11.23.2005

it's gone, all gone...

3+ years worth of old emails, manuscripts, love letters, hate mail...
shit. catastrophic failure at my web-based email.
no, it gets better. I was trading a story (which rapidly turned into a novel) over a lot of those years with a friend who's (haha) on the same email server. so she probably doesn't have a backup.
shit. shit shit-
oh wait-
no, never mind. it's backed up on my hard drive. whew.
now i just i have to recreate my address book from scratch, and kiss everything else goodbye. no big deal.
The reason i bring this up, b'sides kvetching, is that the nature of the internet and the categorization of knowledge is becoming progressively more centralised. As you can see, I had a lot of personal data that was stored elsewhere.
And here's this story: Online File Storage.
It's amazing to me that all of us aren't backing up our important files online regularly. As far as I'm concerned, the only reason is because no product has emerged to fill this tremendous demand, with the right features and at the right price.
Bad idea. That's what cd-rs are for. And, like every other centralized service, the centralized data bank that has arisen is incredibly prone to attack. No, not the same old 'doomsday terrist hacker' story, goddammit, do i look like Tom Clancy? No. I mean, transcripts, reports and political data are all vulnerable to tampering. Shit, people fell for the Protocols of Zion. Now we've got Photoshop, and people Google for the truth. The present administration has already been massaging the official transcripts, ironing out anything embarassing, but people have been catching them at it. What if that system of information becomes more integrated?

On the other hand, centralization makes the whole tottering edifice vulnerable to collapse. It's old hat now to mention the blackout of a couple years ago, when we had a quick glimpse into a different world: the one with stars visible on a streetcorner. Something shaky and hungry in people's eyes. There was talk later on that 'maybe we should have more blackouts!' I haven't heard that suggestion made lately.
There's that too. Maybe we could use some cultural amnesia.
I admit, it's been kinda fun not having an email address for the past few days.
Sorry if I haven't responded to any of your emails.

7 Comments:

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

eric, i have the story backed up -- more or less - on my hard-drive, too -- it's going to be a bitch trying to fill in the gaps, i'm afraid.

let us know when you've got a new address so i can harass you as to what's happening in the real world since i'm still house bound -- things took a turn for a the worst so it'll be another six weeks. i feel like i'm drowning in medication.

but ya, dammit if i ever use a hippie-run email server again. i'm jumping to hotmail, with all the security a mainstream internet server can provide

i'm also symbolically boycotting hippie-Kensington by default.

krystalline

 
At 9:08 PM, Blogger eric said...

dear krystalline--
i'm afraid not, my dear.
i've found a new email home for us, and it is at:
yourname@hippiewithsevererespnonsibilityissues.com
see you there...
-e.

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger Robert said...

prolly not the place for this but......these projects and the ideas contained herein are going to be worth watching closely, folks

http://www.livejournal.com/users/earthen_cup/

http://www.livejournal.com/users/the_pear_tree/



http://www.livejournal.com/users/rush_mat/



pass word along if ud like

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous m said...

whee! pool party.

dude(s). that is the apotheosis of arse.
this is why i download my mail in to thunderbird semi-regularly, even though google probably won't be disappearing until they create that singularity they're looking for and rend the very fabric of reality.

oh well, that's what you get for trusting democrats.

and good to see rob jumping in with more non-sequitir blog-whoring by proxy. :) you should start charging an agent's fee.

 
At 3:21 AM, Blogger eric said...

kudos for rob for bringing treats to the pool party.
earthen cup looks right up my alley, actually... thanks rob.

any suggestions for a new email home? i've been meaning to get a better email address, one without all the 'underscore, then numbers, then hyphen... no, the hyphen is the one up top, but not before the underscore...' etc. etc. yes, my email is confusing. any suggestions?

 
At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude, i'm sorry, but i'm running straight into the arms of Hotmail. the world could collapse and fall into nuclear winter and i could still access my email.

let me nuzzle my face into the bosom of mainstream media. aww, that’s the warm feeling of security.

at least my blog hasn’t collapsed. and my novel hasn’t been erased. and i can still remember all 27 letters of the alphabet

-- krystalline

 
At 8:55 PM, Blogger eric said...

i dunno, man... i always found hotmail to be really slow, and really spammy, like a dollar-store sausage.
plus if it's email, i want it to be special. Like xCrotchRotx@ilovejesus.net

actually no
i could never give that address to a girl at a party
too many questions

in the meantime this comment box seems to be working out fine.

 

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