The Future Of The Personal Computer Is In The Cloud The predictions that the PC is about the go the way of the dinosaur (or the pager, or the fax machine) have largely come from the financial sector and rabid Apple fans. Both of these groups have seen declining computer sales, especially the recent 14% drop, as proof of their theories. Microsoft’s huge recent faux pas, Windows 8, is just further proof that personal computers will be crowding the landfills and we will all face the sunset, singing “Kumbaya”, reading the lyrics from the screens of our iPads and iPhones.
The Cloud Is Killing The PC, And Giving It New Life For several months we have been hearing about the imminent demise of the Personal Computer. After all, new computer sales dipped 14% last year, so surely the industry must be doomed, Doomed, DOOMED! The personal computer industry has certainly slumped, but these are dynamic companies. It is probably unwise to write them off because of a slump. Looking at the reasons for the slump is instructive. Some believe that the market is being lost to mobile and cloud applications. This school of thought holds that the newer, smaller, and
The Death of “The Death Of the PC Era” For months, we have seen news reporting the impending doom of the personal computer. This prediction is somewhat unnerving for those who grew up in the era when we bought our first pickup trucks for less than the cost of a popular pair of “athletic shoes”. Market forces are accelerating the supposed end of the full sized pickup as well. It should be pointed out that the days of the pickup truck being Detroit’s biggest revenue source seem to be coming to an end. Modern pickups are more plasticized and computerized
Crime Mapping: The Great Equalizer One of the most interesting and useful tools that the Cloud has developed is mapping. When the Global Positioning System was developed it was envisioned simply as a tool to assist Military leaders to keep track of assets on the battlefield. Mapping has grown so far beyond this relatively simple use that it would be nearly as hard to do without as cell phones. Of course there is much more to mapping than peeking at your smart phone to locate the nearest latte’ stand or even watching the cops on TV tracking the bad guys
Does That Cloud Smell Like Burning Rope? When we report on the rise in Cloud Computing it is easy to focus on the bold moves that entrepreneurs are making, and the innovation and technical wonder that goes into producing unbelievably gargantuan server centers. It is not uncommon to forget the experience of the tech workers down in the trenches, the ones who spend their working lives focused on their screens, furiously tapping away at their keyboards, keeping the Cloud doing what the Cloud does. What does it take to deal with such intense, day in day out time working immersed
Heroes of the Cloud – Part 9 A study of Cloud Computing should include not only the companies and entrepreneurs who have raised the Cloud from a concept to “the next big thing” in Information Technology. The study should also include those who have come to depend on the power of the Cloud. Earlier in our look at the pioneers of Cloud Computing… (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8) we partially defined “The Cloud” as a metaphor for the Internet. Another very workable definition would be that the Cloud is a tool for handling Big Data. Big Data is loosely defined as data sets that include