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Alan Fairless

2-Factor Authentication to your SpiderOak Account

We are now offering limited support for 2-Factor Authentication into your SpiderOak account. 2-Factor Authentication provides an additional layer of security on top of password protection. In other words, if someone were to compromise your username and password, these two elements alone would not be enough to allow them to access your SpiderOak account. As […]

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A True Story about iPods, Audio Books, Automatic Weapons, Swat Teams and … Design of Technology

My friend Harry told me a story the other day. It’s an incredible story, but true. Harry is convinced that his story should be told to others as a cautionary tale, but he’s too embarrassed to tell it himself. So with the names and some details changed to protect the embarrassed, here it is. Harry […]

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SpiderOak is growing and looking for remote help in engineering and customer service

SpiderOak is growing and we are looking to add new members to our team. SpiderOak is a distributed, virtual company – we all set our own work schedule and work from home, coffee shops, or anywhere that can provide a stable Internet connection (crucial to the job of course). We coordinate via Wikis, Internet Relay […]

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SpiderOak DIY: A space efficient key/value store for arbitrarily large values. Now in beta.

Update: SpiderOak DIY service has been discontinued, and is being replaced by the our new Nimbus.io storage service which is a new work based on everything we learned from DIY and our previous internal storage projects. It is also open source, with a fancy new ZeroMQ based architecture. Please visit nimbus.io for more information and […]

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Who would win in a struggle between all the Mac OS X cats and all the Linux animals?

I just hope they’ve backed up their data; this is about to get messy. Here’s the layered tiff if you want to play around.. and the 1920×699 jpeg EDIT; here is a 2.2MB .rar package of high-res desktop-backgrounds featuring the image for single and dual-screen setups as requested – Download Link! 50 bonus gigs to […]

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Why SpiderOak doesn’t de-duplicate data across users (and why it should worry you if we did)

One of the features of SpiderOak is that if you backup the same file twice, on the same computer or different computers within your account, the 2nd copy doesn’t take up any additional space. This also applies if you have several versions of a file as it evolves over time — we only need to […]

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A New Approach to Syncing Folder Deletions

One of goals of SpiderOak sync is that it will never destroy data in a way that cannot be retrieved, even if the Sync happens wrongly.  So, as a design goal, SpiderOak sync will never delete a file or folder that is not already backed up. Every time SpiderOak deletes a file, it checks that […]

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An Erlang/OTP SSL proxy and load balancer for Python Twisted’s Perspective Broker

(If the above sounds like gibberish to you, you’re probably not a programmer and this post won’t be very interesting.) SpiderOak clients maintain a SSL connection to a Python Twisted Perspective Broker service to coordinate their actions with the server and with each other. To load balance client connections across several Perspective Broker processes per […]

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Announcement: We’re now selling storage à la carte via HTTPS

Update: SpiderOak DIY service has been discontinued, and is being replaced by the our new Nimbus.io storage service which is a new work based on everything we learned from DIY and our previous internal storage projects. It is also open source, with a fancy new ZeroMQ based architecture. Please visit nimbus.io for more information and […]

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Feeling disconnected? This is why.

If you’re having connection problems from the SpiderOak client, the solution is to upgrade to version 3.6.9658 or later. … because 3 years ago when we launched SpiderOak I generated the SpiderOak SSL certificates that the SpiderOak client uses to verify the identify of the storage server. This is to protect against DNS poisoning attacks […]

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