MaddogF16 wrote:I think Google has a good idea, if you really think about it, but I think getting people to trust putting there personal files somewhere other than their HD may be their biggest challenge.
waldo wrote:For general business/personal use, the hard disk PC with all your documents locally is conceptually dead. I predict a subscription model, where you can save encrypted documents on the "cloud" (your personal key), co-existing with the free service where your documents, correspondence, and browsing habits can be scanned for advertising purposes, such as Google does now. Google and other companies will offer both services.
This is the future of what we now call a computer. I'm sure there will continue to be more complex computers for specialty work (multi media editing, for example), and for the skeptics, there will be devices to sync with and save your cloud documents and photos (sort of like a backup server you keep in your home or office).
Bit Mad wrote:Cloud is Just Another Word for "Sucker"
http://www.linuxtoday.com/infrastructur ... 400635OPSV
vadenasy wrote:What do yout think of a teenage guy wearing a black fedora with a suit in a formal setting? Is it cool for a teenage guy to wear a black fedora with a black suit in a formal setting?
When You Delete Your Social Media and Smartphone Files—Are They Really Deleted?
Did you ever wonder what happens to all those pictures you've posted on photo sharing sites after you've deleted them? How about all of your smartphone applications that you used once or twice then erased? In fact, you have no idea what really happens when you delete files or an entire account because you're not in control of the computers that are storing your data.
Back in the old days, when your data resided on your computer, you decided when to erase a file with either a simple click of the delete key or by using a file erase program.
As more consumer data moves onto cloud computing platforms like Gmail and Facebook, and closed platforms like Kindle and iPhone, deleting your data—whether old email messages, college photos on Flickr or personal posts on Facebook—becomes more complicated. In fact, you have to trust that these companies will delete your data when you ask them to. Unfortunately, many of these sites are more likely to make your data inaccessible than actually delete it. And even if you do manage to delete your files, copies are almost certain to remain in the companies' backup systems.
A current University of Washington research project is developing a system called "Vanish" that automatically deletes data after a set time interval. Using this system, you can send an email, update your Facebook page or upload a photo to Flickr and the data will disappear after the time expires. After it disappears, no one will be able to read it.
Few people are going to stop using their iPhones or cancel their Twitter accounts just because these companies don't delete their data. But with solutions like Vanish, we can take back control of our data in the cloud.
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