Clouds Belong in the Sky

Admittedly, I’m not very tech savvy. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that I’m a technodummy. So, why am I suddenly interested in Cloud?

Basically, I think I’m interested in it because everyone I know is storing their data in it.

I’m usually behind the times when it comes to technology and this is one of those times. I’ve been afraid of the Cloud technology ever since it came out.

My worries centered on the fact that nothing on the Internet is really secure even though we keep being told that it is. My rationale has been that if hackers like WikiLeaks and OpenLeaks could hack hundreds of thousands of government classified documents and break into every kind of banking information, then nothing on the Internet is secure.

I’ve also been afraid that my data could get lost in Cloud storage. There have been too many times when I have sent a document that has gotten lost in an Internet black hole, or someone is sending me a document while we’re both sitting at our computers, and it’s gotten lost in the ethers.

I recently stored my music in a Cloud that is probably floating around somewhere. It took a week for it to be stored and since then, I haven’t been able to find it. I know it’s out there somewhere; I just don’t know how to bring it down to earth and get it into my laptop.

And after I stored my music in the disappearing cloud, I heard that one of those Cloud data storage facilities was shutting down and their customers were being asked to make other storage arrangements.

I saw a lot of posts and it sounded like controlled chaos. People were concerned about losing their data or that they had too much data to move quickly and efficiently. It sounded like pandemonium judging from the intensity of the posts that I was reading.

When I see things like this happening to the newest and greatest in technology, I’m kind of glad that I’m not so savvy about it. It makes me move much more slowly until many of the bugs are worked out before I buy the latest gadget.

I think I’ll stick with my backup system of multicolored floppy disks. At least I can see them. I can’t see my music in the Cloud so I’m not even sure it’s there, but the floppy disks? Those I can see.

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