At 2/11/11 02:21 PM, deckheadtottie wrote:
Thank you, chaps.
"Cloud" is a bloody marketing term by my account! A user-friendly word to be used in adverts. The services out their these days are offering one or two things. Basically a network drive that syncs your files. The only difference is that networked drive happens to be on a SAN instead of a local NAS or even your hard drive.
And I ask you whats the point? Its a convenient way to save people using FTP and thats about it it seems. Anybody who has to be on the move will just take their laptop with them or store their big files (video, images, audio) on a portable drive. Email can be accessed through webmail.
I know Google is pushing their goal for cloud computing (real cloud computing where processing is done online and is shared) by actually developing an OS to support it. But these services offer no benefit that I can see. Its not an instant thing because data still has to travel across the network when its being synced.
Really the best option out their for the average user who needs to work on the go is Gmail and Google docs. No need to Sync anything or dropbox your files for later as google docs lets you edit / share online. Gmail lets you communicate. Wave is still not ready yet but its basically an amazing combination of the two.
Maybe that sounds like a rant... I'll let you be the judge... But when your selling rdesktop with terible ads like this, trying to cash-in on the cloud, can you blame me?