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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ―Edmund Burke

Both Sides…of the Cloud?

So here’s why I’m mighty glad that by temperament I’ve resisted the Cloud. Apple’s iCloud is having outages hither, thither, and yon, all over the world: L.A., San Francisco, all up and down the East Coast, around the Midwest, in England, Europe… Lovely.

Apple works to funnel users into iCloud, as Google would like to get all its users’ data into functions like the clunky GoogleDocs and Microsoft is forcing people to pay monthly to use Office on a subscription basis, extracting enormous amounts in excess of what its programs should cost. I’ve been clinging to my resident Word 2007 for Mac and will until there’s simply no other choice but to move to something else. When that happens, though, the “something else” may be Pages, at which point I probably will close down my editorial business.

We’re told that Pages will track changes in such a way as to make them visible in Wyrd, although as of 2012 (when the feature came out), it left something to be desired. I happen to prefer Wyrd’s “compare documents” feature, which ultimately produces the same result as “track changes” but without the instability and consistent crashes. With any luck, though, by the time my  copy of Wyrd has been disabled by planned superannuation, Pages will be functional for my purposes. If not: retirement!

In any event, I surely do not want my clients’ documents (or my own) stored in the Cloud. Anyone’s Cloud.

As we speak, Apple users complain of presentations locked up in the nonfunctional iCloud that they can’t use for upcoming events, about e-mail locking up in the classic Apple mode (you get a message that your password is invalid; changing your password causes all sorts of chaos for you).

Worse yet, people’s iPhones are affected: one guy “restored” his phone and, because the Cloud was (still is) down, lost everything he’d loaded into the gadget. Ooops!

Imagine what happens if Google’s cloud goes down. All those Google Documents are suddenly out of reach. Presumably Gmail is rendered incommunicado. And you are rendered…out of business.

My paranoia extends even further, to the point where I would just as soon not make it any easier for the Corporate Shadow Government to spy on me. Sooo…between my personal craziness and the fact that there are some practical reasons to want to keep your data on your local disk, I’m compelled to opt out of the Cloud.

The thing that’s weird is the folks complaining about data locked up and  programs not working…Apple Fanboys, I mean…who show no indication that their files are backed up in Time Machine, which acts like a sort of local Carbonite. Backs up your stuff pretty much as you type. Backs up all your applications, too. On your own external hard drive, not on someone else’s server.

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  1. I have Office 2016 for Mac and I neither pay for it as a monthly subscription nor store my office files on Microsoft’s cloud. I don’t use the software package enough to justify always having the latest version so that worked for me. I do, however, subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Suite because there I do want access to the latest software as it’s available. I think it’s all about how the software is used that determines the value of a purchase vs a subscription. The availability of software to install locally is going to diminish as the world changes how it computes. As a whole, people are spending less and less time in front of a laptop/desktop computer and more time working on their phone/tablet. In that world software as a service (SAAS) makes more sense because applications and files can be available across multiple platforms.

    Cloud storage also has some advantages over local storage. The most important being data backup and redundancy. Any reputable cloud storage provider will have data backup and redundancy such that a failure/disaster with a server does not lose data. For example, let’s take the case of a fire. Your house catches fire and both the computer disk and the local backup disk are destroyed. The cloud data center catches fire, the cloud provider will have redundancy at another site such that the data is not lost. Yes, it is possible for there to be an outage such that you cannot access your files, but again at the top providers those are exceedingly rare. Amazon and Google are two of the largest providers in this space and have uptimes of 99.9974% and 99.9996%, respectively. In 2014, Amazon was down 2.41 hours and Google 14 minutes over the entire year.

  2. True about fire and theft. That’s why I have a) DropBox (itself a Cloud application, but one that lets you keep control over what’s in it) and and b) password protection on each device.

    I dunno how rare outages are at Apple, which should be regarded as a “top” provider, given the number of customers they have. The MacMail password fail is not uncommon — and before Apple banned its sales employees from issuing low-level tech advice without forcing customers to make a formal appointment with a “Genius,” they would tell you if you asked that the phenomenon is “a server problem.”

    Were you able to buy Office 2016 in a package that you could install on disk? Where? Every time I’ve looked into it, I’ve been shunted over to the Cloud package.

    LOL! I purchased Adobe Acrobat a few months ago. I’m quite sure I ordered Acrobat for Mac. They downloaded Acrobat for the PC, and they flat out refused to rectify the problem or to give me a refund. I wouldn’t do business with Adobe on a bet after that. If push comes to shove, I can use the software on the college’s computers; but as a practical matter, other programs — some of them freeware — will accomplish as much as I need for my purposes.

    14 minutes! Dang! Run your eye down the endless whinging on that Apple outage map, and you’ll see the current source of griping apparently started on May 26; the most recent bellyache was posted 11 hours ago. Hmmmm…. Looks like there was a widespread outage on May 13, eliciting so many complaints it would take you half your lifetime to scroll through them. 😀

    Steve is shimmering in his funeral urn.

    I can’t even imagine doing the kind of work I do on a tablet, much less on a tiny little phone. Ouch! My eyes are tired by the time I’ve stared at a good-sized computer monitor for a few hours running — and a typical workday here is 12 to 14 hours. You’d go blind if you tried to do that on some tiny little screen.

  3. Software is rarely distributed on disc these days. Many laptops/computers don’t even have a disc drive anymore. I’ve been holding onto my 2010 Macbook Pro because the newer ones require you to purchase an external drive for discs.

    Even though I don’t need professional software on my personal Mac laptop, I’m getting tempted to buy Office now that I see how the $10 copy I’ll get through my employer is a steal.

    • yeah, it sure sounds like it IS a steal!

      I got Acrobat Pro through the university and managed to cling to it after the layoff. Damn Apple put the kaibosh on that, though: disabled that whole generation of Adobe programs.

      Hmmm…what wuz I sayin’ about how i want my Smith-Corona back…????

      LOL! I’d noticed the new Macinoids have no disc drives… Both mine do. Have to admit, it’s a rare day that I use the things. I think I’ve used the one on the Macbook maybe once or twice.