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Why cloud computing won't work

Having your software in *the cloud* is a way of accessing it without actually having to install it on your computer, tablet, or phone. This makes a lot of sense logically. There really is no physical reason to install a software program on your computer, which requires a lot of space. And information travels so quickly now that there is no difference between the feeling of using a software program that exists only *in the cloud* as opposed to being installed physically on your computer.

The reason why it won't work, of course, is human beings. Somebody, somewhere *out there* needs to make sure that you can access your software, movies, documents, whenever you need them. It's been tried before, and failed for the same reason. And that's why personal computers became so popular in the 1990s. Before personal computers, there were *mainframe* computers connected to dumb terminals (yes, that's what they called them). All of the software, documents, etc. were stored on the mainframe and all you had to do to access them was to log in and get busy. But then, as now, someone needs to make sure that they have done their job - turn on the switch, plug it in, whatever. And people get it wrong. If you've ever been frustrated by the messages that you see on shared systems like Facebook, you know what I mean.

If your software, and your documents are stored right there in your computer, right on your desk, no one at some remote site needs to remember to do anything. You turn on your computer, click the software and the document that you want to work on, 24/7 and off you go. If something goes wrong, well, it's probably your fault, or at the very least you can take your computer somewhere to be fixed, or reinstall the software. You couldn't do that with a mainframe computer, and you can't do that with the cloud.

It's too bad that mainframes and dumb terminals didn't work, and it's the same reason why cloud computing won't work. Having some anonymous person *out there* can't be trusted. I wish they could, but they can't.