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The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

by Nicholas Carr

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You could skip part one. Now the ' cloud ' is really starting to arrive. ( I still have serious reservations about it ) ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
Brilliant exposition of cloud computing - the comparison to electricity really is a killer analogy. Unfortunately the later sections feel a little like a rehash of previously printed journalism. ( )
  jontseng | Jan 5, 2011 |
cloud computing, information technology ( )
  KarlaIrwin | Sep 27, 2010 |
Outstanding book putting the infrastructure of the internet into the context of power technologies. ( )
  lisahistory | Sep 15, 2010 |
A fascinating look at the history of the computer revolution starting from the water wheel and locally-generated power systems. Carr focuses on how computing is becoming a utility (like electricity, computer power is becoming centralized into the "cloud") and the impacts this change is having (such as fewer workers needed to run services such as Skype or YouTube and privacy concerns as services such as Google and Facebook gather more data about us). ( )
  wlmckee | Mar 28, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393062287, Hardcover)

An eye-opening look at the new computer revolution and the coming transformation of our economy, society, and culture.

A hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and generators and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought the modern world into existence. Today a similar revolution is under way. Companies are dismantling their private computer systems and tapping into rich services delivered over the Internet. This time it’s computing that’s turning into a utility. The shift is already remaking the computer industry, bringing new competitors like Google to the fore and threatening traditional stalwarts like Microsoft and Dell. But the effects will reach much further. Cheap computing will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. In this lucid and compelling book, Nicholas Carr weaves together history, economics, and technology to explain why computing is changing—and what it means for all of us.

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A hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought the modern world into existence. Today a similar revolution is under way. Companies are dismantling their private computer systems and tapping into rich services delivered over the Internet. This time it's computing that's turning into a utility. The shift is already remaking the computer industry, bringing new competitors like Google to the fore and threatening traditional stalwarts like Microsoft and Dell. But the effects will reach much further. Cheap computing will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. Here, business journalist Carr weaves together history, economics, and technology to explain why computing is changing--and what it means for all of us.--From publisher description.… (more)

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Editions: 0393062287, 0393333949

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