In the last 24 hours I have come across three stories in the media that give the cloud movement even more reason to be gaining momentum. If you are following the cloud acceptance / cloud vs desktop story, you may want to check them out.
NPR On the Media - Laptop Searches at the Border: The segment is towards the end, but the rest of the show is also worth listening to. The story highlights the work of the ACLU in pursuit of the US Government for overly aggressive search and seizure of laptops at the borer. This is a very good reason to use cloud services and not keep any data on your laptop. I suspect the government is tracking activities on the cloud as well, so if you are up to no good -- you are probably no better off there. But if you are a law abiding citizen worried about getting caught in the government's web -- the cloud is probably safer.
NY Times: Microsoft + Russian Government against activists: Unfortunately for Microsoft there is a very disturbing story on the front page of the NY Times today about how the Russian government is using Microsoft piracy claims to seize computers of people they don't like. I suspect that if the Russian government wants to take your computer -- they are going to take your computer. So again, the cloud would be a good place to put your data. And for Microsoft -- any type of collaboration with the Russian government is likely to end badly (ouch!).
Dell Gets Blasted by the Haggler: Again in today's NY Times the typical tale of woe. Hard drive fails, sent back to Dell, lost again, lost again, in a Sisyphean tragedy we all know too well. Same remedy, keep your data in the cloud and access it with multiple machines or devices or even someone else's machine. Then you can still get your work done even while *insert vendor name here* is doing whatever they can to make your life miserable.
Maybe there is something to this cloud computing thing.