This past week, my son’s website (http://www.ryankulp.com) hit a major milestone: it now consumes over 1GB of drive space on my server. Since it’s mostly uncompressible images/videos, that means it sucks up 1GB of my backup storage as well. It also went over 1000 items.
That started a bunch of discussions about what to do in the future. Should we pull old stuff off the site and archive it to CD’s? Should we archive to CD, but leave it there but configure the backups to not back it up? (my server has 4x the space as the backup area) Should we just purchase more backup space? (I use http://rsync.net which provides a good open source developer discount so another GB is less than $1/month) Personally, I prefer the last options, but I’m an engineer. (If there’s an issue, throw more hardware at it)
The more interesting discussions started when we thought about would Ryan WANT his baby pictures forever available on the web. Think about it. How many times have you been embarrassed when you brought a friend to meet your parents and they pull out the baby books? With his website, all the pictures are always available. I guess we’ll find out in the years to come. For now, it serves as a useful tool to make his pictures available to friends and familly that are scattered throughout the country.