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Pete Steege
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“Take-home experiences” are a growing trend

From Caribbean cruises and rain-forest excursions to fantasy baseball camps, the market for selling experiences is a growth market. People love to live their dreams, even when it’s make-believe.

The businesses offering these experiences have found a way to add more value for their customers: they are recording and packaging the event with photos and videos so that they can be re-lived over and over. Continue reading »

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Digital content delivery is not black and white

It’s easy to think about things in a black-and-white way. This simple view usually makes intuitive sense, but it can be misleading.

Take digital content delivery, for example. The black-and-white view is that physical delivery of content via optical disc is now being replaced in one fell swoop with online delivery. This oversimplified view masks an exciting trend that falls between old-fashioned DVD/Blu-ray physical inventories (think Blockbuster rental stores) and new-fangled content streaming (like Netflix Streaming) : on-demand physical content delivery. Continue reading »

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Surveillance storage for the long haul

Suiker Unie had a problem.

Their bioethanol plant in Anklam, Germany is required by law to monitor the facility entrance with surveillance cameras.

The problem wasn’t setting up the cameras and the recording system. It was having to keep the video for three years. Continue reading »

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Ten reasons optical discs aren’t quite dead yet

Who needs a DVD or Blu-ray Disc, now that there’s broadband? Turns out lots of people. Here are ten reasons optical discs are going to be around for a long time. Continue reading »

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Bundling physical and virtual content makes monetization easier

Netflix led the way, starting with mailed DVDs and then adding streamed content in bundled form. The recipe works, and other video stores are following suit with bundled physical/virtual subscriptions.

Now the trend has spread to magazines and newspapers. Continue reading »

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SSDs can destroy fragile digital evidence

Two researchers from Australia have found that solid state drives (SSDs) can make digital evidence unusable. Turns out these devices have a mind of their own, and can accidentally destroy the chain of evidence without being told to do so.

Digital evidence is inherently fragile. Conscious care must be taken to successfully get it to trial. This is a challenge for those collecting suspicious content, but also effects evidence it as it makes its way through an investigation on the way to the courthouse. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
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Beware of “disposable” storage for surveillance archives

Using hard disk drives to archive Surveillance data is dangerous: store something you may need decades later on storage media designed for 3-5 years of life. Sure, they cost less per TB than optical disc technology, but the downside risk is much worse. Continue reading »

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The three-eyed monster of digital content growth

An exploding universe of digital content, going to all of our devices, needing to be compelling wherever it goes – now that is a challenge that an industry can sink it’s teeth into. Continue reading »