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10 great but inaccurate quotes from technology

Can you remember a time when you said something you wish you hadn’t said? You’re not alone. Each of us is guilty of that. Even the brightest minds have said things they wish they hadn’t said, especially if what they said was a bold statement or proclamation that never came to pass, not even sort of. But that’s OK; such statements make for good conversation even years later. Enjoy our latest infographic!












The greatest tech minds of the 20th and 21st centuries were responsible for great discoveries and insights that changed the way we work, think, relax, and play. But those same great minds also allowed their mouths to say a few things that today cause us to shake our heads and wonder, and maybe even chuckle. Oh, well, no one’s perfect. Take a look at the 10 quotes in our latest infographic and then see if you can guess what year it was said. Answers are at the bottom of the infographic.

The Quotes
1. “Two years from now, spam will be solved.”
2. “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”
3. “But what…is it good for?”
4. “I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.”
5. “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore.”
6. “Linux is not in the public domain. Linux is a cancer.”
7. “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”
8. “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
9. “If you’re wrong, you will die.”
10. “Apple is already dead.”

Who said it and when
1. Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates made this prediction in 2007 at the World Economic Forum. Maybe he meant SPAM, that canned precooked meat product? No, that’s still around, too.
2. Scott McNealy, CEO and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, speaking about online privacy in 1999. All these years later, he’s probably right, but privacy should be the goal nevertheless.
3. Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division at IBM, commenting on the microchip. Of course, most of us would have probably agreed if we were working in tech back in 1968.
4. Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, said this in 1995. But we can forgive Metcalfe; after all, he is credited with inventing the Ethernet.
5. Even Apple’s Steve Jobs made a few mistakes about technology, like how he responded in 2008 when asked about the likely success of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.
6. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s former CEO, was known to be volatile when discussing the competition. It’s understandable that he would be resistant to any free open-source software.
7. Alphabet Inc. (formerly Google) executive chairman Eric Schmidt’s response when asked in 2009 about whether users should be sharing their information with Google.
8. Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, made this statement. But, hey, 1977 was a very long time ago.
9. Intel’s former CEO Andy Grove in his 1996 book, Only the Paranoid Survive. Of course, all of us have been wrong at least once, and we’re all going to die eventually, so technically he’s right.
10. Nathan Myhrvold made that statement when he was CTO of Microsoft. To be fair, Apple stock was down to about $7 a share in 1997. (Yeah, we wish we had bought shares back then, too.)

Experiencing a CATastrophic data loss

Recently, we asked our dear readers to submit a favorite story about how Mozy has saved their bacon. We’ve received numerous accounts that underscore just how important backup (and a quick restore!) is. Some of your stories are funny, some not so funny (who likes to lose data, even temporarily?); however, all of the stories have a happy ending, thanks to Mozy—and your good judgment in choosing the most trusted cloud backup software.

The following story and photo were submitted by Karie Ford, who works at Mozy. Karie’s story and photo remind us of how backing up without Mozy is like trying to herd cats: it can be done, but not easily and not always successfully.

My daughter Josie is currently attending her last year at Utah Valley University. When she is not in school she is at work or in her room studying or writing papers. She basically has no social life, except for Callie. Callie is her 10-year-old cat, who wants ongoing cuddles and attention. In short, this feline believes that my daughter is here to serve her. Callie loves to knock stuff off of dressers and sleep on the laptop keyboard when my daughter is trying to do her school work.

The accompanying photo was taken about two weeks prior to our data-loss incident. Callie is a diva and, it seems, felt like the laptop was getting all of the “love.” Callie decided to “own” this laptop and peed on the keyboard. The laptop is not only disgusting, it is also TOAST.

Mozy online backup and restore to the rescue! We bought a new laptop and restored all of my daughter’s files over the weekend. Yes, we still have the cat.

Thanks, Karie, for sharing how Mozy saved your bacon!

The takeaway from this account? When it comes to backup and restore, anything other than Mozy should make you nervous, kind of like a cat would be in a room full of rocking chairs. Don’t take chances—insist on Mozy cloud backup!

We would love to hear more from our users. There are two opportunities to win a gift card for your submissions:

•     This contest is open to MozyHome and MozyPro users only:  For a chance to win a $200 gift card, tell us how            Mozy has saved your bacon for you or your business. Submit your entry by May 31, at which time we will randomly            select a winner. Your story may be published in a future Mozy blog or newsletter! For more information, visit our blog.
•     This contest is open to Mozy Resellers only: For a chance to win a GoPro camera, submit a photo in the Comments            below of the most bizarre or funny way that someone can lose data (real or not). A winner will be selected by the Mozy            marketing team at the end of the quarter (June 30). We will publish the winning photo in a future Mozy blog or Mozy            Reseller newsletter. Interested in becoming a Mozy Reseller? Click here.

Sorry, but Mozy/EMC employees are not eligible for these gift cards (but you may still submit your stories and photos).

Share your story and you might win a $200 gift card

 

Your data is important to you. Whether it’s a file of a journal entry or a critical tax document or a digital copy of a photo of a beloved ancestor, losing such a file might mean never getting it back again…unless you’ve backed it up.

Have you ever lost an important file and thought all was lost…and then Mozy came to the rescue? What were your feelings when you discovered the file was gone? (It’s OK if you shed a tear or two.) What was it like to recover your important file when you remembered that you were in good hands with Mozy? (It’s OK if you jumped up and down for joy and shed a tear or two because you realized how much you love Mozy.) We want to hear about it!

It’s simple: Tell us how Mozy has saved your bacon. Tell us why your data is important to you (whatever the reason, that’s why it’s important to us!). Plus, we would love to share your story in a future MozyHome or MozyPro newsletter. We’re going to make things interesting: We’ll be giving away a $200 gift card to one random entry! That’s awesome! That’s Mozy!

Send your story to stories@mozy.com.

Happy Habits

In this day and age of lots to do and multiple devices to do it on, you might sometimes feel stressed. After watching family members, co-workers, and random strangers in the grocery store, gym, and other gathering places, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need more happy habits. Sure, most of us have developed some pretty good habits, but they’re not always happy habits. Often times, they’re more like responsibilities; you know, the kind of things we have to do (like cleaning the bathroom) or we’re supposed to do (like going to the gym every day. Or maybe that’s every other day?).

As I was thinking about my stress levels, I started making a mental list of my happy habits. It wasn’t long before I thought about one of my favorites: eating See’s candy. (Yes, I readily admit that my See’s habit is one of the reasons I go to the gym.) I have been enjoying See’s candy since I was a little kid. And when I say little, I mean little. Both sets of grandparents introduced me to the delights of See’s when I was just old enough to walk. Now that I look back on those early days, that’s probably why I learned to walk: “Brian, come here! Come on, walk to grandma! Come and get a piece of See’s!” Once I figured out what See’s was, I needed very little encouragement to walk.

One of my earliest and fondest memories of enjoying See’s candy was riding in my grandfather’s 1953 Chevy Bel Air 4 door to pick up my grandmother, who worked part-time at the nearby department store. This was in the days when seatbelts weren’t mandatory, so we kids were like dogs with our heads sticking out the windows, enjoying the cool Southern California breeze blowing in our faces. Picking up grandma also meant treats from See’s. Grandma would be waiting by the curb with a small white bag of those wonderful butterscotch lollipops.

On the drive home, my grandfather would honk the horn (which embarrassed my grandma, which only encouraged my grandpa to honk even more) any opportunity he got. Us kids thought it was the funniest thing in the world. It didn’t seem that life could get any better than those moments. Cool breeze, butterscotch lollipops, laughter, and being with grandma and grandpa. Those were good memories—happy memories to be sure. And that’s what I’m talking about: first, always be aware of opportunities to create happy moments with the ones you love. And then develop the habit of looking back to relive those good feelings when you’re feeling stressed. And even when you’re not stressed, happy memories make today a lot better, and they make our tomorrows a lot more enticing. While it’s true that you can’t relive the past, the sweet habits we’ve created because of them can sure help us minimize our stress levels. For me, a butterscotch lollipop confirms that.

Could Your Data Be Hijacked and Held for Ransom?

Hospitals were on edge recently when the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was hit by cyberterrorists. After all, if this Los Angeles hospital’s information could be held for ransom, why couldn’t another’s? Which is, in fact, the reality: any organization, including medical, government, education, industry, etc. can be the target of a ransomware extortion plot.

If you didn’t hear about the incident, here it is in a nutshell: Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center is an acute-care facility with physicians representing a wide variety of specialties, from cardiac and cancer care to fetal therapy and maternity services. A few weeks ago hackers hijacked the hospital’s computer system, preventing access to any data by encrypting it. Initially, hackers demanded $3.6 million in return for releasing the data. Although the attackers later decreased their demands to 40 bitcoins (worth $17,000) in exchange for a decryption key, they had made a point to the world: patient data and medical records are not safe from hackers.

A sobering lesson can be learned (again): important data must always be protected. Hackers don’t necessarily care who the data belongs to; they will do their best to exploit any weakness in the IT infrastructure to steal, damage, or hold for ransom an organization’s data. Like most criminals, cybercriminals are opportunists who seek out easy targets. Are you an easy target? Just for starters, consider this: Is your data unencrypted? Do you employ password protection policies? Are you using expired antivirus software?

Fortunately, organizations can safeguard their data by backing it up to the cloud. The more secure your data is, the more likely are cybercriminals to look elsewhere for better odds of accessing important or sensitive data. Don’t let your data become vulnerable! So, when looking for a service that backs up to the cloud, what should you expect? There are many points to consider, including the following:

•     Is your data encrypted in transit and at rest?
•     Do you have the option to use your own encryption keys?
•     Are backups automated?
•     Is the cloud service audited and certified?

Finally, ask yourself this question: In the event of hardware failure, theft, virus attack (including a ransomware extortion plot!), accidental deletion, or natural or man-made disaster, will my data be safe and recoverable quickly?

Organizations rely on digitized data more than ever. As such, all organizations—from the smallest business to the largest enterprise—must take the necessary steps to ensure that their data is securely backed up, accessible, and easily recoverable.

 

What do you want in 2016?

It’s 2016. That’s right, another new year is here. If you’re like most people, you probably feel obligated to come up with a resolution or two. You can do that by quickly analyzing the past year, determining what you did well, admitting what you didn’t do well, and then deciding what you would like to accomplish this year.

At this point, you probably should be asking yourself two questions:

  1. Do I want to change?
  2. How do I want to change?

Let’s start with the first question: Do I want to change? If the answer is yes, then move on to the second question, How do I want to change? If the answer is no, then do nothing. Just keep on doing what you’re doing. Face life as it comes at you. Nothing wrong with that.

Answering the second question requires some courage because if you’re being honest about where you are in life, you’re going to have to admit that you’re doing some things well and other things not so well. Or maybe you’re not doing them at all.

You probably already know what you’re doing well. Usually, those are the things you do with confidence and with endless energy and lots of enthusiasm. On the other hand, the things you aren’t doing so well aren’t always so apparent. This is where a good friend comes in handy. If you want to know what you aren’t doing so well, just ask a friend. But be prepared because you might not like the answer. And your good friend (at least for now) might even take things to the next level by telling you what you’re not doing at all but should be doing.

If after asking your friend what you need to work on convinces you that he or she is right, then take some quiet time to reflect on how you can make improvements. In some cases all it might take is a minor adjustment or two. Sometimes just being aware of what you’re not doing well or what you could be doing is motivation enough to get you to do it.

Answering the question “How do I want to change?” requires courage because you have to do more than just face life as it comes at you. You’re not just reacting to life. Instead, acknowledging that you want to or need to change requires action. Action is a verb. You’re deciding what’s important to you and you’re going to do something about it—now. In simple terms, you’re deciding that you want to get from point A to point B. So you come up with a plan. The outcome is important enough to you that you’re committed to that plan regardless of the challenges or the unexpected. You’re going to succeed! You’re going to make 2016 a great year!

From all of us at Mozy, best wishes to you in 2016. Your future is as bright as your commitment to make the changes you decide you want to make.

Data on the Horizons…and Horizon

It’s getting closer to that time of the year when we start reading about the biggest events that transpired during the past 12 months. Sure, we haven’t entered the month of December yet, but holiday lights and decorations are on the shelves, so why not talk about one of the biggest events and its associated data even before 2015 ends?

Although NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was launched January 19, 2006, it qualifies as one of the biggest events of 2015. That’s because its six-month flyby of Pluto didn’t occur until July 14 of this year. That’s not surprising, considering that Pluto is 2.66 billion miles away from Earth (when the two planets are closest). That’s a long, loooong way away. To help put things in perspective, the Earth’s moon is 238,900 away. Pluto is 11,000 times further away from us!

Just how important is the New Horizons mission? The National Academy of Sciences has ranked this space mission as the highest priority for solar system exploration. Its purpose is to understand where Pluto and its moons fit in with the other objects in our solar system, according to NASA.

Even though New Horizons didn’t do its flyby of Pluto until this year doesn’t mean important science wasn’t happening before then. About a year after its launch in February 2007, New Horizons did a flyby of Jupiter, gathering all sorts of important data, including about the planet’s great storm systems and why they change colors. And from the start of its mission, the New Horizons spacecraft began collecting and storing data on its two 32-gigabit (“bit” not “byte”) hard drives.

About two months after New Horizons passed Pluto and its moons, the mission team back on Earth began downloading the tens of gigabits the spacecraft collected and stored on its digital recorders. The download, which started in September, will take about 16 months to complete. That’s because even though the radio signals that contain the data are moving at light speed, it takes 4 ½ hours to reach the Earth.

When you’re talking about 4 ½ hours, you’re talking about a lot of time, at least by Earth’s standards, especially if you’re talking download time. 4 ½ hours…270 minutes. That’s no New York minute! You can watch a couple of movies in 4 ½ hours. With the New Horizons transmitting at 1 KB per second, it kind of makes it hard to complain about today’s high-speed Internet speeds, even when they’re slow. If it took that long to download your favorite movie, you might break out the Scrabble board instead. Or if you’re patient, your Friday data night might actually work its way into Saturday, which might not be a bad thing, depending on how well you’re getting along with your date.

With the new year just around the corner, now is as good a time as any to look back at all of the big events of 2015 and consider how much we rely on technology, and how easy—and fast!—it is to download, access, store, forward, and receive the data that makes our world go around. With the ever-increasing speed at which we’re creating data these days, you can only wonder what’s on the horizon.

You proved that haiku can be scary!

Your haikus scared the “h” out of “gost,” so now we can deliver the prizes!

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 5th Annual Mozy Frightful Computer Haiku Contest. You, dear customers, made us proud by putting the chupa back in chupacabra. We’re not going to lie to you: There were so many wonderful submissions this year that we didn’t think we had a gost (remember, the “h” ran off) of a chance to select just three winners. So many great haikus, but only three prizes to award. After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, we selected our winners:

Winner:
Data left for dead,
Noose around its neck? …Mozy
Won’t leave you hangin’!
—M. Neal

Winner:
Late at night he comes
The Grim Reaper and his scythe
Ach! My head is gone!
—Marci Humphreys

Winner:
Zombies and vampires
are nothing when compared to
running out of treats!
—CIMHsv

Congratulations! Each of our winners will receive a $50 gift card. (Winners, please email us at stories@mozy.com and please include your name and mailing address.)

We understand that some of you may be disappointed that you didn’t win, but there’s always next year. So check back with us next October. In the meantime, enjoy your Halloween candy and practice writing haikus.

Back up with Mozy
Even if you didn’t win
There’s always next year

Continue to back up your files with Mozy. Anything less would be scary. Be safe.

We treat your data like it’s our data

Talk is cheap, so the saying goes. You hear lots of talk about security when it comes to IT management. So, is talk cheap when it comes to IT? Never! All it takes is one security breach—such as having data stolen or otherwise compromised—for a business to realize long-term or even permanent damage to the bottom line. And there’s nothing cheap about that! Here are a few examples:

•    Target Stores: The result of this data breach was 110 million stolen records. Compromised personal information included 40 million credit card numbers and 70 million records, such as name, physical address, email address, and phone number. Target says the breach cost them $148 million, and the cost to financial institutions was $200 million.
•    JPMorgan Chase: The largest U.S. bank experienced a breach that affected 83 million households and small businesses. User contact information was compromised, including names, phone numbers, email addresses, and physical addresses. As a result, new digital security initiatives will cost the bank $250 million annually. Estimated damage costs from the breach vary, but some put it at more than $1 billion.
•    eBay: Hackers stole email addresses, physical addresses, and login credentials from as many as 145 million users. The company strongly advised all of its buyers and sellers to reset their passwords. Fines and lawsuits are estimated at $200 million.

Even so-called minor data breaches (but it’s not minor if it’s your data that’s been compromised!) can be costly. Today, the total average cost of a data breach is $3.8 million, as reported by Reuters. That’s about $150 per record lost or stolen.

The truth is, it may be impossible to prevent every data breach. That’s why it’s critical that all data is backed up all the time. But there is more to safeguarding your data than just backing it up. For example, how security-minded is the company that backs up your data to the cloud?

Mozy by EMC encrypts your data before it ever leaves your machine, during the transfer process across the wire, and while at rest in our data centers. EMC’s data centers employ state-of-the-art physical and technical security practices. Additionally, Mozy has successfully completed a SOC 1 SSAE 16 Type 2 audit and received ISO 27001 certification. In fact, the Information Security Management System supporting Mozy’s offerings and products, as well as supporting resources, including global data center operations, infrastructure, and application development were recently recertified as to conforming to ISO 27001 requirements.

These independent verifications certify that Mozy’s processes and procedures meet or exceed the strictest control objectives in the industry. By voluntarily submitting to the SSAE 16 audit and obtaining ISO 27001 certification, Mozy demonstrates its commitment to its client information and its preparation to face ongoing threats to digital information.

We treat your data like it’s our data, and one of the ways we do that is by choosing to be audited and certified. It’s a measureable way to demonstrate the security, reliability, and availability of the Mozy service and our commitment to safeguarding your data.

Change is the one thing you can count on—and that’s a good thing

How many times have you heard the expression, “The only thing that is constant is change”? No matter which direction you see yourself going, you can expect change. The expectation of change is deeply rooted in us; you might even say our DNA knows that change is a constant. Change is a-coming. You can count on it.

Change, even if it’s expected, requires adjustment. And even good changes—changes that you want and have waited for—require adjustments. I remember when our first child was born. Actually, I remember months before the actual delivery. There were lots of changes, especially with my wife. As the baby grew in utero, my wife experienced a few cravings. Nothing unusual like pickles or spicy food, but I distinctly remember some pretty persistent requests for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

There were changes to that extra bedroom, too. Before our son was born, I painted the walls yellow, applied a banner along the top of the walls, assembled a crib, and hung up a couple of mobiles.

When our son was finally born, there were more changes. Like diaper changing. I didn’t have a lot of experience with this kind of change, but I was quick to adapt. Talk about change being constant. It seemed like I was always changing diapers. But I caught on quickly. I learned that the faster I changed the diaper, the faster I avoided a number of unpleasantries, like lingering malodors and the ever-present danger of getting peed on, which seemed to be an ongoing threat no matter how soaked the diaper already was. But a fresh diaper didn’t mean the end of change. How often did I get A&D ointment stains all over my pants? Great, then I had to change.

When our son went through the terrible twos, which really weren’t so terrible, the change in temperament required more patience and understanding. Before we knew it, he was a teenager. Lots more changes to son and parents during that phase. Then there was college and marriage. Lots of happiness to be sure. And lots of changes. But as I look back, the really easy and fun changes combined with the really difficult changes made all of us better. We improved and became wiser and less uptight and even less apprehensive of those future, unknown changes. That’s good, because you can count on change to find you even if you’re not looking for it. So embrace it and make the most of it!

With all this talk of change, I’ve worked up a craving for ice cream. Specifically, Ben & Jerry’s Rain Forest Crunch. That used to be one of my favorites. Used to be. But alas, it’s no longer available. In fact, it was retired to the Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard. Now that’s a change I can live without.