Something occurred to me the other day: I hardly ever worry about data loss on Capulet’s computers anymore. Why? Despite having no coherent backup plan, 90% of our work is safe. It lives out there, in the magic Internet cloud:
- The majority of our documents are in Google Docs.
- For other documents, we’ve probably emailed them to each other, ourselves or our clients.
- We use Gmail for email.
- We use Blinksale for invoicing, Harvest for time-tracking and Google Calendar for scheduling.
The same goes for the personal side, where 95% of our photos are in Flickr, and all of my MP3s are backed up to MP3Tunes.com. Personal email is on Gmail, too.
I’d like to claim responsibility for this distributed strategy, but it’s totally accidental. The only thing I really worry about is historical data from before, say, 2005. We’ve got an external hard drive for that, but I will eventually back it up to a remote location as well.
It’s a bit ironic that I write this post on the day that our online storage client comes out of the private beta closet.