30 September 2008

Stallman == Cloud Computing

Richard Stallman has a lot to say about modern info-storing on the net and it's not good.

He states that " ...
that cloud computing was simply a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that would cost them more and more over time ... [and] computer users should be keen to keep their information in their own hands, rather than hand it over to a third party. "

NB: Cloud computing refers to accessing computer apps etc through internet as opposed to good old CPU in the basement.

On one hand, he does have a point about immense amount of trust an individual has in online apps in order to store vita information online. Question is, as Stallman seems to point out, should you really grant this trust?

Sure online storage life easier, I will agree to that. But is it really better?

After all, once in a while you hear horror tales of your data being wiped out (blogger hit with cease-desist order followed by deletion of Flickr account is one good example).

Well, something to think about.

Update: moved the source link to bottom. My bad ... although some days I do hate WYSIWYG.