Life in the cloud? I stay offline as much as I can


We live in an age where techies talk about living in the cloud, but it’s time for these people to put their feet on the ground. Cord cutters are watching TV on their mobile devices thanks to fast wireless connections, cards that seamlessly take you anywhere, and even streaming apps – all of which sounds great in theory, but in reality, it just doesn’t work. not really in India. This is true not only for people in small towns or villages, but even for “well-connected” people in big cities.

A large percentage of people reading this may be using high-speed connections and powerful devices, but even so, that means you can’t really rely on your internet connection outside of the city. home and switch to 3G (or 4G as the case may be).

Right now, you mostly use the cloud to store your media files and documents. Apps like Swiftkey also use it to sync your personal dictionary so you can easily switch between devices. Browsers use the cloud to store settings and passwords, and Google, Apple, and Microsoft use it to facilitate switching between devices. And of course Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box and more. There is no shortage of data storage services like

In addition to cloud storage, we also have cloud-based smartphones like the Nextbit Robin. The “cloud-first” Android phone opened for pre-order in October. The company offers a 100GB personal storage box to all Robin users. Looks good, but if you’re in India, it’s not really a deal.

Internet connectivity is a real problem in India and telecom operators have been in trouble for misleading advertisements. As many people have noticed, 4G works like 3G (when it works) and it’s still impossible to get a reliable 3G connection while commuting in the capital.

Instead, you’ll see the icon on your phone change to “E” for EDGE as you travel. Not only does it kill music streaming, but it also makes apps like Facebook, Instagram, and even Twitter very slow. Loading websites is also a big problem and Google Photos is almost useless in this case.

We are still having issues with call drop, so a reliable internet connection may take some time.

Plus, we pay for broadband at home, and if we can avoid that, we want to minimize the cost of access while on shift. So offline features of apps like YouTube, Gaana or Google Maps are very useful in a country like India. Rather than paying a second bill for mobile data, we’d rather use our Wi-Fi connection to download content that we use on the go.

In June this year, Airtel, Ide and Vodafone increased mobile data packs for prepaid users. You paid Rs. 199 for 30 days to access 2GB data, but now you get 1.25GB for 28 days at the same price. In August, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular hiked mobile data rates by up to 20% for postpaid users. As costs rise, it’s more attractive to rely on stored data than the cloud.

Aside from connectivity issues, most people are skeptical about the whole issue of cloud storage security. There is always the risk of someone hacking your account and leaking all your files onto the internet. However, nowadays storage is not only connected to cloud services, but also to everything you use regularly thanks to the rise of the Internet of Things. As expected, they can all be hacked in one way or another.

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LastPass, one of the popular password management tools, was also hacked in June this year. The attackers were also able to steal email addresses, password reminders, per-user server salts, and authentication hashes. This is just one of many attacks that have been going on for years.

There’s also the question of whether your government is using the Internet to spy on you—India’s top intelligence agencies were among the clients of a controversial Italian company that sells software around the world that lets people spy. phones and desktop computers, according to emails made available by WikiLeaks in July of this year.

Is a cloud-based lifestyle inevitable? Yes, but even if you’re part of the country’s relative elite, use an expensive smartphone, and live in a big city, there’s no infrastructure to support a cloud-based phone. We still rely heavily on offline services, which doesn’t even account for the vast majority of the country.

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