Japanese Data Centers and Connectivity after the Earthquake

Posted on June 29th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Japan earthquake power outage mapSome time needed to pass before we can publish this post. With an event so devastating, it didn’t feel right blogging about technical difficulties in Japan. With some delay, I would like to summarize what’s been happening with key communication across Japan.

It is of the utmost importance for people and the government that the data centers remain operational at all times. In any society, such disasters cause panic. In times of need, people reach out to relatives and friends. Communications play essential role in keeping society’s integrity and morale as high as possible. With data centers being at the heart of keeping the country connected, it is vital that they remain fully operational at all times.

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Intel 3D Transistor

Posted on June 16th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

The future is here!” This is what many sites say about Intel’s latest technological advancement - the 3D Transistor a.k.a. Tri-Gate transistors. It is a huge step forward. Probably the biggest in semi-conductor devices since transistors were first about 60 years ago.

Here is the best part. It is available now. It will be widely available within 12 months. Mass production within a year sounds too good to be true. Then again, it is only logical for Intel to try to spearhead this as fast as possible and produce a new generation of processors before the competitors get around to it. Some believe Intel might be about 3 years ahead of their competitors. This estimate is pretty optimistic, since in technology companies rarely can afford to stay behind for such a long period.

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HTTP Archive

Posted on June 10th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

HTTP ArchiveI stumbled upon httparchive.org last month and I think anyone concerned with the performance of his website should take a look at it. It will give you a good idea of the current status of the web. There are some pretty interesting figures on it. The best way to describe the site is by quoting the title on their homepage “TheHTTP Archive tracks how the Web is built.” As simple as that.

The averages on that site are calculated by using raw data from all the sites listed in Alexa 500, Alexa US 500, Alexa 10,000, Fortune 500, Global 500 and Quantcast10K. To get accurate data each site is loaded 9 times. Then the data is fed and parsed to the database. What you get are some pretty interesting figures.

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Facebook Open Compute Project

Posted on June 2nd, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Facebook Prineville datacenterWe want Facebook to use 100% renewable energy” - Ironically, this is the name of a group on Facebook. It is a Greenpeace initiative which started back in February, 2011. The group has grown dramatically in just under 2 months. Currently there are over 300,000 people supporting the initiative.

Daniel Kessler of Greenpeace was quoted saying "Facebook, by opening this center, is sending a signal: We're not quite done with coal yet." Greenpeace and Change both called out Facebook to use clean renewable energy and avoid coal. Facebook’s decision to build and operate its new data center is mostly the reason behind the campaign. The data center, located in Prineville will be powered by Pacific Power. The power service agreement is already in place.

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The Plugins That Work - Dropbox CDN and wp Time Machine

Posted on May 20th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

There are two great WordPress plugins that everyone should know about. The first one is called Dropbox CDN. “Dropbox” as in “Dropbox - the personal file backup service, helping me work on my files from my PC and Mobile Phone”.

Wordpress DropboxDropbox CDN (Content Delivery Network) enables you to host your WordPress theme CSS, JS and images on Dropbox. This is huge! Setting up additional hosting space involves extra costs, time to manage, backups. A lot of hassle! With this plug in you enjoy all this for free. The reason why this is so great is that common bloggers can now have their blog load faster and be viewed by more people at once. Using CDN is listed as a great practice by Yslow, no matter the scale of you online presence. It is worth it to get a Dropbox account only for the sake of using this plugin. If you are not too happy with your hosting provider, or you are using a free service, this is a good moment to try out the plugin to increase your website’s performance.

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