If I said to you that things have really changed in the world of personal computing over the last few years you would likely reply, “well duh”. It’s obvious that things change rapidly in the world of technology but some of those changes have been rather subtle.

Back in 2011 I bought a new iMac and it has served as my primary home computer from then until now. When I purchased it way back when, I determined that I was going to be a better computer owner and planned for regular backups by obtaining the service from one of the leading names in that business.

For about sixty bucks a year, Carbonite has faithfully backed up the files on that machine without complaint. It was comforting to know that my data was safe and secure and I felt like a “responsible” computing enthusiast for having taken that step.

But now I’m in the process of retiring the old iMac and replacing it with a new Mac Book Pro and that transition got me thinking about what I needed to do to move the service from one machine to another.

Then it dawned on me that all my data is already backed up. My email is in the cloud. All my documents and data files from programs are also backed up in the cloud. My photos are backed up in the cloud. All my digital books (Kindle) are stored in the cloud. I no longer own music or multimedia files as we stream everything.

Why schedule back-ups of things already being stored in the cloud?

It’s a good question and it feels like I must be missing something but I can’t think of what it might be. Accordingly, I didn’t renew my annual Carbonite subscription this time around and they’re freaking out with frequent emails informing me that all the data I’ve stored there over the last six years is soon going to be deleted.

Perhaps I should be freaking out about it too yet somehow, I feel like I’m covered and additional back-up is no longer necessary.

Times really have changed.