Moving to the Cloud

The Internet is a wonderful innovation–something I’ve come to rely on more and more over the years. In fact, the Internet is so important to my life today that I can’t imagine going even 24 hours without it. Many of you are like me, though maybe not quite as addicted as I am. Others rely on Internet connections even more than I do. Even businesses today can’t operate without functional Internet service.

The Internet is becoming a central part of a lot of peoples’ daily lives. The term ‘Cloud computing’ is thrown around, even in commercials from Microsoft these days. But what does Cloud computing mean? Put simply, it means that the Internet is used for everything. All of your files, content, and settings are stored in the ‘Cloud’, meaning that the information resides on servers, based in a data center, along with countless other users’ data.

Recently, I’ve begun making more and more of a transition to Cloud computing. It started out innocently enough, when I signed up for Gmail, years ago. The idea of ‘never deleting an email’ was a nice one. I could store as many emails as I wanted, and never worry about running out of space. Thanks, Google! But over time, more and more of what I tend to rely on day-to-day turned out to be cloud-based.

What follows are some examples of what I use and rely on, and their cloud-based origins.

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Why I Switched To Chrome

For years I have been a stalwart Internet Explorer (IE) user. The idea of abandoning the ‘old reliable’–as I had come to think of it–was inconceivable to me for a number of reasons; chiefly: speed. The fact that IE was integrated with Windows always seemed to give it the speed advantage. It loaded the program faster, I could load the about:blank page and go wherever I needed. I’ve also grown used to having an address bar in my taskbar that allowed me to quickly enter a web address, and go.

Recently, though, I made a sudden, and inexplicable switch to Google Chrome. I still don’t know exactly when or how I made the decision to try installing Chrome once again; perhaps it was the rise of Chrome OS, which I am intrigued by. I had tested it out in the past, when it was version 1 or 2, but wasn’t particularly impressed. By the time I started testing it again, Chrome had matured and was running on version 8. It was immediately obvious to me that Chrome was the browser of the future, and the one I would be using from now on. Indeed, when I attempt using Internet Explorer for much of anything now, I find myself annoyed by the delays–both in loading the browser itself, and loading websites.

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