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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

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...

August 17, 2015  3:06 PM

EMC, VMware, Might Swallow Each Other

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
EMC, Storage, Virtualization, VMware

As you may recall, a year or so ago, activist investor Elliott Management Corp. took a large position in EMC stock, with the goal of “releasing shareholder value”...

July 9, 2015  11:06 PM

Watch Out, Candidates: Company Says It Can Detect Fake Photos

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher

Many of us who were around in 1982 remember a shocking incident. National Geographic ran a picture on its cover of the Great Pyramids of Gaza, but it later developed (no pun intended) that the magazine had moved the two pyramids closer together so they’d both fit into the picture.

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June 17, 2015  5:30 PM

How Geeks Spend Their Summer Vacation: Playing With Old Storage

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
IBM, Mainframe, PC, Storage

You know that you’re getting old when you start finding stuff you actually used in museums. I was reminded of this on a recent trip to Seattle, where we visited the Living Computer Museum. Like the Experience Music Project, but not nearly so...

April 30, 2015  3:43 PM

Politicians: Before You Scrub Your Twitter History, Read This

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
social media, Storage

The Internet is forever, they say. While this isn’t entirely true – Google “link rot” sometime – there seems to be no end of Internet youthful indiscretions that come to...

April 14, 2015  5:28 PM

Incredibly Geeky Storage Case Could Decide the Future of Patent Law

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
legal, Storage

Okay, granted, “It has come to the attention of Carnegie Mellon University (“CMU”) that in recent months there has been an upsurge of interest on the part of industry in correlation-sensitive adaptive sequence detectors for signal-dependent noise and their application in data storage and...

February 28, 2015  2:25 PM

Yes, People Still Use Zip Drives

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
IOMEGA, Storage, Zip

Believe it or not, some organizations are still using Zip drives. In case you don’t remember, or are too young to remember, Zip drives were developed by Iomega in 1994. They were a similar size to floppy disks – thicker – but held considerably more data; they started at 100 MB and...

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