Sometimes it is hard to admit that I am a laggard when it comes to the adoption of new technologies and services. I laugh at my friends who do not use LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter. But I now admit that I have not been exposed to mobile computing firsthand. Well, I was exposed to it indirectly but not directly. What that means is that until recently I did not own a smartphone. I know you’ll tell me that that disqualifies me to write about or discuss ICT technologies, including mobile and cloud computing. And all of you I laughed at can laugh at me now for revenge.
In any event, after getting an iPhone, I now have firsthand experience with mobile computing and mobile clouds. Now I know why this is such a big deal. Those who were already using a smartphone would tell me that this is yesterday’s news. Anyway, I have a lot of catching up to do. But not everything about mobile computing is great and dandy. Here are some of my complaints:
- Short battery life: It barely lasts one full day and I need to keep recharging it.
- Soft keyboard: The soft keyboard is not the easiest thing in the world to use. The voice-activated agent, Siri, is good but does not always work well.
- Slow connection: Without help from a local Wi-Fi connection, my 3G connection is a little too slow to browse websites. Verizon has an optional data plan to use the iPhone as a hotspot. Initially, I thought it was a good idea, but the slowness of the 3G connection’s speed in getting me onto the Internet may test my patience.
- Energy waste: The iPhone ecosystem (equally true of the Android’s) is designed to encourage the user to enjoy services, which is translated into energy and cash use. People may use them mainly because they are fun, and without regard for energy consumption. Some of the services may not be necessary, leading to the abuse of energy.
Still, those problems, except the last, will eventually be solved, and I see mobile computing changing the world and ICT as we know them. However, I do not have a solution for the last problem. People do not seem to get it when I talk about the potential for energy abuse by mobile computing. You’d think I just stepped out of an alien spaceship.
In any event, I will discuss what I heard about mobile and cloud computing at the recent Cloud Connect 2012 in the next few blogs. There were many interesting subjects covered in the conference, like those below.
- Private clouds
- Legacy applications in the era of cloud computing
- Big Data
- Cloud management
- Open source
There was a track on mobile computing and mobile clouds on the last day, which was quite interesting. By the way, all the keynote speeches are available at tv.cloudconnectevent.com, regardless of your attendance. Unfortunately, presentation materials are available for attendees only. Stay tuned.