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March 9, 2016  3:53 PM

Time for Backblaze’s Hard Drive ‘Swimsuit Issue’

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backblaze, hard drive, HGST, Seagate, Storage, toshiba, western digital

The rest of the world has the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. The storage world has the Backblaze annual hard drive status report, but which is drooled over and argued over just as passionately, ever since the company

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February 9, 2016  8:53 PM

Can Your Heirs Get to Your Data When You’re Dead?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

Normally, this blog talks about the value of protecting your data, whether it’s preserving it, locking it up, encrypting it, and so on. But today we’re going to talk about when you probably don’t want to do that. Namely, when you’re dead. Passed on.  No more. Ceased to be....


January 31, 2016  8:38 PM

EMC-Dell Merger Hits Turbulence

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Dell, EMC, Storage

Okay, nobody thought that a merger the size of October’s marriage between EMC and Dell would be done this soon. But there’ve been a number of...


January 26, 2016  12:04 PM

User Finds Amazon Glacier an Expensive Roach Motel for Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Amazon, cloud, Storage

People used to joke about the notion of “write-only memory,” where data could be written to it but not retrieved again. To at least one user, that’s what’s happening with Amazon’s Glacier service. As you may recall,

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December 29, 2015  6:04 PM

Governments, Old Tech, Acquisitions: 2015 Storage Trends

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, privacy, Security, Storage

The interesting thing about looking over an entire year’s worth of stories at once is that things that seemed like a single event at the time turn out to be part of a larger arc. Yes, the storage industry is like a Game of Thrones season. Who knew. If you’ve been around reporters...


October 28, 2015  8:02 PM

More on the Western Digital-SanDisk Dynastic Marriage

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
SanDisk, Seagate, Storage, western digital

Back in the day, kings used to forestall a potential war from another country by marriage. Thus merged, the theory went, the countries would henceforth work together instead of competing. In the computer industry, that’s not really an option. This is why we’re seeing alliances like the

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September 26, 2015  11:43 PM

Forget Digital Storage — Let’s Bring Back the Cassette

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage, Tape

Those of us of a certain age have fond memories of hunching by the radio with a mike and our portable cassette recorder, waiting for them to play our favorite song and please-God-don’t-let-the-DJ-talk-over-the-intro-this-time. Guess what: The cassette is coming back. In the same way that...


September 19, 2015  11:46 PM

Why Steal Data When You Can Just Muck With It Instead?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Hacking, Security, Storage

We have always been at war with Eastasia. In an era where people have to resort to smartphones and the Internet just to look up phone numbers, people are warning that the next wave of hacking might not take information, but add or change it instead. “Most of the public discussion...


September 13, 2015  11:01 PM

Making Money With an Infidelity Database, in a Few Easy Lessons

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Security, Storage

“Joe, I know how we can make a mint. We just get a database full of personal information for a bunch of really gullible guys with something to hide, and then we can sell it!” “That’s great, Ron, but how do we get the database of personal information in the first...


August 22, 2015  11:59 PM

At Worldcon, Science Fiction Fandom Hurries to Save Its History

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage

Now in its 73rd official year, science fiction fandom is grappling with a very present-day problem: How to archive its history in a way that future generations can reference. “Archiving for the Future,” a panel session held at this week's World Science Fiction Convention...


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