Over on SiliconBeat, I ran across their How big is Bloglines? story. Before I get into what I really wanted to say, I feel compelled to say that I think they (SiliconBeat) are doing a very good job of not only reporting what they learn, but also internalizing it. I really get a sense that they get what they're writing about. That doesn't always come across in journalist weblogs.
Keep it up, guys.
Now the interesting bit that jumped out at me is related to something I've been thinking about a lot lately. It was a quote they pulled from Paul Graham's book Hackers and Painters:
"The idea of 'your computer' is going away and being replaced by 'your data.' You should be able to get at your data from any computer. Or rather any client, and a client doesn't have to be your computer."
The more I find myself using increasingly larger and cheaper USB memory sticks, my colocated server, and on-line services like Flickr, I realize how my desktop and laptop computers are becoming less and less important in the grand scheme of things. And when I think about how popular web-based mail systems (Y! Mail, Hotmail, GMail) are, it's apparent that a lot of folks are keeping their data elsewhere.
So if we fast forward another year or three, where's most of your data going to live? On your hard disk? You iPod? A 32GB USB stick? Off in "the cloud"?
What do you think?
Posted by jzawodn at January 14, 2005 12:50 AM