The Cloud's Fundamental Flaw

By: Brian O' Hanlon (garethace.delete@this.hotmail.com), June 24, 2010 10:51 pm
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I have been thinking for a while now about an Upfront Ezine article I read. Upfront Ezine is targetted specifically at the computer aided design and drawing industry where I mostly work.

http://www.upfrontezine.com/2010/upf-633.htm#a

Here is one short quote from the article.

"It was in that air of resentment that we eyed the potential of the personal computer eagerly, at first too expensive but within a decade indispensable. We adored the PC, for it gave us freedom from the mainframe; as the decades progressed, we learned to take on the responsibility that came with the freedom: the updated anti-virus, daily backups, selective upgrades, perpetual software licenses, and redundant hardware."

I remember reading a Charlie Demerjian piece at The Inquirer from a while ago, where Charlie made the case, he will never use the MS Vista operating system. Which is strange, because Charlie has been a very long time user of MS Windows technology going back for many years. Charlie's argument in that piece, was that Vista would not allow him to swap in or out his hardware components, which he frequently tests to assess their capabilities.

Basically, when you compile together the views of computer users from many different industries and points of view, a picture begins for form. A picture of a computing environment, where the personal computer itself is offering less and less of the potential it offered in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. This is counter-intuitive, because we tend to assume that technology in those earlier decades was very much inferior to what we have access to today, at affordable price ranges.

Bruce Perens is one of the most interesting voices in this debate also, and I have had the pleasure of listening to a couple of podcasts of Bruce speaking down through the years. No debate on this matter would be complete without Bruce's input.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Perens
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