I bought a Macbook Air to replace my Macbook Pro. Since my team doesn’t allow me to code anymore, I decided it was a good time to get a 13″ screen.
I’ve been carrying a Macbook Pro everywhere for over three years now. It feels great to shed the weight, and the responsibility (if anything happens to the site, I don’t know enough ops to help).
I want to store everything in the cloud. I’ve backed up religiously in the past, but I never want to backup this computer. If I lose it, I should feel no loss.
And I don’t want to live in the cloud the Google way: by using the web browser for everything. I hate web browsers. I want to use native apps with local storage, but have everything backed up to the cloud automatically. This is the promise of iCloud, but it’s not here today.
- MobileMe and Google Apps will sync all my personal information like email, calendar, and address book. MobileMe will even sync my Safari bookmarks, all the passwords for websites, preferences, and more.
- I moved all my other files and documents to Dropbox. Dropbox is an amazing service that will store files for you and keep them in sync across computers. Dropbox handles all kinds of files and it works seamlessly through a folder on your computer. Anything I put in this folder appears on the web and my other computers.
- I can then use native apps (Safari, Mail, iCal, Address Book, and iChat) on my computer.
- Things is a to-do list manager I use. It doesn’t have cloud support. I’ll be replacing it.
- iChat stores chat history in the user documents folder. This can’t be changed.
- Items on my Desktop won’t be copied to Dropbox.
- I didn’t copy my music, photos, or videos to the cloud. This is over 1 terabyte of data and it simply isn’t feasible (yet) for this to be stored online. So these items are only on my iMac, and the iMac is backed up using Time Machine and an external hard drive.
- I’ll never have to backup this computer. If I get a new laptop, I simply sign in to MobileMe, Google, and Dropbox, and I’m back up 100%.
- Everything on this computer will be in sync with my iMac at home, iPhone, iPad, and any other devices I use in the future.
- Since everything is in the cloud, I can switch computers seamlessly. If I feel like leaving my laptop at work, I can go home and login to my iMac. My email, calendar, and documents will all be perfecty as I left them at work. I can start a board presentation at work and finish it at home.
Since the iPod came out 10 years ago, we’ve been used to the idea of copying media from a computer (the master) to the device for playback. If you lost your iPod, you didn’t lose your music.
Apple’s vision for iCloud is to demote the computer to being a device like an iPod. The cloud will be the master (the truth) for your iPhone, iPad, and laptop.
I was able to recreate all the functionality of iCloud using MobileMe and Dropbox. No matter how easy you make backups (Time Machine is damn easy), you can’t beat automatic cloud sync.