LOOKING AROUND my desk (and it doesn't look as clean as the one at left) I realised that it's been six year since I last backed up onto a floppy disk. That's a little problem because now I've no easy way of resurrecting work from the world when I was a "back-up-to-floppy-person". In my hip pocket, I carry a 2GB mini USB key the size of my fingernail. It's my personal swap space. Until last semester, that amount of storage served me well. But now, I deal in HD video every week and that means I give a lot of tasks to my laptop's DVD burner. Those DVDs hold all my current courses. More significantly, easy access to dependable online strorage capacity means I can "save to net" easier than backing up to removeable media. I have 8GB of online storage for free inside Yahoo Mail and 28 GB inside Google Mail. I've got 6GB of photo storage capacity at Flickr. My bookmarks are saved in several places (Ovi, Delicious, and Furl). Twitter and Google Alerts tell me of looming events. The internet remains a blob of pulsating data for me.