Life on the Cloud: Day 3 (or Turbulence in the Cloud)

If you’re going to live on the cloud, you’d best make sure that you’ve got all the tools you’ll need before you get up there. So far, it’s not been that bad, but this experiment is entering its third day and now all of a sudden, I’m encountering a little turbulence and the ride is a bit bumpier than what I would have liked.

It seems as if my Java installation is corrupt or malfunctioning or something. Firefox keeps spitting out errors but Chrome acts like it doesn’t notice anything. So I get to fix my Java issues… yippee. Is this stepping off the cloud? Yeah, I guess so, although I’m not really running any desktop applications, I’m still not in the cloud doing this good stuff. More updates later.

Updated 11:20am (EDT)

So my Java situation has been rectified. The problem stemmed from the fact that when Java is updated, older versions of Java are not automatically removed. After trying to uninstall the older versions, I realized that traces of old versions of Java (registry entries, etc.) remain behind after the program has been uninstalled. Oh, joy.

Rather than digging through the registry and possibly screwing things up, I turned to Microsoft FixIt. I downloaded and ran the FixIt program, it removed all traces of Java from my machine and I was able to install Java Version 7, Update 7. Ugh.

Updated 6:09pm

So after the Java nightmare earlier in the day, I was able to get back up on my cloud and spend the rest of the day without touching the dreaded lavafloor. As a matter of fact, the experiment went splendidly this afternoon as I was in a couple of meetings and used CloudOn on the iPad to take notes and jot down ideas. CloudOn is a wonderful little app that allows you to create and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint presentations on an iOS or Android device and sync them to your Dropbox or Google Drive. The MS Office clone apps in CloudOn are not quite as powerful as their desktop counterparts, but they get the job done with ease, and really… would you want to create a full-on hardcore PowerPoint presentation with all the bells and whistles on your iPad?

All in all, ignoring the Java debacle, it was a successful day in the Cloud. Tomorrow is Friday and I think it’ll be a raging success… Or at least I hope it will.

~Rodney

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