I attended a presentation a couple days ago by Udi Manber, vice president of engineering for Google core search. Manber demonstrated why search is difficult, giving interesting example queries such as “how many calories in a pound”, for which the answer is 9000 trillion, since calorie is a unit of energy and pound a unit….
EMC made an unsolicited bid for Iomega. While Iomega refused it, choosing to stick with the share purchase agreement it struck with ExcelStor Group Ltd. in December, it begs the question: Why was EMC interested in Iomega? CEO Joseph Tucci has long stated exploratory interest in the consumer market: “We’re thinking about it. There are….
This weekend we moved into our new datacenterÂ -Â 365 Main – a facility we share with companies including Sun Microsystems, Esurance, Ticketmaster, and Cnet. It has all the high-tech wizardry you can imagine to keep our customers’ online backupÂ data safe: raised floor with seismic pedestals in case of earthquake 16 data carriers independent PG&E power feed….
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….
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….
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….
“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….
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….