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Living on the Cloud


Most of us would have heard about cloud computing. That is new IT lingo that has been doing the rounds for sometime now. I have tried to make sense of what exactly cloud computing is all about but without much luck. I just could not understand what is all the buzz about having apps on the internet and storing your data online. Not until, I was having this discussion with my friend and I realised that I myself was an active user of what people call the cloud.

How am I on the cloud? Jose’s definition states that any application that works from multiple locations and machines and offers a seamless user experience is working on the cloud. I actively use these apps (below) that fit my definition:

  • Google Mail: My mail on the cloud. Works from my phone, office computer, home computer
  • Remember the Milk: My essential task manager. I just cannot live without RTM these days. I even maintain my list of movies to watch with RTM!
  • Dropbox: My document storage solution on the cloud.
  • LastPass: My password manager. I moved away from RoboForm to LastPass b’coz it is free and is always with me!
  • Facebook: Not really sure if this will fall in the classical definition of cloud computing…but, it sure falls in line with my definition!
  • Picasa Web Albums: Store, share photo albums.
  • Picnik: Why bother using Photoshop or other advanced (read complex) image editing software. Picnik works just fine for me.And many more….sometimes I think that everything that I do online is thanks to the cloud!

What do I like about the cloud? The ability to log in from my phone or any computer and have the same information available to me. Before RTM, I used to keep my to do list in MS Outlook. The moment I move out of the office computer, my to do list vanishes. With RTM, my list is with me everywhere.

Why is the cloud gaining popularity? Multiple reasons…but the prime reason as per me is improving connectivity. With high internet speeds and low tariffs today, I can depend on the internet as an extension of my hard disk.  Moreover having access to my hard disk while on the go using my cell phone is just awesome!

The future: The future is definitely the cloud! Better, more powerful apps are making their way in. Internet connectivity is getting better. People like to have information at their fingertips no matter where they are.

Note:

– All the apps mentioned above are free.  I encourage you to use them and get addicted!

– I use Chrome as my browser of choice. I believe that Chrome is the best browser in the market. Why? B’coz I say so! 😀

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  1. Laji
    December 29, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Good post ..thanks for all of that 🙂

  2. Naveen
    December 29, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Facebook is actually a very classic example of this genre. so no need of any doubts on that.

  3. Arnab Ghosh
    December 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Like the post and definitely adore your natural flow of words. IMHO, the examples mentioned above are in entirety just a fraction of what the cloud is all about and in fact, have been instrumental in giving birth to the cloud in their own small way. Just that in this case, the child is way larger than the father(s)! 😛 The cloud promises us a hard-disk free future when all of what we do including the OS will be on the cloud and will be accessible from anywhere in the world leading to a sudden death of what we today refer to as laptops and bringing our desktops on our laps or in our hands or around our wrists or rolled up in our pocket… as you may choose to dream or build castles on the cloud!!! 🙂

    • December 29, 2010 at 7:31 pm

      @Arnab: I hope the future you mentioned is not very far away 🙂

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