So What Happened To Geeknews for 4 Days?

Why was the site offline for the last 4 days? Simple. The host provider supernova.net thought it would be a good idea to surprise its customers with an unannounced upgrade to their systems early Saturday morning, no doubt thinking we’d all wake up and never notice the blip in availability.

That was Saturday. It’s now Wednesday morning. The site just came back online. Sigh.

The thing that irked me the most is that their support line voice mails and the bulletins posted on the web kept saying basically the same thing, that they expected everything to back online in 3 hours or 6 hours, day after day.

When they got to the point where they just had to fix up the naming server, I immediately FTP’d into the IP for Geeknews and started transferring the site over to Dreamhost where hopefully i can get everything migrated for the weekend to flip the switch.

Why switch to a new provider just for this? Welp, this isn’t the first time, nor second, nor third that one of my sites has been mysteriously offline for days on end, one time it was a week. I’ve been using their services since around 2002 but when you have family using their primary mail account from one of my domains, that’s a painful thing to deal with when they are affected as well.

I feel sorry for all the folks affected whose sites are their business. No doubt there’s a few pissed of pron pushers right now. :)

Announcement

Microsoft Tries New Zune Ad Push

Microsoft has launched a new ad campaign for Zune with the tagline “You make it you.” It plays off the theme of what would happen if one cracked open a Zune and all of one’s digital media spilled out.

Hmm, I think I prefer this one:

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Gadgets / Devices

Google Transforms Into Microsoft Of Old

Dare puts together a nice list of reasons why GOOG is the old MSFT. From “high level defections to the next big thing” to “becoming a two trick pony”.

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Software

The World’s Smallest Humanoid Robot In The World

i-SOBOT

The Guinness World Records has certified the i-SOBOT by TOMY as ‘The world’s smallest humanoid robot in production‘. It has 17 servos, advanced gyro-sensors for great balance, hundreds of poses and movements and measures just 6.5″ (165mm) tall.

September 2007, this little fellow also won the overall Grand Prize as the best product at the 64th Tokyo International Gift Show.

Here’s the I-SOBOT Robot on Amazon, I think that $299.99 price tag may be a typo though, it couldn’t possibly be worth that, could it?

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Gadgets / Devices

And Here I Thought The ‘Itanic’ Was Dead All Along. Wrong!

Yes, if you didn’t know any better you’d think this was my April Fool’s post, but alas you’d be wrong buzzard breath.*

Good grief, do we really need 7 new ‘Itanic’ processors unleashed on the world? :)

Check the sales forecast history below for the Itaniums, are you noticing the optimism early on and how it’s trended down significantly as reality set in the last 9 years?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m an Intel snob when it comes time to build my new PCs and choose the processor, all PCs and laptops I own are Intel (not Intel motherboards though!). And Itanics are not being peddled on geeks like you and me, but multi-core x86 is doing so well and x64 will be the next big thing (supposedly) ‘real soon now’ and they’re both so cheap. I think its in Intel’s interests to focus on the processors of choice for a multi-purpose use, not very high-end workstation/server class machines with a unique proc that won’t run Unreal Tournament or BioShock out of the box.

What are you going to do with an Itanium box that you can’t do with a dual core or quad core, design bridges or something? Serve html to the net?

Itanium

* Buzzard breath – all the sweetness of breath that you would expect of a creature that eats carrion.

Computers