The Conversation: With seemingly endless data storage at our fingertips, ‘digital hoarding’ could be an increasing problem

The Conversation: With seemingly endless data storage at our fingertips, ‘digital hoarding’ could be an increasing problem. “The way we interact with digital content through easily available smartphones, social media and messaging apps only exacerbates the behaviour. Social media platforms especially encourage us to hoard, as our emotions get entangled with the digital contents we share with others, such as photos with lots of shares or likes. If it can take up to 25 or more selfies before seeing a ‘winner’, the sheer volume of content creation raises an important question: how do we plan to manage this morass of data?”

TechRadar: 100TB cartridges set to rival tapes, hard drives, DNA for data archiving domination

TechRadar: 100TB cartridges set to rival tapes, hard drives, DNA for data archiving domination. “Optical storage (think DVD and Blu-ray) has been in the shadows as tape, exotic media (like silica or DNA) and hard disk drives vie for supremacy in the hotly contested area of archiving. However, one newcomer, Folio Photonics, aims to deliver the goods faster than everyone by taking a new spin on existing optical technology.”

Ars Technica: Five years of data show that SSDs are more reliable than HDDs over the long haul

Ars Technica: Five years of data show that SSDs are more reliable than HDDs over the long haul. “Based on data collected since the company began using SSDs as boot drives in late 2018, Backblaze cloud storage evangelist Andy Klein published a report yesterday showing that the company’s SSDs are failing at a much lower rate than its HDDs as the drives age.”

Semiconductor Engineering: Tradeoffs In Archiving Data

Semiconductor Engineering: Tradeoffs In Archiving Data. “For the semiconductor industry, the great irony of digital preservation is that we may not be able to trust the technology we’ve created. Electronics fail and companies get bought or go out of business. Moreover, storing data has an economic component, whether that is measured in memory, energy costs, real estate, or simply maintaining a database that allows data to be accessed whenever it’s needed. And the more data that is stored, the greater the likelihood that something could go wrong.”

Reuters: Russia opens cases against Google, other foreign tech over data storage

Reuters: Russia opens cases against Google, other foreign tech over data storage. “Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor said on Friday it had opened administrative cases against Alphabet Inc’s Google and six other foreign technology companies for alleged violations of personal data legislation. Moscow has clashed with Big Tech over content, censorship, data and local representation in a simmering dispute that has erupted into a full-on information battle since Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24.”

WIRED: The TikTok-Oracle Deal Would Set 2 Dangerous Precedents

WIRED: The TikTok-Oracle Deal Would Set 2 Dangerous Precedents. “The main concern US politicians have raised about TikTok is that because it’s owned by the China’s ByteDance, the Chinese government could conceivably access any American data held by the company. The other big concern has been security risk. This deal would address both. Under the agreement, Oracle would store TikTok data for US users, ensure that data is not transferred to ByteDance, and be responsible for protecting user data from cybersecurity threats.”

WIRED: The End of Infinite Data Storage Can Set You Free

WIRED: The End of Infinite Data Storage Can Set You Free. “WHILE THE AGE of inexpensive or free personal data storage is far from over, its slowing expansion presents an opportunity to reimagine our relationship with the information that we possess as individuals and as a society. At the individual level, we might develop better systems for organizing, prioritizing, and even discarding the information that we accumulate—not because we’re concerned about running out of space, but because our hoarding behavior diminishes the utility of the information that is truly valuable. A more decisive attitude toward what belongs in our personal archives might improve our understanding of what information we actually value, while also enabling us to undertake similar efforts at the collective scale.”

The End Of An Archive: NCAR Powers Off HPSS (UCAR)

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: The End Of An Archive: NCAR Powers Off HPSS. “After more than 10 years in service as a long-term repository for curated data archives and modeling data, NCAR [National Center for Atmospheric Research]’s High-Performance Storage System (HPSS) was officially retired on October 1, 2021. The tape archive made its debut in March 2011 as a follow-on to the 25-year-old NCAR Mass Storage System (MSS). During the transition from MSS, some 70 million files – approximately 12 petabytes of data – were migrated into HPSS. At its peak in early 2020, the volume of data archived in HPSS had grown to more than 93 petabytes and 300 million files.”

US Department of Energy: DOE invests $13.7 million for research in data reduction for science

US Department of Energy: DOE invests $13.7 million for research in data reduction for science. “Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $13.7 million in funding for nine research projects that will advance the state of the art in computer science and applied mathematics. The projects – led by five universities and five DOE National Laboratories across eight states – will address the challenges of moving, storing, and processing the massive data sets produced by scientific observatories, experimental facilities, and supercomputers, accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries.”

Boing Boing: Photos of vintage cassette tapes

Boing Boing: Photos of vintage cassette tapes. “[Tapedeck] collects high-resolution images of analog tape cassettes and presents them neatly for your enjoyment. (As blogged here at least once before, there’s also Vintage Cassettes, which has high-resolution images of analog tape cassetes in their original packaging). Now do VHS tapes!” I remember around 1981 carrying my cheap boom box around everywhere because I was trying to record an elusive Kool & The Gang song.

ZDNet: Best cloud storage service in 2021

ZDNet: Best cloud storage service in 2021. “Personal cloud storage all started in 2007, when Drew Houston, Dropbox’s CEO, got sick and tired of losing his USB drive. So, he created the first individual, small business cloud storage service. It was a radical idea in its time, and everyone loved it. Today, there are dozens of cheap or free cloud storage services. But — beyond giving you storage — they’re very different.”

Phys .org: Researchers can store the Declaration of Independence in a single molecule

Phys .org: Researchers can store the Declaration of Independence in a single molecule. “Just how much space would you need to store all of the world’s data? A building? A block? A city? The amount of global data is estimated to be around 44 zettabytes. A 15-million-square-foot warehouse can hold 1 billion gigabytes, or .001 zettabyte. So you would need 44,000 such warehouses—which would cover nearly the entire state of West Virginia. John Chaput is hoping to change all that.”