mhansen - 6:28 pm on Dec 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Disclaimer... I will never give up my sense of security and hard drives! :-)
But... The reality is... the ONLY people who give 2 cents of care about Chrome, or the Cloud, or whatever other funny catch-phrase gets attached to it, are people who ALREADY use and are aware of technology.
Mom, Pop, and the Tweenagers, the people that Google and other cloud players need to get buy-in for success, they don't care, they just want to play farmville, chat with family and friends, check their stocks and do a bit of word processing every now and again. Most of which is already done in the "cloud". Give away the laptop for $19/month and make it an "Ad and Info" harvesting machine... people will be all over it.
Applications in the cloud are great... storing sensitive information and data, well that's kinda not great when Google, the master of information is involved. 10 Years ago Google said... let our little spider-bots index your content and store copies for faster use in our referral/search engine, its built for users. We can help you!
Fast forward, Eric Schmidt says... well maybe if you didn't want it to be found, you shouldn't have done it. Oh, and your content, well we never meant to benefit you anyway, we benefit OUR visitors, and if wrapping our ads around your content benefits them, so be it. We do no evil, trust us.
If you think Google is too far into your life now, just wait until Aunt Megs pictures show up online somewhere, or your type of car, or net worth is shown next to a search for your name for 72% of the people who search for you, well, because Google knew that you would probably tell that 72% anyway, based on your friend profile.
Not for me... o