A lot of people are excited about the cloud, but not Josh Fruhlinger, as he rants over at Huffington Post. A step backwards, he fumes, particularly as it relates to personal computing.
Security issues are one thing, but also consider the fact that going to the cloud also means going to the lowest common denominator in computing:
"What if your new computer has a faster processor and killer GPU that could make use of newer applications and workflows? Is logging into your 'old' cloud really pulling the most of of your new equipment's cycles? Ever notice, for instance, how your cable provider's set-top-box looks like it does a lot, but it's always hampered by clunky software that it runs on the cloud? Is that really the lowest-common-denominator performance we want out of our equipment?"
In his earlier days as a student working with a hiccuping campus computer system, Fruhlinger learned to back up everything he did on a floppy disk (anyone remember them?). "We've been here before, and I don't want to go back," he sniffs.
Anyone agree that we are taking a step backwards from a time when everything was available right off the drives of our own machines?