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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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Website Performance - External Databases

Posted on May 27th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Monitoring

External DatabaseEvery modern website relies on stable and well written databases. It is impossible to find a large-scale website not implementing one or more database systems.

This month, we’ve detected a high increase in response time for one of the sites we monitor. It is not a particularly large site; however it is one that relies on fast navigation. On average, the website used to load in about 3 seconds. One morning it went up to 10 seconds only for the site to begin to load. This is a good time to say that it is always advisable to test out new designs and functionality.

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Skype Is Down... Again

Posted on May 26th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in WebSitePulse News

It seems that Skype have done it again. Yes, that’s right, they’re down. Just a couple of minutes ago their site stopped working and their services have been shaky all day.

This is what their site looked like several minutes ago.Skype is down

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