Will the cloud take over?

One thing I’m finding, being out in tourist Spain, is that wifi and other internet access isn’t something to take for granted. Moreover, it is something I do take for granted at home.

It isn’t the fault of Spain per se. I’m sure residents, tapped into all the landline and GSM networks, are fully connected. But, for short-term visitors like me, it is hard to find reliable omnipresent access to the web. And, I’m sure that is the case in many other places. Being suddenly in such a place is a useful insight into how connected I’ve become and how much I rely on the infrastructure around me in London.

I like being connected. I use my iPhone and iPad for news and information and socialising. I know there are some who criticise this new connected life but I’m not going into those arguments now. I’m just acknowledging the facts: I am normally fully connected; I like being fully connected; I miss the ease of access when away from home.

Perhaps of wider interest to potential readers is the thought I had about “the cloud”. Cloud computing may sound fine in theory.

(As an aside, I can’t help being a little wary of it: it seems so vulnerable if the smallest thing goes wrong with a chain of requirements. But, then, maybe I’m a little too twentieth century in my thinking.)

Where was I? Oh, yes, cloud computing being fine in theory: well, yes, but what about practice? From the rarified heights of Santa Clara and Silicon Valley, it may seem absurd that any human in the twenty-first century may live without constant, reliable, high-bandwidth internet access. Suddenly facing life as a tourist in Benalmádena, it seems quite normal.

So, what would I do if I had a tablet with no software on board, relying only on the cloud? Nothing.

Of course, some might think that a perfect holiday. 😉  However, there have to be more serious examples when this will really matter. So will the cloud really take over?

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