Backblaze online backup service launched

By | October 7th, 2008

Backblaze online backup launched publicly on Tuesday, September 16th, which US News called gutsy in today’s age of perpetual betas. I wanted to share a bit about what has transpired over the last few months that led us here. Backblaze launch visitors  After four months in a stealth beta, we expanded the Backblaze private….

What’s your name again? Somethingblaze?

By | June 9th, 2008

No doubt about it, the name Backblaze is hard. I’ve had people come up to me at parties and say, “I love your Blackblaze site. Or was it Backbaze“. We noticed people coming to our site searching for “back blaze” or “blaze back”. Brian Wilson’s previous company was called Codeblaze, so when he started working….

Backblaze launches private beta

By | June 4th, 2008

Wow. This was not your typical Monday. The Backblaze online backup service has been in a very private beta since early February. Monday we made our beta a bit more public. We showed Backblaze to top 10 blogs TechCrunch and Ars Technica, and great tutorial site SimpleHelp and gave them about 1000 invites total to….

Old vs New How-it-Works Page

By | May 8th, 2008

Originally I wanted to do a graphic showing the life and times of a user going about his day, backing up his computer online, suffering from data loss and then using Backblaze to restore. I liked some of the information designs done by Megan Jaegerman for the New York Times and wanted to do something….

Trust continues to flow into online services

By | April 18th, 2008

A decade ago the idea of entering your credit card information into a webpage was reserved for only a few web sites as ecommerce was in its infancy. Purchasing a book from Amazon.com was acceptable, but joesbooks.com saw no customers — even if they were a reputable offline store. Users were not ready to make….

iPhone run over by a semi?

By | April 8th, 2008

For over five years I have been tied into ancient cell phones because I had originally signed up for a no-longer-offered $99 unlimited minutes plan and converting to any current plan would double my monthly bill. When the iPhone debuted, I looked longingly at it as I continued to use my 1950’s-era RAZR. But someone….

The face of Backblaze

By | March 28th, 2008

You have met the face of Backblaze. You might have watched her explain that Backblaze provides online backup; or saw her dealing with the deadly plagues that could affect your computer (um, Ninjas?); or maybe you just watched the outtakes. Regardless, if you’ve visited the Backblaze website, she has talked to you before. Many of….

How many bytes are in a megabyte? Really?

By | March 21st, 2008

This seems like a mathematical question, but is actually one of philosophy or perspective, and continues to cause confusion in its ambiguity. The Confusion Originally megabyte was used to describe a byte multiple (220 = 1024 x 1024 = 1,048,576) in computer programming. However, several international organizations and most storage media (including hard drives and….