ZAWODNY -- While Jeremy Zawodny was doing the maths on his newly-found free e-mail storage spacce, I found out that I can put two year's worth of power surfing inside a single GMail account which effectively converts that free space to an online library. I can use other places--like my Yahoo Mail Plus account--to hold PDFs, white papers, read me files, Palm memos, for a virtual office filing cabinet. In this year alone, I've started using a Web 2.0 technology--nearly 5 GB of e-mail storage and most of it is free.
In actual practise, it's actually a little complicated keeping the virtual filing cabinet synchronised with weekly saves. You have to wonder if it's worth the hassle of upstreaming important stuff because portable gigs aren't that expensive. I was looking at a 300 GB device for €500 recently and I've seen several 80 GB portables for no more than €250. If you don't want portability, you can buy a 60 GB internal drive for less than €50.
But the online virtual storage is a big step forward for students who used to have to prostitute themselves to get a place to store their stuff. Now all they need is some good software to manage where they've put their stash.
Jeremy Zawodny -- Web e-mail: The New Hard Disk
Kevin Burton -- "Redundant array of inexpensive Gmail accounts"
Tim O'Reilly -- "What kind of Internet operating system do we want?"
Chris Gulker -- "The Web will be the ultimate long-life archive"