Saturday, May 2, 2015

Connectivity Dependent

I sometimes wonder what people would do without their instantaneous connectivity to the Internet and their phones.

Given how addicted so many are to their phones, I can imagine some having nervous breakdowns if deprived of their addiction.

I have Brighthouse cable for television and Internet and the Internet drops occasionally. Of course, that is frustrating to say the least, but, for me, not the end of the world, nor sufficient reason to defect to the truly horrible world of ATT Uverse.

In fact, Brighthouse had an Internet outage today. It was working fine at 6:30 am. Then it was sporadic by 9:00 am and completely dead by 10:00 am.

I placed a call to Brighthouse’s service line, was informed that they were doing modem updates in my area, and that the Internet would be up in a few hours.

It was up in 35 minutes.

As I sat there Internetless (sic), I could continue working on my writing and other endeavors on my MacBook.

Even if connectivity was not restored by Sunday night, I could burn files to a CD or use a flash drive to take files with me on Monday as a last resort.

Then it occurred to me the one major deficit of a Chromebook: it has to have connectivity to function and because it stores all your files in a cloud, without connectivity, you’re locked out of your files.

Cloud storage is an amazing advancement, but it also brings with it a new set of issues.

Many preppers know the value of flash drives. They are very cheap devices that are fairly foolproof on which you can back up irreplaceable family photos and crucial information.

I say that a little file redundancy is good.

I wonder how many people trust implicitly the cloud world of iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive? Do they not see that a glitch could wipe everything?

I’m not saying that any of these services are bad, but I am saying that some physical redundancy of files is beneficial.

I have a portable hard drive on which I have files. Those same files are on flash drives. Those same files are in a cloud.

Given how much of the information we rely on comes to us wirelessly, it would follow that taking away our internet connectivity and cell tower communication would be an excellent way to hobble people.

Although the above picture is an extreme exaggeration of my land-line telephone, some of my friends think I’m a dinosaur for still maintaining a non-cellular telephone. 

I see it as a form of redundancy that may keep me safe. If cell towers are out, my land line may still work.

Embrace redundancy where it prepares you for unforeseen events.

Back it up, folks!

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