GDrive is Platypus

Corsin Camichel has stumbled across a page hosted on Google's server (the page has now been removed) that gives life to a service that has been in the rumor mill since my very first blog post last September.  The screenshot provided appears to suggest GDrive works with Windows, Mac and Linux allowing users to store files remotely so they can be accessed from anywhere.

Corsin Camichel has stumbled across a page hosted on Google's server (the page has now been removed) that gives life to a service that has been in the rumor mill since my very first blog post last September.  The screenshot provided appears to suggest GDrive works with Windows, Mac and Linux allowing users to store files remotely so they can be accessed from anywhere.

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Why would someone want to store their files on someone elses server?  Here are a few features the page lists:

  • Backup. If you lose your computer, grab a new one and reinstall Platypus.  Your files will be on your new machine in minutes.
  • Sync. Keep all your machines synchronized, even if they run different operating systems.
  • VPN-less acecss.  Not at a Google computer?  View your files on the web at http://troutboard.com/p
  • Collaborate.  Create shared spaces to which multiple Googlers can write
  • Disconnected access.  On the plane?  VPN broken?  All your files are still accessible.
These points make it clear Platypus is still an internal project -- but the "Find a new bug, get a free Platypus t-shirt" message also suggests that they are working hard to find and fix bugs for a public release.

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