Life in the Cloud: The Complications and Conveniences of a Connected World

Over the last year or so, I've grown increasingly aware of and interested in the idea of life without a hard drive. My existence is, admittedly, a bit unique. I spend a lot of time on my laptop; in fact, it is my main computer. When I'm in my office, it is connected to a big monitor for convenience, but my MacBook Pro powers everything.

I'm mildly obsessed with backing up my computer. I have multiple external hard drives that back up various important files and folders, the most important of which are backed up on all of them for safety because I carry my laptop all over the place and the chance of it getting broken or stolen leaves me concerned enough to be a bit of a backup Nazi.

In addition, I use my iPhone more than is probably reasonably safe for a human. I have not migrated myself to an iPad as of yet mainly because two of the more important software titles I used for work are not available on the iPad, nor are there decent equivalents available. So, I'm stuck with a laptop. But, I wondered recently if I should just get a computer for my office so that I can traipse around mindlessly without the fear my data will be lost in a fall or to some jerk criminal.

That has led me to the conclusion that it is time to consider life in the cloud and I've made some interesting discoveries.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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