Web-based e-mail is very familiar to many computer users, and I’ve read that web-based applications are gaining in popularity. I wonder if many people have looked at creating web-based desktops? By a web-based desktop I mean a (password-protected) desktop that’s accessible from any computer connected to the internet. The desktop would “float” on the net rather than being located on one particular computer/network. With floating desktops, a stolen laptop needn’t mean that one’s information and work disappears. To alleviate the problems of material disappearing when computers are stolen, maybe one could have an (unhackable!) private website to which one uploads relevant materials at the end of each day.
Of course, there may be security issues with floating desktops as there are with all web-based e-mail programs.At the moment, people can download attachments to e-mails from web-based e-mail websites from any computer connected to the internet, and so it’s easy to construct one’s desktop on a computer, but doing this could be slow and laborious, especially if the files are very large, and there might be security problems. The WordPress site allows attachments to be uploaded and linked to from blogs and one could construct a floating desktop of sorts using this site, although the time taken to upload and edit large files could be lengthy and prohibitive.
I imagine that issues concerning floating desktops would include security, data transmission times and legal aspects.