[SATLUG] Home Cloud?

Don Wright satlug at sbcglobal.net
Wed Dec 30 11:17:53 CST 2009

On Wed, 30 Dec 2009 03:30:38 -0600, Robert Pearson <e2eiod at gmail.com>

<snip great comments>
>The Times They Are A'Changin

Thanks for posting those links. The Cloud is a big topic right now, and
it's important to understand it. However, "this too shall pass."

History lesson: Once there was a country where the people labored under
oppressive burdens. The Great Princes heard their cries and came
together to raise a new champion to erase that burden, and of course
fill their coffers with new tribute.[1] Bel, the Prince of Talk, Mitt,
the Prince of Think, and Gec, the Prince of Move[2], directed their
knights and wizards to build new castles in the midst of the villages,
where great clockwork devices would perform the deadly tasks of counting
and remembering for the people. Swift spirits would be conjured to
convey the questions and answers between the people and the new castles,
and incorruptible mechanical knights would guard the sanctity of the
castle. Problems that once took many hours to mull over would be solved
in a few ticks of the wonderful machines, so they named the new devices

As usual, the Princes began fighting among themselves and very few of
the castles were built. The merchants said, "Why should we pay you gold
to replace our clarks who work for copper?" And so the stones crumbled
into the hills of history -- except the story isn't really over. A few
of the junior conjurers from Talk, who had worked on the Great
Mull-Ticks, thought some of the spells had promise, and nicked copies
for themselves. They quietly built them into a new system of magic which
we all know and use today. In recognition of their larcenous beginnings,
these new Prometheans (who had stolen the Fire of the Go.., err Princes)
called their new system You-Nicks. Its use has spread from the young
wizards of Talk and Think to the mill-works and counting houses of the
merchants, and even to the scrying-charms and memory-amulets carried by
the people.

Now tell me how this great central Mull-Ticks Castle differs from the
new, improved Castle in the Fog of today? Be sure to mention Sidekick
and Gmail (and even AT&T 3G) as shining examples of too-big-to-fail
technologies.  --Don

[1] Looking out for number one is true in fairy tales too.
[2] In the ancient tongue _En-ergia_, and who for a time also ruled
Far-Seeing-Wide-Throwing, or _Enbec_.

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