The FBI is investigating 11 attacks on Internet Fiber backbone in the San Francisco Bay Area this past year. The cutting of the fiber cables resulted in the disruption of Internet access to local businesses, as well as residential areas. Is this an act of vandalism or something more sinister? The attacks reveals the vulnerability of the Internet infrastructure. How do you exactly protect hundreds of miles of fiber optic cables? You can’t put up thousands of security cameras as a deterrent. That would be impractical. In this particular incident, the attackers were able to get to an underground vault. Why aren’t these vaults secure? Why aren’t there any surveillance cameras?
There are several free cloud services available out there. Dropbox, Google Drive, Ubuntu One, JustCloud, ZipCloud, to name just a few. They’re all great. They all have one thing in common, they store and share files and documents on the cloud.
If there’s one thing that bothers people about cloud services, it’s privacy. People worry about placing sensitive data on the cloud. How about running your own cloud? Well, get your own cloud with OwnCloud. OwnCloud is an open-source cloud software solution that you can install yourself.
You can install it on your own desktop, your server at home, your VPS server on the Internet, or anywhere there is a PC or computer. You decide where you want it. The best thing about ownCloud, no one has access to your sensitive data. Just you.
I’ve been running ownCloud for about a month now. It’s great. I am able to upload and share any files that I want, from pictures, videos and documents. I can access these files from any computer, from any location around the world. There is no need for me to carry a USB stick anymore. All I need to do, is access my browser and access my files online.
In addition, OwnCloud allows me to play music and movies online. It organizes my pictures into galleries. It has a calendar, contacts, and a host of other applications that can be installed with just one click of a button. So, get your own cloud with OwnCloud.
The number of users accessing the Internet will double by 2016. The driving force behind the numbers are the emerging markets. Most of these new users will access the web via mobile phones.
Currently, there are 3 billion Internet users, according to Google. There are 200 million new Internet users every year. About 80% of the new users access the web via mobile phones.
What this means is, there are plenty of opportunities for mobile developers. Remember the good old days when blocks of ice were sold by the thousands by ice manufacturers. They made a handsome profit back then.
But, the arrival of the refrigerator forever changed the landscape. Companies simply folded and moved on to something more profitable. It will be the same story for many technologists today.
The shift is on. Mobile development will be on the rise. There will be a huge demand for mobile developers. It’s time for many of us to change gears.