Down on the Cloud

Way back in the early days of computing, there were workstations that talked to a mainframe which processed everything, spewing data back and forth to the workstations. It worked at the time, but was slow and certainly did nothing to enhance creativity among its users.

Along came the pc, cutting the tethers and freeing the mind.

For the next few decades, a veritable Renaissance occurred due to that creativity unleashed by the pc (Macs, too). All was grand until the computer corporations began to really understand how to keep their customers forever. Keep their most important data hostage, err….on their servers. Tell them it’s all about convenience and the freedom to access their data and apps from anywhere. It’s empowering, folks. Feel your individuality.

Some may argue from an ecological point of view that the Cloud is a preferable method of computing, relying on the energy efficiency and resource efficiency of central processors.

However, from a privacy point of view, it’s pure lunacy. Users, business and personal, are putting their most important data up on a server, somewhere out there in the ether with God knows who responsible for security and protection from outside hackers and inside data thieves.

Before you think I’m some cranky luddite who’s only response is to oppose anything new, think about what you are doing when you put your private data up there. Somebody will get to it. The only question is what will they do with it?


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