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Maybe they didn't have it in mind, but Cloud, new devices should make finding Yard Sales easier

By (1 of) CM's Tech-Impaired, Tech Consumers

With iPads and iPhones becoming so ubiquitous it's not rare to hear, "Is that my iPhone or yours"? Owning either one now doesn't brand one as a dreamer or early adopter. Either devise conveys about as much panache as owning a 1986 Taurus these days. (Folks are much more interested in unicycles; they really inspire awe and astonishment). But in today's world they're as necessary as refrigerators, maybe more useful than a car.

Now the next step, into the Cloud, has techies attention on two developments in that area and a chance for early adopters to get some attention again:
  1. Steven Jobs' announcement yesterday of Apple's iCloud, allowing a central depository for one's information, greater access to programs, and less hardware to carry around to access it. In case you didn't see the press conference, there's a good story on it at Apple's Steve Jobs unveils iCloud at S.F. event in the San Francisco Chronicle online.
  2. The buildup to the June 15, 2011, release of Google's Chromebook, which offers what may be a cheaper way to use Google's advanced set of cloud-based applications gmail users are already familiar with. The Chrome website at Chromebook is advertising, but it's easy to read (and easy to exit if you tire of it - an important CM tenet).
Easily accessible Wi-fi in Columbia make the developments in the Cloud more significant. . If the Courthouse Restoration Powers that be were to make Wi-Fi available from the old courthouse to cover the Square campus the way the Lindsey Wilson Campus has Wi-Fi, maybe that would get more busloads of Canadian tourists to stop here. And that might start the development of Alan Reed's dream of countywide Wi-Fi one day.

CM's interest, of course, is that it all makes finding Yard Sales easier. We checked out using an iPhone to find Yard Sales last Saturday, and it worked pretty good. An iPad or Chromebook ought to do even better.

This story was posted on 2011-06-07 03:20:43
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