When movies predicted the future in tech

A Trip to the Moon” was released in 1902 and was one of the first if not the first science fiction movies. In it a group of scientists are shot out of a cannon the size of World War II railway gun “Schwerer Gustav” right into the eye of the moon. The scientists explore the moon and even have an encounter with the moon’s inhabitants. It wasn’t until 1969 that Neal Armstrong would actually step foot on the moon. I’m sure that in 1902 a trip to the moon in the literal sense was an incomprehensible journey. It took 67 years for the movie to become a reality when Armstrong took his first step—and that giant leap for mankind.

Let’s take a look back at what other movie tech was far-fetched for the time but has become a reality today.

Although the 1980’s television series “Knight Rider” only lasted four seasons, KITT—the crime-fighting talking car—has since become a pop culture icon. It’s said that KITT contained a cybernetic processor that was created by the U.S. government but was then used in the iconic Pontiac Trans Am. Comparable to KITT’s capabilities is Apple’s CarPlay, which allows drivers to interact with Siri. Because of cloud computing, the processor can reside in a data center far away and isn’t required in the car. With the introduction of self-driving cars and the great strides that AI has made, look for a real KITT in the near future.

And let’s not forget about the Batmobile! If I had a bank account similar to Bruce Wayne’s (aka Batman), I would definitely fund the research for a few of those cool toys that he relies on, especially the Batmobile. Think of the convenience of having a car pick you up at the airport terminal rather than trying to remember where you parked it in the acres and acres of parking lot. That idea may not be so far-fetched. The Audi A7 is a prototype that is essentially waiting to go through a few legal hurdles before it can be released. Using sensors, cameras and GPS, the car can navigate itself through your daily commute and can even pick you up. Right off the bat you may need a few bucks from your rich Uncle Bruce, but as with all new technology, such a car should be affordable in a few short years.

Although Alderaan—the fictional “Star Wars” planet—wouldn’t be excited for this new advancement in technology, the U.S. Navy has developed a “directed-energy weapon,” otherwise known as LaWS. LaWS is a defense system that the Navy uses to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—otherwise known as drones—and small boats. It’s less expensive and faster than using guns or missile systems and minimizes collateral damage. The system focuses six high-energy lasers on the target—much like the Death Star did in “Star Wars” to blow up Alderaan.

I am Iron Man!!! Or at least I wish I could be. Although Iron Man is a fictional superhero, the U.S. military has been working on a usable, non-clunky, exoskeleton for its soldiers during combat. Tony Stark would be impressed by the recent advancements in exoskeleton technology, which has allowed these exo suits to become a reality, even if only in experimental form. In 2010, defense contractor Raytheon demonstrated XOS 2, which is essentially a robot guided by the human brain. This suit allowed the user to lift two to three times as much weight than what the user could have without the suit. Exo suits can also be used to protect soldiers from shrapnel and bullets. These suits will not only help us feel more super-heroish, they will also allow people with spine injuries or muscle-deteriorating diseases to get around easier.

The future is exciting and the sky is the limit when it comes to advancements in technology. Send us your thoughts on what you would like to see down the road.

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Mozy is for real, Martians are not

The other day I watched a rerun of the 1960’s sitcom, “My Favorite Martian.” The TV show was about a Martian (who looks like a human) who crashes his spaceship near Los Angeles. He ends up rooming with newspaper reporter Tim O’Hara, who is the only human who knows of this extraterrestrial’s true identity. O’Hara passes off the Martian as his “Uncle Martin” and keeps his identity secret, hoping to avoid a panic that earth has been invaded by Martians. When he’s not trying to avoid a nosey neighbor, Uncle Martin spends his time trying to repair his spaceship.

If you didn’t know that Uncle Martin was a nice guy, you might be afraid. After all, he could raise two retractable antennae from his head and then disappear. Uncle Martin was also telepathic and could levitate things just by moving his finger. And he could freeze people.

A lot has happened since those Uncle Martin days. In 1975, the Viking 1 and Viking 2 probes were launched into space to a 140,000,000 destination: Mars. First the probes orbited the planet for more than a month, sending images back to earth. About a year after their journey began, Viking 1 and Viking 2 touched down on the Mars surface. Mankind had finally put something human-made on the second-smallest planet in our solar system. Uncle Martin might have been jealous that Viking 1 and Viking 2 arrived before he did.

The Viking probes did not encounter Martians, but they did discover geological shapes that seemed to indicate they were formed by water. Information from each Viking was stored in data storage memory, which had a storage capacity of 8,200 words. Data would be transferred daily to a tape recorder, which could store a whopping (in those days) 40 million bits of information.

In mid-2003, two “MERs” blasted off into space. Their mission: to explore the surface and geology of Mars and determine whether life ever existed on the planet. The Mars Exploration Rovers landed on the Red Planet in January the following year. (Tim O’Hara would never have imagined this happening outside of sitcom TV.) Just a few weeks after landing, the MERs—Spirit and Opportunity—discovered that at least some areas of Mars were once water-soaked. In fact, scientists later concluded that Mars may have had lakes or even an ocean. There is much data still to be studied.

All of this talk of Mars and probes got me thinking about Mozy and the Mozy Data Shuttle service. When you need to back up your servers, the Mozy Data Shuttle can do it quickly. No telepathy or levitation required. If you have a server with 100 GB of data or more, the initial upload can seem to take forever, as if it’s 140,000,000 miles away. The Mozy Data Shuttle service provides a super-fast way of getting your data to Mozy’s data centers. Here’s how it works:

You order a Data Shuttle device from Mozy. We’ll overnight it to you (in a really cool box). You do the initial backup to the shuttle device. Put it back in the box and ship it to our data center (note: no propellant required—our shuttle is postage-paid). That’s it! You’ve skipped the initial upload over the wire. Incremental backups can even occur before the shuttle arrives to Mozy, so long as the initial backup to the Data Shuttle is complete. Shuttles are available from 1.8 TB to 7.2 TB.

We may not be able to read your mind, but we can back up your files quickly, without raising antennae.

For more information about Mozy’s space program, visit our Mozy Data Shuttle Service page.

 

My name is Jen and I work for Mozy

We are pleased to introduce Jen, who is a member of the Mozy Sales team. She is consistently one of the first to arrive at work and one of the last to leave. Not only is she a dedicated employee, she is charismatic and well-informed about a wide variety of subjects. And if you are ever having a bad day, Jen is always dependable for a hug or words of encouragement that will change the color of your mood ring—unless you are rooting for the San Diego Chargers or the Oakland Raiders. Mozy scored extra points when Jen was hired! Read below to learn more on what makes Jen…well, Jen.

I define my workspace as…

Wall-to-wall information! Nearly every inch is covered with 4” x 6” notecards of things that I have learned. That is one thing I love about working in this industry; it is forever evolving and I am forever learning.

A device I can’t live without….

My phone. I wish I had a better answer, but I don’t. I use it more as a camera than anything else. I have a six-month-old baby boy and I feel the need to document every giggle and smile.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Nesting. I turn on my computer, straighten any papers, and then grab my yellow notepad and favorite pen. At that point I can begin my day.

How long have you worked for Mozy?

One and a half glorious years. I have honestly been so happy here.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

I don’t listen to music at work; I am on the phone too much. I am constantly humming though, so I guess you could say that I make my own music.

If you could be in one TV sitcom or movie, what would it be and why?

This one is tough! I would have to go with “Modern Family.” I love to watch the individual relationships and how they pair unlikely characters in plotlines. I think I would laugh non-stop.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

My family, my friends, and the Denver Broncos. I am very blessed to have a big family that includes many close friends; they are the best part of my day. The second best part? Anything involving Bronco Country! I bleed orange and blue and am very lucky to be a part of a franchise that has had two of the best QBs of all time!

My eating habits are …

Carnivorous! I grew up in a “meat and potatoes” home where a meal isn’t a meal unless it includes meat. My favorite, you ask? STEAK!

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …

I can’t pick just one… Lucille Ball, Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn. All classy women who are as strong as they are beautiful.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

I love laughing. If I could laugh to the point of tears every day of my life, I would die a very happy girl. I’ve never had milk come out my nose though, but I’m still young!

One thing that makes me unique is….

I can see the humor in any situation. It’s there, I promise. I think that being able to “find the funny” has helped me though some very tough times. As I mentioned, I love to laugh and get those around me to laugh as well.

Guilty pleasure…

It’s hard to decide between “Clash of Clans” and “The Bachelor.” One is delightfully nerdy and the other is a train wreck for my viewing pleasure. My husband even enjoys one with me; I’ll let you guess which one!

Virtual servers? We’ve got you covered!

Did you know that there are more virtual servers worldwide than there are physical servers?

“Virtual machines continue to vastly outnumber physical machines,” according to IDC (Report #252841). The authors of the report went on to say that “the gap between the number of virtual machines and physical machines continues to expand and continues to throttle server hardware shipments. Virtualization has changed the way customers interact with and purchase server operating systems.”

If your environment is like most organizations, you probably run your applications on a combination of different types of servers. All of that data needs to be backed up and Mozy can help you do it with minimal administrative overhead.

Mozy can back up common server-specific applications found in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows servers and Mac OS X servers. Mozy also supports Linux distributions CentOS, Debian, Red Hat, and Ubuntu. In addition, Mozy provides backup for your VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual servers.

Mozy for servers simplifies data protection and is particularly suitable for smaller server workloads such as those at remote and branch offices—where data is oftentimes not adequately protected. Our recent release of backup software for vSphere highlights our ongoing dedication to protecting your server data and expands Mozy’s server portfolio to protect your VMware virtual environment.

Centralized management from vCenter makes it easy to back up your VMs’ critical data from the pane of glass that you are accustomed to. And the replication technology in Mozy backup is superefficient so it doesn’t bog down your network. Mozy leverages VMware Change Block Tracking (CBT), which means that only changes to the machine need to be backed up. That reduces the time and amount of data that needs to be transferred to complete backup jobs to the Mozy cloud. In addition, the Mozy Admin Console lets you centrally manage all of your server backups, whether physical or virtual. And your VM data is always fully encrypted before it’s transmitted, during transmission, and while at rest in the Mozy cloud.

Mozy features include:

•   Centralized management from vCenter for all VMs: backups, restores, and backup management
•   Efficient backups: block-level change tracking for minimal data transmission to cloud
•   Compression of the data before transmission to the cloud
•   Encrypted transmission of data to the cloud and at rest: corporate key support
•   Full restoration of a VM to a new computer or the same computer
•   Backup history that lets you restore the most current backup or an earlier backup
•   Efficient rollback restore of VM: only differences are download from cloud
•   Scheduled or on-demand backups
•   Control over network bandwidth usage: bandwidth throttling
•   File Level Recovery of files from VM
•   Data Shuttle for fast seeding of data to cloud
•   Media restore for restore of many VMs from the cloud: smoking crater scenario

Want a set-and-forget automatic backup solution that you don’t have to constantly monitor? With Mozy you can schedule your backups to run daily, weekly, or monthly, or automatically throughout the day, as frequently as every two hours for automatic backup. Need to maximize your budget for backup? Mozy requires no capital expenditure for hardware, very little up-front cost, and has minimal administrative overhead.

You might be asking yourself, “Sounds good, but how much is all of this going to cost me?” There is no separate charge for vSphere backup software within Mozy. So if you’ve already purchased the server add-on package with MozyPro or MozyEnterprise, then you’re covered and your vSphere backups will be treated the same as your Windows or Linux server backups. Based on your existing Mozy service, you are charged only for the amount of front-end storage you’ve purchased. When you need more storage, you buy more. It’s that easy.

Mozy cloud backup: a cost-effective way to protect your servers—virtual or otherwise.

As a Mozy customer, you can download Mozy’s backup software for vSphere via the Mozy Admin Console. Beginning May 21, you can download the software by visiting the Mozy product download page.

Preparing your business for the next man-made disaster

Our friends at Boston University put together this infographic on man-made disasters—which includes theft, fraud and corruption—and the effects they have on businesses. One way to thwart insider fraud is to be sure that your business performs a risk assessment at least annually or more frequently. One aspect of the risk assessment should be whether or not your crucial business files are protected and can be recovered in the event of a man-made disaster. By backing up with Mozy you are ensuring that your files are encrypted locally during the initial backup process. Your encrypted files are sent through a secure SSL connection. Mozy then protects your data in Mozy’s world-class data centers, which have successfully completed the SSAE 16 Type 2 audit and are ISO 27001 certified. You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: Are your business files ready for a man-made disaster? Feeling lucky isn’t going to cut it.

This week in tech history – April 26th – May 2nd

April 26, 1970 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is formally created with the goal to promote creative intellectual activity and for facilitating the transfer of technology.

April 27, 1965 Disposable diapers “Pampers” are patented by R.C. Duncan, bringing joy to anyone who had to clean a soiled cloth diaper.

April 28, 1932 Vaccine for a viral disease that wiped out 9% of the U.S. population in 1793 is released. The disease is Yellow Fever.

April 29, 1953 The first experimental 3D TV broadcast is shown on a Los Angeles station.

April 30, 1993 CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) announces that the World Wide Web will be free to anyone, starting the .com boom.

May 1, 1981 Radio Shack releases TRS-DOS 1.3, which replaces cassette tapes with disk files with a capacity of an astounding 89 kilobytes each.

Mzy 2, 2000 GPS, once authorized for military use only, is made available to everyone by authorization of U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Want to see more?  Check out our tech history infographic

References

http://www.on-this-day.com/onthisday/thedays/alldays/apr28.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_fever

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CERN

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-DOS

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/gps-00d.html

This week in history – April 12 – 18

Week 3 of our “This Week in tech History” covers new animals and allows us to see better.  See what happened in tech history between April 12 – 18

April 12, 1988 First patent for a new animal life form is issued for a genetically altered mouse. (like we need more species of mice)

April 13, 1743  Thomas Jefferson the third president of the United States and the inventor of  the pedometer, polygraph and the spherical sundial, is born.

April 14, 1956 Mark IV, the first videotape, is demonstrated.  The Mark IV replayed William Lodge’s speech moments after he finished astonishing the crowd.

April 15, 1924 Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas, a precursor to the modern-day GPS.

April 16, 1867 Wilbur Wright of the Wright brother’s fame is born near Millville, Indiana.

April 17, 1790 Benjamin Franklin, the inventor of bifocals and the lightning rod, passes away in his home in Philadelphia.

April 18, 1986 IBM becomes the first computer manufacturer to use a megabit chip, leveling the playing field between American computer makers and the Japanese electronics industry.

Want to see more?  Check out our tech history infographic

References:

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/15

http://www.computerhistory.org/tdih/April/18/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin#Death_and_legacy

http://www.biography.com/people/wilbur-wright-20672839#synopsis

My name is “Woody” and I work for Mozy

Steve, aka “Woody,” is a friend to all here at Mozy. Woody is a sales engineer and is based out of our London office. Because of his charisma, Mozy is proud to send him to all the corners of the earth to work with our partners in their journey to the cloud and cloud services. Here is a Q&A with Woody.

I define my workspace as…

Wherever I lay my laptop bag. Planes, trains and automobiles; otherwise, never more than 2 meters (6.5 feet) from a power socket.

A device I can’t live without….

A TV set with a sleep timer.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Downing a glass of cold milk and having a conversation about the weather (it’s usually more interesting than politics, less controversial than religion, and less fractious than sports).

How long have you worked for Mozy?

A little over six years.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

When I can and only if I’m not speaking with a customer. Anything with a fast tempo as it keeps me focused on the task at hand and prevents me from eavesdropping on interesting conversations.

If you could be in one TV sitcom or movie, what would it be and why?

I’d be a guest at “Fawlty Towers” (think Major Gowen), or I’d be Lord Flashheart in “Blackadder”!

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

Rugby, snow sports, and the beach.

My eating habits are …

Completely random. I like to make letters out of pretzels and spell funny words like “Wankel Rotary Engine.”

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …

Richard “Dickie” Branson

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

If you can’t be passionate about what you do, then do something else.

One thing that makes me unique is….

Each of us is unique; no one thing defines us.

Guilty pleasure…

Using the hotel laundry service and not having to make the bed in the morning.

This week in tech history (April 5 – April 11)

See what happened in tech history on our second week of “This Week in Tech History”

April 5, 1964 - First driverless trains run on London Underground.

April 6, 1980 Post-it Notes are introduced.

April 7,  1896 Tolbert Lanston is issued a patent for the Monotype printing press.

April 9,1919 - John Presper Eckert, co-inventor of the first electronic computer-(ENIAC), is born.

April 10, 1930 - Synthetic rubber is first produced.

April 11, 1893 Frederic Ives patents the process for half-tone printing press.

Want to see more?  Check out our tech history infographic

References:

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/5

http://inventors.about.com/od/todayinhistory/a/april.htm

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/9

http://senselist.com/2006/10/27/12-things-thomas-jefferson-invented/

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/10

http://inventors.about.com/od/todayinhistory/a/april.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadruplex_videotape

The Most Influential Tech Inventions and Discoveries from Each Month of the Year

 

Take a stroll down memory lane and discover when each of these ground-breaking, tech-related innovations and discoveries became a reality.

Months of the Year

  • The first iPhone is unveiled by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007. “Project Purple” as it was code named throughout production was the first smart phone to fully utilize the touch screen as well as run on a computer operating system.
  • The phonograph is patented  on February 19, 1878. This invention was the first of its kind to be able to record and reproduce sound.
  • The first HDD is patented on March 11, 1970. Because of the hard disk drive, future storage services such as the cloud could become a reality
  • The first lap top is released on April 3, 1981. While it may have only included a single sided, single density 64 KB floppy drive the Osborne 1 revolutionized the possibilities for micro-computers.
  • The first fiber optic is tested by AT&T on May 11, 1977. Without the invention of the low-loss optical fiber our “information superhighway” would not be possible.
  • The first public color TV is demonstrated on June 27, 1929. From that point on and regardless of how large or small the device, the masses expected to view it in color.
  • The Sony Walkman is released in Japan on July 1, 1979. The Walkman TPS-L2 forever changed the way people would listen to music on the go.
  • The World Wide Web debuts on August 6, 1991. After months of strictly professional use Tim Berners-Lee opened up his invention to the public and transformed communication as we know it.
  • Genetic fingerprinting is discovered by Dr. Alec Jeffreys in September 1984.This remains our only unique identifier that cannot be altered or appear exactly as someone else’s.
  • Sputnik, the first human-made satellite to orbit the earth, is launched by Russia on October 4, 1957. This milestone sparked the space race.
  • The first CGI is used in movie “Westworld” on November 21, 1973. The first use of this was done to pixelate photography in order to capture a robot’s point of view.
  • The first home security system is patented on December 2, 1969 by Marie Brown. This gave homes a new level of security never before available to the populous.