“I run a small business. I value privacy, for myself and my customers,” E. Werner Reschke writes for T-GAAP. “Giving all my personal and company data to a Cloud owned by some other entity — whether Apple, Google, Microsoft or Yahoo! — has always made me nervous. Maybe I’m über-paranoid, or maybe I’m crazy like a fox.”
“I’m probably über-paranoid, but even Tim Cook is stating that we should be. Losing Liberty is a slippery slope that starts slow at first and before you know it, it is gone,” Reschke writes. “I’m using liberty here in the sense that your media tastes and purchasing habits should not be known by one entity, and therefore make it difficult to know who you are or what you like and dislike without actually knowing you — but instead by knowing your profile. Frankly I would prefer to live in a world that is nothing like the movie Minority Report, where advertisements are customized to you by a sensor recognizing your optics as you walk by.”
“If Apple wants to continue acting on their values of privacy, their next step should be to reinvigorate server efforts for customers,” Reschke writes. “This isn’t about Apple bolstering iCloud service. This is about delivering server solutions that can be installed and deployed as walled gardens for their customers.”
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MacDailyNews Take: It seems like there’s room for a bit more robust, customizable Mac mini server, but it doesn’t seem as if Apple is all that interested (we won’t even bother dreaming of a modern Xserve). Admittedly, it’s a minor market that wouldn’t move the needle outright, but it might have some benefits for Apple down the road.