August 28, 2016

The beauty with Cloud

The beauty of Cloud...

Not only are they amazing formations of condensed water floating around in the sky, creating dramatic views,  protecting us from direct sunlight, sometimes carrying snow or rain - the clouds, visible from far away.

Clouds that with a little bit of imagination can become whole cities, teddy bears, trolls, miners, dragons and tiny little fairies. 

Then there is also the other thing with Cloud. Cloud from an IT perspective. 

Cloud for storage and cloud for running software as a service, SaaS. 

I am not sure how and when it sneaked up on me, the cloud, I think it was just something that happened, over time. I remember being suspicious, and then suddenly realising I was a convinced user without understanding how that happened - a bit like when I started to eat olives - I will tell you about that in a separate post, some other time. 

The cloud was really just sneaking up on me, it just happened. 

It started a long time ago, really - and the first steps was, I guess, storing everything on the server - it just made it easier to both switch computer and to recover from crashes - like that time when me and my poor computer got drenched by a tropical rain. I survived but my computer didn't, another story for another time...  

The support team at work had a spare computer for me a day later, and another two weeks later I had a new computer. All the data intact, just took some effort to set up getting the data that had been synced onto a specific server to sync back with my PC - time consuming because I had so much documents and I had to be on the LAN when I started the full sync - and never the less it was far better than having data stored locally. I was very happy I had insisted on setting my computer up that way, when most of the others had manual backups they did, now and then, to an external hard drive. Not me, I used the server.

No manual work where automation makes sense!  

At home I still stored information locally though, stored it locally and worked with it locally - with backup, but not synced.

August 21, 2016

Santa Cruz has a piece of my heart

Santa Cruz - a city to fall in love with

In May 2016 I was in California for Google I/O , a huge developer conference, where Google presents the latest and the greatest - a conference that started in Mountain View, went to San Francisco only to return to Mountain View again this year. 

I loved it, very inspiring - as you may have gathered from previous posts where I mention talks from I/O. However it was just not attending one of the biggest tech conferences in the world seeing and touching new technology, talk about new ways of getting work done - Firebase functionality for example, and updates to Material Design. However it wasn't just the conference and all the interesting people there that made the trip special, it was also fantastic to be back in California, with the amazing nature - and I also get to catch up with some friends, win-win really!

I learnt a lot from this trip - like I do at every conference, also from the people I meet, not just from the talks and presentations. I also learnt other things. I learnt more about the public transportation and trains in California, and the shuttles (makes me very happy to live in Europe, by the way, we really are lucky with our public transportation here) - and I did transport myself around sans car, without car the whole time I was in California. It is kind of a sport to see if it is doable, and in this case: I really didn't want to be stuck in traffic or try and find parking, and Google had arranged shuttles from the train station as well as from various hotels, so there was no need, at least not during the conference.