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November 26, 2017  12:22 AM

What ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Teaches You About Backups

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher

It turns out that the new Blade Runner movie is all about backups. Who knew. Needless to say, spoilers follow. The original Blade Runner movie, made in 1982, was set in 2019, which means only a little more than a year from now. Sometimes I think we have a long way to go; other...

October 22, 2015  9:59 AM

Why the Government Wants Your Spit: Genetic Databases

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher

There must be some sort of Murphy’s Law that when a database reaches a certain size, law enforcement is going to want to get their hands on it. We’ve seen this recently with 23andme, a database of information compiled through voluntarily offered genetic material (spit, actually), which...


May 31, 2015  10:57 PM

How the Clinton Email Release Process Will Work: Slowly

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher

As you may recall from a previous episode of “Politicians Behaving Badly With Email,” in March it was revealed that Hillary Clinton used her own server...

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January 29, 2014  6:37 PM

BackBlaze Turns Storage Hardware Testing On Its Head

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher

You might expect that a company that uses 27,134 of a thing might be a pretty fair judge of what makes those things good or bad. That’s what makes a recent series of blog posts by BackBlaze so interesting....


February 20, 2013  11:11 PM

Attack of the Pod People! Backblaze Updates Its Storage

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher

A funny thing happened on the way to Backblaze's automated backup product -- it sort of turned into a storage design company. The company has been known for some time for its storage designs, which, instead...


January 23, 2013  11:48 PM

Are Optical Discs Dead or Not?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher

Optical discs are either dead, or better than ever. It depends on whom you ask. They're dead according to CNN, which points to the fact that some recent Apple computer...


September 7, 2011  4:46 PM

Are You Ready for the New LTO 6 Tape Standard?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher

Tape's not dead. Really. Products supporting the Linear Tape Open (LTO) 5 specification just began shipping this year, but already vendors are starting to make noises about


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