You just took some beautiful pictures with your lovely new iPhone. What now? Well first, you can save them to the 1 terabyte of hard drive space on your new laptop and then stream them to your 3d Smart TV. Your friend wants to see them? Simple, send them over the internet , to another country or plaster them over social media for everyone to see. You can store them on your 3 terabyte backup NAS server and look at them when you like. Sounds great doesn't it? Printing your memories is for losers. Why hang a canvas print on a wall, don't they just fall off and break? Photo's get lost, get put up the loft and forgotten about. Printed photos are just a way of making money for big rich companies. This is 2015 people! Come on, what's this 1990?
So yeah, whatever, if I break my phone, TV or NAS, or they become obsolete or full, there's still the internet and the cloud. The cloud costs next to nothing nowadays anyway. I'll just get some more cloud storage if this one fills up. You can't break the cloud can you? So what if a big rich company is making money off the cloud? As long as I can look at my pictures when I want, on any of my devices then that’s all I need. My memories are there, in the ether, waiting for me, waiting for me until I need them. If I need to look for a specific photo, I'll click search and find the relevant ones. No more wading through mountains of memories to find the right particular memory. If old friends move on, I can just simply tap in their name and find a picture with them in. Big companies don't go out of business and lose your information, do they? Besides it's my information, they can't just lose it and not give it back.
SAID NO SANE PERSON EVER!
OK so we were just having a bit of fun. Of course you should print your photo's. Stick the best ones on a stretcher bar on canvas or in a picture frame print your scattered memories on some simple 6x4 prints. You'll thank me for it later, or your grandkids will.
Still not convinced?.........read on....
This internet thing will last forever.
This was posted on the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/cumbria/content/articles/2004/12/16/mobilephone_feature.shtml
This stands out for me in the article.........
"What about the internet – how do I connect?
STEP 1 Go to the WAP or Services section on your Mobile’s menu.
STEP 2 An address bar will appear. It will start http://
STEP 3 Type in an address using your phone keypad, for example: www.bbc.co.uk/mobile (You must use lower case NOT capital letters)
STEP 4 Press 'Enter' or 'Go' and your phone should automatically connect to the mobile Internet.
STEP 5 Within a few seconds you should see the homepage of bbc.co.uk's WAP services. From here, choose the subject area you want to visit."
This was 2004. Only 11 years ago. WAP, come on! WAP. 3G had only just begun to emerge, but if you compare WAP or early 3G to our 4G nowadays….it's night and day. Would you use a WAP enabled phone now? In 11 years time will you use a 4G phone?
Pffft. I'll never fill a hard drive
With the imminent launch of Windows 10 this July, how far have computers come? In 1999, HP bought out the HP Pavillion 4450. With a whopping 64MB of RAM and an enourmous 6.4GB of memory. Remember this was only 16 years ago. Got your photos on one of these bad boys? Nah, didn't think so. Don't forget. This ran windows 98. Since then Microsoft have released over 20 different operating systems and tweaks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Microsoft_Windows Think if your laptop or tower PC will still be usable in 15 years time???
My world came to a standstill.
Broken hard drive anyone? OK, so you may be able to recover some of the software yourself, but I can tell you from personal experience that the moment you plug in that external hard drive or your laptop fails, it's the worst feeling in the world. Ever tried to freeze a hard drive to recover your information (yes this is a thing), I did. Not only do you get some funny looks from your significant other, but, in my case I was just left with a damp black piece of plastic. Oh, and depending on the data and the corruption, if you can't fix it yourself be prepared to take out a second mortgage to fix it. Well, perhaps not that bad, but it does cost more than you expect.
When clouds disappear, your just left with clear sky.
But there's always the cloud. Cloud computing is getting cheaper and cheaper - With Apple for example 20GB of storage will knock you back around 79p per month. Not bad, but what do you do if your cloud supplier goes out of business, or there's a natural disaster near to where they are. With cloud computing you don’t own anything, you're just renting space. If a cloud supplier goes bump, you'll most likely get a time limit to download your information, but, have you got the capacity or the time to do this? What do the suppliers terms and conditions say if this happens. Never read them? no, us neither.
Ever heard of Megaupload? OK, so it was used mainly by people uploading movies and copyright material, but hey, the data was seized. If you used the service for legitimate reasons, yup, the feds have probably has seen your picture of Aunty Doris's cat, and they want it, the feds like cats, so they're not giving it back. It was probably taken without Doris's permission.
Back to paper or paperless?
We're not saying don't use technology. We're not saying, don't store your photos or use technology to show people pictures. You should. Its ace. What we're saying is that technology moves fast. Too fast maybe, and it's hard to keep up. Some, not all, pictures are worth saving and printing. How many times have you gone in your loft to clean it and found some old picture frames, canvas prints or photographs in a box, only to then spend the rest of the day looking through them and remembering the past instead of tidying up?
In years to come, wouldn't it be better that our great grand children, be cleaning out their space bubble and stumbling across a photograph, picture frame or canvas of you next to your shiny new phone, TV and laptop instead of picking up an old SD card and saying what the hell is this and what do I use this for? Don't think that will happen? Only recently I showed my son a picture of a floppy disk and asked him what he would do with it. The response was "Dunno, actually, isnt that the save button icon?" He is 12.
Print your memories people. Your future family needs to see you. Printing a 6x4 photo, around 6p. Losing all your photo's.....priceless.