Infrastructure 2.0 Journal on Ulitzer
It seems like the most simple logical solution to energy
conservation-powering down servers not in use. After all not all servers are
used all the time. For example servers that perform only a single predictable
function such as for calculating the employee pay are used only on certain
days in a month. Or those used for special testing or running backups and so
on. It makes sense that they power themselves down when not in use just like
in commonplace electronic gadgets.
Alliance to Save Energy, Kelton Research and 1E, a software IT company, found
through surveys of server managers and analysis of industry data that out of
the world’s 44 million servers, roughly 4.7 million of them are idle and
not doing necessary work.
“Contrary to popular belief, one of the largest causes of energy and IT
operational waste in data centers are... (more)
A new computer called SimplicITy has been aimed at people over the age of 60
who have never before used PCs or the Internet, BBC News reported.
The simplified desktop has just six buttons directing users to basic tasks
such as e-mail and chat and each machine is pre-loaded with 17 video
tutorials from television presenter Valerie Singleton. The SimplicITy
computer has no login screen when started up, and contains no drop-down
The made-to-order computer can be ordered by mail and takes two weeks from
request to delivery.Singleton set up the project in partnership with Wessex ... (more)
Mobile advertising network, AdMob has always been quick to seize happening
platforms like iPhone and Android to serve up their ads.
Now that Palm has announced that their smartphone sales rose 134% to 823,000
units during the latest quarter, AdMob was quick to catch on and has
announced support for Palm ‘s webOS as well.
It has launched a new open source SDK to integrate its CPC text ads and CPM
banner ads on Palm Pre and Pixi. It is already working with several
developers – including Delicious Morsel and Byte Sequencing – to
incorporate AdMob’s new Palm ad unit into their applic... (more)
In response to the growing relevance of Linux-based applications in mobile
communications , ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas
Instruments among others have joined hands to form a not-for-profit company
called Linaro targeted at building momentum for Linux-based devices. The
company intends to help open source developers working with Linux on
System-on-Chips (SoCs) and Linux distributions including Android, LiMo,
Meego, Ubuntu and WebOS by providing appropriate resources and coordinated
engineering support made possible by this new alliance. They are hoping to
Open-Xchange, which provides business-class open source collaboration
software, has introduced a free connector for Mozilla Thunderbird, the
cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation.
The "Community OXtender for Thunderbird" software connector gives users full
access to appointments and contacts stored in the Open-Xchange Server and
enables them to use Thunderbird as a rich PIM (Personal Information
Management) client to access data online and offline. The software packages
and documentation are available at