1 hour ago, spivonious wrote
I can see MS's side with excluding Skydrive files, but I have no idea why they're hiding libraries by default. That's one of the best things that came out of Vista.
Afraid I can't see MS's side on excluding Skydrive files because it violates IT 101: Live data and Backup data are separate things. If I delete a file or modify a file out of my local Skydrive folder, the next time it synchronizes, it's deleted or modified in the cloud. That's not backup, that's synchronization of live data between two storage locations. It's like taking two replicated DFS targets and calling one of them a backup -- it's patently false because the function of both technologies is to provide access to live data through different means/channels. Deletions and modifications to data are assumed to be intentional so the changes are permanently replicated.
The function of backup technology is to safeguard data over time away from direct live access and allow reversion to previous versions or recovery of deleted files. Modifications or deletions of files are not assumed to be intentional, but are assumed to be either intentional or unintentional. Backup and data synchronization are related but entirely different things meant for entirely different purposes, requiring mostly different handling.
The only way the Skydrive cloud is a "backup" of your local Skydrive folder is if your local Skydrive folder is destroyed and you're lucky enough that it didn't synchronize it's own destruction to the cloud and the rest of your Skydrive client devices.
"Damn I just wiped half the crap in my Skydrive folder. QUICK turn off all the other computers so the sync doesn't delete it on them too!" is not backup.