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Posted on February 11th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

LighttpdRecently we witnessed a website becoming inaccessible for about 10 minutes. It doesn’t sound that bad, if it were a regular site. The problem comes from the fact that this site had only one purpose – to record the votes for a TV contest with a limited voting timeframe of 10 minutes.

This could have been avoided easily with no extra expenses for server hardware or premium hosting service. They only had to use Lighttpd, a lightweight open-source web server. After all, they only had to serve these 2 pages, one holding the voting options and one more to let you know that your vote was submitted.


"We Don’t Need To Monitor Our Sites"

Posted on February 4th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

“We don’t need external service to monitor our sites. We have people on staff to take care of this.”

Many people think like this. Many people, who make important decisions in your company, might think like this. They are both right and wrong. They are right about 99% of the time and we are wrong about 1% of the time. Then again, that 1% percent seems to matter to business owners, as we have come to understand.


Egypt Shuts Down Internet

Posted on January 28th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech
The situation in Egypt now seems to have taken a new turn. First, it was Twitter, Facebook followed shortly after and now it's the whole Internet communication. After the hack attack launched on their websites yesterday, the government has now cut off internet access and mobile coverage in the country.
Customers of Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, and Etisalat Misr are suffering from a massive Internet and SMS blackout. The orchestrated plug-pulling happened around 12.30 am (Egypt time) and our monitoring system immediately detected the blockage of the government sites.
Egypt government sites block
According to a BGPMon report as much as 88 percent of the traffic was successfully shut down leaving the country without external communications. Still, as Mashable reports, mostly on-the-ground news outlets have still found ways to upload images and videos of the escalating violence that is shaking the nation all over.
The government is facing its hardest test today as mass protests are expected all over the country after Friday prayer and the Egyptian army now patrols the streets of Cairo with armored personnel carriers, CNN reports
We will continue to follow the situation closely.
To see how the Internet blackout looks like, you can find an interesting graph here -

Egypt blocks Twitter, Anonymous Prepare To Strike Back

Posted on January 26th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Apparently, the problems in Egypt have escalated to the point of online censorship now. Various sources report that Twitter and Facebook have been blocked in order to prevent videos, photos and other information about the protest from becoming public.

Twitter officially confirmed the block yesterday. Today Facebook is also consistently reported to be blocked.


GPU Computing

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

GPU Computing is “the new thing” that is gaining popularity amongst all areas of computing. Graphic cards are now increasing the power of modern data centers, bringing super computer performance to workstations and even aiding tasks on regular desktop computers.

This is important. We fit greater performance in the same physical, while cutting back on utility bills space, thus increasing the efficiency of our hardware. An Australian super computer is now considered the greenest one in the country, only because of its efficiency - 555.5MFlops/Watt. Increasing efficiency in one way to lower the carbon footprint and it looks like it works for them.