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Cloud computing
                                                                            An introduction




          ...
You've got a computer
And you can do stuff on them




Write documents

                        Edit photos




 Manage your calendar
And normally that stuff
is stored on your computer
But what if you want to access
that info on a different computer?
Or a completely different device?




         Mobile phone
Or have some friends
 help you with them?




  Photo source: "computer updating" by Per Ola Wiberg on Flickr
Enter Cloud Computing
Cloud computing:
Accessing computer services, files, or
information via the Internet or a network
rather than your individ...
The Internet is a network of
computers talking to each other
By relying on “The Cloud,” you
    are relying on that network




      Image source: Sam Johnson, http://en.wikipedia.or...
Example of Cloud Computing:
  Web-based office programs
Typing a letter, on your computer
Or on the Internet
http://docs.google.com




               You can edit documents
                similar to using a wor...
Your friends can also help out
Create spreadsheets and
      presentations, too!




     There's even some surprising
 functionality, like separate work...
You can even edit photos!
 http://picnik.com
Demonstration:
Editing a photo on picnik.com
Cloud Computing, pros & cons



              Advantage #1:
Available from any computer with Web access


            Disa...
Other Cloud-based office programs


         OfficeLive (office applications)
         http://officelive.com

         Phi...
Example of Cloud Computing:
Online document storage/backup
Backup important files to the Web
       http://dropbox.com
And do so automatically!
Tell Dropbox what to backup
And back them up online
Even accessible on the go




   Dropbox can be accessed on mobile
phones and any computer with Web access.
Demonstration:
Uploading a file to Dropbox
Cloud Computing, pros & cons


               Advantage #2:
You can backup files and information to a more
reliable place ...
Other Cloud-based backup programs



             FilesAnywhere
             http://filesanywhere.com

             Mozy
 ...
Example of Cloud Computing:
       Data managers
Calendaring across devices




        Enter an event in the calendar
     application on your home computer.
            ...
Calendaring across devices




     It gets “synced” to an online service
        (Example here: Google Calendar)
Calendaring across devices




And you can view it on other devices, like mobile phones
        (Example here: Android cal...
Demonstration:
Adding and syncing a contact
Lots of alternatives
http://apple.com/mobileme




MobileMe: A popular paid alternative for Macs
Many types of data can be synced
Cloud Computing, pros & cons


                Advantage #3:
  Portability – You can access your data across
        multi...
Other Cloud-based services:
                  Antivirus




      Cloud antivirus pulls virus protection
      files dynam...
The gist:
Cloud computing gives you an incredible amount
 of flexibility of your information by sacrificing
          some...
Questions?




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This presentation gives a basic overview of cloud computing for the general computer user. It details some of the advantages and disadvantages of using cloud-based services to manage and backup data. In doing so, the presentation includes examples of syncing calendars across devices, backing up data to the Web, and using online office applications.

This presentation was last given at the Bay Area Seniors Computer Club in October 2010.

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  1. 1. Cloud computing An introduction Matthew “Buzzy” Nielsen Assistant Director, North Bend Public Library This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution United 10/01/2010 States license. For more information, visit http://www.creativecommons.org
  2. 2. You've got a computer
  3. 3. And you can do stuff on them Write documents Edit photos Manage your calendar
  4. 4. And normally that stuff is stored on your computer
  5. 5. But what if you want to access that info on a different computer?
  6. 6. Or a completely different device? Mobile phone
  7. 7. Or have some friends help you with them? Photo source: "computer updating" by Per Ola Wiberg on Flickr
  8. 8. Enter Cloud Computing
  9. 9. Cloud computing: Accessing computer services, files, or information via the Internet or a network rather than your individual computer.
  10. 10. The Internet is a network of computers talking to each other
  11. 11. By relying on “The Cloud,” you are relying on that network Image source: Sam Johnson, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cloud_computing.svg
  12. 12. Example of Cloud Computing: Web-based office programs
  13. 13. Typing a letter, on your computer
  14. 14. Or on the Internet http://docs.google.com You can edit documents similar to using a word processor on your computer.
  15. 15. Your friends can also help out
  16. 16. Create spreadsheets and presentations, too! There's even some surprising functionality, like separate worksheets
  17. 17. You can even edit photos! http://picnik.com
  18. 18. Demonstration: Editing a photo on picnik.com
  19. 19. Cloud Computing, pros & cons Advantage #1: Available from any computer with Web access Disadvantage #1: Dependent on internet access (usually) Not dialup-friendly (usually)
  20. 20. Other Cloud-based office programs OfficeLive (office applications) http://officelive.com Phixr (photo editor) http://phixr.com PhotoShop Express (photo editor) http://www.photoshop.com/tools
  21. 21. Example of Cloud Computing: Online document storage/backup
  22. 22. Backup important files to the Web http://dropbox.com
  23. 23. And do so automatically!
  24. 24. Tell Dropbox what to backup
  25. 25. And back them up online
  26. 26. Even accessible on the go Dropbox can be accessed on mobile phones and any computer with Web access.
  27. 27. Demonstration: Uploading a file to Dropbox
  28. 28. Cloud Computing, pros & cons Advantage #2: You can backup files and information to a more reliable place than just your personal computer Disadvantage #2: You lose some degree of control, meaning that the security of your files depends on the security of the service you're using
  29. 29. Other Cloud-based backup programs FilesAnywhere http://filesanywhere.com Mozy http://mozy.com
  30. 30. Example of Cloud Computing: Data managers
  31. 31. Calendaring across devices Enter an event in the calendar application on your home computer. (Example here: Sunbird)
  32. 32. Calendaring across devices It gets “synced” to an online service (Example here: Google Calendar)
  33. 33. Calendaring across devices And you can view it on other devices, like mobile phones (Example here: Android calendaring app)
  34. 34. Demonstration: Adding and syncing a contact
  35. 35. Lots of alternatives http://apple.com/mobileme MobileMe: A popular paid alternative for Macs
  36. 36. Many types of data can be synced
  37. 37. Cloud Computing, pros & cons Advantage #3: Portability – You can access your data across multiple applications and devices Disadvantage #3: Privacy – Companies can monitor your information for business-related purposes (e.g. advertising)
  38. 38. Other Cloud-based services: Antivirus Cloud antivirus pulls virus protection files dynamically from the Web, rather than storing them on your computer
  39. 39. The gist: Cloud computing gives you an incredible amount of flexibility of your information by sacrificing some degree of control over it.
  40. 40. Questions? View this presentation on slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/nbpl/cloud-computing-5333661 This presentation was made using open source software. OpenOffice Chrome GIMP Android Impress Web browser Image editor Mobilephone Presentation program operating system
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