Was surprised to log into Facebook and be hit with this comment. I’ve never been a Facebook Fan, it’s not a secret, but still. . .
Will she stick to her guns, or cave to peer pressure? Stay tuned.
Really. Did you think it existed?
Truth is: There is none.
Huge security flaw in Google revealed by TechCrunch. Ooops. And Google has yet to respond. Remember. This is the company that was “accidently” sucking other data from users as they were updating Google Maps.
Turns out I’ve been ahead of the curve. Never set out to be a trend setter. Simply trying to be practical and make my life convenient.
When you mention the term “cloud computing,” most people still scratch their heads and shift their gaze. They may have a vague idea, or so they say. Others feel it’s this grandiose, rather esoteric concept to only be grasped by the dedicated folks in the depths of a corporate basement IT department.
Fact is, millions of people have been “cloud computing” for years, just without the fancy name affixed. In its simplest form, Cloud computing is the practice of using web-based or Internet servers and resources to house and run programs and files.
I was reminded of the fact when I purchased a new computer and began working to build it from the ground up. My last computer had died suddenly (Well, suddenly is a relative term. It was made by HP so I had been waiting for it to die from the day I bought it).
My software had been severely out-of-date and I decided to splurge. As I was wrapping up my purchase, the clerk asked, innocently enough, about my email. You see, I hadn’t purchased a program or upgrade for a tool like Outlook. Did I have a gateway by which to access my email? I had a similar question when I shared with a friend that I wasn’t bothering trying to recover my computer’s contents. Wouldn’t that be inconvenient? What about all the email I lost?
The interesting thing is, more than a decade ago, I began doing what many now would call “cloud computing.” All of my email accounts are housed outside of my PC. Many of my documents are too.I hadn’t lost more than a few photos, which I had lazily left on my desktop. My bad.
My “cloud computing” was originally done out of necessity. High school student and then a college student. Always on the go. I didn’t always own a laptop, but wanted ease of us to my emails, contact lists and papers regardless of where I was.
I don’t have stats, but I’m sure the number of people who only access their email via the web is sizable. Why do so many people marry themselves to a program which downloads their email and saves it to their computer? Are they afraid someone will gain access to their highly confidential, noble prize-winning secrets? Yes. That’s probably it, and by the sarcasm in my tone, they shouldn’t worry. Cloud computing has been deemed largely secure. Nothing is hundred percent. Even email saved to your computer.
What started out of necessity, has now become a growing segment of the technology industry. Not everyone is on board yet, though they will be soon. After all, somebody had to be Facebook’s first friend.