Do you save any documents exclusively on the Web?

Subject: Do you save any documents exclusively on the Web?
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 13:19:09 -0400


This is especially relevant to those who use any form of collaborative,
Web-based documentation. Maybe you've saved your own changes locally,
but what about everyone else's changes?

Yes, Google Docs and T-Mobile's Sidekick are two different animals. I
hope security is better at Google, but "hope" isn't a solid part of risk

(For extra Schadenfreude, the data services that crashed are run by a
Microsoft subsidiary called... wait for it... "Danger.")

What's that you say? You backed up your T-Mobile Sidekick data to your
local iMac folders? Well, good on ya -- just don't upgrade to Snow
Leopard, cause...

(My favorite quote from the new article: "Add my parents to the list of
people waxed by this bug. Brand new iMac, less than one month old,
EVERYTHING lost. Just as I convinced them to go Mac after years of

What is this, National Data Loss Week?

Single-user Web-based docs can be backed up to a local HD backup, thumb
drive, or other medium. But collaborative Web-based docs? Hmmm... How
exactly do you save everyone else's changes?

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