I find myself with more computers than I need and no real plan to deal with the mess. Yes, it is a mess. Pictures, files and music are strewn across no less than 5 machines. I disposed of two earlier this summer, but one was so old that it wouldn’t boot without a DOS disk – so that hardly qualifies as much of a sacrifice. Each machine represents a stage in my life, and I find it increasingly difficult to consolidate and part with the aging pieces of my technological life. I’ve considered a network storage system, but that involves buying more equipment. Maybe I will send it all to a cloud storage system, but that requires research to make sure I choose the right one. Right now, I am typing on a Mac Mini and updating a behemoth Windows 7 machine that I built from scratch. Shortly they will all be up to date and functioning fine – it seems a waste to dispose of perfectly good machines – don’t you think? I have actually been actively considering building a new computer – one that will presumably allow me to consolidate everything into one place and allow me to shed the “unneeded” hardware. Since that actually makes less sense than a network storage device or cloud storage, it is likely not going to happen despite the appeal of building a new device from the ground up. What do you think – Network Storage or the Cloud and what is the best option?