Feb 11

Cloud Computing: Filename Problems

Oh, if only the world of computers was absolute and every operation system, browser, and software had the same standards!

My issue today is with Carbonite and filenames.

Back in the day of pre-windows when we needed DOS, filenames were easy. My genealogy notes were written in WordPerfect for DOS and I used Lotus 1-2-3 for a spreadsheet. File names were standard—a maximum of eight characters were used for a file name, there was the “dot” and a three alpha character extension. The file name could have no spaces and the use of special characters such as “*”, “#”, etc. were generally restricted. I generally named a file that contained data I abstracted about Woodward families enumerated in census years and states using the year plus state zip code abbreviation and used the extension “cen,” By way of example “1840NH.cen” was a very descriptive file name for the DOS world. Today many operating systems and software packages are much more liberal, but take care that can be detrimental!

My contention today is with Carbonite! Alas, again!

Before I head over to the Salt Palace for today’s RootsTech session, I planned to write about my grandmother’s wonderful “Shredded Wheat Bread.” I wanted to supplement the recipe with a photograph I’d taken last fall of the final product. Since I’m here at the Conference, I don’t have access to all of my files on my MacBook. I planned to take advantage of my “cloud.” To download a file or two as needed rather than taking time to sync up the files on the MacBook before I left home.

Guess what my friends. The file with my photographs on my home computer is called “Linda’s Graphics.” This morning I learned that I cannot access any of my photographs and other digital images (over 2,500) that have been backed up on Carbonite. Why? I can access some other files, but not all. Although I’m not exactly sure, I expect that in the instance of the graphics it’s because of that apostrophe (‘) within the file name. I also wanted to access a file within a folder I call “Linda’s Documents” within my personal genealogy notes and files. I couldn’t open that one either.

I’m awaiting for a definitive answer from the Carbonite Support team. I’ll let my readers know the results when I receive a response.

Happy filing and remember to be careful when naming your files.

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