Saturday, September 17, 2011

Week 2: My Presence in The Cloud

     I have a moderate presence in The Cloud. It has made much of my life more convenient by allowing me to pay bills, take classes and do taxes, all online. In addition to gmail I use facebook to keep in touch with my siblings. I love getting updates, pictures and videos of my nieces and nephews as well as sharing them of my own 3 kids. I attend two Moodle classes online with CCV. College would be impossible for me without the online option. I use to compose writings and find it to be user friendly and sufficient. 
      However, I am disgusted by the environmental damages the huge energy sucking server farms are inflicting. All of those super hot engines in air conditioned buildings running around the clock makes me sick. I feel guilty for being online right now.
     I feel that the biggest downfall of The Cloud is keeping everyone's personal information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, addresses, sentimental pictures and videos stored in these sever farms that have the possibility to crash at any given moment. The Cloud is a ticking bomb and when it does crash there is going to be a lot of upset people. In short, I hope to eliminate my presence in The Cloud as soon as this class is done.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Priscilla, eliminate is a strong word. I often feel the same way about the security of my info, but living in FL where we need AC for at least 4 mo. of the year if not a few more, I don't have an issue with the AC server farms and the environment. I mean in VT we heated our house for 7 mo of the year and whether it was oil, gas, coal, wood or electricity, it was fuel of some kind that has a consequence on the environment. For me the security of my info and that my identity is online is the issue. I'm thinking seriously about shutting down my FB acct. for starters...but the convenience of paying bills, banking, etc. online, not sure I can give that up.