03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Cloud Computing": Useful Or Irritating?

Just when you thought we'd reached the known limits of annoying technology terms, a new specimen has begun to gain traction, putting up a spirited case for the most irritating tech buzzword of the year.

The new candidate, the mind-numbingly awful term "cloud computing," has been in the news this week thanks to the novella published in last Sunday's New York Times business section by Miguel Helft and Steve Lohr, and a cover story in BusinessWeek rhapsodizing about the power of Google's "clouds."

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