Re: How is typical home computer used today?
Le 09.12.2014 17:49, Marty a écrit :
As for what is growing, cloud computing, so they can look at our data
and keep us safe.
Cloud computing was here before the buzz-word. Cloud computing is
_ mail server + web MUA
_ FTP server + web interface
_ wtf server + wtf web interface
The "cloud computing" is just, imho, putting in one word what the
centralized internet is. Something like this "goold ol'minitel".
Well..... sort of, but not really.
There are clear distinctions between:
- classic time sharing (one machine, many users)
- client-server (centralized machine, but identifiable)
- pure server-to-server stuff (e.g., MTA-MTA, database transactions, etc.)
- "computing dialtone" (an old term, but a goodie) - "plug in your
terminal and it's all just there" - that's kind of Minitel, and today's
The thing that's changed is the advent of virtual machines, cloud
stacks, and services that don't directly correlate to physical machines
(distributed file systems, load-leveled services, etc.) -- where data
and processing really are "just out there in the cloud somewhere".
The problem is, all that stuff is incredibly brittle, controlled by
others, and when it breaks, it breaks hard.
Personally, I'll stick with doing everything as locally as possible,
with replication and synchronization of copies, rather than relying on
"the cloud." I'm with the library community, where the term of art is
LOCKSS - Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra