I have noticed that it seems that every time I turn around there is a new cloud storage system rolling out. Think about all of the choices you have; Microsoft Skydrive, DropBox, Google Docs, Box.net, Amazon, and iCloud to name just a few. These do no include all of the ones that give you a free 2G to join. Of course they all have their individual mobile apps as well.
What would really be nice is a service that didn’t give me anymore free storage but would provide an interface to access the various services already out on the market. I must admit that I havent done a terrible amount of researching on this topic and there may be a solution that I’m unaware of. The type of product that I have been thinking about would be a cloud application that you could log into and register your individual accounts. The app would then scan your stored files and present an interface where you could search and either open or download the file you are looking for.
Anyway, it just seems we have ample cloud storage solutions, but not an easy way to tie them all together. Maybe a cloud backup service that backed up not devices but services.
I actually remember when Microsoft Office had competition and wasn’t considered the Gold Standard when it came of Office Productivity Suites. If you stop to think about it, I challenge you to name a PC Suite or Application that has been developed in the past couple years. What it shows is how the PC ecosystem has changed and how the typical user looks at software.
One of the biggest impact on software development has been web apps and if I dare say it; Chrome Browser. It’s the advent of a fast stripped down browser that has allowed the development and usability of online applications to become a viable option.
A personal example is that a year ago if I had been looking for a media center I wouldn’t have considered anything but an installable application. Based on the features I was looking for, Google Chrome with a few key Extensions and Apps has left me with a perfectly good media center application.
One thing worth messaging is that it seems when it comes to productivity applications the move is towards small and single function type apps, instead of large multi-function applications or application suites. This makes the concept of Google’s Chromium Operating System a viable consideration. Now with Google Docs, Microsoft Office Live and the recently released Office 365, the need to have an installed application is becoming less and less a requirement.
The problem is of course, that most of us do not have a constant and consistent network connection. Once a cost effective solution for having an always on connection whenever and wherever you are, then the concept of Chrome Books my grow some legs. Where Google may have missed judged is the consumer’s wiliness to trust the Cloud for its only storage. In my opinion it’s going to be a long time, if ever for us to trust technology enough to not want or demand local storage.
The PC Ecosystem has changed and we are the ones who have changed it by our choice of what we use. The next decade should definitely be an interesting one.
As everyone is in iPad frenzy right now, I thought I would post my 2 cents. Now, I am not a fan of Apple by any sense of the word, but Jobs and Company make very good if not excellent products, I’m just not sure they meet my criteria of a computer.
When you look at the most recent product lines such as the iPod Touch, iPhone and now the iPad, these may fall into the Internet Appliance category more than a computer category. Part of this is that all of these products are extremely restrictive by design. This is not a bad thing, necessarily, as there is a segment of the market who are perfectly happy with this concept.
I view this somewhat like the car enthusiast, where they want to maintain and tweak their machine to their particular liking and push the envelope on what it can do. In this case, otherwise know as Geek’s or Technology enthusiasts.
Apple is about control. Steve wants you to use his devices the way he perceives the devices should be used. There is nothing wrong with this concept as there are plenty of consumers who just want a device that works and has no desire to look under the hood. I am just not sure these latest devices fall under the definition of Computers, they seem more like Internet Appliances.
For me, when it comes to a phone, you can read my post: My Perfect Mobile Device. As far as computing, I will stick with my laptop running Windows 7. I just cant help it, I like to look under the hood and get my hands dirty.
Now we sit back and watch all of the Android and Windows tablets hit the market. Thanks for the innovation Steve.
Perfect and Mobile is an Oxymoron!
First off as this is my rant, I want to define my frustration with mobile carriers:
- Early Termination Fees - Why does a company feel that they need to hold me hostage to make sure I stay a customer? Most companies do this with good products and customer service.
- Misleading Programs – The concept of unlimited data as long as you don’t go over a limit, somehow negates the term: Unlimited.
- Locked Down Devices – Devices that are restricted on what they can do, when the manufacturer has built these functionalities into the device.
I know I’m not alone in this, but these items are some of the reasons I am considering Cricket Mobile for my next venture into the mobile world. From my research, they have no contracts and when they say unlimited, there is no limits.