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How David Becomes Goliath
By Paul Tomori
Wednesday, July 08, 2009 at 15:55:42 (EDT)

Isn't this an interesting news item today? Google is going to launch an Operating System that will compete with Microsoft's Windows. The concept is to use cloud computing to store the various settings instead of your own computer. I love it. I already do this in a small way with my own company.... and I never lose data. Everything sits on servers that back themselves up to multiple locations. For added safety, we burn to DVD too on a regular basis.

So, here's the thing. I broke down and bought a MAC laptop and desktop to complement my various PC's... I did this about 2 years ago and as an experiment, I decided to not store anything on the MAC's except for some inconsequential files. Instead, I use them purely as portal devices. They give me a window on our office systems, servers and also of course, on to the internet. The laptop is like a dumb terminal, but with the brilliance of Apple's very intuitive Operating System to enjoy as the tool of the trade.

I imagine Google's offering will mimic Apple's Leopard OS more than it will mimic Microsoft's Windows. It will be lean and fast and not prone to freezing up or slowdowns. Software will be by subscription, so there will be no "installing" of software on to your computer. Man, have I hated to do that over the years and as much as I have respected Bill Gates' enormous brilliance and as much as I actually supported Microsoft in their anti-trust legal battles, I have always abhorred the dreaded re-installs of my PCs. What a waste of time. And... all the lost data too... sigh. Thankfully, we have options in Apple's system and in existing cloud architectures. I can't wait to see Google take this one step further.... or knowing them, about 20 steps further.

Here's the article:

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