Offline data courier’s offer a low tech solution to a high tech problem – the need to move data from point A to point B without the use of network. Many ODC clients use the service due to network bandwidth constraints. The volume of data they create exceeds their ability to transmit it efficiently, so they employ “sneaker wear” to move the data. Other clients use offline data couriers for the privacy the service affords to those who needs to transmit data free of digital chicanery.



RAID.451: a R.edundant. A.rray of I.nexpensive D.evices; 451 a nod to Ray Bradbury is an organization dedicated to the offline preservation of data history. They are keepers of a data archive free from network interference, censorship and selective editing. They are numerous - hiding in plain sight as offline data couriers; they are cheap (most of them are former bums); they are replaceable, iterative elements of a massively self-sustaining offline RAID storage system.
Location: West Side. Manhattan.

Meet Jim vagabond - offline data courier and RAID.451 Senior Agent. Jim has been a part of the array since the early days. He was one of the first RAID.451 agents to employ the Offline Data Courier cover, and over the years he has turned a tradecraft necessity into a lucrative side business for the organization.



Initially, the courier operation was set-up as a faux business front to allow the RAID.451 agents to hide in plain sight as inner-city messengers. Then, the phone began to ring, and the organization realized there was a market for the faux service. Evidently, the city was full of firms with an urgent need to transmit data offline… and they were willing to pay a premium for the service.

Offline data couriers provide a low tech solution to a high tech problem – the need to move data from point A to point B without the use of network. Many offline data clients use the service due to network bandwidth constraints. The volume of data they create exceeds their ability to transmit it efficiently, so they employ “sneaker wear” to move the data. Other clients use offline data couriers for the privacy the service affords to those who needs to transmit data free of digital chicanery.

Before being recruited, Jim and I used to hang out. Now, I only see him only occasionally – usually in one of the larger subway stations, or after the storm, prowling around in one of the city’s above ground tunnels.
Location: Midtown Manhattan.

Recruiting redundant array capability is part of the job. Before offline data couriering became a thing, RAID.451 agent recruits were selected based on their reliability and anonymity. Once the couriering business became the primary cover, agent/couriers were also selected based on their ability to move quickly and forcefully through the bowels of the city.



As a Senior RAID.451 Agent, Jim Vagabond is a one of the best talent spotters. Once a NYC subway hobo, he has a knack for finding above average recruits who possess just the right amount of crazy to become a RAID.451 agent.

RAID.451: a R.edundant. A.rray of I.nexpensive D.evices; 451 a nod to Ray Bradbury - is an organization dedicated to the offline preservation of data history. We are keepers of a data archive free from network interference, censorship and selective editing. We are numerous and redundant - hiding in plain sight; we are cheap (most of us were homeless when we were recruited); we are replaceable, iterative elements of a massively self-sustaining offline RAID data storage system.

The storm battered the network. While the agent data loss never approached critical. Rebuilding and regenerating the network – always a core mission for Jim Vagabond, became a primary mission after the storm.
Location: Hunts Point Area, Bronx, NY

Unsecured data is a valuable commodity. It is traded like currency on the Darknet, and deals are occasionally consummated through our offline data courier service. We don’t discriminate on the data we’ll carry, and that laissez faire approach to our work can make our data couriers targets of opportunity for both enterprising government and criminal elements. So be it. While the risk of data exposure and theft is real, our core mission – nurturing our RAID.451 archival slice - is virtually impregnable to outside scrutiny.



As professional couriers we take pride in the service we provide our clients, and employ tradecraft learned from years of experience to avoid detection from cops and robbers alike. It is a rare occasion when we abort an offline data delivery. It is an even rarer occasion to be involuntary separated from the data we have been entrusted with.

The threat of detection is significant; the surveillance virtually ubiquitous. The windows have eyes and the drone wagons are deployed 24/7. Jim Vagabond’s predilection for evasion is why he takes on the most high-risk jobs. Tonight he is out on a pick-up near Hunts Point, an old haunt of his before he consumed his RAID.451 archival slice.