Brian’s 10 Rules for how to write cross-platform code

By | December 15th, 2008

Introduction I’ve had a lot of success in my 20 year software engineering career with developing cross platform ‘C’ and ‘C++’ code.  At Backblaze, we just released the Mac beta version of our online backup service, so I thought it an apt time to discuss my 10 rules for writing cross-platform code. We develop an….

Backblaze launches Mac beta

By | December 9th, 2008

That may have been the most understated title for a blog post about a day like today. Less than 3 months after our Windows launch, today Backblaze announced a fully-featured Mac online backup service into private beta that followed the same “backup everything; no configuration setup; unlimited storage; $5 per month” approach. This happened so….

Backblaze selected as “Best of the Best”

By | December 9th, 2008

After being selected as one of the AlwaysOn Global Top 250 Private Companies in July, Backblaze was selected as one of the 14 “Best of the Best” and asked to present at the AlwaysOn Venture Summit West. Backblaze was initially selected based on “innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.” Held at the….

How to make strong encryption easy to use

By | November 12th, 2008

Goal: Security done right Protecting the privacy of our users’ data is a top priority for us here at Backblaze and that means encryption. But providing a service that is extremely easy to use is also a key part of our vision and far too often encryption makes a product hard to use. This trade-off….

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….