I don't trust the "cloud"
"Can you trust your data to the cloud? For users of an online storage service called The Linkup, formerly known as MediaMax, the answer turned out to be a resounding "no.""
Loss of customer data spurs closure of online storage service 'The Linkup'
Now apparently this is mostly for backup purposes but still. What if you needed those files?
Do I trust Google, Yahoo, etc with my email, calendar, files? Not only no, but hell no.
Some sys admin somewhere had two screens open, one to a test system and one to a live system. He got confused and delete 15,000 users emails. I can't find that story but found a few others. Security firm trashes customer e-mails. Lycos cleaner bins thousands of emails
Mind you I have a backup plan for my laptop. Every few days I make a password zip file containing all my files. I then burn a DVD and either place in my fire proof (actually one hour fire rated) filing cabinet or my safety deposit box.
<rant>But I'm also a highly adept computer user and know where all my files are stored. Sure folks know about their C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\My Documents which also frequently has other files which don't need to be backed up on a regular basis such as photos. And I'd say about 5% of users back that up regularly.
And what about photos? Of special family events?
Now how many folks know where their email is stored? Somewhere in the Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data folder along with many megabytes of data in other child folders which doesn't need to be backed up.
One retired extended family member asked me to at least retrieve his outgoing emails from a old laptop whose hard drive had died. He explained that his email to his children was basically his diary of the last five years. The hard drive was completely dead. There was nothing I could do. </rant>