So my IT wife, who knows lots about Windows systems and nothing about Chrome, has to hook up my in-laws' Chromebook to their new cloud printer. It got me to thinking. What is the point of sitting on one's couch and sending a print job out on the internet, into the cloud, and back to a printer within arm's reach? I understand the advantages; one could just as well be half a world away from said printer, although it's hard to see why that's useful. And I also understand that other devices like smartphones can access said printer. But why burden the internet when wire or wifi would travel directly a few feet instead of hundreds of miles? Why increase the burden on the internet? I think the answer must be in how it benefits Google. I hate to be Mr. Paranoia but it seems that Google must be in some way collecting analytics on our print jobs. I have to say I'm already assimilated. I have used Google services for a long time now and have had a Yahoo webmail address for much longer. Still, are we giving up yet more privacy for the sake of getting something free and convenient?