Backup Man: Christophersync spends four years downloading the ENTIRE internet

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In a world where we rely increasingly on the internet for everything from communication to entertainment, one man has taken it upon himself to back up the entire internet, just in case.

For the past four years, 27-year-old Chrisophersync has been downloading every single website, every piece of online content, and every digital file he can get his hands on. It all started when he read a news article about how the Library of Congress was struggling to archive all of the content being created online.

“I thought to myself, if the Library of Congress can’t keep up, how is anyone else supposed to?” he said.

So he started downloading. At first, it was just a few websites a day, but eventually he was downloading entire terabytes of data. He now has a collection of over 20 petabytes of data, stored on hard drives, SSDs, and even a few old-fashioned tape drives.

“I know it sounds obsessive, but I just feel like it’s important to have a backup of everything. You never know when something might happen to the internet, or when we might lose access to all of this information.”

And he’s not the only one. There are a growing number of people who are collecting digital data, in the event that the internet ever goes away.

“It’s like a insurance policy,” said one man. “I’m not sure if it will ever be needed, but it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.”

So far, there’s no indication that the internet is going anywhere, but as more and more of our lives move online, it’s not a bad idea to have a backup. After all, you never know when you might need it.

8 Comments

  1. While it may seem obsessive to some, I think it’s actually quite brilliant that Christophersync is backing up the entire internet. In today’s day and age, we rely so heavily on the internet for everything from communication to entertainment, that it would be absolutely devastating if we ever lost access to it.

    I also think it’s important to have a backup of everything, just in case something ever happens to the internet. Even though there’s no indication that the internet is going anywhere, as more and more of our lives move online, it’s always better to be prepared.

  2. I think it’s amazing that there are people out there who are dedicated to backing up the entire internet. It’s a huge undertaking, and I can’t even imagine how much data they must have. But it’s important work, and I’m glad someone is doing it.

  3. I think this is a really interesting idea! I can see how it would be really important to have a backup of everything online, just in case something happens to the internet. I’m not sure if I could commit to doing something like this myself, but I admire people who are able to do it.

  4. I think it’s amazing that there are people out there who are dedicated to backing up the entire internet! It’s definitely a worthwhile endeavor, and I hope more people get involved.

  5. This is a really interesting idea! I can see how it would be useful to have a backup of the internet, just in case something happens to it. I’m not sure if I could do it myself, but I appreciate the effort that this man is putting into it.

  6. I definitely think this is a good idea! Not only for the reasons stated in the article, but also because it’s just good to have backups of everything. You never know when something might happen to your computer or your hard drive and you lose everything.

  7. I think it’s amazing that someone is taking the time to backup the entire internet. It’s a really important thing to do, especially as we rely more and more on the internet for everything. I’m glad there are people out there who are thinking about this kind of thing!

  8. I think this is a really interesting idea! I can understand the motivation behind wanting to have a backup of the entire internet, just in case something happens to it. I’m not sure if I would go to the same lengths as this person, but I can appreciate their efforts.

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