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Alan Fairless

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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SpiderOak releases lightweight filesystem change notification utilities for Windows, OS X, and Linux (GPLv3)

We’ve decided to open source our “directory watcher” utilities. These are tiny programs that ship as part of SpiderOak. They are written in C and use native OS specific APIs for obtaining file system change information and reporting it back to the main SpiderOak program in a standardized way. They might be useful to anyone […]

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Why and How SpiderOak architecture is different than other online storage services: The surprising consequences on database design from our Zero-Knowledge Approach to privacy.

First, let’s consider the design of products like Mozy or SugarSync. On the server they have a database of all of your files. This database includes foldernames, filenames, last modification times, sizes, etc, all plainly readable. Maybe they encrypt the data (the contents of each file). The backup client on your computer knows which files […]

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SpiderOak v2.3 beta: New Command Line Interface

Recognizing that the command line interface lacked some capabilities compared to the GUI, we’ve given it a full makeover as the central improvement in 2.3. We’ve also added a folder changelog feature that lets you see exactly how a folder changed over time, and a collection of other things. Full release notes here. Unless something […]

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Scary Halloween

Can you guess which one is mine?

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Stop Judging Resumes: Virtuously Virtual Hiring Practices

In my own experience there’s been very little relationship between the quality of a resume and the eventual usefulness of a developer. I’ve seen guys with great work history, references, advanced degrees, numerous publications, and so on, and yet their presence proved less valuable than their absence. Meanwhile some of the most rewarding engineers I’ve […]

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Your data: happily ever after

My (future) children might one day know of their grandmother by the orchard of black walnut trees she planted, even knowing the long growth times meant they were unlikely to yield within her lifetime. “For the next generation,” she says. Have you ever considered the modern day scenario for how you may be remembered by […]

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1.4x Series Builds Released: 4x faster + Share RSS feeds

Last week we released the 1.4x series builds of SpiderOak out of beta. Download here. Existing installs on Windows and OS X should self-update, and the newest Linux packages are in the apt. Most users seem to have upgraded already. In addition to many internal improvements, users are likely to notice a huge responsiveness and […]

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SpiderOak command line options — much faster, much less memory

The newest released version of SpiderOak supports –batchmode scheduled operation may be useful to command line users and “GUI only” people alike. The command line version is considerably faster for most tasks (3-4x by my estimation), and uses drastically less memory (For me on OS X, an average VM size of 32meg, peak at 64.) […]

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