If ever there was a machine to rage against, it’s the cloud. How I hate it. And yet I know it’s inevitable. Why? Because every other end user loves it. They love storing their files on someone else’s server. They love their gmail and other Google apps. They love their simple, featureless free Internet applications. To me they all just seem designed to get you to do and be what “they” want you to do and be.
The cloud seems to me to be nothing more than International groupthink with the entire world affecting the entire world. It’s definitely the end of the world as we know it, and I’m sure it will be “better” for all of us in the long run because we’ll all be on the same page, the way they like it.
Who is they? They are the ones providing the service. They want us all in the cloud where they control the choices, limiting us to whatever benefits them the most. We must use their apps where ads are continuously playing in the periphery of our vision, subliminally convincing us to go and buy that new whosywhatsit. One size fits all is the mantra of our culture and cloud computing is king of the hill.
I’m not buying it and I will cling to my personal apps and offline software as long as possible. They will have to pry my cold, dead hands from Eudora before I’ll ever ascend to the cloud.