Dan Boone wrote:
5) Strive to choose software that will store your data locally, on a hard drive or media that you own and control. This is another way of saying "Never put your data in the cloud." "The cloud" is marketing-speak for somebody else's computer. They can turn it off, delete your data, hold your data hostage, hand your data over to any cop or bureaucrat who emails them a good story, whatever. They control it, not you. That's bad. Jason Scott, archivist for the Internet Archive, calls it "the clown." Never put your data in the clown. If somebody suggests you put your data in the cloud, change the word "cloud" to "clown" and ask yourself if the proposition still sounds good to you. "Sure, I'm happy to put my data in the clown." Right. No. Fuck the cloud.