I think I’m finished with depending on local file systems for anything critical. The other day as I was updating the OS on my laptop, ran into some issues that made the disk (SSD) unreadable for a while. (Like a lot of thigns on OS X, just trying again a few more times fixed it up.) My backup disk was probably a month out of date, so it was a little scary.
But it’s going to cause me to do something I should have done a long time ago: get everything critical in my life off my local drive and into the cloud. I’ve been moving more and more data+files to Dropbox over time, but now have moved everything there. My notes are all moving over to Simplenote & Evernote.
The tough thing to reallly move completely is some of my media: photos, movies (especially home movies, but also ripped DVDs and iTunes stuff), music (again, a mix between ripped and online). For now, I’m going to be obsessive about getting all that onto our iMac at home, which gets backed up relentlessly.
It seems pretty clear to me that I should have done this a while back — not only does it mean that device loss doesn’t mean data loss, but it also means that I can do meaningful work on any of my various devices at any time.
But it also seems clear to me that there will be lots of homes without any central iMac-style hub to back stuff like photos up to. (And really all we use it for anymore is (1) local movie stores and (2) photos.) That’ll pose some problems for a while since with local movies and pictures you can get pretty big file sizes that aren’t really practical to keep completely in the cloud yet.
Anyway, long overdue change for me, but very happy to have moved all my unique stuff into a robust, backed up cloud configuration.