I’ve been using DropBox for 207 Thousand years (give or take). Over that time I have accumulated 17 jiggabytes of data. And I am paying for it.
And, even worse, those jiggabytes are being copied to every single machine I own.
It’s a mess. I’ve attempted to clean that bastard (that’s the short technical term for “that bastard of a backup drive that I can’t find a damned thing on”) about a dozen times [for those keeping track at home, that is the first number I have used that has any vague resemblance to reality whatsoever]. And, with each subsequent (failed) attempt to clean up and organize things, El Bastardo became simply more and more terrible.
It was a monster that I had created. That this perversion of file structures existed within our world… this was my fault.
About this point I should probably mention that I had 18 kajilion other online drive/backup type accounts. Ranging from Google Drive to a simple FTP site that I sometimes worked from.
You see, as each system became more unmanageable, I simply decided to try out a new service. And the cycle continued.
Tonight I decided to clean it all up. Consolidate it down to one single folder structured, backed up by on system. Would even free up a bunch of cpu cycles by getting rid of all those unnecessary backup apps.
Instead I decided to write this. Because this is easier.
This makes me wonder…
If I pared down all of my various files… down to the bare minimum that I felt was 100% necessary… How big would it be?
Could I get it down to, say, 500mb? Hell… could I get it down to 50mb?
Back in the 80’s I had a 286 with a big, hulking 50 mb mfm hard drive. Could I pare my files down to fit on there? In the 80’s (and a good way in to the ’90’s) I sure could. Right now I’m having a hell of a time getting my Drop Box down to less than 127 gigs. Getting to 126 is going to be painful.
I could really go for a no bake chocolate cookie right now…