Although "The Cloud" is not something I consider secure, I have found
a use for it. Google docs gives you 5 gig of storage. I have
started scanning receipts and putting them on "The Cloud" This will
come in handy if I have an insurance claim or warranty claim.
If you scan the image as a jpg, you can use MsPaint to black out any
credit card info.
I also use Yahoo calendar to record big purchases with a 1 year
reminder. This is a pretty good way to keep up with how long
something is under warranty.
O'Neil to General Hammond:
For the record Sir, I wanted to blow it the hell up.
If you get a real paint program, instead of that miserable excuse (I use
Paint Shop Pro, probably now out of print, probably can get it for free
somewhere), you can not only do that easily, but also reduce the number
of colors and save an image as a tiny .GIF. Far smaller than unwieldy
JPEGs, recognized world-wide by all browsers and mail clients.
The current state of literacy in our advanced civilization:
Well, *I* won't, 'cause I've had more than my share of problems with
open-source software, and I'm totally happy with PSP. Nothing it can't
do that I need, and it's really easy to use. But the O.P. might want to
The current state of literacy in our advanced civilization:
I got Carbonite. It automatically backs up all files on your computer
for $55/year. I was mostly concerned about loss of business records and
email and consider it a business expense. It was getting tiresome
putting stuff on DVD's and while I could have a ton of storage on my
websites or isp, I'd still have to upload. Carbonite does it
automatically every time a new file is added or an old one changed.
In the dim and distant past (a few decades ago) we had computer centers
that stored "our" data somewhere in our various companies. Then we got
"personal" computers, so that "our" data was stored on our own computers
on (or under, or beside) our own desks rather than in the computer
center down the corridor, or in the next building, or in the corporate
data center in another state or another country. Now we're supposed to
store "our" data in "the cloud," which is operated by a totally separate
company, one whose interests might be totally at odds with ours; and we
have no idea where in the whole world that data is actually stored. I'd
say that this is a backward step -- or maybe a few thousand backward steps.
The cloud is good for those who make money off it. I envision the day
when your computer has a slot in the keyboard. The boot screen says,
"insert debit card to pay by the keystroke". And it won't cost less
computers we use today. And the access costs will be much higher.
The cloud is practical when the device used to access it (including the
cost of access) costs WAY less than the device
using local storage.
It makes some sense when there's remote collaboration and common access
by multiple users.
The internet bandwidth to make practical use of it costs way more
cost of local storage. A 16GB thumb drive costs under $20 these days.
If you put it in your pocket, the only risk is that the computer explodes
and takes you with it.
I just checked. The total amount of stuff I've authored in 20 years
Scanning receipts into the cloud instead of storing them locally is
an exercise in making use of something that has no use. The chance of
losing your cloud data is way higher than the chance of you needing
to file an insurance claim.
The cloud is a marketing wet-dream to monetize every aspect of
your existence. It worked for the cellphone. But I ain't got one
of them either.
I get the impression you are saying this tongue-in-cheek, when in fact
this whole scenario has been finalized down to the last penny, years
ago. Every mouse click, every web link followed, every email sent can
be logged and billed. Old news. Why hasn't it been implemented?
Probably cuz ppl would riot. OTOH, it's already begun, ever so
quietly and insidiously. Look at Canada's "user based billing" (UBB).
It's only a matter of time.
I guess you saw where IPod and the other one are tracking your every
move and sending the info back so that the mfgr can track where they
should plan for density?
It's here! 1984 has come but not gone.
I'm still using a cheapo cell phone with a cheapo $20/quarter pmt.
Don't need all that fancy stuff.
Yep. Pretty cheap.
There's a current ad on Houston Craigslist for 40Gig hard drives at $11
each. Hundreds in stock (I've seen 'em).
The dude buys computers that come back off of lease and almost all the
computers he purchases have no hard drives. So he buys container loads of
refurbished (?) drives to install in these back-from-lease machines.
Me? I'm content to use the 40Gig hard drives I find in the bottom of
With the price of external hard drives going from about $ 50 to $ 80 for a
500 GB to 1K GB, it is even cheaper to buy them new. Also you just plug
them into the usb port.
I still like the dvds for the important stuff. Guess that I am one of those
that make several backups.
Here's what Amazon shows for these "archival" DVDs that they claim
will last 100 years.
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I'm leaning toward trying these rather than get another external HD.
(I won't be around in 100 years to call them a liar if it doesn't work
Only thing I'm not sure about is the transfer rate. Some posts on
here mentioned very slow transfer rate? Excuse dumb question, but is
that when transferring from the computer to the DVD?
Also, what is the rate when transferring back from DVD to computer
(assuming there's a reason to do that).
Also: Why DVD when data only requires HD? I can see DVD for
photos, etc, but otherwise?
I'll throw in- it isn't just the quality of the blank media, it is the
quality of the drive. Not as much of a problem as it used to be, but
sometimes you still get disks that will read fine on the drive they were
burned on, but not on a different drive. Hint- pay the extra 5-10 bucks
and get a drive that actually has a brand name on it. It makes a
I just thought of an interesting problem the government has been running
into with data storage media. The equipment isn't around
anymore to read the old tapes. They're having to hunt down retired
IBM, UNIVAC, DEC, etc engineers to help them get the information
off those old data tapes. I wonder if someone or some international
group can come up with a standard archival media that will stay in
use for a century or more? Oh yea, and a standard digital format to
go along with it.
We all have that problem. I had to copy my VIC20 cassette tapes to
floppy, then to high density floppy, then to zip disks, then to cd,
then to dvd. For many of us, the amount of data is small enough that
we can copy it to new technology before the old wears out.
And it's much easier to keep all the old stuff than to try to sort it.
But I still have all 80GB of stuff on the primary hard drive.
It's quicker to search the whole thing for a driver than to try to
figger out which DVD it's on.
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