Archiving safely is a painful process

There’s a commonly-used rule among system administrators for datacenters: the 3-2-1 backup rule. It goes: Always have at least three copies of your data. Have it stored in at least two different devices/media. At least one should be offsite in a safe place. Three copies means if one copy goes down, there’s another backup copy to…

What does Instagram’s Terms of Use mean?

I got an email from Instagram yesterday saying their privacy and data policy has changed because of the fiasco that its parent company Facebook is in. It started with the following sentence: “Your Instagram experience isn’t changing, and you still own your photos and videos.” At the bottom there’s a big blue “Agree” button, begging…

A year away from the grind

About a year ago I had most of my camera equipment stolen. I wrapped up the last round of photographs for Cannabis Kingdom, and left for home at 1 a.m., my gear secured in the Daily Bruin newsroom. Just a few weeks before the office installed fancy new locks to replace the cumbersome access cards…