Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Cloud will change the entire landscape of computers.
So it seems a number of you were afraid to watch the Youtube video - it's not bad - pretty funny actually!! Fear not.
There has been a bunch of news lately about Obama's approval ratings and how they keep dropping. This is not big news at all. Happens almost all the time. Here is the approval ratings for the last 11 Presidents.
The one surprise was Bush II zooming up at the end??
The Cloud - I've been fascinated by The Cloud ever since DJs dad had me watch a video on how cloud computing will change how humans interact with computers and the Web.
VERY basically cloud computing is having a centralized computer and we all can access our data anywhere in the world.
Right now we use cloud computing a lot. Facebook and pretty much the internet is cloud computing. Most people use their home computers accessing the cloud.
I believe that by 2020 Americans will no longer be buying computer boxes and the computer as we know it today will be a relic.
In the old days electricity was only direct current and there were thousands of tiny electric companies (like your computer). But when alternating current was discovered and it could go hundreds of miles without losing strength, electric companies all combined into very large companies. This is sort of like cloud computing. Right now every house has it's own tiny electric company. In the near future it will all be on mega giant servers.
The Cloud is in the process of making your stand along computer obsolete. Already many games you buy are using cloud processing. The last few I have purchased use Steam. The game is not actually on your computer at all, it is in some central warehouse online. If there is a tweak to the game, YOU don't do anything, they fix it right there.
The Cloud will save trillions of dollars. Amazon found that out when they went to using cloud computing. They are using only 10% of the capacity. Google is the foremost cloud user, seriously, if I had spare money I would put every cent into Google. That is just the business side.
I feel cloud computing is basically a NEW internet. Each home will have plug-ins like they do for cable, just plug in and start using. You will have a keyboard and screen, no real box with hard drives and so forth. No more installing software, worrying about a virus, blue screen crashes (do those still happen?) upgrading software and so forth. No more Apple vs. PC which is just a stupid argument anyway. You can not compare the two. Different animals.
Right now cloud computing is more of a cool buzzword as there are lots of things to be worked out but it's happening already. Look at Apples iCloud! If you have a smart phone you are cloud computing already but more like a caveman writing on a rock at the moment.
What I like is the huge huge amounts of data that will be available to normal people. All information will be available to the consumer.
OF COURSE - with everything centralized the aliens will know that and can take out earth with one giant blast of their plasma beam. Yea - remember Battlestar Galactica?
But the generation that will totally embrace cloud computing are the ones that have had Facebook all their lives! The generation raised on broadband connections, Google search and Facebook won't worry about relying on Web-delivered applications and resources for work and play.
(remember when the internet started and no one know where to find anything? I remember going to Borders and looking for books with internet address LOL)
Mark my words - the computing world has become to change into something very different then what we have now!
BTW - check out Dropbox.com. This is what got me onto the cloud thing today. It's awesome and free. If I had dropbox YESTERDAY morning I would not be kicking myself for leaving my thumb drive at work yesterday. It would all be up there in the cloud where I can access it anywhere on any computer in the world. :-(
Have a good good day!