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To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

February 13, 2013


Although I love technology, I’m not what you would call an early adopter.  I like to wait until other people have worked out the kinks before I invest the money to purchase new gadgets and the time to learn how to use them.  So it won’t come as a surprise to you that I don’t really use the cloud very much.  Oh, sure.  I’ve got some photos and documents floating around here and there, but I don’t rely on it heavily.

Yesterday I was looking for a baby picture of Lucas for the school yearbook.  I searched through all my external hard drives and found that those photos were missing.  My heart quickened in pace, but I assured myself it would be okay.  I searched the bookshelves for the folios of backup cds.  No folios.  My hands started to get sweaty.  I searched the closets, the shelves in the garage, and the (dreaded) rafters of the garage.  Now I had a pit in my stomach and had wasted half the day.

It threw me off my game yesterday.  All day long I was in a bit of a trance.  Doing the things I had to do, but my head wasn’t really there.  All I could do was think about the three years worth of photos that were missing.  An important three years too – starting from when Lucas was two months old and encompassing the birth of Josh and his first year of life.  As I tossed the entire house, I found that we had most of the important events of Lucas’s babyhood printed out.  At least I could scan those, but I had almost nothing of Josh printed.  They were gone.

After the kids went to bed last night I started frantically searching every CD I could find.  And then at 10:30 pm I saw it – a CD marked “Computer backup Oct. 2003”.  Could that really be it?  One little CD?  There’s no way it could hold an entire year’s worth of photos, but at least it was something.

It turned out that it really was all the photos (back in the day the files were small.  I didn’t shoot anything in RAW – I didn’t even have that capability).  With great relief I announced to my husband that I would be able to sleep that night.  I went to work transferring photos to my hard drive.  I have a lot of work ahead of me as I found a good 100 cds that are not on a hard drive anywhere.

This experience has gotten me to thinking more about alternative ways of storage.  I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use the cloud exclusively as a form of storing my most cherished memories, but perhaps I should look into it as a backup.  What about you?  Do you use the cloud?




Whew!  So glad I found these!

One Comment leave one →
  1. marisa permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:00 am

    So cute! I am terrible at storing photos and my heart was racing as I read your story. I have started storing my stuff at Picasa so that I have it online somewhere but I need to have a second or third backup just to make sure it is somewhere. I have a friend that uses smugmug. I’m still not sure about the cloud and if it really will always be accessible. Let me know if you find the perfect solution!

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