Cloud Computing Question: Running Old Software in the Cloud

Cloud Computing Question: Running Old Software in the Cloud

Is there a cloud computing solution that would allow me to actually run old software (from 1995) in the cloud?

My #1 favorite software in the world is Folio VIEWS, the 3.14 version from 1995. I’ve been using Folio VIEWS since about 1990 to keep a personal knowledge base of everything I read that is interesting, all my meeting notes, conversations, etc. My personal “infobase” is a single file that is approaching 300MB. It’s fully searchable, has lightning fast browse, is fully editable, supports hypertext, groups, bookmarks, highlights, and more advanced searching options than the web has ever provided. From about 1995 (when I got a high speed DirecPC satellite dish) to about 2001 I tried to track all the news I could find about every internet company, every funding event, and every successful internet marketing strategy used by any company. I have tracked news or tidbits on more than 3,000 companies, and I organized the content as I went. This personal library may be my single greatest asset as an internet entrepreneur, consultant, and mentor. I can find case studies on almost anything. (I also saved hundreds of free case studies from MarketingSherpa and other newsletters into my infobase.) So it is incredibly rich, well organized, and I can’t live without it. (Yes, I’ve tried Evernote and a number of other possible solutions, but for me, nothing comes close. I should do a hangout sometime on Google+ just to show off this insanely good vintage software.)

The problem is that Folio VIEWS only runs on 32-bit machines. And recently I upgraded my Dell Precision T5400 desktop to 12GB of RAM, since I am now running Python scripts in the background and always have a couple dozen browser tabs open, as well as another dozen Word, Excel, and PPT docs open. My machine has slowed way down. So, I want the additional memory. But I have to install 64-bit Windows in order to access the last 8 GB. And if I do that, so long to Folio VIEWS.

My solution is to move Folio VIEWS to my secondary desktop. Today I’m installing Windows XP on that machine (replacing Windows 7 which I never liked), and then I’ll transfer Folio to that machine. That will create additional work for me. Instead of adding things to my infobase whenever I find it, I’ll have to flag it somehow and add it in batch mode to Folio. I think it will be a pain. But running a super slow machine is intolerable.

But can you see the ideal solution? A personal cloud computing option that supports both 32-bit executables as well as hosts the infobase. Then I could access my Folio VIEWS infobase from any machine. That would be a dream. Especially if I could access it and update it via mobile.

So that’s my question — is there a way to run 32-bit software in the cloud?

(I noticed +Phil Windley posted something about Personal Cloud Computing this week, so I’ll check that out in a bit. But I figure the Google+ crowd would be an ideal place to ask this question.)


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Political meetup in Provo

I updated my Financial Crisis Reading List today with two must read books:

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It by Lawrence Lessig. (

Throw Them All Out by Peter Schweitzer. (

A week or so ago, I had lunch with someone who has read almost everything on my reading list. My first question was, “are you depressed?” We quickly turned the discussion to, “what can be done about the corruption of our representative democracy and our financial system.” We both think the outrage people are feeling towards government has been manifest by the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movements, but neither effort seems to have any real power to challenge the status quo of the two major political parties and the massive fund-raising machine that continues to elect the same people to Congress, despite the overall 10-12% approval rating.

We’ve started a small political discussion group in Provo, to see if we can agree on things that can be done to channel our disillusionment in productive ways.

Let me know if you are interested in learning more.

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Never Eat Alone – Brainstorm Lunches for Utah Entrepreneurs

Never Eat Alone – Brainstorm Lunches for Utah Entrepreneurs

A few years ago, inspired by the book Never Eat Alone, I started holding casual, pay-for-your-own-lunch lunches with other entrepreneurs in Utah. We called these “entrepreneur brainstorm lunches.” We usually held them at Magelby’s restaurant, where at the end of the meal for some reason they would always bring out a twinkie for everyone. So Provo’s economic development director started calling the lunches “Twinkie Talks.”

Recently, I met with a local entrepreneur who attended a couple of these brainstorm lunches, and he said we should start them up again. So we are. The Twinkie Talks are back, sans the twinkies.

His current team set up an event on EventBrite so we can take RSVPs.

The first one is tomorrow at Malawi’s in Provo.

Hurry, there are only a few slots left.

But don’t worry. We’re planning to hold brainstorm lunches every week or two.

Here’s the link:



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