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Google Becomes Wind Powered Electric Company

May 4, 2010

In Google's quest to become greener the company recently invested $38.8 million in North Dakota wind farms and the company is looking to make this a profitable business. You might expect the company to be using wind to power its own data centers but at the moment that is not the goal. Remember, that data centers need to have continuous power at and wind as we know has a tendency to be unpredictable and is not constant.

The company is in so many businesses in fact it is tough to keep track but an analogous space is certainly the smart grid and recently I sat down with Jon Arnold - a partner at Intelligent Communications partners to discuss Google in the energy markets.

Interop News and Information Technology Site on TMCnet

April 20, 2010



As I head to the Cloud Expo show today I thought it made sense to make sure my readers are aware of two important TMC sites which you may want to bookmark to stay current with important news of the day. The first is our InfoTech Spotlight site which will keep you up to date on the world of information technology. An easy way to remember the url is just to use the initials IT instead of WWW in the TMCnet domain name or it.tmcnet.com.

 


Another important one is our Interop news site which has a domain name which is not as easy to memorize so you can just search for it or bookmark the link. I hope you find them both useful.



Coal a Factor in Data Center Location?

April 7, 2010



Greenpeace has recently decided that going after oil drillers and coal miners is not enough and they plan to focus on companies they believe to be polluting by expanding their efforts into the data center market. More specifically the company recently chose to go after Apple and Facebook because of where they decided to locate their data centers. Greenpeace it seems prefers to have data centers located where there is less coal involved in energy production.

Qualcomm iMoD: Breakthrough Biomemetic Screen Technology

March 29, 2010

One of the more interesting items worth sharing from this past week's CTIA show last week in Las Vegas is an interview with Cheryl Goodman of Qualcomm who showed me a prototype of a revolutionary biomemetic screen technology called Mirasol which emulates nature. Specifically the display borrows from butterflies, mimicking the way the insect's wings reflect light.




Using a technology called Interferometric Modulation or iMoD, the system uses two plates (the top one is a reflective membrane) which are separated by a small distance. A small voltage applied to the bottom plate brings the two closer together via electrostatic attraction (think balloon rubbed on your hair).



When will Environmentalists Learn to Leave Apple Alone?

February 26, 2010

With the advent of climategate and scientists who have changed their mind on global warming, it is surprising that environmentalists are still harassing companies about their carbon emissions. While it is reasonable to pressure computer companies to not use carcinogenic materials in their products, the excess pressure in the realm of carbon seems outrageous. It seems global warming is not settled science as many have said.

If it was settled it is certainly unsettled today.

ITEXPO East 2010 Photos from Dan York

February 12, 2010

$1,000 For Pic of Al Gore Shoveling Snow

February 8, 2010

Supercomm Dies, What it Means to Carriers, The Industry

February 8, 2010

Last week, Doug Mohney had the big scoop that Supercomm will be cancelled - he blogged it as a rumor which was subsequently confirmed by the TIA and USTelecom today. As a show organizer myself I get a lot of questions regarding what this news means to our industry. Rather than continuing to opine on a person-by-person basis, I thought it made sense to put my thoughts in writing.

Espionage via APT or Advanced Persistent Threat Widespread

February 5, 2010

Corporate and government secrets are currently being stolen on a grand scale - can anything be done about it?



If you are one of those people not easily rattled, please have a seat and get ready to shake. A new acronym, APT which stands for Advanced Persistent Threat is on the scene and by many accounts is an online threat which is virtually impossible to detect and even worse eradicate. Once your company is infected it seems hackers have access to virtually any and all information on your network.

Tech, Telecom: The Energy is Back

February 3, 2010

 Communications, wireless, consumer electronics, cloud computing, virtualization -- in a turbulent market, it is good to be in technology.


Monster.com was one of the companies I considered to have a natural monopoly in the US job search market a decade ago. Amazingly, social media sites like LinkedIn and Craigslist are making Job sites less relevant and as a result Monster just picked up HotJobs for $225 in cash to shore up its decreasing market share.

A decade or so ago it was common knowledge that satellite radio would eventually make a huge dent in the business of traditional radio companies.

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