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September 26, 2017  1:57 PM

Time to Get Baked: Baked Tapes, That is

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage, Tape

Okay, now it’s time to get baked. Baked tapes, that is. What did you think we were talking about? The concept of baking tapes has been known for some time – there’s even a 1993 patent on it – but the subject came...

August 31, 2017  10:55 PM

How to Destroy a Hard Drive? Ask Terry Pratchett

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Hard disk, hard drive, Storage

If you really want to make sure that nobody’s going to be able to read your data, the late author Terry Pratchett just showed you how it’s done: Per his instructions, his executor just ran over his hard disk drives with a steamroller. “Pratchett’s


August 29, 2017  12:41 PM

Nerd Out on Backblaze Hard Drive Statistics

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backblaze, hard drive, Storage

Periodically, I like to pass on what Backblaze is reporting about the hard drives that make up its cloud backup service. This is for two reasons. First, Backblaze uses a truly massive number of hard drives, and so they come up with a lot of statistically significant results. Second, the company is...


July 13, 2017  9:06 PM

Beware! USB Web Key In the Mail

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Security, Storage, USB

You’ve heard about phishing. Now we’ve got one with actual bait: a mailed USB card called a web key. As one techie describes it, “Here is the prototype for the next big wave of security breaches.” According to TJ Gamble, founder and CEO of ecommerce company jamerson.com, Blue...


June 28, 2017  6:40 AM

Micron Shuts Down Lexar

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Memory, Micron, Storage

New Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, cofounder of SanDisk, who took over just in April, is apparently wasting no time:...


June 13, 2017  2:29 PM

Amazon Unlimited Storage Goes Away

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

Sorry, kids. Amazon has decided to eliminate its unlimited storage plan. Announced in March, 2015, the plan gave subscribers unlimited storage...


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,...


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