Coretron’s Tech Blog

August 13, 2008

I <3 Cloud Computing

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , — coretron @ 2:34 am

I am finding myself looking down at my taskbar and instead of seeing a variety of programs running I see all firefox. I don’t use an email program like Outlook, I use Gmail, a web application. I don’t use a music player application anymore, I use imeem.com which streams almost any song. I try not to use MS Office and use Google Documents, there are still some features lacking in Google Docs but it gets better every day and works for most things. Google Calender is an online calender which is easily syncs your calender between computers and mobile phones, it also allows you to share your calender with other people and even allow people to put events on your calender. This move towards online applications and file access is called cloud computing, and it adds a whole new dimension to what you can do with computers.

Microsoft Live Mesh is a pretty impressive synchronization web application which is pretty much a virtual desktop inside the web browser. The image below shows a screenshot of Live Mesh. Microsoft gives you 5gb of online storage right now. This can also be used to sync and share folders over multiple computers. Say for example I wanted to make a picture folder and sync it to all my computers or with family member’s computers to create a sort of shared photo album that automatically syncs with the other users. The program is still in beta but you can get a good feel of what it can do for you. Eventually it will sync with mobile devices and macs. Initially it told me I had to be in the United States to use mesh, but creating a new live account seemed to fix that. You can access Live Mesh form any computer without having to install special software. You only need to install a small program if you want to do the automatic syncing to files on that computer. Definitly worth checking out for yourself. Also, a few features require IE7 šŸ˜” for activex support, but firefox works for most of it.

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3 Comments »

  1. FIRST.

    I have to say, as a seasoned blog reader, I am disappointed in your first venture on the other side of the comment box.

    First of all, you need to gather your thoughts and outline them in a more concise method. It seems as if you are just jumping from one thought to the next. Your second paragraph I almost didn’t even read, because it is just a giant wall of text.

    Overall, needs a lot of work.

    2/10 for effort.

    Comment by NeedANameForMyBlog — August 13, 2008 @ 5:12 am

  2. I agree that it did feel “wall of text”ish, but I wouldn’t really complain about that…it’s not like I have ADD and can’t read a couple sentences. Nobody is going to get acclaim for their first blog post and this was a somewhat interesting read.

    6/10

    Comment by GonnaTrollJovieHard — August 13, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

  3. ^

    -1/10

    Comment by NeedANameForMyBlog — August 13, 2008 @ 2:39 pm


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