Translating Morse Code for Verizon

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Yesterday, the FCC announced that it would be reclassifying internet service providers as Title II utilities. Net Neutrality has been a topic of great debate over the last few months, and while many people are excited about the change, there is also some dissent. Verizon for their part, looked to the past, claiming that the….

The Backblaze Song

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Backblaze has a new jingle, courtesy of Jonathan Mann: Here’s the crazy story of how this came to pass. A few years ago Jonathan set on the seemingly impossible path of creating a song a day and posting those songs to his YouTube channel. Some of those songs he’s written each day have turned in….

My Permanent Out-Of-Office Email – One Month Later

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Back Story: After a vacation last year I realized how much freedom my out-of-office email notification provided, so with the new year starting, I decided to try an experiment and make my email management plan permanent. I promised to check back in and let you know what happened. My Original Plan Here was my 3-step….

Hard Drive Stats – FAQ

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Recently, Backblaze released our 2015 hard drive failure rate statistics. After each blog post, and especially popular ones, I spend a large amount of time reading through the comments, answering what I can, and gathering a series of frequently asked questions to help us frame future blog posts better. In order to answer some of….

Broadband is Getting Broader

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission took measures to redefine broadband as 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up in the United States. This is wonderful news for internet users, and will hopefully lead to more broadband availability for everyone in the US! The increase to 25/3 is up from 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps….

The Great Date Debate

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The Backblaze blog recently went through a lot of changes. We moved our service to the most up-to-date version of WordPress. We changed the design. We changed the layout. We added categories (Cloud Storage, Entrepreneurship, Backing Up, and Backblaze Bits) so that it would be easier to get to the types of articles that you….

What is the Best Hard Drive?

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It was one year ago that I first blogged about the failure rates of specific models of hard drives, so now is a good time for an update. At Backblaze, as of December 31, 2014, we had 41,213 disk drives spinning in our data center, storing all of the data for our unlimited backup service…..