Tools that you should use yourself

Here’s another one of those Flash shakycam presentations: Danny O’Brien talking about Web 2.0 and personal info.  I link to this because it’s interesting: lots of newer web sites like Flickr, LiveJournal, etc have absorbed people’s creativity.  While that’s good, it’s dangerous in a way that’s been seen before.  Having your own system with your own operating system (hint: DragonFly) lets you own your own data and interests.  If you can get past some of the joking at the beginning, the video makes that point at some length.  I post this not to make with the tinfoil hat attitude, but to point out that in some ways, handing your writing or art off to a remote hosting service makes as much sense as renting a paintbrush.