Bernie Goldbach in Clonmel | Photo of the windowsill
I AM SPENDING TIME inside a concrete bunker, often outside the range of cell phone coverage. To maintain sanity, I pull some peripherals (at left) out of my pocket.
The bunker is actually a hospital room with no line of sight to a telephone mast. The experience provides me a cautionary tale about the years ahead when I'm confined to a bed with no connection to the cloud. I wonder how many of my virtual friends would manage in such an environment.
Years ago, I made a decision to buy electronic gear with ample on-board storage because I've rented places in Ireland that had no internet access. The strategy has paid off several times and now I've always a terabyte in my bag.
Looking back on my blog, I read strategies that involved "using a scanner to digitise three banker's boxes of stuff ... (and) an external hard drive to catalogue my images, videos and sound clips." I scan most of my stuff nowadays with a steady hand holding a Sony Xperia phone and I record audio snippets of stuff that I need to recycle. Then I find a high speed data connection and save the results onto a Crashplan server.