Cloudy, with not a cloud in the sky

I love the clouds.  Over the last five years, more and more of my stuff has ended up in them, and touch wood, I’ve loved every minute. (For the avoidance of doubt, every minute here means every minute with the exception of the many minutes of Google Apps/Mail outages we’ve had over the last few months.  Although even those were somewhat enjoyable, watching as the Twitterati speculated as to the cause of the outage and bemoaned their lack of email.)

For those not in the know, the cloud means somewhere other than my laptop.  Generally, a big building (called a data centre) in a location unbeknown (and indeed unbecared) to me full of machines (servers) on which my stuff (stuff) resides.

To allow others to understand the objects of my affection, and maybe even get a piece of the action, I thought I’d share the cloud technologies I use.  In no specific order, they are:

Beyond the above, there are other trivial examples of cloud-living, such as my online banking, as well as Google Reader, Twitter and Facebook.  Thinking about it, these examples are only trivial, I think, because there was never a local computing equivalent.

All of the above means that I can use and access much of my stuff from anywhere.  I fully encourage you to do the same.  It’s a wonderful world, and you should embrace its wonderfully warm fluffiness with open arms.

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3 Responses to “Cloudy, with not a cloud in the sky”

  1. The gathering clouds, with aspect dark | Public Strategist on September 23rd, 2009 10:59

    […] of that can generate some powerful enthusiasm.  Dan Harrison started a recent blog post by saying ‘I love the cloud’ then rhapsodised his way to conclude ‘It’s a wonderful world, […]

  2. SLATFATF on October 9th, 2009 16:26

    But those apps are not really clouds. Surely they are software as a service. They are mostly very large bespoke architectures for specific tasks.

  3. Dan on October 10th, 2009 14:00

    True enough.

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