Software makers want to be sure they can get paid, so to use their software, you need to be online to communicate with them (no valid license, no service) but there are advantages, like glitches that are fixed automatically and enhancements and updates are applied as soon as they are available. People won't make back ups, so companies are selling webspace to host files, GMail is popular becuae you don't have to bog down your inbox, and you never have to throw anything away, dotnetnuke is really neat, don't wanna live w/o Shoutcast's Audiocandy, my favorite internet radio streaming, website shopping carts and forums all must be administered online, and now MS Windows Live One Care...which does everything but walk the dog...The future of the Internet is online, and a dial up connection isn't going to cut it any longer. The days of working offline and selectively connecting are over, because too many things require a live connection to function- way past email, IMs and surfing. I can't administer some of my sites without being online and logging into another website to do it.
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and YouTube, and WoW and so forth, same thing... In ten years will we even need these huge hard drives? (Well, I won't be giving mine up after I painstakingly ripped my zillion music cds...lol) but I'm seeing a subtle shift in the way we conduct our business, and I wonder about privacy, more targeted advertising, a newbie's helplessness when the remote server they were depending on fails, people seeing even less of reason to backup (Why bother when your pics are on Photobucket?) and if people will become more careless with security, since they are depending on their online software to protect them?
Do you see an online shift, too? Pros and cons?