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Submarine Communication Cable Lines

Posted on July 7th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

There are currently 121 existing submarine communication cable systems with 25 more planned for the next few years. That sounds like a lot but actually they are way more than this. 121 is the number of all currently functioning underwater communication cables.

Submarite comminication lines

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SSD vs HDD server performance

Posted on July 6th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

ssd vs hdd server

Is SSD (Solid State Drive) the solution for the ever widening gap between current hard drive technology and CPU advancements? Is this the next step in data storage and are SSD drives here to stay? How reliable are they? Are they actually worth it?

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Spade Hacking

Posted on July 5th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

It seems that the end of the copper-wire era in communication technologies will leave many households without any income. Scraping old copper cables is not uncommon in many parts of the world. The latest attempt to unearth communication cables coined a new term “Spade Hacking”. It now seems that all one needs to severe the communication systems of a small country is, in fact, a spade.

Spade Hacking

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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

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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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