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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Well said
by fukudasan on Wed 9th Dec 2009 23:39 UTC
fukudasan
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2006-06-04

Well said, Thom, I personally just couldn't agree more. With a choice of hard drives, solid-state memory devices and the likes of CD-ROMs and DVDs to store things on, why would we want to store things with a potentially insecure third party?

The idea of remote storage is not in itself intrinsically bad, but not intrinsically one hundred per cent trustworthy either. So I use every storage device that I can - hard drives, external hard drives, USB sticks and even a second-hand Chocolate phone which just happens to have eight gigs of free storage . . . portability is a good idea, but it's also good to know that it's always with you and not potentially lost at a third party's remote location.

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RE: Well said
by shawnjgoff on Fri 11th Dec 2009 20:41 in reply to "Well said"
shawnjgoff Member since:
2008-05-02

Don't forget about redundancy just because it's in the cloud. Put your important data on more than one service.

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RE[2]: Well said
by fukudasan on Sat 12th Dec 2009 01:13 in reply to "RE: Well said"
fukudasan Member since:
2006-06-04

Don't worry - I don't just store on my own physical media, I use others via the Internet too. That was my point originally - because I really don't trust physical media much more than I trust the "cloud" - I take a very old-fashioned "belt and braces" attitude towards most things in life . . . including the remote storage of some files I consider most essential.

But the caveat against depending on such services was illustrated by changes in Yahoo's storage facilities . . . as they brought in things like Flickr and removed the existing user storage for pictures, for example. Documents and pictures had to be removed, and where are they now? On solid media.

Actually I find it hard just to sit down and do these things through being so busy and lacking bum-on-seat time - and I use services like Google, for example, but I don't like the idea that they may decide to use my data against my will some day so I keep a relatively small amount of stuff in http://www.startforce.com/, although there are others that I use (this one is becoming rather full now, in fact). Startforce has continued to become more useful but it only has 1Gb available. I have mainly documents and pictures there - and only things that I consider absolutely essential.

I found Startforce after seeing a link by Eugenia (http://www.osnews.com/story/18099/Another_10_Web_Operating_Systems_...) and the previous article by the same author . . . this is not purely for storage, and there are probably better services available. Maybe someone should write a new article on this subject because we need to be aware of services like this? Perhaps grouping individual service providers according to their available storage?

Could be interesting.

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