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Q: Are you planning to switch to cloud computing?

  • 9%
    I've already done it.

  • 6%
    Yes, but not immediately.

  • 39%
    No, it seems like a waste of time.

  • 17%
    I haven't made up my mind yet.

  • 28%
    What's cloud computing?


(Based on 598 Votes)

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PC Advisor

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wolfie3000

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Cloud computing is ok for business users but for the average pc user I feel its kinda useless.

Only things I store online are my game saves, as some of my friends can use them. All my other data is stored on my pc and backed up on a 1TB external HDD, and I back up my whole pc once a week.

Cloud computing is good if you need to share data with others or need to access your data from other pc,s but its not for me.

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Joseph Kerr

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But none of the voting options quite suit me, just to be awkward.

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Joseph Kerr

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No. I want MY data on MY own HDD(s), and do not wish to pay yet again fir storage. And other reasons people have mentioned.

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Crosstrainer2

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I'm using Apples iCloud service at the moment, but not for essential data. 5GB is free, as is the @me email service. Adding extra storage is a simple enough process, and can be done using an iPhone / iPad or Mac.

As to using it as a mission critical backup solution? Not at the moment. I use the tried and tested backup methods, and will wait to see how the service develops over time.

Apple certainly seem to think it's the future, as they have implemented it on all devices since the release of IOS5.

For now I consider it to be more of a gimmick, using it in conjunction with my ATV for photo stream and a few music tracks.

Prices for extra storage are really quite reasonable, but for now I'm sticking with my NAS backups. With an iMac a Macbook Air, and a Macbook pro that's a lot of storage, and I prefer to know it's safely backed up at home.

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Jwbjnwolf

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I Am not going to us it big time, but I most certainly love dropbox. And iCload I will use for backing up my contacts, notes etc, but I am not going to pay for it. Dropbox I have decided to use for backing up my college work so if I do lose data, my college work is backed up, which I can also easily share with my Teachers if I cannot get onto the stupid site that we download/upload all our work.

Also, I am going to stay using dropbox to transfer all my photos from my iPod etc to my netbook and any other machines I use.

I rate dropbox 10/10 as it works like as if you were just moving your files to another place on PC/Mac, and because you can earn up to 8gbs for free plus what you are given for free so you can get up to 10gb for free.

iCloud seems like it will be fantastic, but it is too soon to give a prediction at the moment.

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Pineman100

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Well, I can't argue with that! The newest device/idea always looks like the best one... at the time!

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Quickbeam

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We're all part of the herd in reality, eventually we join the rest on the other side of the fence where the grass always seems greener...;)

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Pineman100

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Quickbeam - but why would being "the odd one out" affect your decision? Surely the right solution to your computing needs is the one that suits you best.

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Quickbeam

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I'll just carry on using my current office software until I find that I'm the odd one out by still using it... that may may some time.

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wiz-king

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More like a mackerel sky (Altocumulus) - and your the sprat!

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wee eddie

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We currently have MS advertising Cloud Based Office Software and yet they still insist in bundling all the unwanted crap with it.

Until they offer each program, as a separate item, I see no reason to take them seriously. You may want just Word, Excel, Access, Outlook or perhaps one of the other parts, but No, it's a bundle only and I'm willing to bet they resemble Cumulonimbus rather than Cirrus. e.g. big bellied ones.

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Chus1

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Have backed up 1G of music files. Won't know unless I need them if they are safe up there. Will this year also try 'cloud' gaming. My guess is, if it works for leisure it will work for business.

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morddwyd

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At 6 megs, 7 on a good day?

How long to load/update a Word documemt, let alone a 1gig card full of JPGs?

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VCR97

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Well, I would vote (No) but the vote is continually rejected.

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canarieslover

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With memories of Spectrum, Commodore 64 etc where not making at least two copies of everything would almost certainly result in losing work forever, I could not possibly commit to having any of my data where I did not have some measure of control over it's safety. For the next generation it may become a natural way of working, providing that no security issues raise their head, but for me I still back up to external media. Too old to change my ways????? Maybe!!

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Forum Editor

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My experience - at least as far as business users are concerned - is that people feel they have far more important things to think about at the moment than moving everything to the cloud.

There are deep concerns about security, and until cloud providers get the message that security comes before just about everything else where business data are concerned they'll not see service uptake on anything like the scale they envisage.

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Pineman100

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The voting options are incomplete. The glaring omission is "No, because my internet connection won't support it."

I already use cloud computing for my email, but that's the limit of what my internet connection will permit. The idea of regularly up- or downloading multi-megabyte files is, for me, completely impracticable.

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ams4127

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No.

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sunnystaines

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no, as for reasons stated already your stuck if the net goes down, also prefer the security of my home pc

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interzone55

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I'm not sold on this at a domestic user level.

As Cream mentioned, I have a 16gb USB stick that travels with me where-ever I go, on it is a portable version of Open Office, and a copy of the Documents folder from my laptop.

This means I can access reasonable quality office applications and my documents, from any with a PC.

My laptop came with a free online data storage account, but it only works with my laptop (tied to the MAC of the laptop, so actually only works if I'm connected by WiFi, the MAC of the RJ45 is different), so not really ideal.

As for companies, I can see benefits, as you can place all your documents into a single, managed and secured, pool for all your staff to access from any location

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gengiscant

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Yet another need for the non existent edit button, I really should have looked at the poll tittle. I am assuming the poll refers to going totally to the cloud then no apart from what I mentioned in the above post.

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gengiscant

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As yet another backup it is useful. I already used Dropbox and have now got access to the iCloud so I really do not have any problems with it.

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cream.

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I have all I need on a £9.99 4Gb usb drive that goes with me everywhere. It gets updated whenever I use it.

Voted no.

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anskyber

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Sort of.

In a very minor was many have it already if anyone uses as I do an internet based email system like gMail. Things like my contacts are therefore in the cloud.

In the "bigger picture" I'm reluctant to commit my whole life such as documents and pictures to the cloud without an earth based (hard drive) back up. Perversely it is the cloud which gives me a back for the potentially unpredictable hard drive.

I recently installed iOS5 on my phone so I am giving the back up service there a run out.

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lotvic

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No, I like my stuff on my pc at home. Also don't want to have to be connected to the internet using up monthly download allowance just to do anything and I'd be stuck whenever my connection went down. Concerned about security as well. I'll give it a miss.

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Covergirl

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I've voted that I haven't made up my mind yet, but in reality it's No - I have misgivings about 1. exactly who had access to my files and 2. whether the service provider I had chosen would at some point in the future go belly up.

I guess the questions are already answered in the cloud specifications, but for the moment, thanks but no thanks.

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Woolwell

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No - but not because it is a waste of time. But because I am concerned about availability of internet connection. Upload speeds are not great. I want my data immediately where I am and I don't want to depend on a flaky connection if I'm out and about. I also have security concerns.

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