August has been the month of exciting firsts for the R1Soft team. Earlier this month, we celebrated the one year anniversary of our new brand and enhanced backup technology. Just yesterday, we even hosted our first webinar, What Does Your Backup Service Look Like?
With all of these new achievements this month, we thought it would be fun to take a look back on innovative moments throughout history. The following list demonstrates that August is indeed the month for technological progress. Enjoy!
High Speed Interconnectivity:
For those unacquainted, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is known as the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology. The organization also publishes a list of milestones they think are particularly relevant, and every so often, a new entry joins the ranks. This first technological innovation was dedicated on August 5, 1980.
In 1861, the transcontinental telegraph facilitated necessary, fast communication between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California, establishing for the first time a high-speed exchange of information across both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. As hosting providers that need to be able to access data anywhere, you can appreciate this form of point-to-point communication, and may even draw parallels to the almighty Cloud as a means of portable computing.
Earth to Us!
Imagine living on a planet and not even knowing what it looked like. Up until about half a century ago, that was the reality! On August 7, 1959, we received the first picture of Earth, captured by US satellite, Explorer VI. This important anniversary in our nation's history is yet another benchmark which demonstrates how quickly data can spread. Just like taking snapshots of live running volumes and backing up data at the block-level based on that image saves us from having to read data from the actual disk, Earth's first selfie demonstrates another advancement in modern technology. Good thing our fair planet didn't blink!
Relevant Disaster Scenarios:
Cryptolocker and Cryptowall may be the viruses du jour, but back in the early 2000's system administrators were bit by another bug. On August 11, 2003, the Blaster Worm (AKA MSBlast and Lovespan) was detected, compromising computers running Windows XP and Windows 2000. Hidden in the MSBlast.exe code were the following two messages:
"I just want to say LOVE YOU SAN!"
"billy gates why do you make this possible? Stop making money and fix your software!!"
According to CNet, between 8 and 16 million machines were infected by Blaster. What about all of that data? Hopefully they had a business-grade backup system in place!
Total Battery Recall
On August 14, 2006, users faced another threat to data loss when Dell laptops went up in flames. A severe hit to their reputations, Dell and Sony recalled over 4.1 million Sony-manufactured batteries used in Dell laptops when the batteries proved flammable. I'm sure someone was fired, as a result. Still, the event further reiterates why you need to backup frequently and have multiple restore points.
The Future of Data Storage
Caught on Tape
Before we had Pandora and Spotify, there was good old fashioned radio. On August 26, 1938 - exactly 77 years ago today - the Millertape tape recorder transformed American radio when it was first used to send a radio broadcast from WXQR, a New York City radio station. About 1000 feet of tape were needed to air the 15-minute program. It's remarkable to think about how much data we can now store and retain without maxing out resources, but back then, this was a big step forward in the transmission of information.
In a Flash
Another notable event in technology, the Floating Gate EEPROM gained credibility between 1976 and 1978. Described by IEEE as "an electrically erasable device using a thin gate oxide and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling for writing and erasing ," the Floating Gate EEPROM marked the beginnings of flash memory data storage and enabled users to more easily access data, an important next step in an increasingly mobile world.
March of the Penguin
It all comes back to a penguin. On August 4, 2015, we announced the one year anniversary of the re-branded R1Soft by hiding the Tuxinator across our newly designed website and giving away commemorative T-shirts. It's only fitting that we then end this list of famous August Anniversaries with Tux.
As you know Server Backup Manager is OS-agnostic and allows you to perform cross-platform file restores. What you may not have known is that Linux, one of the operating systems SMB integrates with, got its start on August 25, 1991. After asking the newsgroup comp.os.minix if there was anything they'd like to see most in Minix, Linus Torvalds went on to announce that he was developing his own OS. That OS later became Linux.
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