The first is just utterly off the wall weird. The Secret Origins of Clippy
tells us how MS patented all those bloody talking paperclips. Most scary
Read the whole patent, and youâ€™ll see that Microsoft put immense effort into the technical logistics of implementing Clippy. He wasnâ€™t the spawn of a moment of temporary insanity; he was the result of a vast amount of cold, calculating effort.
I know that there were some that really liked the damn thing (when I was in the office for my first post-graduation job, one of the senior accountants proudly showed me how to change the appearance from the paperclip to a different cartoon), but for the most part? No, just no.
Second story is a lot more scary. What happens when your webhost pulls the plug
? I'm fortunate that LiveJournal has an easy backup/archiving system that is interoperable, I know
that I can transfer all my contents for the last 41/2
years to a Wordpress or similar install, as long as I have a recent backup
. What happens if LJ goes down, permanently, when my most recent is old? Got a Wordpress install? How often do you backup? Using the .com? Got a backup?
If you're using something like Blogger, you're probably fairly secure, Google is, after all, massive. But it's reliant on advertising revenues. Such revenues go down during economic difficulties. What happens if they can't afford to keep their free service going? Do you have a backup?
AOL remain one of the biggest online brands. They just shut down Hometown and did very little to let existing users know, and from what I've seen there was no easy export tool.
How secure is your website? How much of the effort you've put into it do you want to keep? Back up people.