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Painless Removable Media Backups…to the Cloud!

Tags: , , , , , , Date/Time: January 17, 2022 @ 3:53 pm, by raindog308

Do you still use USB thumb drives?  Flash or SD or MicroSD cards?  Portable hard drives? Even in this age of ubiquitous cloud, there’s still a ton of bits and bytes being carried around in people’s backpacks, for a variety of reasons.  IT folk need portable media for those crash-cart, no-network situations where they have […]

DigitalOcean Shares Plunge 9% on High Volume

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: January 15, 2022 @ 1:33 am, by raindog308

DigitalOcean (NYSE:DOCN) shares dropped 9% today.  Volume was more than double normal. It’s been a rough season for DO.  Shares today traded for as cheap as $59/share – well off the stock’s highs above $130/share only two months ago. The reason for the plummeting valuation is not clear.  Some possibilities: DigitalOcean was overpriced.  It may […]

IBM Continues O2/2 Naming Tradition with QS/2, Its New Gargantuan Quantum Computer

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: November 17, 2021 @ 6:23 pm, by raindog308

Big Blue has been talking big quantum numbers recently.  According to their recent announcement, they now have 127-qubit processing available for customer use in the IBM Cloud.  They claim that quantum computing at this scale “heralds the point in hardware development where quantum circuits cannot be reliably simulated exactly on a classical computer.” IBM also revealed […]

BackBlaze Goes Public – Are You Buying BLZE?

Tags: , , , , , , , , , Date/Time: November 12, 2021 @ 6:00 pm, by raindog308

Cloud service provider BackBlaze went public on Thursday on NASDAQ (BLZE), selling 6.25 million shares for $100 million. They claim to have 500,000 customers. After a day of trading, the stock closed higher at $22.04 today. Looking at their financials, I was a bit disappointed. First, they are pulling in $53 million in revenue annually, […]

Vultr Has Started Charging for Snapshots

Tags: , , , Date/Time: October 3, 2021 @ 7:07 pm, by raindog308

Since October 1, cheap VPS provider Vultr has begun charging for snapshots. This was announced in a blog post on September 20.  They explained the reason for this change is due to abuse of the previously free service: “Vultr now has hundreds of thousands of customers, with millions of cloud instances deployed. Because snapshot storage […]

Amazon’s Quantum Computing Service Goes GA with 1 Hour for Free Tier Users

Tags: , , , Date/Time: August 25, 2021 @ 12:00 pm, by raindog308

AWS announced this week that Amazon Braket, their quantum algorithm development environment, is available now in their US East and US West regions. AWS Free Tier customers receive 1 free hour of simulation time with AWS Free Tier. The product offers managed Jupyter notebooks for development. According to Amazon: “Customers can use Amazon Braket to test […]

Microsoft Raising Fees for Office 365

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: August 20, 2021 @ 11:30 am, by raindog308

Microsoft announced that they are raising prices for Office 365 subscriptions. The price increase is between 10% and 16%, depending on product.  This is the first price increase since Office 365 launched in 2011. On March 1, 2022, we will update our list pricing for the following commercial products: Product Old Monthly Price New Monthly […]

Outage at Akamai Takes Down Major Internet Sites

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: July 22, 2021 @ 6:19 pm, by Jon Biloh

Akamai, a leading global content delivery network, was responsible for an outage today which impacted large portions of the Internet, including popular websites FedEx, UPS, Home Depot, and many others. The outage lasted at least an hour and was the result of a “software configuration” update which went wrong, apparently causing a disruption to the […]

Tarsnap: Cloud Backups for the Truly Paranoid

Tags: , , , Date/Time: July 18, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Tarsnap is a cloud backup company that emphasize strong cryptography. It’s the brainchild of Dr. Colin Percival, former FreeBSD security officer. Its motto is “online backups for the truly paranoid” and Tarsnap has been in business since 2008. Tarsnap uses an open, documented cryptographic design that securely encrypts your files. The command-line client is perfect […]

Running Like a Swiss Watch: Interview with Andrew Azarov, CTO of ServerAstra

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: July 9, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Our interview series has featured a lot of industry leaders and we continue today by talking with Andrew Azarov, CTO of ServerAstra. In this interview, you’ll learn about their focus on security, self-managed infrastructure, and why he sees a lot of growth ahead for the hosting industry. Tell me about your background and your company’s […]

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