft?
As the story goes, you won’t need to worry about your files, or even your apps, ‘cause they’ll be like, you know, stored in the cloud—on someone else’s computer.
Fire up your Mac or PC netbook or iPad-cum-tablet or smartphone device, and, Voila! Like some kind of digital magic, all your stuff is wherever you are. We already do it with email, you know. Sure, you can store all your email on your Mac, but who wants to do that when Google’s Gmail gives you all the self storage capacity of Jupiter’s just opened Public Storage facility.
That Microsoft commercial got me to thinking. If the cloud is where it’s at, who backs up the cloud?
Backup The Cloud—On Your Mac
The recent trend has been to backup our Mac’s files on Time Machine, or a cloned hard disk drive, or in the cloud on any one of a dozen services that provide internet-based backup and storage. Can the cloud be trusted? So, I looked around and found CloudPull.
The trend isn’t much, it isn’t even clear it’ll ever catch on, but it’s a start. CloudPull backs up your Google Docs to your Mac.
What? That’s crazy! Yeah, well, so were aluminum foil hats, and look what they’ve accomplished, non-believers. CloudPull does something important. It makes sure that Google doesn’t screw up your very important documents.
CloudPull backs up Google Doc documents, including Microsoft Office files. It does it every hour, automatically, and includes backups of documents that you deleted from Google Docs (because, you know, we never delete that which we may want again later).
The app itself lets you preview documents, drag and drop to restore documents, and works like most other Mac apps. Items are categorized in the left column (like iTunes, iPhone, Mail, et al). Click to get details in the right column.
For Google Docs junkies, CloudPull can manage up to 10 Google accounts, and keep them all neat and tidy on your Mac. So, if you think Cloud Computing is another way of saying Big Brother, well, you’re probably right. But Cloud Pull is an insurrection, a republic rebellion of sorts against the monolithic Federation of Data which, as I understand it from my aluminum foil hat friends, oversees cloud computing for the masses.
Or, ask yourself the question, Are You Ready For A Mac Online File Backup System? If you like free, It’s Almost Free: Backup Mac Files On The Internet. Send in the clouds, folks.