“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”
— Plutarch, a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. He was born to a prominent family in Chaeronea, Boeotia, a town about twenty miles east of Delphi.
A Rant about “The Cloud” - Loss of Data & Trust in Evernote
That’s right folks, real live honest a goodness lost data in the cloud - what a scary thought, not to mention a time consuming pain in the backside.
So I love relying on the “cloud” for storing my data, it’s great, always there, whenever I need it, where ever I am; if only… Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had this “sinking feeling” that sometimes my notes were not being updated properly on Evernote; but with three devices, and a scatterbrain mindset I couldn’t be 100% sure. This is why I take notes - lots of them.
Thus suspecting that sometimes Evernote was occasionally fuggling up my notes; when I got done editing a note last night using the windows application, I entered the text “eof 4/3 (and maybe a time)” at the end of the note I had edited. Then, just to be sure, I loaded the note on my android tablet to see that the change had made it over; it had. This next morning, I went to edit and read my note on my android tablet which I had been working on, and I noticed a bunch of text which I had removed the previous night was back, and my little eof note at the bottom of the file was GONE - yup, you heard it right; and along with the little note, also gone was my changes, and a little bit of my sanity.
Now this is an issue I was able to almost reproduce, but it really makes me wary of Evernote now, plus the new installation of doubt concerning storing data in the cloud. It’s actually rather frightening to wonder how many other bits & bytes which might also have been lost over the past who knows how many days/weeks/months - and has gone unnoticed.
I appreciate that Evernote offers a free service, and a somewhat costly (in my opinion) premium service (which as I understand I would be able to help myself with this problem if I had it). But if it cannot handle data integrity properly…then I, nor anyone else should have use of it. I mean really; what would the point be? A product or service such as you offer should not run under a “it works for most” nomenclature. Especially when it comes to data which is constantly being updated.
It really saddens me to have to part ways with Evernote - I found it to be an awesome tool - with a lot of untapped potential.
Worse than that though, is how it is now making me totally rethink what I store in the cloud, and how maybe it all needs to be re-thought with provisions of 0% chance of lost data.
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Media Temple Chat Support, Telepathy?
I don’t know, but if so, then that is SERVICE…
So I’m over there in the Media Temple account center, looking to find out how much cpu or memory a certain domain might be using, not quite remembering where to go look, I hit the newly discovered chat button, wait a moment or two, the tech comes online, and WHAM, the answer just popped into my head; before they even started typing!
Now I can’t say that I am total believer of ghosts, ufo’s, and ESP (the band rocks though), but (mt) might be on to something if they were to start telepathically handling support requests!
Stay tuned for my new blog post about Dreamhost & Media Temple - It’s a battle of the titans…