Cloud computing has revolutionized the way millions of people share, store and even safeguard information. Just a few years ago, most PC users would balk when their monitors refused to turn on or decided to mysteriously reboot for fear that all their information would be lost. Sure, methods of backing up information existed since the floppy disk, but who really bothered with such a cumbersome procedure at the end of a long night of writing? Many a report has been lost by such carelessness.
But now with cloud storage services, from iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive, the fear of losing your documents has diminished, as your information is no longer saved in just one location. Add to this your ability to save thousands of photographs and ebooks (say, almost 3000 copies of Ulysses), and your laptop has suddenly been transformed into both a music festival and a library, which you can bring to life with your fingertips.
Over time preferences have emerged with regard to which cloud service is used for different types of data. Unsurprisingly, iCloud, with 5 Gb storage capacity, is by far the most popular for music storage, as perhaps many still associate Apple with their first bulky white iPod, which now seems as antiquated as the first cell phone. Dropbox, with a 2 Gb storage capacity (you can get more by referring friends), has taken the lead with documents, as it has marketed itself as a service for group projects for students and businesses alike.