As more and more of our technology and associated services head into the Cloud, this strange term that most cannot define I thought it prudent to share some best practice tips:
Cloud and the services are basically – subscription models services. Once you stop paying them you do not have access to X content.
- If you love that satellite streaming music service that is great, but what if it was gone tomorrow. How is your owned media content. Not an argument to stop using such a service, but be sure to curate your own local media for those offline moments, posterity, as an heirloom to the past, and of course if that service goes bankrupt.
- Videos uploaded to YouTube – you have a choice on how you upload content, and based on the path you choose you will either have a local copy, or you won’t. If you do not, you are currently subject to having basically hack your way through 3rd party apps. Which in most cases include malware in the code. Lesson here – careful how you engage, connect, share, and be aware of portability. Portability is a fancy way of referring to how you will take the data elsewhere.
… more to be written on this topic. Sharing now as this is more a Stream of Conscious blog cast after several hard lessons.
Onward and upward,