Hint, I've gone through a catastrophic lose of over 500+ gigs of data a couple of years when I was actually starting up my personal backup method. Luckily for SkyDrive, I was able to keep about 90% of my documents and pictures, but lost ALL those films and videos, and ALL of my damned music that I spent so much time organizing, fixing metadata, and scouring for. Never again.
The 12TB of storage wasn't what I worried about, in fact the drives in that ban remain connected now...and my 50g on SkyDrive is entrusted to keep safe all of the truly important stuff. The image I hoped to restore was more a matter of convenience, hence its having been burnt of the fly. Once I ran into the snafu of using 8./8.1 keys, it became just a bit of an obsession with me, at that point.
Just to give an idea of how old Windows XP is in computer terms...
XP Pro (and I think other versions) had a rather nice Backup utility built-in. In terms of features it's much better than the backup built into Windows 7 or 8; it even allows selective file backup and restore which isn't so common on free backup utilities.
As with all good backup facilities, there needs to be a way to create a bootable rescue disk on media.
And in Windows XP Backup there is...
...with one catch.
It has to be a floppy diskette!
(OK, so I guess there might be workarounds but I suspect they aren't trivial.)
For some, cloud storage is used like a backup. For example, with my dropbox account, the most important files I have are on my laptop, my wife's laptop, my desktop and in the cloud. If all of my PC's in my house were destroyed by fire, my cloud copy would still exist and I could get my files back.
#2). the monthly expense is justifiable by some for sheer convenience of their data and the concept of a free backup solution as stated above.
idiotic for wanting to use XP on modern hardware.
Therefore, to gain your favour, people must use an OS newer than XP.
The recent $900M write-off comes to mind here.
IMO, it would be more worthwhile to try to discover what things upset your customers and then fix those issues.
Obviously the priority would be to fix the things that upset the majority of your customers first.
Just because it is in MS' interest to extract more money from people, doesn't mean that ordinary customers, businesses and 3rd party coders receive any benefit.
MS wrote the code and presumably they even have the developer documentation about it.
You are basically saying MS is too incompetent to create a "standalone" version of IE.
I'm not responsible for MS' incompetence and/or slackness.
In any case, aren't users supposed to be able to completely uninstall IE from Windows 7 (and presumably W8) unlike earlier versions of Windows?
If you use "standover tactics", you can't expect people to be favourably disposed towards you and your products/services.
They might even try to find alternatives to your products/services.
As they are a rich company, obviously MS has made more good decisions than bad decisions.
Two-thirds of Americans surf the Web at less than 10Mbps | Ars Technica
Using my Internet connection, the 60 GB that Coke Robot mentioned would take:
- >5 days to upload
- >1 day to download
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I guess you answered my question, some may not feel confident enough in their own resources. I still keep my money under the mattress. JK.
It doesn't seem too different desperately hanging on to data in the form of nostalgic photographic images, documents and recorded music and video, or desperately hanging on to a familiar old operating system.
Being in my 60s I have lost parents and other elderly family members in the last decade and have had to sort through their lifetime collections of photos and letters and other documentary mementos, records, videotapes and ephemera.
In the end most of it was trash. It would have taken an age to collate, read and understand it, so the pragmatic choice was to put it in the garbage, much of it unread, or not looked at.
How much personal junk is stuck in the cloud because the originators have died or just lost access to their accounts, and how much more will there be in the future? Does anyone here leave their usernames and passwords with their Lawyers or in their wills every time they open a new account?
No - the time for enjoying our effects is while we live, and it is little comfort to anyone if all our treasures are hidden in some inaccessible vault that dies with us.
So let those who want to continue to use their teenage OSs continue to enjoy themselves while they may, and busy yourselves weeding out all your gigabytes of stored future garbage so that it won't take the rest of your life to peruse just a fraction of it or bore others with your holiday snaps of 2002, when you had a nice new shiny XP laptop to view your days snapshots on.
Just to add that in someone else's trash this week (with their blessings) I picked up a Sky + HD satellite box with 500GB hard drive and a 2004 Siemens Fujitsu XP PC with 250GB and 1 GB RAM which I will be turning into a Media Server to use with my little NOWTV Roku box. 0.75 TB local storage for nothing.
So I am just as guilty as the rest of you!