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A warning for those who build a livelihood on proprietary systems and services:

Cloud9 (cloud IDE, deployment, and hosting) was bought by Amazon a few years ago, and is now shutting down its original service this December, leaving users scrambling who don't want to migrate to AWS.

community.c9.io/t/is-cloud9-be

* One user has 147 Cloud9 projects that he doesn't know what to do with;

* Another spent countless hours building course-ware and video tutorials that are now completely useless.

@adp @codesections ugh. The dangers of the trade. I have so many feels about this.

@adp I remember Cloud9. I built one thing on it. The thing wasn't very good.

@adp that's why i don't understand people who spend time to write books or make video tutorials for things that come and go. also writing software for a platform that is very young. anyway odds are it's either developed by google or will be acquired by google and then get killed.

i myself am forced to do things like that, though...

@adp Angel on my shoulder: don't do it talies

Angel: DON'T YOU DARE

There's no cloud, there's just someone else's computer.

Angel: damn it man...

This ain't so much a reminder that cloud computing is bad. It's not *necessairly* bad as a concept. But it's important to remember that it's someone else's computer, and it's important to be careful when choosing WHOSE computer it is.

Community-managed cloud? Cool. Proprietary clouds? It's a matter of *when* and *how*, not *if*, you get screwed.

@adp Also, lock-in. Sucks. There was a brief period of time, between being locked in to a particular operating system and being locked in to a particular cloud vendor, when platform management wasn't a complete nightmare.

It's not over yet but it seems to me that the big names in the industry are moving towards lock-in again. And I'm not sure that 10-15 years from now Amazon will get the same treatment that Microsoft got in the late 90s.

@adp wow, another great trademark in the bins (besides code and community) - I still remember admiring YoYoDyne(TM) but because they were bought, that incredible trademark can never be used, like Cloud9(TM)

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