This is off topic but if you can send me that in mail I can trade with you my arduino shield PCB and some parts.
More have come! The more the merrier! What's your take on cloud computing?
I personally think the term is becoming more market hype than anything. A part of me feels like this idea of "cloud computing" is a throwback to time-sharing computing, or thin computing.
If done right, it could be a good thing - the idea of a computer that grows and shrinks as your needs do, if it happened in an "invisible" or minimally hands-on manner, is a good thing for many applications (Rackspace has a cloud web server infrastructure that is kinda neat - but there are a lot of limitations that you can quickly hit depending on your business needs - for instance, if you have a web site that needs to be HIPAA compliant - their cloud structure doesn't support that).
It would also be nice to be able to offload some of the processing and/or storage needs from your home machine; especially if this was built in. But it all needs to be cheap before you see real wide-spread usage. Plus it needs to be really cross-platform.
I have on my Ubuntu box at home the Dropbox app - nice little storage and sharing, if and when I need it. It being cross-platform is a real bonus. Now - if only it was cheaper (the free version is nice, but if I wanted to store say 1TB of info - I nor anyone else I know could afford it).
I also worry about privacy concerns - especially when it comes to business usage of cloud or cloud-like services. Who owns the data? What happens should you move or change your business, or want to move the data? How are you guaranteed that they don't have a copy somewhere (that could potentially be sold to a competitor or otherwise)? Similar questions and more apply if you are using it at a personal level as well.
Now - the idea of being able to use multiple computers spread over the net for storage and processing purposes - that is appealing to me (though I don't have an application in mind); if you could get something set up that was distributed and free (ie, bittorrent on steroids) - so that you (and others on the net) could share storage and processing of each others machines, in such a manner so that no single person could see or tell what you were using or doing (nor would care); ie, a secure P2P distributed processing and storage platform - that would be highly useful.
It would also be a real thorny issue for the authorities - of course...