Light as a brick

By | March 7th, 2008

Our PCs are more powerful than ever, so why do they feel so slow? It might be our expectations have increased. Or it might be the applications installed on them. A new PC today has 1 million times (4GB vs 4KB) more RAM than the earliest computers. Creating a program back then meant optimizing every….

Shaping a logo

By | March 5th, 2008

When we were thinking about a logo for Backblaze, we knew we wanted an iconic image that could be connected easily to the software. That meant creating something simple enough that could scale to 16×16 pixels for an icon placed in the system tray. Logos are probably the most difficult for me as a designer….

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….