This is the last of four articles on my journey to complete adoption of cloud computing. The first three can be found at:
I’m going to get this out of the way right now, In the last week, I’ve become a gushing addict of this technology. I’m an early adopter; this is what we do. I get it into my head to try something new, and if I like it even a bit more than my old system, I figure out how to customize it to fit my exact needs and then I run screaming joyfully at anyone who will listen that they’re doing everything wrong.
It’s really, really annoying. For everyone around me. Especially my wife. I’m sorry dear.
But, that being said, if you’re not adopting this tech, you’re doing everything wrong.
Home computers were designed with an eye towards making life easier for people. They didn’t, at first, but that was the plan. The initial problem was simply a lack of application. It was an overpriced, elaborate typewriter that you could play text-based (yes!) games on. It wasn’t really until the corporate world adopted them that PCs became a standard and useful staple of the average home office. Really, it’s been productivity that has pushed the medium forward. To a point.
Productivity, and the needs of the masses to be more productive, more efficiently, have been at the focal point of the computing world for so long that, when mobile computing replaced the fixed desktop as the channel of choice, pretty much everyone missed the boat on what portable meant.
Portable does not mean: Do everything my home computer does, except not as good and with the constant annoyance of having my battery die. The what of portable should have been an answer to the why of portable.
Why do I need to carry my computer out into the world with me? Is it just to carry my work with me or is it to make my life easier?