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Cloud Computing and what one can expect in year 2012?

Cloud Computing and what one can expect in year 2012?

It is too early to predict but we are gearing up to lot of innovations.
These innovations come not because we ave become groovy but because of necessity.
Already some writers who have seen the “Sea Change” making analogy to Volkswagen Era.
It is Hitlers creation but it outlasted him by a century.
The people car , the Volkswagen (People’s Wagon) he built to take advantage of harsh conditions in the Africa where water for cooling was not available Beetle was even built in  Uganda in latter part of the last century.
Now the analogy is different. Fossil fuel is becoming exhausted with www in vogue and the whole world connected one need not travel far to get new technology and the freedom for innovation open for everybody.
In comes Amazon Kindle and its Silk Browser to go with the Cloud Computers we are in for a sea change.
Amazon will lead at a time whole western economy is collapsing due to “greed based economy” that was developed by greedy high flying CEOs.
One need not fly one need is a fast Internet and only a Silk browser to be connected and high flyers are wasting money of their own and cloud will actually make many people redundant in the IT  industry employed by corporate clients.
There is centralization and decentralization going in hand in hand.
When there is economic crisis redundancy will not be tolerated and machine will take over.
In this case the computer.
In another 20 years it is predicted the “cloud cluster computers” will surpass human intelligence and CEOs become redundant.
Small become beautiful and big and bigger (IBM mentality) mentality will be replaced by “Ant Philosophy”.
Each small unit of computer power (Linux Clustering replaced Super Computers and even NASA used it when the money supply went down) will add and make “a cloud of computers” super powerful that few companies (they can thing big though) will inherit this phenomenon. Companies who ignore this will have to buy the resources or become subservient.
I will list the order of things in small to big with or without the company involved.
1. Silk Browser and Amazon
2. Kindle Fire
3. Amazon Cloud Service.
Mind Amazon has only silk Browser and the Linux Utility to run the cloud systems and have no OS.
4. Eye OS and any free software browser from Dilli to Midori to Gecko go with it and the Apache.
It is available at SourceForge free.
At eyeOS, we believe in free software as a way to share new technologies and make a contribution to the community, to the explorers who have great ideas but lack the resources to build upon them.
Open Source runs in our blood. It is our story and our legacy. eyeOS was born as an Open Source Project 6 years ago and since then it has thrived with a growing worldwide community of 16,000 active members, 70 minor and major releases over time, chapters in more than 60 countries and downloads that have recently passed the 1 million mark.
5. Suse and its Cloud Service.
One can own a Cloud with Suse.
OpenSUSE comes with customized Eucalyptus, OpenNebula and OpenStack. It also supports ownCloud 2.
This is a do-it-yourself Web-based storage cloud application. OpenSUSE claims that “ownCloud is different from solutions like Google Docs, Dropbox or Ubuntu One in that it lets you own the data.
6. Not to forget Ubuntu ONE comes next.
7. Google with own OS will be the next with little community support but corporate mentality unless it decides to make amends and forge with open software.
8. Even though small Puppy Linux derivative Slako will be there to take us to the post.
9. Then the other players like Dropbox will take their due place.
10. Number 10 is any combinations above which include Meebo, JoliClouud and CloudSUB.
There will be 5 tier service protocol that will emerge.
1. Mini Browser like Silk Browser.
2. Thin Clients with lot of OEM guys having to port cloud services by default without an operating system bias. They have to produce Thin Client systems with or without proprietary operating systems.
3. Cloud Service with Clusters of Clouds in the backyard (even in my own backyard if an N.G.O will provide me the resources).
4. Mobiles (Meego, Meebo and Mobilin derivatives to link with cloud.
5. Then the all important Tablets Galore from Kindle Fire, Barnes Noble to all that come from China (China has not done anything in the line of Linux but it will flood the market first the mobile and then the Tablets).
In this 5 tier system where does the Desktop stands?
It is nowhere and most of them in the attic or porting eyeOS with Apache and Midori and become a server instead of a stand alone desktop.
Desktop era is numbered and even laptop is not immune unless, they reduce the price and add some battery power and docking mechanisms to go with it.
Instead of laptops S.S.D type of Microchip will storm the market instead of Flash Drives probably with James Bond type Audio-Video capabilities.
I may be dead by then.

Cloud Computing and Kids With Cancer

Cloud Computing and Kids With Cancer
When it comes to computing power guys and girls in the medical field use lot of computing power but they rarely understand the logic behind computer power but they want reliable logistic to back up their failing clinical acumen.
MRI is a good example where the human eye fails to beat a computer eye of imaging.
When it comes to cancer early detection is mandatory and we are yet to develop cellular level tagging mechanisms to detect early cancer. It is possible but with genome project well in advance scope for personalized treatment for cancer is breaking news.
Following is a statement regarding a cancer that come early in life and amenable to treatment probably if diagnosed early with genomic tagging mechanism to evaluate the effect of treatment.
How can the cloud computing help?
If all the current data available is put to a “Cloud Cluster” and then this information can be shared with the rest of the world. Computer resources are centralized but the actual clinical data are shared.
Instead of one institute putting their eggs (expenses) in one basket we are going to have eggs planted all over the planet and share the cost of computing.
Prototypes are emerging and it is a very good thing in medical filed.
Already we have an enormous amount of information in the Medical Library Systems an often this information is redundant if not put into good use.
It is time WHO wakes up and see the potential and develop it.
It has to be integrated with the curricula of medical training programs.
Below is an attempt to integrate data into a Cloud Cluster.
I hope this experiment generate impetus for far bigger projects.
“It’s easier to develop treatments for adult patients because there is typically a large sample of people to study and there’s a wider variety of FDA-approved drugs and dosages to choose from, Jeffrey Trent, president and research director of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), said at Thursday’s press conference. TGen will operate the cluster at its facility in Phoenix”.

Ubuntu One, Cloud Space and not so Cloud Friendly Linux distributions

I have a book for you on Cloud Computing at Amazon and Kindle for this Christmas.
It has a lot of tit bits for you.
In my writing I have not been fair to most of the Linux distributions, since all of them except Ubuntu has teething problems with Cloud readiness.
Even Puppy did not have a component and just recently SLACKO (First Slackware Puppy derivative from Wolfe Base) they getting into Cloud Computing.
I have already stated elsewhere what cloud utilities one can use.
Here is to thrash rather give a kick on the butt to all the guys who are sleeping and not come to term with Cloud Computing.
One has to wake up from slumber and at least go with Ubuntu One for the time being and provide this Linux Service to all Linux distributions.
Mind you Ubuntu was providing this service from 2009.

There is CloudUSB and JoliCloud and EyeOS and nothing else.

There was enough time for others to follow suit

It is not the job of Ubuntu because Ubuntu is doing a massive face lift operation with all plastic surgeons fully occupied with Unity.
Instead of criticizing Ubuntu One should pull up the socks and ask politely and get the code and work the required Tool-kits into the Library  each and every distribution.
Like what we did with UnetBootIn we should boot-strap cloud utility actually at the boot time and not after the installation.
PCLinus is not Cloud Ready.
This is what everybody should work on together before recessing to Christmas Holidays.
Year 2012 won’t be the End of the World but it is the year of Cloud Computing in full gear.
Don’t grumble that Ubuntu is in the lead again come December, 2012.
Lot of catch to do by one year. that is not god for the newbies trying Linux.

Ubuntu One Free is a Winner, Takes it All

Ubuntu One Free is a Winner, Takes it All
Canonical, the Ubuntu’s parent company is way ahead with cloud computing.
It has both the Client and the Server architecture.
It has integrated the Desktop and  IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).
It has 5 GiB huge storage.
It will soon allow the Windows and Apple users the client service.
That’s not all you can stream Music for less than 3 dollars a year price tag.
It’s Canonical’s biggest enterprise win to date, but that’s only a hint of what Canonical is up to with the cloud.
Only other hit in the market is Amazon’s Kindle on Fire.
Like Nero who played Music when Rome was on Fire one may be able to play Music on Kindle on Fire with the help of Ubuntu One Cloud.
What more one needs?
One does not need to be Linux user to take this advantage.
Go and get registered with Ubuntu One.
It has already hit one million clients.

Cloud computing and what are we getting into?

This is a question everyone of us should ask ourselves and have an answer soon.
In fact we are little bit late already.
Events unfolding in the business world tell the story in little bits.
Long time ago IBM sold its PC Business to Lenvo in China.
Just recently HP has discontinued its tablet and the PC business almost abruptly siting financial reason but in fact it is following the footsteps of IBM.
Whether we like it or not Cloud Computing is going to become a way of life.
Little wonder even the Microsoft has entered the fray and it is supposed to be in the forefront.
I just did a web survey and it is right in front and in fact well in front of IBM.
So what will happen to us the desktop users who got to change every time a new innovation takes us by surprise.
I was very enthusiastic and even would not listen to the Richard Stallman founder of the free software foundation (FOSS) who pressed the alarm button.
It is going to be a knock out punch for even free software and Linux, leave alone Microsoft.
Microsoft, Apple and Linux will take a backseat if the trend of Cloud Computing take root in industry if not in the home front.
Cloud computing is not a new idea but the lack of fast internet connection was the only hinderance to its developmemt.
Amazon Web Service had been providing cloud service long before the present market hype.
The Success of Amazon is due their long term vision to its entry into this field
well in advance of other players.
Well then what is cloud computing.
1. In the beginning it was SaaS.
That is Software as a service just like water and electricity.
For water we need tap and the connection to supply.
For electricity we need a switch and the connection to the grid.
For IT one needs only a dumb terminal with a browser.
It may not look like the dumb terminal of mainframe computing.
The window will be nicely decorated by the company log providing the service.
For example the Google.
Google has only the Chrome browser and a graphic panel to enter the name and the password.
That’s all.
No software or packages as we call in Linux in the dumb or the thin client.
Then there is another term.
2. IaaS that is Infrastructure as a Service.
All the computers, printers and other hardware is also provided and maintained by the service provider.
Ones company may be in Ceylon but all his hardware may be in China or Russia or USA.
In true sense a global phenomenon.
For me this is alarming.
Few big companies in the giant world will run everything from a distance without any physical connection to the clients.
They can dominate or they can terminate services with whims and fancies of the creator of the monster cloud.
Then there is the third factor.
3. Virtualization of the operating system, Apple, Microsoft of Linux.
All the type of distributions I have already written will be used only if they are active and used by majority of users.
Linux it is only 1% and I now agree totally with Richrd Stallman.
It will hinder expansion of Linux even though 95% the cloud and the servers are run by Linux .
They hijack Linux at the server end without any input on the user end except few browsers.
Ubuntu is the only Linux distribution which had seen this phenomenon.
CloudUSB is also Ubuntu derivative.
Jolicloud stand in between.
Interestingly enough sourceforge has eyeOS and it is testing its new release soon.
Now the Linux guys and girls have to work hard to prevent few companies like Google take advantage of the scenario and kick start and leapfrog the cloud computing.
I will be firmly behind eyeOS and I want EyeNux to come up strongly in a business like manner and prevent few companies hijack all the Linux innovations lock stock and barrel.
Similarly all new Linux distribution should have a strategy for cloud clients as well as cloud service.
It is bit late already and I am going to give a bonus mark for all new distributions with their own (Midori for example) browsers and cloud utilities. For the time being they have to have some collaboration with Ubuntu One.
BroweserPup should take the lead in cloud computing.
There should be a Linux Consortium overseeing Cloud Clients and Services.
If not all my efforts of promoting Linux 100 will be a colossal waste of time.
Hurry up guys and girls.
Think futuristic and not fatalistically and we can win and take the lead once again.

Cloud Computing-Ubuntu One

Below is a caption I enclosed for getting a PDF file from a web hosting service in America.

“Assuming that there is no power outage or failure and download speed is instant and fast (both these premises are hard to come by and ensure in the Third World) cloud computing is the next best thing that happened after World Wide Web.

This can be better utilized in a school setup or in a University (I call it the Virtual University where everybody is a graduate or undergraduate).

The potential is enormous once the infrastructure is laid down and maintained with a stable cloud”.

I have decided to support Ubuntu Unity and Ubuntu One.
I hate the Free Books often outdated (especially in Science and IT) by 30 years dished out by the Education Department and the recently politicized new entrants (inculcation) discipline program (Yes Men and Yes Sir Program).
It is an insult to freedom of thought and exercise of free mind in creative work.
That is another reason for promoting Ubuntu One.
Without duplicating of information Cloud Computing can bring whole world together.

I am believer it can be done cheaper than the Government’s Free Text Book Program.
I hope Mark Shuttelworth, the Guru can initiate it in South Africa and take few of our teachers from here for training there (instead of the English Instructors we got from India to teach English to teachers of English) and send them back with Ubuntu Unity CD/DVD (No more free CDs from Canonicals now) and IT and English Training.
He does not have to spend South African Money.
All he has to do is to give a free laptops to all opposition MPs with music streaming charged at 10 times the priming price instead of the basic customer price.
That alone is enough to finance the project and voters get money back guarantee.
The money we pay them as pension after five yeas and pay while they are not doing anything except fighting for the top post-leader of the opposition).

They are not doing anything except singing local Baila (variety of song in this island and also use as substitute for lies -usually used by policemen) instead of actively engage in voter / consumer based politics.

Regards to the MPs in power who are more often abroad without even not knowing how to fill airport form in English should be sent to moon or given a satellite telephone to keep in contact with aliens.
The money for those utilities should come from President Fund to which our Lottery money is diverted.
All of them have become alien to the average voters needs.

But the language of instruction has to be Universal and it cannot be Sinhala or Tamil.

I hope present day parents, teachers and above all students should realize this.
We do not want to be like frog in a deep (Enclosed Island) well.

Update on Dropbox and Concerns

Current news and security lapses are bringing bad publicity to Dropbox.

I had all these concerns when I joined Dropbox but I had My Mast Plan (MMP).
When my friends join me I highlight MMP (My Master Plan) and state I share only Linux Images.
It is a convenient place to drop latest tit bits there and share.
In any case is I am following Linux Philosophy and share all the good things in my life with my friends except daily headaches.
What Dropbox does is takes headache out of context.
Very few people are web comfortable and competent especially at my age.
I have one advice for them
Unless you have become an universal philanthropist pleas do not drop your smelly pants (Like the IMF guys and girls) in the open.
The word encrypting is a jargon word and any encrypted word or words can unencrypted by the law enforcing officers.
But it takes a hell of a big time consuming job until one crack the coding.
We were a country (for the last 35 years and even now) because of the war secret service has the option of breaking into any private material.
This paranoia has gone into American mind set after WiKiLeaks and there are demanding the web services for free access of private material.
News of the World is a good example how one makes its circulation grow by illegal means.
Thank god that web came in and destroyed the monopoly these private institutions had for dirty tricks.
Web is still evolving but one has to realize if one opens an email account one has to be ready and sacrifice ones own privacy and identity for the greater good for self and the wider audience.
This is a very good philosophical question, should one share information or not?
In spite of all red herrings I go for sharing.
In my way of understanding Buddhist Philosophy, self does not exist now or after my death but people will only talk about all the bad things I did (I am not there to defend myself) and not the good things.
Man has not evolved into a higher state (in spite of massive law enforcing institutions) of mind as yet and probably will not unless one becomes selfless (which is highly unlikely).
When you share something one should use the wiser counsel, should I or should I not?
If you have answered that premise, very unlikely one is going to get into trouble by using Dropbox.
Bottom line do not put sensitive and valuable information in the public domain, if not hackers, the so called democratic government will have access to your information.
No true democracy has evolved yet, philosophically speaking.
In any case I will standby with Dropbox in difficult times and if they cannot I will start pulling out my hitherto not published (at least in the web) writing in one stroke of mine.
I think this discussion should go on for at least the next 5 years.
Something good will evolve out of it, if we respect human dignity unlike the Daily News Papers.
We took over private paper saying it is partisan and for the last 40 years we have not been able to free it from the government grip.
It is how democracy operates in this world and future too.
there are only two entities.
One who holds power.
The other who is subjected to that power.

Sadly, there is nothing in between.