Hi, I'm Pete and this is my bit of online breathing space.

I spend most of my time doing research and a bit of teaching at the University of Birmingham. In case you're more interested in my academic work, I maintain an site about that at prlewis.com.

In my spare time, I'm also a Lay Trustee of the University of Birmingham Guild of Students, and one of Archlinux's Trusted Users. You can read more about my (mainly Archlinux based) hackery at muddygoat.org.

This site is purely personal, and is a place for me to write down my musings and opinions. Enjoy, and please feel free to leave a comment.

Whose Cloud is it Anyway?

These days, it seems that everything vaguely related to computing is being marketed as using "the cloud". The idea of off-site, transparently-accessible, scalable storage and processing, which is always on and (probably) secure, is a tempting offer. But more and more, when I hear the term "cloud" it has come to remind me of something I once heard Pete Ashton say: that the cloud is basically just somebody else's computer.