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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Backup Even in the Cloud

A few weeks ago, I opened my Youtube account and wanted to have a look at one of the channels I'm subscribed to. I browsed to my subscriptions page and I was ready to click on the channel, but there was no channel name. It disappeared and so did all my other channels. I thought that I was doing something wrong, or they moved the links to somewhere else on the page or site. But a simple Google search revealed that I'm not mistaken and I'm not the only one with the problem.

Try this Google search, "youtube subscriptions gone", see what you come up with. All my channels, and everyone else's, are lost in cyberspace. The Cloud has proven itself less reliable than promised. Backup whenever possible is still crucial to preserving data. One problem with Youtube subscriptions is that there's no way to back them up. I hope they learned their lesson and will fix this in the future. And I hope you will learn from my lesson.

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