So I hear computer people talking about "the cloud." What exactly is "the cloud" and how does it work?
I know it's metaphorical and all, and supposed to give us this impression that there's all sorts of computer data that we'll be able to access from anywhere at any time (all the while remaining secure and safe from predatory types), but what exactly is "the cloud"?
Because despite assertions to the contrary, computer stuff either exists materially (electrons and stuff!) or *poof!* It may only exist virtually on my screen, but if there are electrons hanging out in some binary organization, it's either got to be physically recorded somewhere or not, right?