If you subscribe to the PCMech newsletter, in last week’s rant I wrote about how I quit cloud storage completely. Yes, I still house my email “in the cloud”, so to speak, but as far as file storage services like Dropbox and SkyDrive, I quit those completely.
Cloud storage invented this need to the effect of, “If you’re not synchronizing your data, you might lose it!” And yes, I bought into this hook, line and sinker. While I didn’t spend any money on the technology, I did buy into the idea of it.
It’s now been a week with no cloud stoage. Am I feeling any anxiety about not having my data cloud-synchronized?
This actually surprised me a bit, because I thought I’d feel at least some anxiety over not synchronizing my data, but I don’t. The world didn’t end, I don’t feel any sort of panic over not synchronizing and can get on with my digital life just fine.
If I really feel the need to save something just in case my computer’s drive dies, and my USB stick dies, and my DVD disc backup goes bad and my home gets struck by lightning and burns it to the ground all at once on the same day, I just email the document or whatever-it-is to myself so it’s stored in my webmail.
I know some people think cloud storage is the best thing since cushioned toilet seats, but for me it was more a novelty than anything else. All that cloud stuff is now uninstalled from my computer and I don’t miss it whatsoever.
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