Backblaze hardened against disaster

By | March 10th, 2008

This weekend we moved into our new datacenter - 365 Main – a facility we share with companies including Sun Microsystems, Esurance, Ticketmaster, and Cnet. It has all the high-tech wizardry you can imagine to keep our customers’ online backup data safe: raised floor with seismic pedestals in case of earthquake 16 data carriers independent PG&E power feed….

Light as a brick

By | March 7th, 2008

Our PCs are more powerful than ever, so why do they feel so slow? It might be our expectations have increased. Or it might be the applications installed on them. A new PC today has 1 million times (4GB vs 4KB) more RAM than the earliest computers. Creating a program back then meant optimizing every….

Ziff Davis CTO loses his backup

By | March 4th, 2008

Robyn Peterson isn’t a computer newbie – after all, he’s in charge of technology for tech publisher Ziff Davis. So how did he lose his backup? Using a popular techie solution for online backup: FTP-ing his files to a web hosting provider. A perfectly reasonable, if somewhat tedious, solution. But as he found out, not….

Computerworld’s Elgan tosses the drive

By | March 3rd, 2008

“I’ve owned six portable USB hard drives over the past 10 years, and all six of them have failed unrecoverably. Is it just me, or is there a wider problem out there?” Mike Elgan asks. As prices have plumetted over the last few years, the USB hard drive market has exploded. More and more users….

1 Billion PCs at risk

By | March 1st, 2008

According to Forrester Research there will be 1 Billion PCs in use by the end of 2008. 50 billion photos snapped by consumers in 2007. You’d think if we care enough about our travels, kids, and memories to take those photos, we’d care enough to make sure we didn’t lose them. But it seems we….