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OPLIN 4Cast #167: Cloud computing

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Cloud computing has several definitions but basically, it just means using data or programs from a remote site (for example, Flickr and Google Docs).  The thought is that rather than having local servers to handle your data, software, or other internet-based service, you use a remote host.  Sharing resources has obvious issues and risks, but on-demand, remote access to resources is a compelling benefit.

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On a lighter note, here are some good cloud computing links, sorted by weather patterns.