posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 06:48 PM
I use the cloud for my convenience. It's like anything else in life, where you find a balance between ultra paranoia and carelessness. So I have my
"clouded" directories and my local copies, plus another copy of everything in an external drive. I make incremental backups monthly of everything,
going back one year, and then it goes to DVDs for archiving. So day to day I have the convenience of the cloud across various devices, but if it all
crashed tomorrow, my data is still reasonably up to date and in several local places.
For my own websites, I rent space on a remote server but handle the files and databases myself. I wrote a script that allows me to compress and
download all databases with one click on a url, which I do at least daily. Any time I change a script or page I make sure my local copy is updated. I
also run Ubuntu with a local LAMP server so I can still run web-based apps if needed. Heck, I could be the neighborhood internetz in a pinch... slow
but functional. I also made myself learn LaTEX so I could produce, print, and distribute books on a small scale.
I love high tech and global internet, but I've got layers of "fallback", so as long as there's electricity (which TPTB actually need in order to
spy on us!), I can still access data. Past that point, not much matters, because we'd all be starting from scratch.