I know, I know, most of my Lunch contributions so far have been about food, fashion and being fabulous, so please bear with me as I geek out on Lunch this one time. If you didn't already know, cloud computing's totally the new geek buzz term. When I first learned it a few months ago, I jokingly told my friends that I'd be dropping that term more in conversation just to sound smarter.
....Even though I only about 80% knew what it meant.
Despite all my reading up about the cloud on various websites and watching multiple explanations on YouTube, it wasn't until a conversation that I recently had with @jbeswick (who I connected with on Lunch, by the way), though, where he quoted his book, Getting Productive with Google Apps, that I had my a-ha moment. He wrote, "The current situation is like having to own a power station to run a toaster". That quote is so spot on about the cloud, because why have your own power station to run a toaster when you can run it on someone else's more efficient power station? A power station that's perpetually in R&D and gets constant upgrades at that. You'll still get your toast either way. Heck, the toast might be even better on the cloud. James was kind enough to give me a copy of his book, and lucky for me, it turns out that it was just what I needed to get in sync with the concept of the cloud. Google style!
James goes into details about most aspects of Google apps in this book, but one thing that he doesn't really explain is cloud computing. If you plan on reading the book and don't know much about the concept of working on the cloud, then I would highly suggest getting acquainted with that concept because it will help you really grasp the point of this book. The most helpful explanation that I've come across so far is this video made by SalesForce:
The book is conveniently divided up into chapters by tools such as Gmail, Calender, Docs, Presentations, Spreadsheets, etc, and definitely has the most organized and detailed table of contents ever. The book itself is also super organized and loaded with diagrams, screenshots and tutorials so that I know exactly what he's writing about. It's like a mini 200 page textbook.
I'm not exactly the most tech-savvy person and thought that I would have to look up a lot of terms in the book on Wikipedia, but that wasn't the case at all. I actually found it to be a pretty easy and straight forward read. It's almost as if the book was written for n00b5 like me! I'm mostly a social media fiend (meaning that most of my e-content is already on the net) and am otherwise a casual user of the internet (meaning that I'm no web entreupreneur or anything... at least not yet! :P), so some of the tools introduced in this book wouldn't be of much use to me, though it was neat learning about them and good to know that they're there. There were actually quite a few useful tools that I'll be implementing into my own net life, though, that will make my life and my web experience run smoother.
Suffice to say, if you want to dive head first into the world of cloud computing, definitely pick up this book and get your start through Google apps (though I'm sure that most people are already working on the cloud in one way or another without knowing it). Hint: this book is even more useful if you're a web entreupreneur because learning to use these apps will definitely help you reduce costs and more importantly, improve the infrastructure of your business.
... but I will review the experience of writing it, which was great. I got into the whole Google Apps thing since I'm a huge web 2.0 fanatic and I've managed to get many businesses to use Gmail and other Google services with success. In fact, Gmail is the only product I ever rolled out without getting deluged with support calls or problems, and there's a 'wow' factor that makes you look like a real hero (technology hero). There are many, many undocumented and interesting parts of Google … more
When I'm not Lunching, I'm a jeweler, and an all around, self-proclaimed web geek. My passions include social media, the interweb, technology, writing, yoga, fitness, photography, jewelry, fashion, … more
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