Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Dec 2009 23:28 UTC
Editorial Now that everything is moving to the cloud internet, you might think that data loss is a thing of the past. Sadly, as the past few months have taught us, this actually isn't true; we first had the Microsoft/Danger disaster, and now we have Palm and Sprint facing a class-action lawsuit over data loss for webOS phones. All this raises the question: how safe is it to store your precious data on the internet, and do you really trust the internet?
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Always anti-cloud! Here's why.
by AnythingButVista on Thu 10th Dec 2009 18:12 UTC
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I'll never, EVER surrender my personal data to the so-called cloud! I make a regular backup of my computers and if something goes wrong, I'm in control of when, where and how to restore it. And if something goes REALLY wrong, (corrupt backup when trying to restore, bad disk, etc.) I only have myself to blame, and not some company out there who's going to "sorry for the inconvenience" their way out of the whole thing and cover their rear ends hiding behind clauses from their terms of service. Microsoft can crash their Windows Live or Danger servers all they want; I'm not going to be affected the least bit.

I don't really use any Google product other than YouTube, and that's because I haven't found a degooglized alternative. GMail is for collecting the spam that is generated when you register in forums and the like, not for real email. My personal email is POP3 from my ISP saved to my computer and backed up by myself in Outlook .pst files. I don't use Google Docs, or Google Wave, or Google Voice, or Google Maps... or whatever is Google's next excuse to track your each and every move. Of course, no Android either! Even if Google were truly the savior of the digital era (which I don't think they are) and their intentions when collecting all of your data were good, I don't want to even imagine the armageddon that will ensue the day some hacker (inside job or from outside) hacks into Google's servers and grabs that data from users for not-so-good purposes.

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