Thursday, October 06, 2011

1984 prediction

Someday when all your "stuff" is on "the Cloud," and the only "stuff" you care about is not tangible but only intellectual property and data, don't come crying to me when "they" pull the plug and you are more destitute than someone who's just had a house-fire.

Do they sell Cloud Insurance?

All your books, bills, writing, music, photo-memories, etc. — gone. Likely you will have paid to have it there. And it's likely that the System won't have the resources to care or to act. It might be the System that de-Guttenbergs us all for reasons that should be, in 2011, quite obvious.

I want the cloud to be my surrogate hoarder so I can live like a Buddhist, but there's no way I'm trusting something that is made of vaporous water, server-farms (powered by coal/nuclear/etc.), and profits. I loathe to carry them, and I can't get far with 100 boxes of paper, but I like books.

My Depression-era ancestors, if they had perhaps been the gold-in-the-well / currency-in-the-mattress types, have me as progeny.

"And that's the way it is, blzzzzzz." — L.T.


Hyperblogal said...

It's also a terrorist dream come true and the antithesis of the Apple 1984 commercial wherein Big Brother was destroyed by a sledgehammer..... re-thinking needed.

Nick said...

been in IT forever.

which is why i still make cassette mix tapes, collect vhs movies and backup my data to a hitachi usb 2tb external hdd.

when the net implodes (not if) i'll be ready*

*assuming i can get enough gas for my 10k honda jennie...