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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Build Your Own Cloud Service

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4...oday/index.html

"I don't know about you guys, but I'm sick and tired of hearing about the Cloud. When people talk about it they use future tense as if it isn't already here. The Cloud is going to be this big, giant wonderful thing that is going to change humanity forever. They make it sound like we are talking about something that will end starvation and human suffering. Well, I have news for you, The Cloud isn't really all that new and you don't have to wait for tomorrow to use it."

TweakTown takes a look at QNAP's MyCloudNAS service, which comes with some of their NAS boxes. This sounds like an awesome feature, but with ISPs starting to come down on heavy data users, not to mention most services having fairly poor upload speeds, the advantages may not be that great. What do you think?


Monday, May 16, 2011

Ed Bott's Five Reasons Why Google's New Chromebook Isn't a Windows Killer

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/five...ows-killer/3290

"At Google's I/O conference this week, the audience erupted into cheers when they heard the news that they were getting a free notebook powered by the Chrome OS. It's too bad that the audience was filled with developers instead of the IT pros who Google is counting on to actually buy these things. Something tells me that the latter audience would have been sitting on their hands for most of the session, and they wouldn't have been swayed by that Oprah moment."

Ed Bott comes out guns-a-blazin' against Google's Chromebook - and he has some very legitimate points. If you're an enterprise, the last thing you want is a product that gets updated immediately before you have a chance to test what impact the upgrade has on the tools your employees use. The pricing is also a big question mark - $28 a month over three years is $1008. For a consumer, that makes no sense. For a business...it depends if they can save other costs around software licensing (anti-virus, Microsoft Office), hardware replacements, and IT labour re-imaging systems that get borked. The thin-client computing dream has been around for a long time, just like the tablet dream has, but as we've seen with raging success of the iPad, when the technology reaches a certain inflection point, things can take off. Is thin-client computing at that stage now? I guess we'll see!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

And When The Cloud Breaks, Your Data Will Fall...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:00 AM

It's all about The Cloud these days - your data, you entertainment, your everything - stored on a service that you can access with any online connection. The benefits are many, but what you don't always hear about are the down-sides of everything being cloud-based. What if you get locked out of your account? I've heard of more than a few people that get locked out of their Gmail account or who can't access their Gmail calendar. It happens to Hotmail and Yahoo users as well. What if the company hosting your information deletes it, either accidentally or not, or goes out of business? That's not an uncommon problem. In terms of uptime most cloud services are fairly robust, when things go wrong, they can really ruin your day. Read more...


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Measuring the Growth of Cloud Computing: Some Fun Stats

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 02:30 PM

http://blogs.amd.com/work/2010/06/2...h-of-the-cloud/

The amount of data we're generating now as a civilization is truly staggering, and it's only going to increase - this video has some really mind-boggling data and is a fun look at some cool stats. Did you know that Google has an estimated 1 million servers worldwide? Be sure to check out the blog post that goes with the video.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Computing Privacy Outlook Cloudy

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 11:30 AM

http://techdirt.com/articles/201001...232247789.shtml

"The paper does a good job separating out the thinking here, and explaining why the Fourth Amendment absolutely should apply to information you store online. As it notes, while the Smith case said that phone numbers dialed might not be private, that did not extend to the contents of the phone call itself. And that's key"

The only way to keep a secret is to not tell anyone. That is the general principle I have when it comes to information. If I do not want the world to know of my hidden love for Japanese hip hop, that I believe that bacon should be its own food group or that I think that the Carebears franchise deserves a "reboot" I do not tell anyone. Anything that I tell a company, I accept the fact that they might share it with someone else short of any privacy policy they have posted. The only exception to this for me, would be data stored by the government. As a critical part of life that functions for the community, information that the government stores about me (whatever that is) should be considered private. I am sure that some of you out there believe that this should be imposed on companies as well, but why?


Monday, July 13, 2009

Office on the Web, Finally

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/...party-on-monday

"The idea is simple, you edit a document at home it syncs to the cloud which allows you to edit the document from another PC, via a browser or using your Windows Phone. Microsoft plans to offer this to consumers by Office Live with ad-funded and subscription offerings. For business customers, Microsoft will be offering Office Web applications as a hosted subscription service."

Microsoft is announcing this today according to Neowin - it looks quite impressive, assuming the performance is there, and the cost is reasonable. I have to wonder what the limitations are though given what an important cash cow Office is for Microsoft. Although it might be that with the increase in laptop sales, and the flat-lining of desktop sales, Microsoft sees the writing on the wall and organizations will deploy Web-based Office on desktop computers and keep the "real" Office for laptops. Personally, I've never been too excited about Google Docs, but that's largely because when I do contract writing work I'm using features like reviewer notes - it's still a Microsoft Office world where I am. What about where you are? Could you live in the cloud with your Office needs?


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