Monday, 30 November 2009
I'll be installing it completely during this week but I'm now even more excited with Chrome OS (that apparently works on Dell Mini v10 netbooks).
Back to the post topic...
I've been using some of the web apps I listed on previews posts. In general they're great, some more useful than others but great. I'm really impressed by Zoho apps actually.
What's the problem then?
Well, I can do what they do and sometimes better and/or quicker with Desktop applications! Ok, the data doesn't get stored in the Cloud with desktop apps, at least not until you install Dropbox .
I'm not being pessimist, I still believe in the Cloud but, that won't convince anyone by itself.
What do you answer to a casual user that asks "Why should I change if I have everything I need?". Firstly, they always think to have enough until they start using something else ;) and then you can talk about mobility of data.
But is that enough?
What happens if someone only uses one machine? Well, they aren't the target public of Cloud services probably, not! Most of cloud services have (or should have) social and share features, they are great but, why do you need them if you don't have "anyone" to share with?
We need everyone, even those "one machine only" users, but we must admit, we're asking for a big change, it's not like installing a new Office version! Users need to be educated.
So, with that said, what can we do? Simple, stop trying to port desktop applications into the web and trying to rival with years of development and support.
Look at the Pixlr example, it's amazing, I don't need to install Photoshop neither Paint.NET ever again but, what if I already had those installed? After speaking with some people that use Photoshop more often, they think Pixlr is ok but misses some core functionality! So, what's the point?
Since we already need to educate users anyway, why not making a complete change? Why not starting looking at what the web has that desktops don't, social & share features, new UI designs, new functionality... Basically rethinking the way we use the computer!
It needs to feel different, newer and better for the average user to adopt the product. Users need to feel that after using some of the web apps they can't even think on going back to the equivalent outdated desktop app.
Now it's the time, cloud services and apps need to be the key for this turning point to work, they need to leave everything else behind!
Though, still a long way to go...
See you later,
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Firstly, I just saw Little Big Planet at HMV and I must admit, it's a great feeling to see our game on the shelves!
I was thinking on my next post when I realised I should probably 'define' the concept of Cloud as a starting point so, for quick reference, open and read (or look at the drawings) these links:
This will definitely help defining it...
Now I can continue thinking on my next post :)
See you later,
Friday, 20 November 2009
The game is getting really good reviews and that is reflected on the happy faces around the studio.
I am quite excited about it because it answers some of the needs of my Master Plan.
Well... Enough of words, here are two videos that can explain it better:
EDIT: Added tags.
Saturday, 14 November 2009
I am that type of person that gets easily excited with new stuff, any stuff, not only geeky stuff.
OK, this week I bought one of those tiny laptops, a netbook! You might be thinking now - "But netbooks aren't new" - yep, I know, this isn't the "new stuff" I was talking about.
Some weeks ago I started putting together a plan, a master plan to dominate the world or, at least, the virtual world. I'm talking about 'The Cloud'! And now you think - "But that isn't new either!" - OK! But I didn't know back then!
The plan is simple:
- Buy a netbook (without optical drive)
- Don't install any of those useful software products that you so 'desperately' need
- Understand what you really miss
- Look online for a good solution
- Start using it
- Spread the word!
For those asking "Why?", I ask "Why not?".
As I said, I love new stuff and I love a good challenge. I know that most of the desktop tools are still better than their online younger brothers. I want to help those young little monsters and there is only one way, by using them.
There is still some usability problems with most of the online tools already available, but it still makes sense to me.
While walking this path I hope to help and being helped by others with a similar interest.
The only victim here will be my wife, poor girl, she'll be my experiment mouse :)