Like many others, I’ve had the pleasure of setting up many smartphones and tablets over the years and when It comes to the cloud storage part of the set-up (iCloud of OneDrive), the device owner look at me blankly and says “What, yes, whatever?!”. We are well and truly past the Nokia 5110 times of just popping in your SIM card and making a call with your market flashing arial.
It’s actually rather scary how many people don’t have a bloody clue on what the ‘Cloud’ actually is. Let’s break it down for you…. it’s basically a computer that is located in a mostly unknown location that is connect to you via the internet which you’re able to store you personal data on it. Wow!
A bit like your homes computer, but you don’t own it or have physical access to it.
I tell you what, if you just pop all your finance data and holiday snaps onto a USB memory stick, i’ll look after them for you?
That’s all great, now a bit more technical for you more understanding bunch. Although you should already know what it’s all about;
Cloud computing, also known as 'on-demand computing', is a kind of Internet-based computing, where shared resources, data and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand.Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort.
Quoted from Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing
My frustration sparked in late 2014, over how business would use the phrase but not explain the term, resulting in many not have a clue about the cloud and what it actually is. Which is why I decided to design and send a sticker off to the printers, StickerMule. It’s sometimes quicker and more fun highlighting a fact for awareness with a sticker. I would of never guessed in a million years how popular and well known my sticker would become.
The number of; shares, likes, photos, retweets, mentions, links, hashtags, bla bla. that relate to my sticker is mind blowing and unfortunately unknown.
Here are a few randomly picked tweets from all around the world.
There is no cloud! It's just someone else's computer... pic.twitter.com/u4arumoep4— Sticker Mule (@stickermule) July 10, 2015
This, everytime someone says "the cloud": pic.twitter.com/6BmeER68rq— Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf) April 18, 2015
There is no cloud... pic.twitter.com/k4kk1VlYMM— Luca Matteis (@lmatteis) June 22, 2015
Haha brilliant ! "There is no cloud, it's just someone else's computer" pic.twitter.com/IThaVkD2Sm— Juan Pernia (@juanrules) November 4, 2015
Cruise pup pic.twitter.com/iD2Rt3LbZ2— Jessy Irwin (@jessysaurusrex) January 26, 2016
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