There is an interesting article concerning cloud computing being a trap that should be avoided, since we would get locked into a system which takes away our ability to control. Richard Stallman takes it a step further calling cloud computing hype and just plain stupid. In the article he also mentions that:
But Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the computer operating system GNU, said 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.
“It’s stupidity. It’s worse than stupidity: it’s a marketing hype campaign,” he told The Guardian.
“Somebody is saying this is inevitable – and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it’s very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true.”
Mr. Stallman brings up some very valid points. Keeping information on your computer vs in the cloud is basically the way it has been done for ever. But it also doesn’t confront how the Internet has changed the way we use computers. Storing information on the Internet could in fact make it easier to access information when one is away from their system.
What do you think? Do you support cloud computing or are you sticking with the traditional way of doing things?