Crashplan has just released The Lifespan of Storage Media, a comprehensive guide to how long your data will last. Designed by Mike Wirth with InfoNewt, this infographic compares the expected lifespans of popular media types used over the last 100 years to save different kinds of information: computer data, photos, videos and audio. Do your 8-tracks still play?
As each new form of data storage comes on the scene, the market is at first enamored with its compactness, convenience and hoped-for data longevity. But invariably, the reality of physical vulnerability and a limited lifespan remains. Eventually, all media fails, but Cloud backup is forever.
This was a fantastic project to work on, and the data research was the most challenging piece. We had to find data to support both an average expected life and an extended “with extreme care” life. We certainly found some contradictory data sources, and ultimately used data we felt was the most commonly accepted in the industry.
Do you have old computer backups burned to CDs, tapes or even hard drives on your shelf? Don’t count on being able to read the data from them too much longer! The short lifespan for many of these types of media that people use everyday to archive their personal photos and videos was most surprising.
Source: infonewt, Crashplan
Yes, sometimes the topic of personal finance is a bit dry. But personal finance explained in beer? Now we’re talking.
If you were to put a buck a day away into a Roth IRA, for example, you’d have enough to buy 2 million ounces of beer by the time you retire. In fact, you’d have enough money to drink more than a six-pack a day for the rest of your life, at least according to this infographic below.
Of course putting away that much booze every day would probably affect your lifespan.
Source: RothIRA.com, Mashable.com, coolinfographics.com
Thinking about skipping out on your 9-to-5 in favor of becoming a freelancer? There are a few key factors to weigh out before making the decision.
Our friends at JESS3 teamed up with 24 Seven to create this infographic that rounds up the opinions of freelancers who participated in their 2012 Salary Survey & Job Market Report. Overall, freelancers seem pretty happy with the career move.
The majority left their traditional employment in search of freedom and flexibility. Apparently, being worry-free isn’t a part of that package; freelancers’ top concerns are about staying professionally relevant, meeting deadlines and their lack of a clear direction.
The good news is that according to the study, the longer you freelance, the happier you’ll be beating to your own drum. While new freelancers said they’d be very likely to accept traditional employment in the first year (8.2 on a 10-point scale), seasoned freelancers of 10 years or longer reported a 6.1/10 likelihood. That could have something to do with the fact that 55% of freelancers are expecting a salary increase in 2012 (only 13% are expecting a decrease). Not bad, not bad at all.
Check out the full breakdown below. Are you a freelancer? Have any hot tips for people considering the switch? Tell us about it in the comments.
Source: Mashable.com, Jess3, 24seven
August 21, 2012 in Business, Infographic, Life, Lifestyle, People, Small Business
Tagged Employment, Flexibility, Freedom, Freelancer, Jobs, Salary
There are 42 million freelancers in the U.S. alone. Although the beauty of being a part of this large group is that you can call your own shots — from having a flexible schedule to picking the best workspace for your style — juggling multiple projects at once is no easy task.
With so many tech tools and apps on the market that promise to get work-life balance in order, software and app recommendations company BestVendor polled 100 freelancers and put together an infographic of some of the most favored apps used by the group.
It’s no surprise that freelancers tend to rely on cloud-based apps, which allow flexibility in storing and grabbing files on the go. Among the top 25 apps on the list include Dropbox, Google Analytics, Gmail, Evernote and Hootsuite.
Meanwhile, some emerging favorites include expense report app Expensify, to-do list app Remember the Milk and Jing, which captures and shares anything you see on a computer screen as an image or short video.
For a full look at which tools are top of mind among freelancers, check out the list below.
What are some of your favorite work-related apps? Share them in the comments below.
Source: Mashable.com, BestVendor
August 21, 2012 in Business, Infographic, Lifestyle, Small Business, Technology
Tagged Apps, Dropbox, Evernote, Freelancer, Hootsuite, Software, Technology, Tools, Work-Life-Balance