Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 09:35:26 +0200
It just occured to me how FRAGMENTED we’re becoming in this day and age. Not more than 5 years ago, the “usual” means of a backup was to burn dvds or maybe an external hard drive.
As storage gets cheaper and connectivity reaches everything, backups are quickly moving online. Not only that, but also document editing, music storage and even powerpoint presentations now get “stored” and dispersed in a myriad of different “cloud drives”. My documents used to sit in a Documents folder. Now they barely see each other, with backups finding homes on services such as dropbox and sugarsync, documents spread around google docs springpad, evernote and assorted writeboards, photos scattered between flickr, facebook and who knows where else. Not to mention youtube, slideshare, amazon s3, github, icloud…
My futile attempts to “keep everything together” simply doesn’t hold anymore, as the amount of data amassed goes well beyond what I can spare in my 2tb of hard drives and I frequently find myself stumbling upon files I only have “in the cloud” and simply forgot it was there. Will it be there tomorrow? What if I simply FORGET where it was? It feels exactly like having a house filled with “stuff” you probably don’t need and won’t ever use anyway – except in this case it’s a house with virtually unlimited storage space and in which the rooms aren’t even connected to each other.
So much effort into “letting go of stuff you don’t need” and look what we’ve become. Disperse, fragmented and virtual collectors of “stuff”.