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    SonsOfLiberty's Avatar The Lonely Wanderer
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    Google plans to eradicate PCs
    January 26, 2009

    Google is to launch a service that would enable users to access their personal computer from any internet connection, according to industry reports. But campaigners warn that it would give the online behemoth unprecedented control over individuals' personal data.

    The Google Drive, or "GDrive", could kill off the desktop computer, which relies on a powerful hard drive. Instead a user's personal files and operating system could be stored on Google's own servers and accessed via the internet.

    The long-rumoured GDrive is expected to be launched this year, according to the technology news website TG Daily, which described it as "the most anticipated Google product so far". It is seen as a paradigm shift away from Microsoft's Windows operating system, which runs inside most of the world's computers, in favour of "cloud computing", where the processing and storage is done thousands of miles away in remote data centres.

    Home and business users are increasingly turning to web-based services, usually free, ranging from email (such as Hotmail and Gmail) and digital photo storage (such as Flickr and Picasa) to more applications for documents and spreadsheets (such as Google Apps). The loss of a laptop or crash of a hard drive does not jeopardise the data because it is regularly saved in "the cloud" and can be accessed via the web from any machine.

    The GDrive would follow this logic to its conclusion by shifting the contents of a user's hard drive to the Google servers. The PC would be a simpler, cheaper device acting as a portal to the web, perhaps via an adaptation of Google's operating system for mobile phones, Android. Users would think of their computer as software rather than hardware.

    It is this prospect that alarms critics of Google's ambitions. Peter Brown, executive director of the Free Software Foundation, a charity defending computer users' liberties, did not dispute the convenience offered, but said: "It's a little bit like saying, 'we're in a dictatorship, the trains are running on time.' But does it matter to you that someone can see everything on your computer? Does it matter that Google can be subpoenaed at any time to hand over all your data to the American government?"

    Google refused to confirm the GDrive, but acknowledged the growing demand for cloud computing. Dave Armstrong, head of product and marketing for Google Enterprise, said: "There's a clear direction ... away from people thinking, 'This is my PC, this is my hard drive,' to 'This is how I interact with information, this is how I interact with the web.'"

    Source: Google plans to make PCs history | GDrive To Kill The PC?
    Last edited by Hairbautt; 02-12-2009 at 02:10 PM. Reason: Word wrap and removed quote tags

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    google, dictator of the new world order? hmmm better get those crypto packs out

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    micropino's Avatar Lossless Ears BT Rep: +10BT Rep +10
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    This is really interesting... I hope it will not stay 10 years in the beta testing phase!
    Last edited by micropino; 01-27-2009 at 06:07 AM.

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    It's total nonsense that it can kill off the desktop computer, but it can be a useful tool for sharing relatively small data files accessed from multiple locations and for online backup. For one think relatively few people have both mobile and fixed internet services which are both high speed and high quality.

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    WHiKWiRE's Avatar MooPhEuS
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    i'll stick to my pc

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonsOfLiberty View Post
    Dave Armstrong, head of product and marketing for Google Enterprise, said: "There's a clear direction ... away from people thinking, 'This is my PC, this is my hard drive,' to 'This is how I interact with information, this is how I interact with the web.'"
    Replace "the web" with "Google" and you have was Mr. David intended to say. They probably use the two terms interchangeably over in Mountain View, California. Next thing to debut is a Google Operating System, "GOS", and a Google ISP, "GISP" - just wait. Anyone with half a brain is sure to steer clear from this GDrive. Everyone already has laptop, anyway... and who wants to use a public computer to access their personal data all the time? Homeless people and dolts, that's who.
    Last edited by Brenya; 01-29-2009 at 06:03 PM.

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    Google is sort of the benevolent dictator.
    I hope they don't turn on us.

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    getting a little ahead of themselves.


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