“I can’t trust cloud services anymore.”

I’m a big fan of the podcast Reply All (subscribe here). The most recent episode is about Picturelife, a photo sharing service that recently pulled all of its users’ photos offline. They just completely vanished one day. Host Alex Goldman interviewed one of Picturelife’s co-founders—Charles Forman, who sold the company—but who lost 93,000 of his own photos along with everybody else:

ALEX: And so I asked Charles, like, “What are you gonna do with your pictures from now on?”

CHARLES: I am going to save them to a hard drive on a RAID system, which means it’s, uh, it’s like physical set of disks in my apartment. I just feel like I cannot–I can not trust … I can’t trust cloud services anymore.

ALEX: As a person who founded a (laughing) cloud service that’s, like, a really big thing to say. That’s, like, a really big statement.

The story still hasn’t completely unfolded, but hopefully this kind of attention will help these users recover their lost photos sooner than later.

Listen to the episode on SoundCloud, or on Gimlet Media’s website.

The first post

Why hello there! This is the first Small Data blog post and my name is Dan. I don’t want to belabor this first post thing too much, especially since I have a video playing in another tab. But the super quick version is this: Small Data is a new cooperative. We want to make it easier to host your own data, on your own hardware. And a bunch of other things—there’s a GitHub repo with some extra info. We’ll write more here in due time.

Post-Snowden "40% of Americans now report that they have now have reduced the amount of commercial activity (they're buying less) or are watching what they say online."
Post-Snowden “40% of Americans now report that they have reduced the amount of commercial activity (they’re buying less) or are watching what they say online.”

Back to watching that video. It’s good, it’s a talk by Gillian “Gus” Andrews about how everyday people think the Internet works. You should watch it too!