If someone walked up to you, grabbed your laptop, and threw it in the lake, would you panic?
None the less I’m intrigued by the idea of dumping the PC for personal use and replacing it with simpler mobile devices. Beyond just the hardware, however, is the concept of cloud storage and cloud applications. I would like to be free of these things:
- Worrying about backing up data.
- Needing expensive Microsoft software.
- Clunky MS Windows – which always slows down over time.
I “run” the Cord Cutter Guide blog from an old ThinkPad which is showing its age. An online colleague of mind told me recently “I run my entire business from a $199 Chromebook .” The Chromebook is not much more than a tablet with a keyboard! But it apparently starts up in seconds and runs purely as a web based device, satisfying all three of my goals.
Now in an analogy to cable cord cutting I need to ask – what would I be giving up? Based on what I’m reading, not much. The biggest thing might be the ability to use local programs on local files. Occasionally I want to edit a more complex Excel, Word, or PowerPoint file. But Google Docs has substitutes for all of these. The only gotcha is when I have no access to the internet. The scary reality is that these days that’s almost never.
Another concern might be over data security, i.e. the flip side of having your entire life floating out there in this so called cloud. Can I really trust Google to safeguard all my personal files and photos? It seems unlikely that Google’s hard drives will crash and lose my data. But for peace of mind I’m thinking of combining this cloud based concept with a good old fashioned external hard drive. Critical files will be backed up FROM the web TO my local drive. And hopefully I can automate this so i satisfy goal number 1.
Have you already cut the cord to the PC ? Let me know in the comments below.