It’s rather exciting times for a computer geek. Apple has announced that they will be announcing their new Cloud service next week at their developer’s conference, WWDC. The new cloud service is called iCloud. Some speculate it’s iTunes in the sky mixed in with MobileMe, all in an effort to make your data available everywhere in the world. Great concept and I hope it does what they hope, because the previous incarnations of Apple’s cloud offerings have been lacking in comparison to the rest of their product line. Personally, I love Dropbox because it works across all computing platforms. I love it so much that I pay for premium space on the cloud. I highly recommend it if you have multiple machines.

Apple is also expected to share much more information on OS X Lion. Who knows, they might even release it to the masses at the conference. Lion is going to blur the line between OS X on the desktop and iOS on the iPhone/iPad/iPod so that they’re more like each other. They want you to swipe all sorts of ways on the big glass trackpads built into their MacBooks.

The various Linux folks are trying to find a new paradigm for their desktops to make this year become the Year of the Linux Desktop. I’ve been reading about the Year of the Linux Desktop since 1999 or so and it hasn’t happened yet. We are getting closer to it though, but various flavors of Linux are changing the rules on a periodic basis so who knows what will come to fruition. Unfortunately, the openness of Linux that I love tends to make it fragmented and without focus. This is good for innovation but in the long run I feel it’s not the best thing for the end user. I wouldn’t ever feel comfortable putting Linux on a family member’s desktop. It’s not there yet.

Then we have Windows. A sneak peek at Windows 8 was announced yesterday and it looks like they are radically overhauling the interface in the next incarnation of Windows, making it more like the “Metro” interface found on their Windows Phone 7 smartphones. I haven’t had a chance to play with a Windows 7 Phone yet, but I do find them intriguing if they work as they promise. The Metro interface features tiles of information; you have a “dial” tile which shows the number of missed calls, a “Facebook” tile which shows what your friends are up to, etc. It’s a nifty idea and I’m interested to see how this extends to the Windows desktop. I know that Microsoft is banking on touchscreen monitors for all, which is a natural extension from tablet and iPad like devices, but as an iPad user, I can tell you that the smudges on the screen, especially after enjoying some non-tots (hash browns) from Dunkin’ Donuts, can get old fast. I do think that Microsoft is on to something here, and I wish Linux (particular Ubuntu) would get it’s act together a little faster to go this route, but now it’ll be just a copy.

One of the issues that Microsoft suffers from is the missteps of the past and the bad press it gets from time to time. Actually, most companies suffer from this. If people would just look at a new product with a fresh perspective instead of saying “it’s just like Vista! Gasp! Horror!” when it’s not, the new product just might have a chance. I was speaking with a geek a while back about how much I love using my MacBook and iPad, and he pooh-poohed me, telling me that Macs weren’t even capable of multitasking, which they’ve been able to do for the past decade or so. Old information doesn’t translate to today. More people need to remember that about technology. Even more people need to remember that about life.

So it’s an exciting time in the geek world and I, for one, am looking forward to what everyone has to offer and dabbling in a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Now I just need a finance advisor that can tell me how to accomplish all this.