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….

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….