LockerGnome.net user macmanmcmanaman (now suspended, presumably for having too few vowels in too long of a name) asks:
“Do you like iCloud? Do you?”
I’ll begin to answer a question with another question: Do you think that cloud computing — that is, keeping your data stored in a remote location and accessing it by network or Internet connection rather than on a local hard drive — is a half-baked, foolhardy misuse of technology fraught with potential security disasters, or a brilliant management of resources that will lead us into a better future? There are certainly pros and cons to either side of the argument, but one thing is clear: Apple is committed to making the most of cloud computing, and wants us to trust it.
With the introduction of iCloud, Apple’s newest foray into cloud-based backup and data distribution, both OS X and Windows users can enjoy its services (in fact, as you’ll see in the video below, Chris Pirillo says he likes the iCloud experience on Windows just a little more than on OS X). Of course, it’s available on iOS 5 devices, allowing users to safely stow away their calendars, media, email, photos, and other data from the convenience of, really, anywhere. The days of worrying about losing everything with the failure of a single hard drive seem like they’re finally over — and honestly, isn’t it about time?
Another nifty feature of iCloud is a service called Find My Mac, which operates like some James Bond-level security device that can find, lock, and wipe a lost or stolen iOS 5 device (or Mac) from a remote location, adding another level of protection to data that should be for your eyes, only. Even if you never see the hardware again, the punks who took off with your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook will be less likely to make it work for them — and doesn’t pissing off jerks who have gone out of the way to make your life miserable make you feel at least a little better while you wait for UPS to drop off your replacement device?
So what do you think? Do you like iCloud? Do you?