Get Your Head Into the Clouds
I've been thinking lately about the "cloud." Not the clouds in the sky, but rather the workings of "cloud" computing where you store all your data files and software on a distant server on the Internet and not on your laptop or desktop. This is going to be the latest shoe to drop in the way we work and play on the Internet. It is a meaningful and different approach as to how we relate to our machines and our friends.
This next step will happen when Google announces in the very near future the "GDrive." A storage service which could eliminate the need for any physical hard drive -- ever. I have recently been dabbling with the "cloud" and it works very well for me. I travel quite a bit and I use one desktop, two laptops and any other computer that I am near to do my daily newsletter, blogs, e-mails and other assorted columns. I can now write my articles or collected thoughts anywhere and store them in the cloud on Google Docs to be retrievable from any Internet-connected machine. As a reporter/columnist, this makes my life much easier.
My advice is to keep your eye on "cloud" computing. There is no software to buy, no storage or local hard drives to worry about. All you need is an Internet connection and hardware platform. It is worth noting that there are collaboration tools as well. You can share whatever you like and keep private what is worth protecting. I cannot at this time predict what the full impact to the publishing world cloud computing will have, but the fact that it is important is indisputable.