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August 25, 2016  11:25 PM

Apollo Software Renews Interest in Rope Memory

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, history, Storage

The recent publication of the original Apollo 11 lunar module code in GitHub is bringing new interest to a really arcane form of storage: Rope memory. Let’s get the Moore’s Law, kids-these-days aspect of this over with right away: The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) had just “36,864...

July 20, 2016  12:57 PM

Microsoft Wins One for the Data Privacy Team

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, Microsoft, privacy, Storage

Is data owned by a company based in one country, but stored in another country, subject to seizure by warrant by the government of the first country? U.S....

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July 17, 2016  10:09 AM

Sports Authority Sells User Data

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

If you’ve ever been a customer of Sports Authority, you may now suddenly be a customer of Dick’s Sporting Goods. And you probably never felt a thing. Sports Authority, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March, recently


June 27, 2016  11:08 PM

Fun With Hard Drive Statistics

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backblaze, Hitachi, Seagate, Storage, toshiba, western digital

Backup service Backblaze has released the quarterly report on its hard drive statistics. While there wasn’t anything new that particularly leapt out of this report, the company noted that it has now passed one billion hours of disk drive operation. Or, as Backblaze director of product marketing...


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


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,


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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