Backups, On-line Storage, and Stupidity

    March 14, 2006

We’re living in interesting times. With today’s release of’s S3 on-line storage service, we’re one step closer to the cheap on-line storage that so many don’t believe will be useful.

Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.

Amazon’s initial pricing is $15 for 100GB/month. Objects in the store can range from 1 byte to 5 gigabytes and you can store an unlimited number of them. Interestingly, this service is offered by “Amazon Digital Services, Inc.” which must be an A9-like subsidiary of

In related news, some guy had 300MB of “CRUCIAL data” stored in Gmail and found his account deleted. He had no backups and claims that he “fell victim to Google.” He ends by asking for advice because “this is an emergency for me.”

How about getting a clue? All I can think is “what kind of dipshit doesn’t backup his CRUCIAL data?!” Seriously. Gmail is a free beta service.

Thankfully, more than a few people in the forum comments are pointing out what a dumb idea that was. To add insult to injury, people have posted the story to Digg. Oh, the comedy!

My suggestion is that he build a system that replicates Gmail data into Amazon’s S3 and charges a nominal fee for the service. :-)

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