This visualization of server traffic is like the coolest game of Pong

Taiga is "a free project management platform for startups, developers, and designers." After being mentioned by Hacker News their servers got blasted with traffic, which they turned into this cool visualization that it like a game of Pong played by a zillion players against one computer. » 10/01/14 11:46pm 10/01/14 11:46pm

Google Fiber Continues the Awful ISP Tradition of Banning “Servers”

In a Wired piece published recently, Ryan Singel assails Google's newfound hypocrisy when it comes to net neutrality. And he's right. Having spent many years fighting to stop Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from discriminating between different types of Internet traffic, the tech giant is now perpetuating a… » 8/13/13 3:40am 8/13/13 3:40am

Facebook's Data Center Humidity "Challenge" Was Indoor Rain

In 2011 Facebook reported that their first data center in Prineville, OR had a high humidity issue. Probably not the best condition for servers, sure. But it turns out that wonky temperature controls were actually causing condensation in the data center. Like indoor rain. Like it was literally raining in the server… » 6/09/13 12:00pm 6/09/13 12:00pm

Google's New Data Center Is an Abandoned Paper Mill in Finland

I don't know what it is about new data centers, but they all seem to resemble the evil lairs of Bond-movie villains. Google's latest, based in a disused paper mill in Finland, is no exception. » 1/30/12 5:06am 1/30/12 5:06am

RIM's Lifeline: Bringing BlackBerry Security to iOS and Android

In a move that seems crazy at first glance and really smart at second, RIM will be providing its famous BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) technology to Android and iOS devices. An iPhone/Droid as secure as a BlackBerry? I'm listening. » 11/29/11 9:02am 11/29/11 9:02am

Google's Data Centers Use Less Electricity Than You Think

Google has never been upfront about its electricity usage, but with all those data centers, its power consumption was expected to be enormous. Apparently, these estimates have been off, way off. » 8/01/11 11:11pm 8/01/11 11:11pm

How The 2004 Presidential Election May Have Been Hacked

Ohio's 2004 presidential election is one many won't forget. Democrat John Kerry was the leader and exit polls pegged him as the winner. Defying explanation, a last-minute shift in votes favored Republican George W. Bush and propelled him to victory. » 7/26/11 8:53pm 7/26/11 8:53pm

When the Amazon Cloud Goes Down, Your Favorite Internet Time Sucks Go…

Amazon's EC2 cloud storage service had some problems while we were all sleeping last night (Read: IT CRASHED), causing a few websites we've come to know and love to take a brief nap (Read: THEY CRASHED). » 4/21/11 12:06pm 4/21/11 12:06pm

Why Mobile Sites Can Be So Frustrating

Who do you blame when a site keeps redirecting you to its mobile homepage? The server with the attention span of a concussed gnat, that's who. Explains so much, solves so little. [xkcd] » 3/07/11 8:20am 3/07/11 8:20am

Gamers Hack Medical Server to Host a Game of Call of Duty: Black Ops

New Hampshire-based Seacoast Radiology sent out an alert to its patients explaining that their private information may have been compromised. The reason? Some folks hacked into the medical group's server to host a game of Call of Duty. » 1/13/11 10:40pm 1/13/11 10:40pm

How To Watch Streaming Video Anywhere in the World

So you're jetting off to a tropical island in uncharted waters. But how are you supposed to enjoy paradise when copyright laws put the international hammer down on Netflix? Winter travelers, meet your new best friends: Proxy and VPN services. » 12/15/10 11:00am 12/15/10 11:00am

The Olive O6HD Is a 2TB Audiophile Command Center For Your Music

When you're super rich, you don't have to rip your own CDs—you can have a $5000, 2TB audiophile command center like the Olive O6HD do it for you. They'll sound better that way, too. » 11/18/10 3:20pm 11/18/10 3:20pm

File-Sharing Group Mulls a Floating Pirate Ship of Servers in the Sky

Pirate Parties International recently had a meeting wherein a particularly bonkers proposal was discussed. The problem: Where can servers that store data frequently seen as unsavory be kept? The solution: Hanging from a giant balloon in the sky? » 10/23/10 11:00am 10/23/10 11:00am

70-Terabyte Homemade Computer Can Hold 24 Million Songs

70,000 movies at DVD quality. Or about 24 million songs. That's what this home computer can hold inside its 60 hard drives—70 terabytes in a wood cabinet that uses 40 fans to keep things from burning. Heyzeuschrist. » 10/21/10 12:00am 10/21/10 12:00am

How a Small Studio Pulled Off a Major 3-D Film Using Energy-Saving…

Traditionally, only the mammoth Hollywood studios could afford to work with 3D—it's too expensive to build the necessary, air-conditioned 24 hours a day, server farms. The company behind Despicable Me decided to try something new, and cut the AC. » 7/10/10 9:30am 7/10/10 9:30am

Google Buys Startup Full of Former Apple and TiVo Employees

The latest item in Google's shopping spree is Agnilux, a small and somewhat mysterious startup full of former Apple, TiVo, and P.A. Semi employees. Few details are available about the acquisition, but it looks like a good deal for Google. » 4/20/10 9:40pm 4/20/10 9:40pm

HP MediaSmart EX495 Windows Home Server Review (Better Time Machine…

The HP MediaSmart EX490 and EX495 are the new top-of-the-line Windows Home Servers from HP, which are good enough to pretty much be the de-facto Windows Home Servers on the market now. These new units keep up the tradition. » 10/23/09 11:00am 10/23/09 11:00am