Can the Cloud replace the Finder?

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Sachin Agarwal, cofounder and CEO of Posterous, and former Apple employee who worked on Final Cut Pro, thinks that the Finder is dead. I wouldn’t break out the sackcloth and ashes (or the champagne, depending on your feelings towards the Finder) just yet.

He has two main points:

  1. We will no longer interact with applications or files on a desktop PC

  2. The central point of syncing your data will no longer be your PC, it will be MobileMe (the cloud)

Let’s address his second point first: bwahahahahahaha. OK, I feel much better. As anyone who has used iDisk knows, iDisk is terrible in its current form. It’s slow, it’s easily corrupted, and it does not handle sync errors well.

I’ve been waiting for Apple to get MobileMe and especially iDisk in shape for years, and every year I ship off my $100 for MobileMe hoping that this will be the year. We are no closer to it than we were three years ago. Or five years ago. Sachin says that “the Finder hasn’t been updated with anything sexy in years.” That may be true, but the same thing can be said of Apple’s use of “the cloud” through MobileMe.

Read on for more thoughts…

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