Clouds

Today’s buzzword is “cloud”.
“Cloud” denotes elasticity, flexibility, easily scalable (is this a buzzword too?) infrastructure or whatever thing to it. In user parlance, usually remote file storage.
For example:
“Put that file on the cloud so I can sync that later.”

Okay.

I’m very averse to this word. If this is the definition of the cloud, it’s pretty much describing the internet. People are forgetting that. Private data in Dropbox accounts, hack attacks, and the impression of privacy of remotely stored files. Usually, what stops these providers from actually looking at the data are legal terms and laws, privacy policies, acceptable use policies, and reputation. Granted, it may be good enough, but you can’t trust everyone.

Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror sums up my sentiments nicely with this picture:

There is no cloud, just other people's computers
from https://fsfe.org/contribute/spreadtheword.html by Markus Meier, CC BY-SA 4.0

This post was inspired by an entry in Coding Horror: http://blog.codinghorror.com/your-password-is-too-damn-short

2016-01-10 edit: fix attribution

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6 thoughts on “Clouds”

      1. Or at least be aware that the files we store on someone else’s server (in a ‘cloud’), isn’t necessarily as private as many people think they are.

Carefully twist your words.

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