Have you ever bought the latest and greatest device, only to max out the device’s data storage within the first year?
I have. And because constant streaming from the Cloud isn’t a desirable option in my home, I need immediate physical access to larger and larger data storage.
Sure, external hard drives are an option, but who wants to risk losing all of their precious data to a dropped box or a housefire? And who wants to lug around extra storage devices that you have to plug in whenever you want something?
Right. No one. Without relying on wifi, I need devices with lots of storage. My phone, tablet, and computer need larger and larger data stores to make this all work.
Everyone Loves the Cloud
Steve Jobs is my hero. He’s also my whipping boy. Posthumously.
When Steve led the Apple design and development team to invent the iPhone, he put us all on a path toward a future without wires. I might not have realized it at the time, but the writing was on the wall.
In an urban world, it makes sense to use the Cloud for storage. Why pay hundreds of extra dollars for more storage on a device when you can get that same storage for a fraction of the cost AND feel safe knowing that your data is somewhere that fire and theft and loss can’t reach?
For hundreds of thousands of smartphone users, storing music on devices is a ridiculously archaic practice. The same individuals who depend on Uber and bicycles for transport now rely on the Cloud for music. They’ve offloaded cost and responsibility to someone else, while maximizing convenience. Sounds like a Win / Win.
But they don’t see the hidden cost
If signal pollution wasn’t a legitimate health problem and cellular disruptor, it WOULD BE a total win. Convenience, efficiency, and usability. BAM!
Except… the signals that pass through our homes and our bodies DO matter. They DO cause harm. They DO disrupt the harmony of our cellular energy.
Which means that we either have to pay the price for our convenience, or we have to find a better way. And if no better way exists, we have to chart an alternative path for now until we do find a better way.
The challenge for people avoiding signal pollution
For now, the answer is to have as much data storage on your device as you can get. And to use discretion when choosing what you store. Do you REALLY need movies on your laptop? Can you back up the home movies you recorded on your phone three years ago to an external device and store it somewhere safe?
Yes you can. And yet… You will still discover eventually that you need more storage on your primary device(s). And that means buying a new device. But buying new means getting the latest and “greatest” technology. And that ball Steve Jobs set in motion keeps advancing, taking us closer and closer to the day when wires aren’t even an option.
Each year the number of available ports on new devices is fewer and fewer. Soon, all the leading smartphones will have no ports at all and every interaction will be wireless, whether charging or earphones or data transfer.
We are nearing a crossroads with our tech
Subtext: I’m not thrilled by the path technology has taken us toward greater and greater dependence on streaming data for this access. The ideal is a reduction of signal pollution while maintaining the benefit of accessible information.