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?