SOPA: Jan 18 Blackout

I was perusing Facebook and a friend found the following site that had collected a list of sites confirmed for the Jan 18 protest blackout.

Confirmed Sites

The list is very long and containsStop SOPA many notable sites. Several of these sites are regularly visited by myself. These include the Mojang,, GOG, the Cheezburger Network and Boing Boing.

If you’d like more information on the SOPA blackout check out the following article;

Sopa blackout set for january 18th. Heres all the info 2012 01

and make sure you contact your political representative.


Consolidating with N40L HP Microserver

I’ve managed to collect a decent amount of server hardware in my time in IT. This includes a good old fashion beige rack, some single RU ProLiant servers, several LPR’s, some HP DL380’s (G1 through to G3’s). I’ve also managed to pick up a few switches and also built my own tunnel server for access. But all this is starting to get a little overkill for what I really want to do with it. Granted the G3’s are cool and when hooked up to my tunnel server for iSCSI NAS they are quite useful for the LAN’s as they can adjust to the load, however they do not need to be on all the time and I’m looking to downsize so it’s easier for me to maintain.

HP N40L Microserver

HP's N40L Microserver

In comes the N40L or so I’m hoping. I have been keeping my eye on the original microserver from HP, the N36L and it’s big brother is just as enticing. I’ve had many of my collegues pick up a couple of these and their versitility has been expounded by all of them. From VPN servers, NAS and Terminal servers to web servers, LAMP servers and virtual hosts they are able to run quite a few configurations that would keep any home IT specialist or small business happy.

The price point for the server is also very attractive. Starting around $270 from some suppliers and with talk of a possible $199 special like was run for the N36L this machine is well within the reach of most. The current prices of HDD’s though are a hinderance to the functionality of the server. Containing a single 250GB drive, it would cost around $800 to fully populate it with 2TB drives, something I know most would want to do.

Issues aside, I know that this will be my next iteration of my home environment and I hope to give everyone a thorough run down of how I built it when it’s completed. Until then, let me know if you’ve used any of HP’s microservers and what you think of them.

Team build world’s smallest hard drive › News in Science ABC Science

Hard drives could one day be the size of rice grains, powering music players so small they would fit inside your ear.Scientists at IBM and the German Center for Free-Electron Laser Science have built the world’s smallest unit of magnetic storage, using just 96 atoms to create one byte of data. Conventional drives require a half a billion atoms for each byte.The advance could lead to tiny hard drives able to store 200 to 300 times more information than they can today. Just imagine an iPod Touch that held 12.8 terabytes of music.

via Team build world’s smallest hard drive › News in Science ABC Science.

Prepare Yourself: Kinect is Coming to Windows Feb. 1

Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer announced on Monday the company’s gesture-recognition technology Kinect will come to Windows on February 1. It was the one intriguing nugget in a presentation more notable for its a capella tweet choir than its news.

Balmer didn’t elaborate on what Kinect for Windows would look like, but one can assume that it would allow users to control the operating system without touching a keyboard or mouse. Kinect has already been a game changer for gaming and television — allowing, for instance, a child to interact with Sesame Street. It’s overwhelming to imagine how it could change computing.

“Now I can bash my hands on the desk when it crashes, and it will respond,” joked one participant in Mashable‘s live blog of the event.

Joking aside, perhaps so. Balmer said that Microsoft is working with 200 companies on Kinect apps, and there’s no limit to what they might include. Will we be doing spreadsheets or photo sorting by gesture? We’re looking forward to finding out more on February 1.

Is there any way you would like to see Kinect applied to Windows? What apps would you make?


via Prepare Yourself: Kinect is Coming to Windows Feb. 1.

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