* Posts by stobe

3 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Feb 2011

What time do you call this, BT? Late, state-funded broadband rollout plods on


Re: Dear BT

You should most definitely be grateful. 3 roads away from us they are fibre enabled, whereas residents on our fairly modern housing estate are still only getting 2Mbps maximum!

Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish



>My betting is that 'free for a year' implies they want to go to an Office 365 model where you rent the OS with automatic updates (I read that you can't turn automatic Windows Update off) to future versions.

No. Free for a year means that you may upgrade from 7/8 to 10 within a year from 10's release without extra charge, thereafter you may have to pay an upgrade fee. If you did your research before making your bets you'd know that Terry Myerson also said "Once a device is upgraded to Windows 10, we'll be keeping it current for the supported lifetime of the device", that's "of the device" not "of the subscription"!

Google Apps boss says cloud computing is your destiny


Data in the cloud, no way

Sorry but I cannot agree, in fact I think it should be the other way around. Cloud applications can take the load of local hardware sources such as CPU and memory by moving the processing off your local machine, thus requiring you only to have a thin client with sufficient storage. The functionality of cloud apps will get better over time as the user base increases and feature requests mount up. Also. if a cloud application becomes unavailable then it is feasible that there will be another cloud application or you can resort to a local application if you prefer.

On the other hand, placing data on the cloud is to relinquish complete control of your data. Cloud storage goes down? You better had already taken the extra time to place it elsewhere on the cloud that is still available or have a local copy. And if you are only storing a copy of your data on the cloud as a backup, then that's a pretty limited feature set you see for the cloud! Having your data on the cloud also enhances the risk of your data being accessed by unauthorised parties. Sure, the storage provider may have security measures, but can you guarantee that someone won't find exploits and crack/hack their way to your data. Do you really want all your electronically stored family photos, financial documents, etc, out there at risk?

I'll make use of the cloud for what has been termed Web 2.0 apps and beyond, but I wouldn't want my personal data out there thanks.