What Once Was Old Is New Again

This Techtainment Tuesday, I am writing this on my MacBook. It is a personal computer that can operate independently of any other processing source. I am writing this using Microsoft Word. A software program that is installed on my MacBook and can operate independently of any other computing source. I can use wither of these things whether or not I am connected to the internet. This is a huge leap from where computers used to be.

Think back to TRON. Flynn had to log into a terminal, attached to a mainframe to do any type of work. Actually, everyone had to log in to do anything. All was at the control of the MCP. Ferris Bueller was able to change his  attendance record because he hacked into the mainframe computer at the school. Ferris was also able to play a titillating round of Global Thermonuclear War with Joshua, all because of a mainframe.

Mainframe computers for the most part are no more. Even at work, your computer is independent and logs into the network to get files off of the server. You are not using a terminal that taps into a central computers processing power. True, your boss can look at the same por … I mean news sites that you are looking at during the day. They can harvest your emails and instant messages, but it is still an individual computer. This is all starting to change.

“but Bob, I just spent $12,000 to upgrade to a bigger hard drive in my Apple iBookPadTuneTouch!” Don’t worry, that upgrade will be good for at least 3 more hours. The change is not going to happen overnight but it is well on it’s way. I am talking, of course, about “The Cloud”.

I know, I was thinking the same thing … “They let M. Night Shamawhatthehell make another movie????” You would be wrong my friend! (yes they let him make another movie, but that is a blog for another day) I am referring to the online, ethereal storage and application center that is being developed and beefed up.

All the talk these days is of online storage, online software, online operating systems, everything online so that the storage capacity on your computer does not have to be as large. There are those that feel everything can be run on the internet, free from the burden of slow hard drives accessing everything. The security of knowing that if you lose your laptop, or your house burns down that all of your precious, personal, and most secretive information is stored safely on someone else’s server network. Yes, you heard me right. All of your information stored somewhere … out there … beneath the pale moonlight… someone has your info, and is reading it, tonight. But I digress.

I really did not want to get into the privacy and security issues I think are important, what I really want to do is bring the comparison of the cloud to old time mainframe computing. It seems that what is trying to be developed is eventually, your “net/note book/laptop will be noting more than a terminal to “jack into” the web and have anything and everything you need to use right there. No longer will software be “sold” but it will be like going to an internet café and paying an hourly use for any software you use. You won’t have to worry about how you pay for it because everything will be linked to all of your bank accounts and credit cards. After that, “computers” will get smaller and smaller and within a few years we will be asking our computers to locate someone, they will be hooked into our cars and houses. Before you know it we will all be listening to hot dog commercials as radio shows and telling everyone to be well!! I must enhance my calm.

Personally, I think that storing everything on line is going to be a fad. We don’t have the high speed networks NOW to handle what we want to do online. People would get more drawn in and reliant on the internet. (like they aren’t now?) The incidents of children, especially awkward males, never leaving their parents basements will increase ten fold.  Cats and dogs won’t live together but Giga-pets will return and they will reproduce at will until self consciousness is achieved and they create a virus to kill all the cats and dogs to the point where apes will be our pets and then they will revolt and take over the world!

Once again I have gone off track and digressed on a disturbing tangent. To get back to my original point, I will explain … no, is too much, I sum up. The cloud. It’s like going back to mainframes. Would have been a much shorter entry if I just said that huh?

I was out last week after Tori was born and someone said to me “I know you have pictures on your phone!” I then wondered if anyone actually still carried pictures in their wallets? I used to in high school and that was an important thing when selecting a new wallet. How many little insert thingies did it have to hold pictures. Now … everything is on my phone, camera or on Flickr … you know, safely in the “cloud”. Let me know if you still carry, or know of anyone that still carries physical pictures in their wallets.

Well, that is all for today. Until next time, remember … “You are an incredibly sensitive person, who inspires joy-joy feelings in all those around you.”

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4 Responses to “What Once Was Old Is New Again”

  1. Demolition Man quotes?! Nice. 🙂

    The Cloud really kinda freaks me out, honestly.

    Where will the monkeys figure into all of this?

    The only people who generally still carry actual photos are old people and people with new babies.
    Except you. Meanie.

    • Someone at my office actually had a picture of his kid in his wallet. I was shocked. Monkeys are just fun and I like their music. (plus it was the plot of one of the planet of the apes movies) Now if I can just figure out the three sea shells…

  2. Brian Ray Says:

    Write, I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone reference Demolition Man before when making a point.

    Sadly, this concept has been going on for years in large corporations. Did you know that a computer can be set up to get it’s operating system from a server? I like the idea of being able to get my files from anywhere, but I have paranoia issues.I’d love it if someone would sell am appliance that could be someones personal “cloud”. Being in control of the hardware would calm my nerves about the whole cloud business.

    Good post Bob, I’ve been worrying about this problem for years.

    Oh, and I don’t cart physical pictures anymore. I traded my wallet in for a Duck Bill moneyclip about a year ago. Now, i don’t ready have a place for photos.

    • You would be surprised what I can reference when making a point lol. I can’t get to the money clip stage yet, still need my wallet but I am getting closer.

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