Cloud access is almost certainly a necessity for anybody who frequently does work in more than one location, and let’s face it. That’s everybody!
Each and every one of us is familiar with checking our emails at home, editing a document on the subway, or quickly adding those finishing touches to a presentation while standing in the client’s lobby.
So how do you ensure that you always have access to your content? Look to the clouds!
Cloud computing was first conceptualized in Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel, Ender’s Game. This novel notably featured the protagonist simultaneously collaborating with other “players” on multiple documents and correlating data streams in order to achieve victory in combat.
The world wide web was invented four years later in 1989, meaning that Card’s conception of cloud computing couldn’t possibly have been based on anything more science-backed, except for perhaps Project MAC, a DARPA-funded MIT research initiative.
The first mention of cloud computing outside of science fiction was made when Professor Ramnath Chellappa of Emory University generated the first widely accepted definition of the phrase “cloud computing.”
Modern Cloud Computing and Compatible Notebooks
Today, almost every electronic smart device has access to cloud computing systems of one kind or another. Apple offers the option to purchase subscriptions to the iCloud for any owner of an Apple product such as an iPhone or a Macbook, though that is more for storage than active use.
Google also offers a wide variety of cloud computing software that is arguably more universal than that produced by Apple. Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Drive are all versions of cloud computing that allow multiple people to actively access the same information from various locations simultaneously.
The best part of cloud computing is that you don’t necessarily need to purchase a specific type of notebook in order to have access to this technology. You can easily log into your Google account and activate Google Drive while on a Microsoft notebook or even on a Macbook.
Cloud Computation in Major Media
As mentioned, the novel Ender’s Game prominently features this technology at work, and it is even more visible in the film adaptation produced in 2013.
During post-production of the film The Walk, editors running low on funds managed to cut costs by around 50% by rejecting the traditional utilization methods for post-production software and switching over to a form of cloud computation.
This enabled them to not only remain under budget but also render 1970’s New York City from a bird’s-eye view with relative ease and dramatic accuracy.
While you might have come to this article looking for a specific shopping list of various notebook computers capable of cloud computation, it is important to know that any device capable of network connectivity is capable of accessing cloud computation software online.
Don’t look at the hardware when your goal is the software.
For more great content on how cloud computation works from a scientific perspective, check out this article.