Cloud Computing is Cool

What, didn’t you know? Cloud computing has all the industry insiders raving. Only pay for what you use! Automatic data backups! No more investments in hardware!

Oh, I’m sorry, did I lose your attention? Not surprised. It’s boooooooooooooooooooriiing. But really, the cloud is cool. Very cool. And here’s why.

I now live without ads. None, as in zero. Nada. Zinch. I’ve given up entirely on traditional TV (including cable) and now rely on Netflix alone. All the TV series and movies I want at the touch of a button. Plus, with a VPN, it’s possible to get full access to all the US content, which way exceeds what the crappy UK version has to offer.


It’s cheaper (much, much cheaper)

So a decent cloud music service costs you, what, £6 a month? Please tell me you’re not still relying on illegal downloads and playing off of mp3s. Really. So 2009.

Netflix is £6 a month and you can get a decent VPN service for £4. Cut out your BBC TV licence and you save yourself £145 a year. Cancel cable and save maybe £250+? Really, beyond live sports, what are you paying lots of money for that you can’t get online now?


No more stupid TV

I mean the physical box sitting in front of you. It’s stupid; can’t do a damn thing. People have been talking about smart TV for ages – hasn’t materialised yet. Well, guess what? I’ve already got one. It’s called a PC. It’s hooked up to my HD TV at home. Pop a wireless mouse and keyboard combo into the USB port at the front and, hey presto, your TV just get very, very smart indeed.


A full-on media centre

That’s right. At the click of a mouse button. Because it’s a PC with full access to all music, all movies, email – the whole shebang.

In conclusion, then, you get:

• more movies than you could shake a stick at

• more music than you could possibly ever hope to download

• any game you fancy via Steam

• youtube, email, and all the other things you normally do on the net

What it costs you every month: £16.


The catch

There isn’t one. But there is something to watch out for – security. Think about it. If you’ve invested so much of your life in the cloud, as people are doing more and more (whether they know it or not), what you stand to lose grows exponentially greater.

The key to all this? Email. Especially gmail, as your entire Google account links into this. Just imagine. If a hacker gains access to your email account he can go to all your other accounts and just click on that naughty little “reset password” button. Boom. You’re completely hacked.  Let the horror begin.

How to avoid this? Check out my next post on how to improve security in the cloud.

Nathan Haslewood