The advent of the floppy drive allowed us to transfer files from one computer to another fairly easily. For those who remember, floppy disks started out at a whopping 8 inches (commercially available in the early 70′s). By the late 80′s, the floppy disk reduced in size to the 5.25 inch model. By the mid 80′s came the 3.5 inch floppy disk. It was quite common that if you wanted to take your files with you, you carried several floppy disks with you. This, of course, was superseded by the recordable CD and then the USB flash drive, which many of us still use today. In fact, the floppy has gone by the wayside, as PC’s dont even come with floppy drives anymore. The flash drive allows us to carry gigabytes of data compared to the 1.44 MB we used to carry and we can even carry it in our pocket. However, there is still a point of failure here in that flash drives still can become damaged or lost.
Its now 2012 and by now Im fairly certain that many of you have heard of the “cloud”. Its now possible to store and access data on a variety of different platforms without carrying the data with you. Most of us have email that is accessible from a web browser. We can now do the same with our files and within reasonable limits, it doesnt cost a dime.