It's time once again to recap the best of what's been pouring into my mailbox (now that my e-mail is working again). Here's what the residents of Cringeville had to say about what I've been saying lately.
In a recent post ("Gmail Gfails, Internet survives again") I asked whether Google's total Gmail meltdown last week made people less confident about cloud computing. By and large, my readers say no. Like D. J., who says:
It didn't shake my confidence one bit. When it came back, all my emails were there and secure. For me, it was a good time to get more work done with less emails to worry about :)
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Cringster E. M., who until recently was employed by a company that provided internal tech support for Google, argues that cloud computing is still far more reliable than personal computing. To wit:
Think of the main server going down as equivalent to your personal computer going down. When the server goes down it affects thousands of people and is back up in a couple hours. Your personal computer going down only affects you, but chances are it's not going to be fixed in a couple hours. You'll be lucky if you can get it fixed by the end of work tomorrow. Since everyone's computer goes wonky at some point you could argue that a single server going down affecting thousands for 2 hours two or three times a year is better than thousands of computers going down for an optimistic average of 24 hours spread over a year.
On the other hand, there's a contrarian in every bunch. J. C. had this to say:
I never have and never will have confidence in "cloud computing." Anything that depends on a centralized server, as opposed to a local machine, is inherently unreliable in my book. I'll use Google for email, since I like their service the best of the ones I've tried, but I won't use any other Web-based apps.
Meanwhile, someone calling himself "pyrite" objects to my subject line: