A few weeks ago I wrote about my frustration over my server crashing. My server is now back up and running. I have not yet moved to the cloud.

A development this week has me second guessing the move to the cloud. On Monday Amazon Cloud servers crashed, causing web sites to go out nation wide. 

Unable to get on this site around mid-day on Monday? It was because of the Amazon Cloud crash. The host of this blog (lexblog) uses Amazon’s cloud service. You know, for the reliability. 

So servers are better, right? Not necessarily. At the law firm where my wife works, the firm’s servers were down all Monday morning. They were probably wishing they were on the cloud.

Apparently, both options suck. Perhaps old guy who never got a computer and gets his secretary to print all his emails for him to read has it right after all.  

My email has been moved to the cloud. I am using Google email rather than my server’s email exchange. There are few noticeable differences. Email still runs through my Microsoft Office application, but is also available from any computer through my Google account. It is working well. 

The only issue with the Google mail based cloud email is that google will not deliver an email that you send to yourself. I used to send a lot of emails to myself reminding myself to do things or documenting thoughts on a case. Now I have to use Evernote or something similar. Not a huge deal, but still. 

The thing that I am finding most frustrating about all this is that you would think that computing would be more efficient than it was 10 years ago. I don’t find that to be the case.

My laptop is clunky and slow. My server is less dependable than 10 years ago. I’m more likely to be affected by a cloud crash somewhere like the one this week with Amazon.

I am more dependent on the computer and internet than ever. But it doesn’t work better than ever. When will that change?