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.