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Mar 4, 2022

(+) IPFS Explained – How You’ll Store Files in the Future

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

NOTE: This article is off-topic. That is, it does not concern anything to do with genealogy, DNA, or related topics normally found in this newsletter. However, I suspect that many newsletter readers will be interested in this article for many different purposes:

A new buzzword is becoming popular in high tech. Well, it isn’t really a new buzzWORD as much as it is a buzzABBREVIATION (if there is such a thing).

According to Wikipedia’s definition of IPFS:

“The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a protocol and peer-to-peer network for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system. IPFS uses content-addressing to uniquely identify each file in a global namespace connecting all computing devices.”

While that explanation is technically correct, I think it deserves a bit more explanation. I prefer the explanation offered on IPFS.com:

“A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol designed to preserve and grow humanity’s knowledge by making the web upgradeable, resilient, and more open.””

Even that is a bit cryptic. I would prefer:

“IPFS is the next iteration of cloud computing.’

Another simplistic explanation might be: “The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a protocol and peer-to-peer network for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system.”

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