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Data, and lots of it!

While reading one of my tech mags on Flipboard I came across the following stat: “Each day the world generates 2.5 billion gigabytes of data.” That’s 1,000,000,000 + 1,000,000,000 + 5,000,000,00. EVERY DAY!

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Since I’m a writer and musician a large part of what I write and play (my data) is probably out there somewhere. I know there’s a few things on YouTube, articles I’ve written and blog posts, and pictures I’ve taken floating around out there. When you consider everyone’s data that’s dumped into (or is it “onto?”) the World Wide Web, is 2.5 billion gigabytes per day a lot? It’s hard for the average Joe computer user to wrap their head around a number like 2.5 billion, and then multiply that number by 365.

Could Data store 2.5 billion gigabytes of data?
Could Data store 2.5 billion gigabytes of data?

I think it’s even more difficult to try and picture that much data as something concrete, as a physical object that needs to be stored somewhere. We store stuff in closets, on shelves, in boxes, in bags, in garages, but think about what kind of place it’d take to store 2.5 billion gigabytes (x 365) of stuff! Can all that data fit into a cloud?

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I have an Apple iCloud account, but don’t store anything other than a few photos inside my cloud. I’d probably store more stuff in there if I could justify the added cost, but maybe not, it would probably depend on how much data I’d generate out of that 2.5 billion gigabytes. Right now I have about 97 gigabytes of data stored on my computer (it has a 1 terabyte capacity), and another  337 gigabytes stored externally (500 gigabyte storage unit). That adds up to 434 gigabytes of stored data.

TC's iCloud Dashboard
TC’s iCloud dashboard.

All this talk about data probably doesn’t interest any of you, or maybe it does but you just don’t give it much thought. I’m not what you’d call a computer geek or a techie, but had it not been for the fact that I couldn’t comprehend the higher programming languages that require a type of thinking that I’m not capable of doing, I would probably have a degree in computer science or information technology. And more than likely have a job in the tech industry. Data mining is a tech industry job. I wonder if I could do that?

I would use dynamite.
I would use dynamite.

 

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Fear of low phone battery

Are you one of those people who’s afraid to be stuck with a dead phone battery? Once you get to your destination, do you immediately search for the nearest receptacle or maybe a charging kiosk if you’re at a mall?

I sometimes think I’m one of those people, even when my phone battery hasn’t dropped below 50% charged. What are we afraid will happen if our phone dies on us? Will I miss an important phone call or text? Will I need to make an important phone call only to find that my phone battery is dead?

It’s not only cell phones, it’s all the other hand-held electronic gadgets we carry around – iPads and other idevices, tablets, phablets, etc., etc. We’re so connected with and to our cell phones and iPads that if we lose power to one or the other, it feels like doomsday!

I remember a time when the only electronic gadget I had was something called a transistor radio. It used a nine-volt battery and you could only listen to AM radio stations. Archaic ain’t it?

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Regency TR-1

It sounded terrible, but I didn’t notice back then. I think I also had an earphone, made for one ear. Imagine that, listening to music with only one earbud, how did we get through those times?

Some folks say we’d be better off if things were simpler like they were back in the days of transistor radios, hopscotch, and Etch a Sketch. I don’t know if that’d be the case or not. I guess it’s soothing, in a way, to think of simpler times; lazy nights during summer,  lying on my back in the grass gazing up at the stars, imagining what was beyond them.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy technology, the Star Rover app on my iPad takes me to the stars from a sitting position. I still wonder if there’s anything beyond the stars, wondering is timeless. However, it needs recharging every once in a while. But that’s okay, there’s no physical requirement needed to do that.

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