If you think you know what the cloud is, Timo Arnall’s hypnotic film Internet Machine will prove you wrong.
Dropbox Unveils Incredibly Simple Two-Click File Sharing
To share a file, simply right-click on the item or folder in your desktop Dropbox, and click ‘Get Link.’ That’s it. The link can then be shared by any means—emailed, texted, tweeted, whatever—to give others access to your files, even if they don’t use Dropbox.
Whoa. You never think about the actual infrastructure required to run a massive network like Facebook or even something as ambiguous as “The Cloud” until you actually see it. With your own eyes.
We have recently explored the machinery that undergids “The Cloud.” As these surprisingly artful images from a European data center show the cloud is a heavy, heavy thing.
Facebook’s new server farm - its first outside the US - in Lulea, Sweden (architect drawing). ”Facebook confirmed it had picked the northern Swedish city of Lulea for the data centre partly because of the cold climate, which is crucial for keeping the servers cool, and the access to renewable energy from nearby hydropower facilities.”
Is technological connectivity mankind’s next evolutionary step?
"We created computers as an extension of our brains, and now we’re connecting through those computers and the Internet cloud as a way of expanding them," - Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker & Webby Awards founder
In her new documentary, Connected, which premiered at Sundance this year, Shlain sees digital connection as the next step in harnessing our collective brainpower—as long as we don’t lose our ability to relate to each other.
Box CEO Aaron Levie understands that the less time you spend tied to your desk, the more connected you need to be.
(Source: Fast Company)
Everything will change… again.
The introduction of Apple’s iCloud will create a tipping point that will have a profound impact on consumer software and services.
Like it or not, where Apple goes, everyone else eventually follows. It happened back in the 1980s when Apple introduced the first home computer with a graphical user interface (GUI). Before that, consumers had to use command lines to interact with their computers. But once Apple introduced the GUI, other computer makers soon followed suit.
It also happened with digital music. Sure, MP3s existed before iTunes. But the end-to-end system soon created a tipping point. And it happened with tablets. The hardware industry had been toying with tablets for over a decade before the iPad. But look at the avalanche of tablets that has since ensued.