Billy G.

Bill Gates

Mr. Bill Gates, moments before getting hit by a pie in 1998…(not really related to my post, but I just thought it was funny!)

Here we are 12 years latter and many so called computer revolutions have passed, in just twelve years!  Just the other day, Mr. Gates joined the rank and file of Twitter users and was immediately befriended by over 100k users.  Ironic that the man who helped usher in one of the first computer revolutions is now just a “user” in the continueing expansion of technology in our society.  I wonder what Mr. Gates thinks of the upcoming Apple release? It will surely be the iTablet, yet another “revolution” that will supposedly change the way we communicate.  Has technology become a fad? Has each micro generation felt the need to create there own new version of the bell bottom?  Back in the early nineties, all the rage was server technology with the client being a dumb terminal.  Then came along the all powerful PC and the thought of a wimpy client that could access information on the server died.  Now we are back full circle with the advent of cloud computing and many touting the death of the PC, and Mr. Gates has just helped by jumping into Twitter.   No longer will you hear the words dumb client in reference to your iPhone, Blackberry, etc. but that is exactly their purpose, store nothing, compute nothing, get everything from the server (now renamed the “cloud”).  How long will it last?  How long before the PC centric view comes back?  And what does this say about our society?  Everything will be stored in the “cloud”….  Are we moving to a more socialistic system that values the whole more than the individual?

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4 thoughts on “Billy G.

  1. peashoot

    I learn a lot here at Peashoot! I didn’t know what “cloud” meant in the computer context. Although I’m not sure that I completely understand the cloud : socialistic :: PC : individualist analogy. Are Macs inherently cloud-centric, hence tending toward the social, while PCs are more, well, personal (or individual)? And due to Macs apparent ascension to cultural preeminence, are we seeing a shift from the old guard of the PC’s individualism to Mac’s socialism? Or is it the case that PCs, too, are changing, that they are no longer such personal tools? Are smart phones – of any brand – naturally non-PC?

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    1. andykorki Post author

      Cloud computing basically involves moving the processing and storage of your PC/Mac to a Internet/Web centric location. For example, you no longer store your Word documents on your local computer, they are stored somewhere in the cloud. You no longer even have Word installed on your computer, instead you go to an Internet site and you just see the “screen” as use it as you do now. The advantage is that nothing is tied to your computer, if it goes belly up you lose nothing. Also, you can access your data from any computer, cell phone, or tablet as long as it has Internet access.

      Mac and PC’s are inherently not cloud centric because much of the processing is done locally. This does not mean you cannot use them to access cloud based services, just that they are overkill in terms of processing capabilities needed to run cloud applications. My guess is that the future iTablet and other such devices will be much more cloud centric. The appeal being that the device will be cheaper for the consumer because it doesn’t need as much computing power. The downside is that it won’t be long before you have to pay monthly/yearly fees to use cloud like applications (flickr.com is a good example where you have to pay for having unlimited storage).

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