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… isn’t it funny how time flies

Cloud technology exploded onto the scene with virtual drives offering storage to the hungry masses. 2GB was a dream come true. Once Google perfected the model, a horde of imitators appeared. Box, DropBox and more. Then the OS specific Cloud farms started popping up – Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Apple’s iCloud. Applications started offering Cloud storage – like Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

Should I be surprised to discover that the Cloud has become an essential part of my day-to-day life?

I am lucky to work a great deal from home. It’s a place that has at least 4 or 5 computers running at any given moment. Add in the iPad, the Kindle HDX, the HP WebOS tablets and assorted smartphones, I’ve got a good size infrastructure running that would probably equal the capacity of a small office 10 years ago. And every single one of them is tethered to the Cloud via WiFi.

As I work on my Apps2Oranges project, a digital think tank and design studio, I wander through the house. I access files on multiple devices via the Cloud and update the content without thinking about what hardware I am using. The universally accessible documents are just a simple url away on each device and they synchronize seamlessly in the background. And I take it for granted. I expect Evernote to push the latest crazy idea into my notebook from my iMac and then access it from my Kindle in the backyard as I think of a new edit to the original idea.

It’s the user experience that I’ve always wanted to create, yet I had very little to do in establishing it. It developed organically.

All I needed was a wireless connection, a place to push and pull data and a device that could allow spontaneous access to that data. Yes, organic. It feels right. It makes me want to open the doors to my thoughts and share them with others.

The key foundation to Content collaboration is the Cloud. It is opening paths that I am eager to explore. Technology is exciting again. The barriers in communications are breaking down faster than I thought they would. And we didn’t need Microsoft to share our points or AT&T to reach out and touch(screen) someone. Teams, communities, strangers can now influence an idea like never before.

This I like. And it’s okay if everybody does want to rule the world because now it’s certainly more attainable.