April 27th, 2010 | daybook
So, on top of everything else today, the backup system to my external drive stopped working. I’m a a bit paranoid about backups these days, so, after fiddling around with it, I lodged a trouble ticket at the company. Who told me that I needed to upgrade to the new version. Mysteeeeriously, any purchase information on my backup software seems to have vanished since it stopped working, and saving all the settings and data before, at their instruction, uninstalling the old one and installing the new one… didn’t save all the settings and data. So now I’m invited to pay for the new backup software within 30 days.
Anyway, I did all that. And so the new backup software paid no attention to anything and has re-backedup everything on the laptop. Which took forever.
And then iTunes decided it couldn’t find anything, even though there’s a few hundred gig in exactly the same place it was yesterday. So I’ve ended up having to delete the iTunes library and make iTunes rebuild and rescan. Which is taking fucking ages.
None of which has anything to do with video. But video is something I’ve been thinking about again.
As I’ve said occasionally in the past, back in the 90s I really thought there’d be a point — perhaps in that distant year of 2010 — where video email would be a regular thing. I mean, I had a feeling videophones weren’t going to work. Ultimately, we repurpose the phone as a lying device too often. I’m too sick to come to work. I’m not going out tonight. I have buboes all over my face so I can’t see you today. The list of lies we use the phone for are endless, and the videophone puts paid to most of them. Also, people don’t want to be seen first thing in the morning.
(I had a couple of Nokia phones with front-facing videophone cameras. Used the videophone function exactly twice.)
But video mail? Video with intent? Video by people who just don’t like typing? I thought that might happen. I was very interested in vlogs for a while there, not because they were any good — they were mostly terrible — but because I could see great potential there, and I thought that people getting comfortable with video might turn out to be useful and fascinating. But they remain a niche thing, I think.
12seconds had a shot there for a moment, but they tied themselves too tightly to Twitter. And, really, nothing survives in the shadow of Twitter. If they succeed in building their own community (again) they might stay out of the grave…
On the other hand, Chatroulette will probably run strong for a while. Go figure.
Back to work.