[LINK] The cloud vaporises: Will you lose your online files?

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Sat Nov 29 16:39:06 AEDT 2008


I reckon the price is too high. When people mass towards sub-$500
computers, they won't pay $200 a month for a storage service; they'll be
suckers for the "post your stuff here for free!" approach.

That's why people get caught by the companies going bust ... "If it
seems too good to be true, it probably is" is a warning that still falls
on deaf ears.


grove at zeta.org.au wrote:
> On Sat, 29 Nov 2008, Rick Welykochy wrote:
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>> Not only pictures. What about your spreadsheets, text documents,
>> presentations, account files? Do you back them up yourself once they
>> are in the cloud? Is backup easy to do en-masse for all your cloudy
>> files?
>> The more I think about "the cloud" the more I see through the marketing
>> hype to just Yet Another Big Thing That Will Die A Horrible Death
> We all need to own our own clouds.     Then when someone hacks 
> in you can say "hey, you, get off of my cloud!".
> I am serious about owning your own cloud.
> Then your desktop, portable
> and mini communication devices will all be held on your own server,
> colocated at a selected site, via a package deal that includes 
> ownership of the infrastructure, support and connectivity for about 
> $2000 a year.
> So I have a sort of business model, but no venture capital.  Who will 
> help me start "mycloud.com" already?!  ;)    If someone already owns it,
> we can spend big and buy 'em out.
> I have done some thought on this.  Probably other people have too. 
> People with more money than me, but I think we may well see this 
> coming in the near future and "personal servers" hosting private
> and public clouds with full convergence on your very own server
> hosted in some shipping container somewhere.
> rachel

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