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Too Much Heat!

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A lot of weather alerts and advisories today. Global warming slowly cooks the North Eastern states. Really?. CPU temperatures push past recommended operating limits. Now that seems plausible, or does it? Regardless of what you believe to be the cause of our current weather, we all agree......It's hot! The power grid continues to provide air conditioners precious energy to cool all those lucky enough to avoid the heat and humidity. If you work outside in the heat, you know bitter cold is just a few months away and you’re probably thinking about it. Keep hydrated, and remember that the ice age we were all warned about doesn’t sound so bad now. This weather brews thunderstorms, and thunderstorms have a tendency to knock out power. When the lights go out on hot summer nig...

Temperature Rising

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It's days like these that make me appreciate the cold winds of November. July is hot and muggy, and if it's not humid, it's raining but not cooling down. Air conditioning is nice if you have it, but not so great if your power is out. Everybody running their AC puts a strain on the power grid, and sometimes the grid struggles to keep up with the demand. Brown outs and black outs aren't uncommon in some places. Your power goes out and eventually you begin to feel the heat. Computer equipment, servers, and network devices don't like heat. They also don't like power interruptions. UPS doesn't last very long, and some generator backups don't always work as hoped. The old joke that air conditioning only fails when it's needed is based in reality. It's a good idea to be proactive for power outage...
Please No More Serverless

Please No More Serverless

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"Serverless", The new Buzzword Is this the apocalypse for servers? Photo by Brock DuPont on Unsplash Now you can be serverless too! Why waste time and resources running your own servers when a company will gladly take over with their new "serverless" plan.Wait... Don't we already have and use the cloud?"Well yes,  but this is completely different! It's serverless! What actually is it? Serverless is actually a subset of cloud infrastructure. The only real difference is serverless is the cloud as FaaS (Function as a Service). Which means you only pay for your actual usage and that depends on the resources you used and the time they were used for. The cloud you typically pay a subscription that gives you a set amount of time and compute power. Serverles...
Cloud Gaming Streaming Services

Cloud Gaming Streaming Services

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Cloud Gaming? In the past week, both Google and Microsoft have announced there cloud gaming projects. Google announced Project Stream, a game streaming service to play games via Chrome. Microsoft announced Project xCloud,  a cloud platform that will allow gamers to play from anywhere they choose. Which will let gamers use their mobile phones to play.  Project Stream Project Stream became available to test on October 5th 2018, with the first game on trial being Assassin's Creed Odyssey. In order to sign up you must be residing in the US and have a 25 Mbps connection, along with either Windows, Chrome OS, macOS, or Linux for the operating system. Common issues Reported from public testing:- Not getting 60fps- Minor lag/latency- Difficult to use touch interface controls, using a controller gi...

Chromebook Hooked

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Too much "Distro-Hopping" looking for the perfect Linux setup can get to be a bore after a while. It sometimes feels like a great time wasting endeavor. I prefer Linux to Windows and OS X because I can usually get a lot of work done without needing a powerful or expensive laptop. I also don’t need all the free built in bloatware or the cost of purchasing all the actual programs I would use. Most Linux distributions have everything I need either rolled up into their base release, or available within their repositories. If your already invested in the Apple ecosystem, staying in that ecosystem usually makes financial sense, and your workflow doesn’t get flipped on it’s head too often. Windows is ingrained in a lot of “work” related use, especially if you work for a company that requires cen...