Tuesday, December 27, 2011

love my chromebook, but...

it was 2002 when i installed thinkfree office as a cross-platform alternative to a popular proprietary office suite. that is when i began moving my life to the cloud. i realized that having to manage data on several computers running different operating systems was silly. i needed access to much of the same stuff on my mac, sparcstation, linux and windows pcs, and i didn't want to have to maintain multiple copies. the cloud made sense to me, though it wasn't then quite the buzzword that it has since become.

back then i predicted that we would one day run most of our software over the internet on a subscription basis. while we haven't arrived there yet, we're certainly going that way. i can now edit documents, touch up photos, record music and video, take notes, send email and text messages, make phone calls, listen to music, read books, watch movies and television shows, and write code all online. since that pretty well sums up most everything i do on a computer today i decided to take the plunge and pick up a chromebook, the samsung series 5 with 3g (in a lovely arctic white.) i have to say, i'm loving it, and i will keep you posted here about my adventures in google's vision of the cloud.

before i wrap up this post, i'll share my impressions after my first week with chromebook. i have to say, there are so many things i love about this device that i can't list them all. speed and convenience are at the top, though. but i have two needs that the chromebook doesn't address. one, i must have a local rdp client. i need to communicate with my company's terminal server from the public internet, but i also need to talk to virtualbox machines that are running on private networks. web-based rdp-to-html5 services can't access my private ip addresses, so a local client is a must. word is, google is working on this, so i'll wait. the second is java. now, if the chromebook had a jre then my first concern might disappear—i've found a very fine java rdp client. but there are many web sites that use java, not the least of which are those that host games like minecraft and runescape. after all, all work and no play...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

deploying to the cloud: a white paper

some folks have more experience with "cloud computing" than others. stretching back into the days of green screens and mainframes, ibm is arguably the most prolific player on the block, and they bring that 40-years of experience to you in this informative white paper. the link requires free registration—a small price to pay for some valuable information.

until next time.