From Redditor Ssocks:
Plot twist: his thesis was on the dangers of cloud storage
Edit: Yeah, I know the guy is doing his PhD in Chemistry, but the comment made me chuckle nonetheless.
That is one desperate guy. I guess you really don’t put that much thought into backups until something like this happens to you… The problem is that these things only happen once (or twice if you’re in a bad luck streak) in a lifetime.
I would like to think that having your stuff on the cloud is safe, but I know there’ll be more than one person that can prove me wrong.
Hope he gets his information back, that’s all I can wish for him.
As a writer I learned early you can never have too many backups. Nothing says lovin’ like having half a book disappear because of a hard drive crash. Now I back everything up to an external hard drive, a jump drive, and I also e-mail myself files as well periodically. That way I have access to them anywhere if necessary, such as if I’ve lost or left my jump drive at home.
Mmm… Self addressed Gmails. So very Lovely! Add a little encryption and Document backups become a thing of the Past!
Why is a chemist writing his doctoral thesis on cloud computing? And cloud or not, anything you’d be more than a little peeved at losing should be backed up. It’s not the most sophisticated approach, but rsync over ssh to a remote server via a cron job is trivial to set up. I guess even if you’re the sort of person who uses Windows to write a computer science thesis there are solutions that aren’t too painful.
I saw this and similar problems *many* times when I worked in academia. I used to have a steady stream (by which I mean at least 2 per year, every year) of people knocking at my door asking me to help them retrieve data from hard disks that had died. Usually this was the only copy of their thesis/thesis data as they had no backups at all.
I am surprised no one has yet mentioned any of the cloud file sync services (e.g. Dropbox)! Any of these would have saved this lad lots of grief.
The thief would be an idiot to ask for payment in anything but Bitcoin.