Are you ready for a hard drive in the cloud? I have been using Dropbox as my free cloud drive and I am very happy with it. I put aside my flashdrives and also set aside some of my concerns about not having a file with me at work or home or at a conference when I need it.
Now, I know colleagues are starting to use Google Drive which is another way to store your files on Google's servers "in the cloud."
If you run the free Google Drive application, then you get a folder on your computer (Windows or OSX) that looks just like a directory on your hard disk that you can drag your files in to. In that way it is similar to Dropbox. Anything stored in that folder is kept on your hard disk and also copied to your account in the cloud. You can access those files from drive.google.com or from other computers, including mobile devices.
Google Drive is also the new name for Google Docs (Google's suite of Web-based productivity tools: word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation app).