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,, 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 was a bookmark storing and sharing service (similar to 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….

Backblaze welcomes HP Upline customers

By | February 26th, 2009

HP is shutting down its Upline online backup service No official announcement has been made, but HP has sent its users a notice (shown below) saying it will shut down the service on March 31st. TechCrunch has reported about previous trouble the service had and the current shutdown. Backblaze is offering HP Upline users a….

Backblaze attending TechCrunch Cloud Computing Roundtable

By | February 4th, 2009

TechCrunch is holding its next roundtable on Feb 27th asking the question, Who’s Cloud Is It Anyway? Assembling 275 people together, TechCrunch intends to discuss whether clouds will be closed warring platforms or open, interconnected systems. Other questions I believe should be discussed include: * What is the appropriate level for a cloud to exist….

Faster broadband coming soon?

By | January 26th, 2009

Broadband connections in the United States are 10 times slower than those in South Korea. In fact, we are number 15 based on average connection speed, behind not only Japan, Finland, France and Sweden (which are all at least 3 times faster) but also countries including Iceland, Poland, and Portugal that are blessed with significantly….