June 25th, 2008


HP and IBM make a play for Web 2.0

Cloud computing needs a lot of computers, which means a lot of failed computers and software that doesn't care. Google does it with disposable consumer motherboards and custom power supplies; IBM and HP think you'll prefer something cooler, or with a thousand cores, or maybe a petabyte of storage... I wasn't sure if the Tom's Hardware readership was interested in high-end data centres, but I got a lot of comments on the HP story (and only one of them was 'will it blend?').

plane feet

Off to Madrid

Until my back went out yesterday it was going to be just me heading to Madrid to talk to O2 about 3G iPhones and mobile broadband; but then I coughed wrong and my sacro-iliac joints twisted and one leg became an inch longer than the other. My osteopath thumped and leveraged them back into place this morning and we arranged for Simon to come along to lift things and haul me out of bed in the morning. My treatment advice was a brisk 15 minute walk to settle the joints and then no twisting: keep your pelvis straight and your legs together, said my osteopath. So a little slower than usual, but still off to Spain.  

Server Management: Green machines

IT is responsible for as much carbon dioxide as air travel. With electricity prices rocketing, doing your bit to save the planet isn’t just an exercise in corporate social responsibility: it could also save you money on your technology budget. And from blade servers to video conferencing, multi-function printers to laptops made of cornstarch, the technology industry is showing off its green credentials. Indeed, from the flood of announcements about green IT you’d think that being environmentally friendly was the key metric for IT these days. In the real world, however, getting the job done and hitting the budget are still what matter most, and plenty of suppliers are riding the green bandwagon for the sake of publicity. So how real is green IT? Who’s actually doing it, what difference is it making, what’s worth changing and what are the real benefits of going green?

I really enjoyed writing this piece for Server Management: I got to point out the basic common sense that so many people leave at home when it comes to things that run on electricity. I wrote it on a plane; if my carbon for the year wasn't already being comped by a company that does carbon trading in projects like methane digesters to take farms off the grid, I could hope that enough people do the sums and use some of the tips to make the journey more than carbon neutral.