Gmail: Google Uses Tape Drives For Backups

gmail logoGmail screwed up yesterday due to a bug from a software update:

Imagine the sinking feeling of logging in to your Gmail account and finding it empty. That’s what happened to 0.02% of Gmail users yesterday, and we’re very sorry.

There are about 170 million Gmail users. 0.02% of 170 million is 34,000.

They’re in the process of restoring all lost email, but what surprised me is they use tape backups.

Tape backup technology has been around since the 1950s. It’s used by every major corporation – it’s the final backup solution – backups of backups resort to tapes in the end, despite their failure rate.

I use an external hard-drive, but tape drives are cheaper (in the long run).

Update: Some resources on how to backup gmail:
Back Up Your Gmail the Easy Way (or the Cheap Way)
How to Backup Your Gmail Account
Backing up your mail with POP (from Google)
– Or just google “backup gmail

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What the hell is “The J-Walk Blog“?!

Winning Concert Tickets From CBC Radio

cbc radio 2So I’m waiting for my daughter’s drama class to finish outside in the car, reading the newspaper with CBC Radio 2 on, when the host says “the first 2 caller wins tickets to see Jasper Wood in Moncton on March 2 at the Capitol Theatre.”

Shit, I sayz. So I frantically dial the number as she repeats it (thankfully) 3 times, and no one answers – an answering machine. But I leave a message saying who I am and why I called.

I just (5 minutes ago) got off the phone with Olga Milosevich – the host of that CBC show I was listening to. She said that show is taped and she was just going through her messages tonight, and I was the 1st caller – I won the tickets.

Jasper Wood is a virtuoso violinist from Moncton.

Who wants to go with me?! Show’s at 8pm this Wednesday.

Download Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Today

windows7 sp1Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is supposed to be available from Microsoft today.

Update: Microsoft has made the download available (iso).

I’m posting this cause I’m curious how many hits it’ll get with the news that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 can be downloaded today.

It should be available at the Microsoft Update Center or its Service Pack Center sometime today, February 22, 2011.

SP1 contains the following updates:
– Additional support for communication with third-party federation services.
– Improved HDMI audio device performance.
– Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents.
– Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX).
– Improved Support for Advanced Format (512e) Storage Devices.
– Enhanced support for additional identities in RRAS and IPsec.
– Virtual desktop improvements.
– Bug fixes.

Aren’t you excited?!