Have you been a data crisis counselor?

By | April 9th, 2009

Dan Tynan’s article “The 7 dirtiest jobs in IT” hit a nerve with many an IT worker, and Dan followed it up with, “Even dirtier IT jobs.” Number 6 on the list of the dirtiest jobs? Data crisis counselor. This is a person on the other end of the phone from “sobbing adults who’ve lost….

Are your photos safe at Kodak Gallery?

By | March 30th, 2009

Kodak Gallery, formerly known as “Ofoto”, claims to be the leading online digital photo developing service. Customers upload photos to the site, use it as a way to store and share photos online, and count on it as a photo backup. However, today Kodak updated its storage policy to say that it will delete your….

Carbonite data loss reports miss the point

By | March 27th, 2009

Online backup service provider Carbonite was all over the news this week for suing two of its suppliers, claiming the vendors setup the systems that were responsible for losing 7,500 customers’ data. First published in The Boston Globe, the story was picked up by TechCrunch, Computerworld, Cnet, and at least 20 other media outlets. A….

U.S. Masters Swimming data drowns

By | March 26th, 2009

Nearly 50,000 swimmers nationwide rely on the U.S. Masters Swimming organization for training, competitions, and various local programs. Started in 1970, the organization has grown to support 500 local clubs and its website, www.usms.org, is the hub that helps manage this large, distributed non-profit. Yesterday, during a routine import, the database containing all the member….

Friday the 13th – how lucky are you?

By | March 13th, 2009

It’s 6:30pm on Friday the 13th, so if you’re reading this, it probably wasn’t a completely unlucky day. Did you avoid walking under a ladder today? Stood a bit further back from large windows? Drove a little slower? According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, about 1 in 15 people in the U.S…..

Ma.gnolia wilts with no backup

By | March 2nd, 2009

Ma.gnolia.com was a bookmark storing and sharing service (similar to Delicious.com) that has shut down due to data loss. The company started several years ago and built a small, but adoring user community that liked Ma.gnolia’s easy-to-use API and caching of linked pages. The service was the work of Larry Halff who nearly single-handedly built….

JournalSpace shuts down due to no backups

By | January 5th, 2009

JournalSpace, a 6 year old blog hosting service, closed shop on Tuesday after losing all of its users’ data. Details are sketchy, but the company claims the cause was either an OS failure or a disgruntled employee that deleted the data. Regardless of the cause, since the JournalSpace had no backups, in addition to the….

10 reasons your backup will fail

By | July 1st, 2008

1 Your backup strategy is to burn CDs and DVDs. A diamond may be forever, but CDs and DVDs have a shelf-life. Even the Optical Storage Technology Association says an unrecorded disk will only last 5 to 10 years. And this assumes you’ve selected the right files and remember to do it, which brings me….