How soon we forget...
Funny, I've been hearing a lot of cloud for a while now, but I have yet to see anyone mention the fact that the number one reason everyone has their own computer now is that in the days of mainframes, when the mainframe went down, everyone connected to it went with it. Murphy's law was made for IT. It is amazing how often I want to look at something on a bank web site, only to be greeted with a message like "Sorry...[excuse]...try again later." It even happens on FB. When everything I do on my computer depends on the cloud (including the applications I do it with - e.g., Word, Excel), I can no longer depend on being able to do something immediately. The vision of the cloud that I'm seeing everywhere sounds very much like a global mainframe; effectively defeating the very reason we all have computers. Is the similarity between "cloud" and "smoke" an accident?
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