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April 26, 2017  11:16 PM

Can Google Books Turn Into Spotify for Books?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Books, copyright, Google, Storage

Isn’t it cool how you can search for a genre of music, run across a new-to-you recording artist, decide you like them, then be able to listen to a whole lot of their work? And then if you like them, you can buy their CDs or higher-quality recordings and keep them forever? Wouldn’t it be cool...

April 21, 2017  10:36 PM

New York to Destroy IDNYC Data

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

We’ve written before about government agencies concerned that President Donald Trump’s administration could end up destroying data that those agencies find useful but which the...


April 17, 2017  11:35 AM

What Does Its Troubles Mean for Toshiba’s Hard Disks?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Hard disk, Storage, toshiba

As you may recall, the number of hard drive makers has been steadily shrinking as the product becomes more of a commodity and the industry consolidates. Now, it looks like, one way or another, Toshiba will be next on the block. This is not, in itself, an astonishing development.


March 31, 2017  2:13 PM

What Cake Goes With World Backup Day?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backup, Storage

Think you’ve missed World Backup Day? It’s not too late. World Backup Day is one of those days that can be celebrated throughout a week – or even all year round. In case you haven’t heard about it, World Backup Day is always celebrated on March 31, the day before April Fool’s Day,...


March 21, 2017  6:43 PM

Remember Zip Disks? These Election Departments Do

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, Storage

You may recall that a couple of years ago we ran a piece talking about how Ada County, the most populous county in Idaho, was desperately looking for Zip disks and drives to help keep...


January 10, 2017  6:14 PM

If It’s January, It’s Gotta be a Storage Trends Story

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Flash, hyperconverged, Storage, Tape

This is January, and you know what that means: Trend stories. Specifically, storage trends. Yes, for some reason a completely arbitrary line on a calendar turns everyone into prognosticators. Actually, the reason is pretty simple: Nobody announces anything in December and early January, and...


December 30, 2016  10:19 AM

‘Rogue One’ Data Storage — a Cautionary Tale

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, Storage, User interface design

The problem with being a storage nerd is it makes it pretty difficult to enjoy the movies. In this day and age, too many movie plots hinge on computers and data, and moviemakers typically aren’t geeks, so it’s way too easy to lose your suspension of disbelief based on bonehead errors. Take...


December 22, 2016  2:07 PM

Scientists Copy Data to Save It From Trump

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, Storage

Co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation John Gilmore was known for his saying, “The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” With Donald Trump’s election as President, the Internet is getting a little help. Concerned that a Trump administration might delete...


December 11, 2016  11:05 PM

Amazon Snowmobile Issues Need Solving

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Amazon, Glacier, Storage

Amazon has upped the ante on that old question of the bandwidth of a station wagon full of backup tapes hurtling down the highway: For one thing, instead of a...


November 29, 2016  12:29 AM

What Will be the Trump Effect on Data Storage?

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

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States could have some really interesting implications for data storage, data sovereignty, and encryption. If by “interesting” you mean Really Scary and Bad. The Internet Association, a group of about 40 Internet vendors including...


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