Category Archives: Computers

Data Center in a Box

Sun Microsystems has developed a ‘data center in a box’ concept that may just alter the business model of computing. Here’s Sun’s Project Blackbox site.

The system is intended for computing projects that need to come to Sun's Project Blackboxmarket or to scale up quickly. The datacenter looks like a simple cargo container that can be deployed anywhere. You can take a video tour to see the box inside and out using the box in Sun’s parking lot.

From the NYTimes article:

The expandable computer system, called Project Blackbox, is based on a standard 20-foot shipping container and can be deployed virtually anywhere there is electricity, chilled water and an Internet connection.

The system is planned for commercial availability in the second half of 2007, with prices beginning around $500,000.

New Search Engine to Keep You Company While You Search

Ms.Dewey

There’s a new search engine on the scene: Ms.Dewey.

That’s her to the left. Ms. Dewey is a new, interactive, Flash based search engine. To assist you in your search, the website is hosted by smoking hot model/actress/vocalist, Janina Gavankar.

For a fun time, try entering these queries:

fastest bittorrent client
Who are you?” (enter this several times for different results)
how to fight a ninja
world of warcraft
Janina Gavankar

XML Notepad is back!

I was heading to the msdn blogs aggregate page to peek at what the Microsoftie bloggers were up to today but decided to go through the main MSDN page first, when lo and behold, I learn that a new and improved ‘XML Notepad’ has been released!

Here is the MSDN tech article on XML Notepad, why it hasn’t been updated since 1998 and details on the new and improved version, it’s a good read. 

You can download the tool here.

xml notepad thumbnail
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Microsoft looking for a few good mobile phone testers (in Seattle)

Microsoft’s Usability team is looking for smartphone or cell phone enthusiasts in the Seattle area to evaluate devices for them. Get the details on Andrew Nickels’ MSDN blog. Participating in usability tests is pretty cool because you get early access to some of the latest and greatest hardware and software sometimes a year or more before the public sees it. Plus you go home with a free piece of SW or HW as a gratuity.

Vista Icons

Ran across a tutorial on creating Vista icons. Vista has a new GUI and the really cool shell theme ‘Aero’. Check out some of the examples on that page, but even better you can browse and click on samples at this page from rw-designer.com.

From there you can view the default Vista system icons in varying sizes/resolutions like the example below. Though if you look close enough, it appears that the smallest rendition of this icon appears to never wrap around the *front* of the device like all the others. File a bug!

Vista Icon