Running an i863 processor screaming along at 2.4 trillion – trillion (giga) times per second, processing input from a set of keys on a matrix scanner, and inputting that data onto a display driver, and keeping a background stream of music running, through the Internet connecting it with yet another set of and mesh of computers. But with all that power and speed, it’s a dumb machine, and is only as smart as it what it’s told to do and what’s put into it. It’s like a blank canvas, but with a bunch of splats on it. These splats are the evolution, data unlike changing art these palettes, move work around, and exit the stage. Windows, environment text kernel, and innovations. All this in less than 40 years? No wonder the speed of technology is increasing so much. It’s like a hurtling of the wind. The speed and change of time. Moore’s law is applicable, but only in the terms of cloud computing.
Many people have marked the personal computer, the shared server, and the final finale of the 2k years over. Welcome to the 22nd century. Welcome to cloud computing.
What exactly is cloud computing? Good question, it’s like Web 2.0. A byword to describe something larger and bigger, but one that doesn’t actually mean anything. Better words to use are self-replicating networks and virtual machines.
When you have a container big enough to hold more than one machine, why not put more into a bunch of boxes? Then access those boxes from anywhere. That’s the concept behind cloud computing, and the final end.
People see cloud comping, though, as a seamless interface. As gmail, an always-available web-based email client. Why gmail? Gmail is the mark of cloud computing. Revolutionary for its time, the start of Google domination for the personal computer.
Even bold enough for the personal computer to be replaced completely by chrome. I just can’t imagine the new network strain all that will be. Ajax and web 2.0 applications eat bandwidth ‘for breakfast’. Running little fetches, clicking more links than before, one can see the slow impacts of greater information, over less time, will finally wreak.
More and more people are trusting all their data, their ideas, and their life to the loud. For free… What’s the catch? Privacy, and availability. If I have a file on my computer, I can know it’s there, and even if my computer goes, I can try to find a backup. If it’s online, there is a problem including the data-center, it’s gone. Period. And, because it’s free, there is no tech support, no idea of help or data recovery. Sure, you’ll be that .001%, but if it happens too much, way too many people will be that 0.1 percent. Personal computing promoted independence on the user. Cloud computing is an approach to get the user back to the big boxes, the nameless corporations. The nameless corporations that try to have a name.
I believe that the personal computer is still invaluable. I like the ability to drag windows around. Save with no delay. Work without an Internet connection. The rich user interfaces of the native toolkits of OS’s are unsurpassed for UI design and views, but what should come out in the end should be finalized and increased. How can that be? The web was made to show and to communicate information.
It wasn’t made to provide rich and robust user interfaces. That’s what XUL and GTK and Cocoa and MS32 Frameworks are for. You draw a window to a screen, not type out text. It’s attempting to force more into a web browser than really should be.
It’ll be some time before you can take gEdit, OpenOffice, and Thunderbird away from me. Good luck, because I like privacy, and robust interfaces. Call me back, Google, when you get that. (or your competitor, I think Google needs a good wake-up call).
I may be right, or I may be wrong, but the internet isn’t optimized and made for what it is required with the web 3 push (yes, I said web 3. It’s time for a new hype version number).