Ubiquity

One of the coolest things about The Cloud is how everything is starting to become ubiquitous. Best example I can think of is Amazon’s Kindle.  WhisperSync, or whatever they call it, is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with ‘cloud’ stuff.

I can pick up a book from their store and start reading it anywhere. Any computer with Chrome, any computer with their reading app installed, an iDevice, an Android Device, BlackBerry, WP7, and, of course, actual Kindles. You can read those books on anything. And they do the same thing with music, as well, with their cloud player. Totally worth the $20 to get unlimited storage for my huge music library for a year. Only complaint about that is how slow the Android app runs, but I’ve got an oldish phone, so possibly that’s more to blame.

Google Docs is another great example. Well, Google Apps in general. Google Docs for writing and such, and Gmail is just wonderful. Calendar is helpful as well. Have I mentioned that I’m hugely addicted to RSS feeds? Reader makes it easy to pick up where I left off.

Dropbox, too, is incredibly helpful. I have it configured so that my Dropbox folder, the one that gets synced to everywhere, is on my desktop. I dump all my important stuff in there, and I can pick them up anywhere else. Really useful when I don’t take my laptop somewhere, and forget a printout – I’ll just pull it up on a computer nearby, or, in a pinch, on my phone.

I think that kind of ‘access-anywhere’ ideal is wonderful. The modern world is changing fast, and the internet is available pretty much anywhere. The amount of cities with either blanket-coverage WiFi, or just 3G/4G networks, is increasing rapidly. So now the content of the web has to follow. Everything has to sync. It’s easier for the users.

One thing that needs to be worked on is a single-sign-in type thing. Right now, I could probably survive with only Google, Facebook, and Amazon accounts. Although I would have to do some tinkering with this blog to get Google or Facebook login stuff working.

I’m not sure how a unified account deal would work. Who would administrate it? Can’t be any nation’s government, the internet would be far too controlled by them then. Maybe an international authority could be created, but getting the range of views (on censorship) to agree on any one set of rules or laws would be tough. A corporate entity having that much power would be a bit frightening. So, I guess this is a question for the comments: who should control a single-sign-in system? Would one even be a good idea?