Consider the implications of a digital life

I’ve just been reading Cult of Less – Living out of a hard drive on the BBC News website. It reports on a number of people who have digitised all their information and chosen to live without physical possessions. It’s a quirky article, but there is a serious lesson towards the end.

The advantage of digitising all our information: photos, music, book, documents; is that it can all sit in a single small volume of space, the hard drive on your computer, and be completely portable. Unfortunately, loss or corruption of that hard drive can have dire consequences if appropriate measures have not been taken.

The article goes on to report on how people who have lost their digital possessions have threatened suicide if the data cannot be recovered!

The answer is simple and cost effective: online backup. If you want to have all your data held electronically, take advantage of the many data replication services to ensure it exists in multiple places. That way, losing one device is not the end of the world.

What I Do

I have been using Dropbox to hold a lot of my critical data and sync it across multiple devices for some time now. It’s free if the volume is low and still price competitive for larger volumes.

For music and photo backup I use a vendor provided cloud service that backs up the Windows Home Server on which all this data is stored.

What do you do?

What measures have you taken to preserve your digital data, or would you prefer suicide?

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