I blame this year’s March weather for my laggardliness in posting new stuff. Normally, by this time of year we’re already in the segue from winter to mud-time (which I used to think was a season invented by Robert Frost for poetic purposes, and then I moved up here); this year, we’ve had nights in the double-digits below zero Fahrenheit as recently as this past week, and the snow is still two feet deep in the front yard.
It makes it hard to work up energy for anything beyond the absolutely necessary, so it does.
One thing I did accomplish, though, because it didn’t require anything much beyond shifting some pixels around: I took advantage of Google Drive’s recent lowering of prices for extra storage to pick up the 100-gigabytes-for-$1.99/month deal, and then spent a couple of days backing up my photo and image files to the cloud.
Backing up text is easy – text is compact. If you don’t have your working files saved in two or three different places (two different drives and at least one offsite backup is a good minimum), then you’re courting disaster. Image files, though, and video and audio files, those are big. They take up lots of room on any physical media you might want to store them on, and they transfer from one medium to another at a crawl. Which is why up until a couple of days ago I had my image files stored in the virtual equivalent of a single shoebox.
Now, at least, I’ve got them stored in a couple of shoeboxes, and one of the boxes is on a shelf in somebody else’s house.