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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Friday, February 10, 2006

    Google's new feature caches & catches your data

    I have already blogged here about Google and personal data, now I have some more news! It was reported yesterday that Google is to offer a new tool that will automatically transfer information from one personal computer to another, and allow a computer to be searched remotely. An amazing facility for all those busy laptop users on the commuter trains. But wait, I hear you cry (I hope I do!), what's the catch? - well Google say that anyone wanting that convenience must authorize the Internet search leader to store the material for up to 30 days. Some of you might be just the tiniest bit worried at that, given that Google is fighting the Justice Department's subpoena to hand over data and that Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and America Online have already surrendered and handed over data to the Bush administration.
    There are other ways of sharing your data between computers - I use FolderShare, which since I started using it has been purchased by Microsoft, but still keeps folders on my laptop in sync. with my desktop PC, and allows downloading of additional files whenever needed. And it doesn't threaten my peace of mind!

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