Category: technology


Interesting Fact of the Day……

Today most everything runs on electricity.  So, it’s not surprising that many companies look for alternative methods of generating electricity.  Some companies have gotten very creative in their endeavors to tap into alternative methods of generating electricity!

HP has proposed using cow manure to help power their data centers. WOW

According to InterestingFacts.Org, the manure that would be used will be from midsized dairy farms. Electricity will be derived form it by putting it through an anaerobic digester. The heat that is derived from this process would be used to power the turbines of the data centers cooling system. The electricity that is derived from this process will be used to power the data center. The temperature of the anaerobic digester would be regulated by the waste heat that is generated by the data center. This process ensures that there is maximum efficiency. This process also produces enough energy to be able to run the dairy farm. Thus one not only saves power use by the data centers but also the dairy farm.

Something to think about!!
 
  

Free operating system

I am on the hunt for a new laptop, and as my mind swirls from all the different choices to consider: hard drive, memory, screen size, etc……

Talk about information overload!  One thing I did come across during my research is a cool FREE operating system.  This is perfect for those of you who are constantly irritated with the various Microsoft operating systems.  It’s called Ubuntu.  Although, I have yet to download it, as I am borrowing currently borrowing a laptop…..I plan on checking it out as soon as I get my new laptop ordered!

Check it out at: http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop

Let me know what you think!

Boost Mobile recently came out with a new ad in their “Unwronged Campaign”.  This specific ad features Mrs. Claus spending some “quality time” with a certain snowman (Frosty, perhaps)!  It probably has an extremely high recall among viewers, but does this one go too far?  Personally, it doesn’t bother me, but what about children.  And parents of children who might have to explain this commercial to their little ones.  Surely they only air this in the late evening hours?!

So, I know I’m always complaining about how I think my boyfriend loves his xbox 360 more than me.  To tell you the truth, I think he kisses his controller goodnight! 🙂

BUT, it actually has some REALLY cool features.  We can access our facebook and watch netflix movies!

AND. . . . .

They have a new controller with a keyboard!

Flocking

Flock - Social Media Browswer

If you are are into social media, you should check out the Flock Browser !  It’s just like internet explorer or mozilla firefox, except it’s a social web browser.  You can access all of your social media sites like facebook, twitter, myspace, etc.  as well as, publish to your blog and browse media such as youtube and flickr.  I just downloaded it.  Thought it was definitely worth sharing!!

I think we can all agree that rising energy costs and ways to minimize these are deserving topics.  But, when do we draw the line?  How do we decide when it is being taken too far?

From The Business Insider

California Wants To Ban Some Big Screen TVs

California is ready to ban large flat screen televisions that hog energy the LA Times reports.

The California Energy Commission will reveal the new standards required for TV makers today. The measure could be made official in November.

The regulation would outlaw 25% of the large screen televisions currently being sold. All plasma screen televisions

on the market would be banned, as they are huge energy suckers. In time plasma makers say they can improve efficiency. Many LCD flat screens already meet the efficiency requirement.

Televisions account for 10% of residential energy use in California and 2% of total electricity use. Making TVs more efficient will take $8.1 billion off Californian’s electric bills over a 10 year period.

It will also save California from having to build another power plant. The more efficient sets are said to produce energy savings to power 461,000 homes.

@mentions on Facebook

[THE MOGUL GROUP] BREAKING: Facebook Introduces @Mentions in Status Updates

One of Twitter’s strongest features is the @reply, where you can direct a message to someone else on Twitter by typing @ and then their username. Facebook, which is trying to emulate some of Twitter’s best features, doesn’t have anything similar in the News Feed. In short, it’s not easy to have a public conversation. Very soon, that will no longer be the case. Facebook just introduced the ability to tag your friends in status updates. What makes this really interesting though is how you tag people: Using the @ symbol. Facebook has just turned on their own version of Twitter’s @Mentions feature that will be rolled out over the next few weeks. Here is Facebook engineer Tom Occhino’s explanation of the new feature: Now, when you are writing a status update and want to add a friend’s name to something you are posting, just include the “@” symbol beforehand. As you type the name of what you would like to reference, a drop-down menu will appear that allows you to choose from your list of friends and other connections, including groups, events, applications and Pages. Soon, you’ll be able to tag friends from applications as well. The “@” symbol will not be displayed in the published status update or post after you’ve added your tags. Friends you tag in your status updates will receive a notification and a Wall post linking them to your post. They also will have the option to remove tags of themselves from your posts. We hope that tagging your status updates and others posts from the Publisher will enable you to share in a more meaningful and engaging way, and connect with even more people. We’re rolling this feature out over the course of the next few weeks, so you may not see the new feature just yet. Summary: The @ symbol now works just like Twitter, and not just for users, but for groups and fan pages as well. Facebook has just stepped deep into Twitter’s territory. How long until you can see your @reply history? We’re betting not very long at all. Source – http://mashable.com/2009/09/10/facebook-mentions/ — Posted By Mogul to THE MOGUL GROUP at 9/10/2009 09:02:00 PM

new iphone application

I almost spit out my drink at my computer screen while watching this spoof commercial.

TOP TEN PASSWORDS

According to PC Magazine below are the top ten most used passwords in the U.S. today.  These passwords would be the first for hackers to try when attempting to access your accounts.

I was VERY surprised at a majority of these!

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. qwerty (top six letters on your keyboard)
  4. abc123
  5. letmein
  6. monkey
  7. myspace1
  8. password1
  9. blink182
  10. (your first name)