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freizugheit
post Apr 3 2007, 06:48 PM
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http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technolog...e-obsolete.html

Do you agree with the article?

Google Reader is strongly recommended!!!!
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desertrat
post Apr 3 2007, 08:36 PM
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QUOTE(freizugheit @ Apr 4 2007, 02:48 AM)
Do you agree with the article?

No way! I would not trust my data to be potentially held hostage by a nameless corporation.
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Cresho
post Apr 3 2007, 08:59 PM
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It doesnt matter, windblows vista sends data to microsoft anyway!
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Meanie
post Apr 3 2007, 11:07 PM
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QUOTE(Cresho @ Apr 4 2007, 02:59 PM)
It doesnt matter, windblows vista sends data to microsoft anyway!
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if they did that without consent, then they'd be violating several privacy laws..., but they can always force users to let them by making people click ok as the only option...

as for the obsolete things, i remember many years ago, when oracle announced that PCs would be obsolete in a few years and replaced by little boxes, ie network computers which were fancy little multimedia boxes that had no harddisks and software installled locallly....

this is just the same concept revamped but using the internet as the medium.... might be useful for those for whom privacy is not a concern, ie generation y, but for most businesses any other sane people who don't like letting people freely snoop through their private things, its a no brainer.
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Antikx
post Apr 4 2007, 04:30 AM
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QUOTE(desertrat @ Apr 3 2007, 10:36 PM)
QUOTE(freizugheit @ Apr 4 2007, 02:48 AM)
Do you agree with the article?

No way! I would not trust my data to be potentially held hostage by a nameless corporation.
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You could have your own data storage server setup in your basement.
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Capn_Fish
post Apr 4 2007, 06:50 AM
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QUOTE(Cresho @ Apr 3 2007, 11:59 PM)
It doesnt matter, windblows vista sends data to microsoft anyway!
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I'm glad I got rid of Windows on all of my systems yesterday, then. =)

I like having all of my data/programs stored locally. It makes me (more) certain that somebody's not digging through my files.
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Antikx
post Apr 4 2007, 07:12 AM
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QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Apr 4 2007, 08:50 AM)
I'm glad I got rid of Windows on all of my systems yesterday, then. =)
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We had a "Windows-Free Home" ™ for 3 years.
Instead of spending time fighting viruses and spyware I was constantly tweaking the family Linux computer to do what Windows users expect a computer to do. rolleyes.gif
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Capn_Fish
post Apr 4 2007, 09:52 AM
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QUOTE(Antikx @ Apr 4 2007, 10:12 AM)
QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Apr 4 2007, 08:50 AM)
I'm glad I got rid of Windows on all of my systems yesterday, then. =)
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We had a "Windows-Free Home" ™ for 3 years.
Instead of spending time fighting viruses and spyware I was constantly tweaking the family Linux computer to do what Windows users expect a computer to do. rolleyes.gif
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That's what I do for fun anyway.
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post Apr 4 2007, 05:09 PM
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QUOTE(Antikx @ Apr 4 2007, 03:12 PM)
QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Apr 4 2007, 08:50 AM)
I'm glad I got rid of Windows on all of my systems yesterday, then. =)
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We had a "Windows-Free Home" ™ for 3 years.
Instead of spending time fighting viruses and spyware I was constantly tweaking the family Linux computer to do what Windows users expect a computer to do. rolleyes.gif
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Had? Had?! Heretic! Apostate! Infidel! you loaded windows on something?

(actually my wife uses XP and I occasionally use win2k on vmware or qemu, and of course, I use Cedega )
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post Apr 4 2007, 05:24 PM
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QUOTE(adf @ Apr 4 2007, 07:09 PM)
Had?  Had?! Heretic! Apostate! Infidel!  you loaded windows on something?

(actually my wife uses XP and I occasionally use win2k on vmware or qemu, and of course, I use Cedega )
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We upgraded our aging Pentium II 350 for an Intel iMac on the employee purchase plan almost a year ago. It dual boots Mac OSX and XP MCE but Bill Gates doesn't see much of us due to Mac OSX doing almost everything we need.
I don't mind Windows, I just like OSX/BSD and Linux better.
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post Apr 4 2007, 10:06 PM
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Ok-- I rfa'd.

I'd love to have web based apps running on the web server in my den. I might be interested in hosting them with my lunarpages account.

I really like gmail. I'd probably really like the other stuff, but I keep several email addresses because I don't entirely trust google. Why start with the other software, too?

I'm not exactly always online. At work I have a proxy server--I'm really not inclined to tunnel out just to use a word processor. And, as you might guess, a lot of Ak isn't well covered by wifi or even gprs. Dependancy on web based apps would get anoying pretty quickly, I bet.

Oh...and yeah--maybe putting all my data on somebody else's boxes might be kinda dumb.

OTOH if the web based apps could be easily hosted....well that could be a big win for IT anyplace with a large lan/wan setup.
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post Apr 4 2007, 10:26 PM
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QUOTE(adf @ Apr 5 2007, 04:06 PM)
Ok-- I rfa'd.

I'd love to have web based apps running on the web server in my den. I might be interested in hosting them with my lunarpages account.

I really like gmail. I'd probably really like the other stuff, but I keep several email addresses because I don't entirely trust google. Why start with the other software, too?

I'm not exactly always online. At work I have a proxy server--I'm really not inclined to tunnel out just to use a word processor. And, as you might guess, a lot of Ak isn't well covered by wifi or even gprs. Dependancy on web based apps would get anoying pretty quickly, I bet.

Oh...and yeah--maybe putting all my data on somebody else's boxes might be kinda dumb. 

OTOH  if the web based apps could be easily hosted....well that could be a big win for IT anyplace with a large lan/wan setup.
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gmail has backdoors whereby a hacker can access anybody's imap folder... plus googles does not backup their mailboxes and merely rely on raid. so far their hardware has been good, but with time, there will be failures so storing stuff on google is not so safe, but for stuff you don't care about or things you have your own backups anyway, like photos you just want to access easily, gmail is good enough...
as for a web based word processor, yeah, great idea for like composing birthdayinvites, but i wouldn't want to do my business plan somewhere that any entry level hacker has access to...
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post Apr 4 2007, 11:34 PM
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For confidentiality, one can think of using encryption before uploading the data.

For backup, one can store a copy of encrypted data in each of cyberspace storage sites. But do not forget to keep a copy in your own backup system at home and last but not least, do remember your passwords of private keys.
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post Apr 4 2007, 11:54 PM
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QUOTE(freizugheit @ Apr 5 2007, 07:34 AM)
For confidentiality, one can think of using encryption before uploading the data.

That's feasible only for "general" data and "bulk" online storage facilities. For stuff like eg google calendar, how do you encrypt the entries? Although it's possible to rewrite the app so that the contents are encrypted before they're sent off to the server, but you still always have to keep some "plain text" meta data. Compare with a pgp encrypted mail, the contents are protected but the mail headers by necessity are plainly visible.
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post Apr 4 2007, 11:56 PM
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QUOTE(adf @ Apr 5 2007, 06:06 AM)
OTOH  if the web based apps could be easily hosted

It would be nice if they made gmail open source then I could host my own smile.gif
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