One foot on the cloud

I am starting to realise that I am handing more and more applications over to the “cloud”. A term apparently coined by Google CEO Eric Schmid to describe web based applications and data storage. My cloud is currently composed of

  • my email and calendar application,
  • Bloglines ; to keep up to date with my favourite blogs,
  • Connotea ; for my reference library,
  • a personal wiki for general note taking,
  • Basecamp for project management, but I mostly use the to-do list feature.
  • My bookmarks are managed by a combination of Connotea, del.icio.us and Google browser sync
  • and of course this blog

I suppose the only thing left for day to day work would be the office tools. I have started looking at Google docs and I think it would be very useful for collaborative documents rather than 10 different commented versions of a documenting flying around via email.

An artical on Wired gives a lengthy summary of the “Internet Cloud”. I suppose the assumption is that a desktop PC will become a thing of the past, or rather just a tool to connect to your cloud, which I am warming to after having to re-install windows on my laptop, due to technical difficulties.

  1. #1 by Lourdes Laysan on May 15, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    And then yesterday happened and should have awakened all of us from the belief that cloud computing is the smart way of doing things in the future. Desktops should not ever be thought of as going away, because well, see my recent article on the subject.

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