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Alan Fairless

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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Dramatic Discovery of New Interpretive Compression Algorithm

Here at SpiderOak, we’re always excited about giving back to the community. In the development of SpiderOak, we’ve contributed a number of our internal projects as open source releases. None of those projects had us quite as excited as our latest release, though. We present to you: Click here for more details on the algorithm. […]

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Improve Productivity and Health by Relocating your Chair

A few months ago I started standing during my working day. The center of the 30″ display is at eye level, with the keyboard and trackball slightly above hip level. Motivation I’ve read that sitting throughout the day (with your upper body supported by leaning against the back of the chair) causes the back and […]

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