I'm quite an experienced home computer and internet user and I'm
experimenting with what I think is "cloud computing". There are two strains
to what I'm aiming to do. The first being to make better use of hotmail and
the associated software and secondly to use the mesh facility to store files
I have two computers, both running Vista. An ageing IBM laptop and a Dell
XPS desktop. I use Microsoft office a great deal and one (small) annoyance
has been that outlook mail and calendars are do not synchronise between the
computers - unlike the system I use at work. So using a hotmail account for
mail, contacts and a calendar seems to proving a good way around this. It
has taken a little time today to set the whole thing up (particularly being
distracted by wincal which seems to be something else altogether). What I
like is that my contacts, mail and calendar are all (roughly) simultaneously
on my computers and on the internet. Great for use offline and for having
good back up storage. Well, its only been working a day or so, so I'll see
how this works out over the next few weeks.
The second aspect is the use of live mesh. As I understand it, live mesh is
an internet space where I can store files and link them to copies on my
computers. Again, I do not need to be online to work on these files but I
believe that, if I do alter any, the mesh system will synchronise these
changes accross the web page and the two computers.
Something else I'm trying out is putting photos on the net. Again I'm
sticking to Microsoft's offerings and will probably use mesh . Skydrive
doesn't allow me to upload folders.