A 5 Terabyte Shark

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 9.50.21 PMI’ve been trying to consolidate and archive the last 10 years of images, videos, documents, site backups, etc. It’s a daunting task, but I am finding uploading everything on old computers and backup disks to Amazon S3 is an approach that is working fairly well. I still need to organize S3, but for the moment I feel fairly comfortable I won’t lose my personal digital archive.The thought of accidentally deleting my history or learning my backup drive(s) corrupt fills me with tremendous dread. I have accumulated about two and a half terabytes of data over the last 10 years, which seems like a lot, right?

I thought so too until I saw the new upload limits for a single file for Amazon;s S3: 5 terabytes each! 

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Crazy! This is kind of mind boggling, a 5 TB file? Is that like a partial dump of an online movie store? We’re already well into the terabyte/petabyte age. GBs are what MBs where ten years ago….not nearly enough. Funny how the shift kinda snuck up on me until wham, I start saying to myself, “5 TB uploads? maybe that’s not that much in the end.” The simultaneity of devices shrinking and space and storage endlessly expanding remind me of the famous zoom shot from Jaws.


An endless regression from and forward marching towards the rapture  of a moment. A 5 TB shark on Amity Island? We have to close the beaches!

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