Security has become a bigger issue in technology lately (has always been an issue), and I just read an article glorifying the abandonment of physical media storage. It sorta made me upset, because I don't like the way things are being pushed to soft copy only.
You have hard-drives, but they fail
You have the cloud, but I don't trust "their cloud (I prefer the My Cloud hard-drive by Western Digital if any).
You have digital copies, but where do you store them? On a hard-drive?
I actually prefer CD or DVD over all of the above options. The worse that could happen is that they crack or you loose them, but with 2 backup CDs that hasn't been an issue for me (for important stuff). I have DVDs a decade old that I didn't have to worry about loosing the data with.
It's sorta the same reason I don't like paying for a promise. Nor do I like paying for a guarantee that isn't legally binding.
A big issue with storing data on paper was the fact that when it comes to large amounts of data, paper is insufficient.
But security wise, and backup wise, I think it is more efficient.
I always say that we pay too much for convenience. And I like to use old reliable methods more often than newer un-reliable methods. Most of the time I prefer the wisdom of the "hard but sure" way than the foolishness of the "new way."
There are times when I use the convenient way for it's convenience alone in a specific case.
This whole IRS fiasco, these site hacks and account stealing etc at "convenience" stores. It all doesn't make sense. When the power is out, people don't know what to do, and what if the internet went out? Would we have systems in place to continue to function?
Can cashiers add without a computer? Surely can't swipe your card under that magnetic block if the POS system is down.
Yes, I still desire a home phone. No, I don't have a contract phone, nor a cable bill, nor a television. Yes, I do have internet (my means of gathering information while I can). I have abandoned the library for the convenience of the internet.
If Steam, PSN, XBOX live go down, and they are pushing this interconnected game play, you are going to have a bunch of upset people. They hardly make any 2 player Co-op games anymore (LAN party friendly games).
Maybe this is why I have seen people buy safes?
And yet, it seems there is a push for digital currency? The day they get rid of cash, is the day the beginning of the end of the world is certain.
Sounds like a good video game. I should release it on Steam.
Should we be so reliant on computers?
P.S. If you say Soft Copy, please explain why.