Jeremy Zawodny: “In related news, some guy had 300MB of ‘CRUCIAL data’ stored in Gmail and found his account deleted. He had no backups and claims that he ‘fell victim to Google.’ He ends by asking for advice because ‘this is an emergency for me.’ How about getting a clue? All I can think is ‘what kind of dipshit doesn’t backup his CRUCIAL data?!’ Seriously. Gmail is a free beta service.”
Interesting. Is my friend a dipshit too? Am I? Isn’t the whole point of software-of-a-service that you can just put your stuff “in the cloud” and let someone else (you know, someone with hundreds of millions of dollars of computing infrastructure and thousands of employees and—presumably anyway—some sort of backup policy) take care of it for you so it “just works”? Isn’t that what Google, Yahoo, etc. have been trying to sell us? It’s certainly compelling to me, which is why I’ve been moving in that direction myself. Interesting, though, that when they screw up, they call us dipshits for following them. I guess that’s what the cop-out “beta” moniker is designed to do—put all your stuff here, but if we screw up, don’t blame us, you dipshit, it’s a free beta service!