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June 20, 2018  7:36 AM

Glass Storage Comes to Life Again

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage

Every couple of years, it seems like everyone has to lose their minds over glass storage. In 2012, Hitachi demonstrated using glass for storage, saying it could end up being a product by 2015. Or, at least,...

May 31, 2018  10:59 PM

Okay, Working at Upguard Must be the Best Job Ever

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

Configuration is hard. At least, that’s the conclusion to draw from a recent storage security issue where the Los Angeles County hotline number, 211, was storing many of the records regarding its hotline calls in the cloud....


May 26, 2018  9:50 PM

It Slices! It Dices! It Julienne-Fries Your Hard Disk Drive!

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage

There is such a thing as a device specifically intended to destroy a hard disk drive. TIL. In fact, there’s actually a number of such devices. This isn’t just degaussers and so on that are intended to wipe the data from the hard disk drive itself through magnetism (or de-magnetism, as the...


March 11, 2018  5:19 PM

Fresno State Hard Drive Theft Raises Questions

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

Another day, another missing unencrypted portable hard disk drive. In this particular case, it was from the athletic department at California State University, Fresno (which...


December 30, 2017  11:20 PM

Library of Congress Twitter Collection to Stop

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

Ever decided you were going to save all your data until you found out how much space it was going to take up, and then change your mind? The Library of Congress is in that position, which is why it recently announced it is no longer going to save every Tweet. The Library had started


November 29, 2017  12:28 AM

Cryptocurrency Storage is the Latest Bitcoin Wrinkle

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage

Now that bitcoin and its friends have practically reached the shoeshine boy level of hysteria, people are becoming more interested in how you keep track of the things. So the topic of...


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...


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