Public cloud computing services are among the most unreliable technology products out there, and this is a fact that Internet corporations never cease to confirm. As a matter of fact, the only true guarantees that the aforementioned corporations can concretely comply with are the ones about security risks for virtual computing instances, breaches in users’ sensible and personal data, unauthorized password access, the unavailability of communication services vital for a country’s authorities. Insecurity is the only “always-on” thing, in the wonderful world of cloud, and promises about “unlimited” resources are lies so awful that Pinocchio would be disgusted.
Four months have passed, maybe it’s time to update the blog once more. And maybe it’s fine to resume some series neglected for too long like the one about the market of computer Web browsers. The last post on the topic dates back to 2009, and in just six years the situation changed so radically to seem like belonging to another age. And as a matter of fact we are in a completely different age, with many unknowns and a factual observation which is worth being highlighted above anything else: Firefox is a browser unavoidably doomed to oblivion, and it’s all Mozilla’s fault.
Among the many lies cloud computing providers tell users and companies, the one about reliability and full-time availability is always the first to be proven wrong by facts. Cloud platforms go off-line almost regularly, and it matters little that the infrastructure is needed to manage applications and data in real time or that the affected provider is a hi-tech giant. Sooner or later all the remote servers vanish in a sorrowful cloud, and the user is left with his frustration for having entrusted his own business or digital life to someone who is only interested in turning them into profits.
Yeah, it’s 2015 and I am still here talking about feed readers, the ideal service to replace the never too much bemoaned Google Reader and about the unreliability of big corporations when it’s a matter of trusting them with something so important, so intimate like your personal slice of Web you browse every day, many times a day, one post at a time. This is an update post about my personal “quest” to hunt the perfect feed reader, a quest that already ended months ago with the permanent adoption of Inoreader.
The industry is at war against “piracy”, unauthorized releasing and on-line sharing of digital contents, a war fought by using every possible mean and relentlessly abusing propaganda, censorship and political lobbying. But it’s a war worth nothing, and when the majors succeed in restraining access to particularly popular “pirate” sites like The Pirate Bay the net result is that absolutely nothing changes.
The companies involved in that downright organized fraud called cloud computing have always advertised the idea that data, “apps” and services entirely relying on an Internet connection are destined to last indefinitely. It’s the first lie and the original sin of cloud computing, something that simply isn’t true and that every month, every week and every day must face a reality going in the opposite way: the “cloud” servers are dying over and over again like flies bringing down with them data, apps and services of their naive users.
The increasing fight against “illegal” downloads on file sharing networks I was talking about the last time is speeding up to a feverish rate, and the new lords of digital steam go to any lengths to prove than on-line copyright is worth more than everything - even more than open Internet access. The industry’s most used tool against unauthorized P2P continues to be censorship, and if that wasn’t enough the MAFIAA (MPAA+RIAA) collective and similar organizations are quick to switch to threats and power abuse.
Cloud computing is a digital hell that burns data, security, reliability and privacy for users and companies, a technology cancer that within the short turn of a summer brought new evidence of the fact that the worst, for the fools willing to completely tie themselves to the feudal power system of the new digital Lords, is yet to come. It’s therefore important to keep a constant track of the incidents, the unfulfilled promises, the countless privacy violations and the pure and simple lies the unscrupulous corporations persistently try to sell as the future of everything. The future, on-line, has an expiration date and is intermittent.
More than four years have passed since the last time Sir Arthur’s Den dealt with the war against digital “piracy” on P2P networks, and in these few years the clash between the contents industry, users and promoters of the aforementioned contents free sharing became worse and worse. The united lobby of MAFIAA (and ideal yet scary fusion of RIAA and MPAA) did its worst by asking for monstrous monetary compensations, by throwing the releasers in jail and by trying to affirm the idea that “crime” against copyright doesn’t pay anymore.
The false promises of cloud computing killed Google Reader and I, like many million users before, had to search for a worthy alternative to the former most popular feed reader in the world. The truth is that finding such alternative isn’t easy, and as for me the search is still going on now almost a month after the Reader service official stop. This nth betrayal by Google still burns, yet the RSS/Atom readers market is luckily more alive than ever just like the hope to dismiss even the memory of the only Google product - web search apart - I have ever cared of.
I think that finding a visual flaw in an extremely popular service like Google Maps doesn’t happen frequently, but detecting something weird in a photographic view a few meters away from where you live must be even more rare. And yet it’s exactly what happened to me a few months ago, and the problem is still there today: the view of a street hereabout is simply bugged, with a giant purple block hiding the sight at one of the roadway sides - all along the street.
Some technologies are really die hard, but they can be celebrated in due time when they finally become history. It happened by chance that the twenty-second day of May 2010 fell the anniversary of two fundamental tech products, considered as milestones within their field so much that there is a “before” and an “after” their appearance on the market. And both products have no need for introduction, being no less than the first “star” of the video games history and the first Windows version to be successful among the vast user base of “IBM and compatible” PCs.
The Fool is an Italian start-up founded by Matteo Flora, a security consultant known for having helped Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset to put together the data required to bring a 500 million euros lawsuit against Google and YouTube in July 2008. On the blog of FoolDNS, the main product offered by The Fool, the company has recently explained the reasons why Google Safe-Browsing is part of the service blacklist hence it is blocked for users and companies which use it.
Maybe the bolt from the blue of the Chrome launch didn’t brought an awful market share figure to the newcomer, but the convulsions and the undoubted evolutive acceleration set off by the release of the made-in-Google browser are reverberating with increasing strength on the new war to control the access port to the worldwide network. Currently numbers are still on Mozilla’s and its red panda side, but in future things will become more complicated when Google will have played one of its best cards to turn Chrome from an oddity for few into a conquering force for the mainstream market.
It was August 27 of 2007 (my birthday) when columnist John C. Dvorak warned against the dangers of things such as “cloud computing”, “software as service”, “Web 3.0″ and the many abbreviations that in these years are trying to catch the attention of the public and sell as new what is the most old fashioned computing architecture ever existed.
This new round up of sparse suggestions has heterogeneity as its distinctive mark. I mean, here we’re trying to keep together a zombiecon with the Hubble Space Telescope, the Google fiascos with the possible future ones by Microsoft, the usual crap on P2P and even the ostracism by Western Digital for the SSD technology! I need a 36 hours-long day, definitely
After more than two months since the Chrome launch, the made-by-Google browser that should have revolutionized the whole market and the Internet perception itself among the users, the nowadays scenario is very much different from what the events anticipated then. Not only Chrome hasn’t been able to take a significant amount of netizens, but even its undoubted performance leadership will soon be called into question by the new releases from the competitors.
If there’s something that is clear to anyone would have just washed his feet in the Internet ocean, it’s that in the so-called information society what is never absent are the debate cues, the (exactly) information sources and the events worth of citing. The possible suggestions, indeed, abound, and the problem isn’t to find them but to make a selection and put together the most interesting ones.
With the characteristic effect of a bolt from the blue, at the beginning of this week Mountain View has released the beta version of its browser, Google Chrome, joining the super-competitive market of software interfaces toward the possibilities of net economy and information society. Everybody talk about it, everybody express their own thoughts on the matter, but still no one has had the heart to define the event with its due name: Chrome, there’s no much to do about that, marks the beginning of a new browser war in a time in which the said browsers are the main framework of business and access to digital heritage of interconnected mankind.
Definitely, I’ve overdone with optimism. The case of the Pirate Bay block, which a public prosecutor of Bergamo has ordered to make inaccessible from the Italian Internet not only hasn’t been resolved yet, but it’s acquiring more and more the outlines of an unheard of shot to the Italian P2P, in which the law is used like a sledge hammer to push down, even at the cost of doing something unlawful, what is unanimously considered as the main source of search for contents available on the BitTorrent network.