I want Fedora in my future, but is it possible?

Richard Vickery richard.vickeryrv at gmail.com
Fri Mar 22 19:07:38 UTC 2013

...and I think the term "most people" refers to the vast majority who are
not lawyers nor accountants. These professionals might need their stuff
saved on their own machines, or external drives. Of course, does a private
cloud need to be on the internet?

On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM, Temlakos <temlakos at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 03/22/2013 02:12 PM, Joe Zeff wrote:
>> On 03/22/2013 03:44 AM, Gilboa Davara wrote:
>>> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM, Joe Zeff <joe at zeff.us> wrote:
>>>> On 03/21/2013 11:29 AM, Gilboa Davara wrote:
>>>>> Sadly enough, most people use computers to consume and not produce,
>>>>> and out of those who do produce, a large majority only needs a
>>>>> browser.
>>>> How do you produce with a browser?
>>> Are you serious?
>> Yes.  Do you expect authors, as an example, to do all their writing in a
>> browser?  Do you expect lawyers to compose their briefs and court documents
>> in a browser?  How about accountants? How about programmers, graphic
>> artists and musicians?  The question isn't am I serious, but have you
>> really given any thought to your position?
> Years ago, when I took a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineering course,
> our instructor talked hopefully, even dreamily, of a future in which all
> applications, including word processors, would be back-end applications. He
> even named Microsoft's project along this line: Microsoft Back-office. As
> he told it, the back-end application would do all the heavy lifting. It
> would create the file, save it to a directory with your username and
> password, send you a printer-friendly page when needed, and everything.
> Intuit, Inc. migrated its TurboTax line of individual income-tax
> preparation software from front-end to back-end. Nobody, and I mean nobody,
> installs TurboTax on his machine anymore. He uses his browser to sign in to
> TurboTax on-line and completes his taxes there. They handle e-filing, and
> send printer-friendly pages and even PDF downloads on command. I expect
> Intuit to do the same with TurboTax Business in a year or so.
> That is the vision, as I said.
> Of course, I also listed the considerations. Back then, I said, "Are you
> kidding? Do you really expect me to wait five seconds for every keystroke
> to echo back to me in a word-processing document?" He said, "FYI,
> connection speeds are increasing by leaps and bounds. By the time MS
> BackOffice is ready to roll, you'll be able to connect so fast you won't
> even notice it."
> Today the consideration is security. But the answer I'm getting is: "Fine.
> If security is that important to you, then it will necessarily follow that
> you will be an employee of an enterprise that can build its own Cloud and
> host its own back-end apps."
> And what, I ask, about the individual author who is afraid that the
> government will have access to his work, work that he does not want known?
> "Well, now, if you're planning to take up arms against the government, I'm
> going to have to call the FBI, am I not?" Or Scotland Yard, or La Sureté
> nationale, or Der Bundeskriminalamt, or Interpol, etc.
> There you have it. The pro and the con, including all the issues.
> Temlakos
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