[clug] The end of the personal computer age is nigh !

jhock at iinet.net.au jhock at iinet.net.au
Fri Feb 13 19:23:05 MST 2015

I totally agree with you. That is why I do not have a google account (I download apps to my phone using Aptoide), nor Facebook, nor Flickr, nor any other account that stores my information and tracks my information. 

I do have a WeChat account to share information but it only needs my mobile phone number for identification. Not my name, address, etc. etc.  I upload messages and photos to share with friends and that info is stored on their cloud but I choose to share that. 

Regarding Linux cloud, if Ubuntu demands that I use a cloud then I'll move to some other OS or never upgrade. 

I'm totally against tracking my information and I go out of my way to prevent it. 

My 2 cents worth. 


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---- George at Clug wrote ----

> Hi,
> Call me slow if you want, but I am trying to come to terms with the
> understanding that we are seeing "the end of the personal computer
> age", and a new age of "Internet computing" is emerging.
> I enjoyed the Personal Computer age, with Personal Computers I was
> able to edit my photos and videos, write my files, my own programs,
> etc, and only share that which I wanted to share, and even then only
> with those who I wanted to share with.
> I do not want to share my personal identity with large corporations
> who will then on sell my personal identity with many other commercial
> companies.  Nor do I want that which is personal to me, the photos of
> my holidays, my family, my interests, my hobbies to be shared with
> everyone in the Internet, e.g. with my friends, and the friends of my
> friends, and the friends of the friends of my friends, etc.  I do not
> want my tax papers, my plans for my new home, by purchasing habits to
> be general information to anyone or any company that now has access to
> them via the Internet.
> I want a Computing device that is Personal. I don't mind connecting to
> the Internet to get email, upload something when I want share it, or
> download information that I want to learn. But I want most of my life
> (90% ?) to be private.
> I do not expect that Apple will provide me with a "personal computer"
> for long, they are already into iCloud, and iPads.
> Google Chrome books are already, all about online storage and
> computing.
> If you have not realised, Microsoft is moving from local data and apps
> to internet based data and apps, at least that is how I see it.
> I had hoped that Linux might provide me a Personal Computer OS, but I
> have concerns and doubts.  Ubuntu are trying to introduce a "Cloud
> Store", and when I installed CentOS 7 server it had a Tablet touch
> screen swipe screen before the logon screen.  From what I can see,
> the "Cloud" and "Internet" infection has invaded Linux users and
> developers as well.  
> The end is definitely neigh.
> Anyone want to make comment, or catch up with me and have a good chat
> about where personal computing is heading?  Is everyone happy with
> the idea of moving all your photos, files, likes, behaviours, ideas,
> etc, into the cloud where it is no longer going to be personal?
> http://www.technologyreview.com/news/426222/the-personal-computer-is-dead/
> When the iPhone came out in 2007, its design was far more restrictive.
> No outside code at all was allowed on the phone; all the software on
> it was Apple’s. What made this unremarkable—and
> unobjectionable—was that it was a phone, not a computer, and most
> competing phones were equally locked down. We counted on computers to
> be open platforms—hard to think of them any other way—and
> understood phones as appliances, more akin to radios, TVs, and coffee
> machines.
> http://readwrite.com/2011/09/12/tablets_smartphones_killing_pcs_2015
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predictions_made_by_Ray_Kurzweil
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