Dropbox of course lets you share files with yourself, applications such as zend.to and yousendit make it easier to share files with others.
We therefore have two slightly orthagonal use cases:
Use case 1 (the zend.to scenario)
- user wishes to share files or data with another user (or group of users) on campus or elsewhere. The files are too large to send via email, nor are they lodged on an open repository
Use case 2 (the syncany scenario)
- user wishes to ensure that files held on a local directory on their personal computing device are backed up to a central location on a periodic basis
- user wishes to share these files across multiple computing devices in various locations
- user does not necessarily wish to share contents with other users
Incidentally Asus's webstorage does exactly that. If I hadn't let mys subscription lapse (my bad) I could have experimented with doing this with the Ookygo for local files. However given that 95% of everything that I use the Ookygo for on the road is done via a browser I probably wouldn't have much in the way of a valid experiment ...