Linked by David Adams on Tue 25th May 2010 04:07 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over at Daringfireball this past weekend, John Gruber put words to what many people are thinking about after Google's rush of Android announcements and not-subtle Apple-bashing at this week's I/O conference: "all-out war." I agree with Gruber that a good old-fashioned bitter rivalry could be a great thing for the computing world, and for smartphone/handheld fans in particular.
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Cloud Schmoud
by PRaabjerg on Tue 25th May 2010 07:01 UTC
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Yeah, competition is great, it keeps the tech companies on their feet, so let's have some more of it. I am sort of liking it, except...

I wouldn't feel so certain that the socalled 'cloud' computing would amount to much in the end. If, for instance Chrome OS wouldn't allow people to run native apps, then it's doomed to fail, at least on something like netbooks.

Or rather, I hope it is. You never know when the general public are going to embrace something completely stupid. Especially when Google Made It ;)
But I am certainly never jumping on this particular bandwagon.

In the interest of not just sounding like an angry old man, ranting about 'kids nowadays', I should probably argue the point.

Computers are today still becoming smaller, more powerful and more energy-efficient. Likewise, our Internet connections are becoming increasingly fatter and faster. In that case, what is the point of moving applications and data to company-owned servers, at companies that don't necessarily have your best interests at heart?

What can they do that you couldn't handle or make accessible from your own connection in the future?

"Wow! With social networking, people have started voluntarily relinquishing their personal info to us! Let's extend this to their data as well and call it 'the cloud'. Brilliant!"

I know this may seem slightly paranoid to some, but I just don't believe that's a very tenable situation to be in. At least not when you're receiving the service for free, and the revenue of the company is based on ads. Now, if you are actually paying for a service, it might be slightly different, as they are relying directly on you for their revenue. But we all know that pay-for isn't going to extend the cloud fluff to the general public.

And what would happen if the company went bankrupt? - "Oh noes! People have found out that AdBlock exists! The ad revenue is dropping like a stone!"
Oops. Where did all the data just go?

And what would be the point of a ChromeOS machine with only online google apps, as opposed to say, some Linux machine with native apps + google apps?
It certain wont make sense on netbooks. Even doing it extensively on mobile phones doesn't really make that much sense.

But true. It wouldn't be the first time I have overestimated the common sense of the general public ;)

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