Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Declutter the cloud

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Dropbox “happily” announced my plan was to double its storage capacity to 2TB for the modest increase of €20 per year. It’s not a bad deal but misses the point.

Why haven’t they offered the same for a lower price? I cannot afford the new price because it is above my upper threshold. But it had an unexpected benefit: a forced decluttering exercise.

I think the service is excellent, but If I cannot sustain the 186GB on a Basic free plan, I’m forced to declutter Dropbox to an account where I have enough space. During this decluttering exercise, I noticed how much information we save without purpose.

It also led me to think that we hear about a large amount of information stored in the world, but I wonder, if we decluttered more our clouds, would we think the same?

Maybe decluttering is a simple way to make the world better, with more (digital) space and simpler. Meanwhile, Dropbox loses a client… since they never gave me an alternative, not that they matter, right?

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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