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Looking Forward to PhotoPlus

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Chris Kruell

This year's edition of the PhotoPlus show actually falls on Halloween proper, one of the most fun times to be in New York. We'll be exhibiting there (booth 1247) and talking about backup solutions, strategies, and undoubtedly (unfortunately, too) about lost data horror stories. Jared Platt will be stopping by for a visit, and we'll be giving away prizes, including one or two for awesome costumes on Halloween.

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Back it up, back it up, back it up

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Chris Kruell

Tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em, tell 'em, and tell 'em what you told 'em: A fundamental axiom for presenters and basic high school essays. So back it up x 3.

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iHacked: Exposed in the Cloud

Posted on September 3, 2014 by Chris Kruell

The list of cloud breakins grows, with recent news of user accounts being breached in the ubiquitous Apple iCloud. As FierceITSecurity puts it, this is not just about naked celebrity photos (or naked anybody photos). iCloud is used by pretty much anyone who owns an Apple iDevice, often without users knowing or thinking about it. To be sure, many of the photos and videos stored up in the Apple infrastructure are of cats and bad food photography, but the fact that our iPhone/etc backups are stored in the iCloud is something to think about.

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Update: Pinholes, to Turkey

Posted on July 10, 2014 by Chris Kruell

One of the judges for our 2014 Photo Contest, Zeb Andrews, has returned from his recent visit to southern Turkey, where he taught photography to Syrian war refugee children. He has been publishing photos and observations from his experience to his flickr site.

I found this image commentary particularly insightful with plenty of food for thought: "You look at the smile in front of you and realize on this small scale you have done this grand thing."

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US Supreme Court: Police need warrant to search cell phone

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Chris Kruell

Today, in a unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court stated that police
officers need a warrant to search cell phones and other devices in
possession of people they arrest. The ruling states that the vast amount
of data contained on today's phones are protected from routine
inspection; one of the points made by the ruling is that we must today
distinguish between a handwritten note, for example, and the large volumes
of data we routinely generate and store on hard drives and data centers in
the cloud.

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Global Cost of Cybercrime at $445 Billion

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Chris Kruell

A recent Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) study (commissioned by McAfee) estimates the annual cost to business from cybercrime at $445 billion. The direct and indirect costs come from loss of intellectual property, theft of financial assets and sensitive data, opportunity costs, costs to secure networks, and recovery from attacks.

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Pinholes, to Turkey

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Chris Kruell

Zeb Andrews, a Portland photographer, and one of our judges for the 2014 CRU Photo Contest, is leaving on Thursday for a trip to Turkey. As part of the Zeitouna Project, Zeb is bringing his teaching and photography skills to teach pinhole and sunlight photography to Syrian refugee children. Zeb is one of over 30 international mentors traveling from Ireland, England, Brazil, and the United States to provide instruction and mentorship in the arts and sports to over 800 refugee children in the hopes of inspiring and healing those who have been displaced by war. We wish Zeb well and can't wait to see the results of his generosity!

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Library of Congress Wants Your CDs

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Chris Kruell

As we know, before MP3s and the iPod and iTunes changed the way most of us consume music and transformed the music industry, there were CDs. (In my house, there still are--but maybe they're just taking up space.) This article from The Atlantic discusses how the Library of Congress is researching just how data decay occurs on CDs. This is a good reminder of how data, whether it's music, movies, or your business's financial data, needs to be kept on current media--and refreshed occasionally. You might want to check out our booklet on setting up a backup routine for your business (applies to your home media collection, too).

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Online file-sharing vulnerabilities disclosed by Box and Dropbox

Posted on May 7, 2014 by Chris Kruell

Broken record time: online data vulnerabilities recently reported by Box and Dropbox (two separate companies) in their file-sharing functions: shared links, which are supposed to be sent only to specified recipients, could inadvertently be disclosed to others.

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Photographer Jay Dickman

Posted on May 6, 2014 by Chris Kruell

I just got off the phone with past Pulitzer Prize winner and National Geographic photographer Jay Dickman, who was on the road in Dallas, presenting another in his series of digital photography workshops. Jay is a long-time fan of CRU storage devices (back to the days of the devices being sold with the WiebeTech label) and is keen to talk about the importance of backup in a photographer's digital workflow.

He agreed that it's as much or more important than the creative process itself and a lot of care and effort needs to go into ensuring that images are protected and looked after. "I'm sure I've told you this before," he said, "but storing images in a digital format is not an archival solution." What Jay is getting at is that you really need to be conscious of what you want to store, keep it catalogued, and stay on top of your disk drives. Who knows how we'll be storing and accessing these images in the future. (Side note: I was cleaning out a closet in the basement this weekend and found a stash of VCR tapes. While I still happen to have a VCR player, it won't be around forever, and I sure will not be keeping one on hand to view taped episodes of kids shows from twenty years ago.)

Jay is one of several professional photographers we're glad to call one of "ours" as he trusts his work--which in turn, is quite often that of his clients such as National Geographic--to his ToughTech Duo in the field, as well as several CRU RTX devices in his home studio.

The image of the ToughTech Duo was shot for us by Jay, on location in Antarctica.

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