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Raspberry Pi

Posted on June 30th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

I thought that after the SheevaPlug some time will pass before we see even smaller computers intended for light IT tasks. This time the project is even smaller. It is called the Raspberry Pi. At its current state it looks like this. You might think the product has a long way to go before it hits the market, but you are wrong. One of the ideas of the creator is to bring computing closer to students and inspire them to learn more about the hardware and how it works. That is why it will most likely look like this, when the first units head out to public schools.

Raspberry Pi


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.


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.


HTTP Archive

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

HTTP ArchiveI stumbled upon 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.


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.