You need your own cloud

by R H | November 3rd, 2018

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You need your own cloud

[cap­tion id=“attachment_109721” align=“aligncenter” width=“600”] An NAS with a sim­ple bat­tery backup.[/​caption]

I had warned my wife not to let our youngest daugh­ter play with her phone. Sure, it might keep her quiet for a bit, but her smart phone was expen­sive, and nor­mally small chil­dren make quick work of expen­sive things.

And my daugh­ter did just that. Through her frus­tra­tion of pound­ing on the phone, it even­tu­ally locked and then wiped its hard drive, along with all the pic­tures my wife had never backed up.

Let me tell you, there were tears, and lots of them.

My nor­mal way of back­ing up stuff was on an exter­nal USB hard drive. Well, two hard dri­ves, because I repli­cated one onto another, since I had an exter­nal drive die before and (almost) lose all of our pho­tos. But phones have a weird archi­tec­ture and folder setup, so it’s hard to find your pic­tures and pull them off. So my wife wasn’t nor­mally doing it, hence the lost pictures.

After a lot of research, I invested in a Net­work Attached Stor­age, and it was awe­some. Essen­tially, it’s a lit­tle com­puter in a box that runs a set of hard dri­ves. You can do all sorts of nifty things with it. In my case, I set it up like a big net­work stor­age drive, mapped the folder to my wife’s lap­top, and let her drag and drop pictures.

Of course, many of your read­ing this are say­ing “Why not just go to the cloud?” I’m hav­ing a lot of issues with “cloud” stor­age, and you should too. Let’s start with an obvi­ous one: you (typ­i­cally) pay monthly for it. What hap­pens when you stop pay­ing? Your access to your files, and poten­tially your files, all go away. That to me is frightening.

[cap­tion id=”” align=“aligncenter” width=“900”] From Dil­bert (http://​dil​bert​.com/​s​t​r​i​p​/201101-07)[/caption]

My biggest issue with the “cloud” is pri­vacy. The lat­est cloud tech­nol­ogy, and espe­cially the free tech­nol­ogy, is not pri­vate. Sure, there is a pri­vacy clause, and if some­one doesn’t have your login, it’s hard for out­side peo­ple to get your pho­tos. But the cor­po­ra­tion can essen­tially use them as they see fit.
Would you put your most sen­si­tive data on the cloud? Plenty of com­pa­nies won’t, since theft of their data could put them out of business.

Prob­a­bly most impor­tantly, if you hap­pen to be a con­ser­v­a­tive, is that most tech com­pa­nies aren’t exactly kind to your cause. Twit­ter has no prob­lem block­ing or remov­ing your account while blue-​checking known anti-​Semites. What hap­pens when Face­book or Google find you polit­i­cally incon­ve­nient? Or you care about the Sec­ond Amend­ment, but YouTube deletes your videos?

You should own your cloud. Try­ing to stay abreast of the lat­est Face­book, Google, YouTube and other pri­vacy state­ments and polit­i­cal sen­si­tiv­i­ties is an exer­cise in futil­ity. So don’t bother. Pick up a cloud solu­tion from QNAP, Syn­ol­ogy, or a host of other com­pa­nies and take con­trol of your data.


This post rep­re­sents the views of the author and not those of the Depart­ment of Defense, Depart­ment of the Navy, or any other gov­ern­ment agency. It’s also not spon­sored by QNAP, Syn­ol­ogy, or any tech company…but hey, if they want to give me money, I’ll gladly take it.

Keep pray­ing for China, and donate to Da Tech Guy!

An NAS with a simple battery backup.

I had warned my wife not to let our youngest daughter play with her phone. Sure, it might keep her quiet for a bit, but her smart phone was expensive, and normally small children make quick work of expensive things.

And my daughter did just that. Through her frustration of pounding on the phone, it eventually locked and then wiped its hard drive, along with all the pictures my wife had never backed up.

Let me tell you, there were tears, and lots of them.

My normal way of backing up stuff was on an external USB hard drive. Well, two hard drives, because I replicated one onto another, since I had an external drive die before and (almost) lose all of our photos. But phones have a weird architecture and folder setup, so it’s hard to find your pictures and pull them off. So my wife wasn’t normally doing it, hence the lost pictures.

After a lot of research, I invested in a Network Attached Storage, and it was awesome. Essentially, it’s a little computer in a box that runs a set of hard drives. You can do all sorts of nifty things with it. In my case, I set it up like a big network storage drive, mapped the folder to my wife’s laptop, and let her drag and drop pictures.

Of course, many of your reading this are saying “Why not just go to the cloud?” I’m having a lot of issues with “cloud” storage, and you should too. Let’s start with an obvious one: you (typically) pay monthly for it. What happens when you stop paying? Your access to your files, and potentially your files, all go away. That to me is frightening.

From Dilbert (http://dilbert.com/strip/2011-01-07)

My biggest issue with the “cloud” is privacy. The latest cloud technology, and especially the free technology, is not private. Sure, there is a privacy clause, and if someone doesn’t have your login, it’s hard for outside people to get your photos. But the corporation can essentially use them as they see fit.
Would you put your most sensitive data on the cloud? Plenty of companies won’t, since theft of their data could put them out of business.

Probably most importantly, if you happen to be a conservative, is that most tech companies aren’t exactly kind to your cause. Twitter has no problem blocking or removing your account while blue-checking known anti-Semites. What happens when Facebook or Google find you politically inconvenient? Or you care about the Second Amendment, but YouTube deletes your videos?

You should own your cloud. Trying to stay abreast of the latest Facebook, Google, YouTube and other privacy statements and political sensitivities is an exercise in futility. So don’t bother. Pick up a cloud solution from QNAP, Synology, or a host of other companies and take control of your data.


This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency. It’s also not sponsored by QNAP, Synology, or any tech company…but hey, if they want to give me money, I’ll gladly take it.

Keep praying for China, and donate to Da Tech Guy!

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