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Stupid Data Center Tricks 305

jcatcw writes "A university network is brought down when two network cables are plugged into the wrong hub. An employee is injured after an ill-timed entry into a data center. Overheated systems are shut down by a thermostat setting changed from Fahrenheit to Celsius. And, of course, Big Red Buttons. These are just a few of the data center disasters caused by human folly."

The Smashing Book 51

Michael J. Ross writes "Of all the online resources devoted to assisting Web designers and developers, Smashing Magazine is one of the most highly regarded, primarily because of the depth and consistent quality of the articles that appear on its website. This apparently motivated many of its readers to encourage the magazine's editors to develop and release a book on Web design, which the company did in 2009, appropriately titled The Smashing Book." Read below for Michael's review.

Xerox Sues Google, Yahoo Over Search Patents 202

gnosygnus writes "Xerox Corp has sued Google, Inc. and Yahoo, Inc., accusing them of infringing the document management company's patents related to Internet search. In a lawsuit filed last Friday in the US District Court in Delaware, Xerox said Google's Web-based services, such as Google Maps, YouTube and AdSense advertising software, as well as Web tools including Yahoo Shopping, infringe patents granted as far back as 2001. Xerox seeks compensation for past infringement and asked the court to halt the companies from further using the technology."

YouTube To Allow Video Rentals 215

poopdeville writes "Starting Friday, Google and YouTube will allow movie rentals. The first five films available to rent through YouTube will cost $3.99 for a 48-hour viewing period. Movie studios will be able to set their own prices, with rental viewing windows ranging from one to 90 days. YouTube will get an unspecified commission from each rental. Barclays Capital analyst Douglas Anmuch expects YouTube to generate about $700 million in revenue this year, an estimated 55 percent increase from 2009. If YouTube hits that target, it likely will turn profitable, helping to justify the $1.76 billion in stock that Google paid for the site more than three years ago."

Hosting Data-Transfer Quotas Are Fading Out 135

miller60 writes "One of the largest Web hosts has scrapped data transfer quotas on all its shared hosting plans, retiring one of the oldest metrics in the hosting industry. With its latest move, 1&1 Internet has gone all-in on 'unlimited' hosting, a controversial practice viewed by many as a gimmick that promises more than it can deliver. Yahoo and Go Daddy have also experimented with unlimited plans, as the shared hosting sector responds to a tough economy, tough competition, and predictions that it will be made obsolete by cloud computing."
Social Networks

Submission + - Celebrity Gossip Gets a Web 2.0 Facelift (

newsmore writes: "Celebrity Gossip just got a Web 2.0 face lift — The World's First Web 2.0 Wiki Style Gossip Portal — cool choices, more controls and loads of fun. Web 2.0 Live Gossip, Celebrity Secrets, Scandals and more Celebrity Gossip just got a Web 2.0 face lift — The World's First Web 2.0 Wiki Style Gossip Portal — cool choices, more controls and loads of fun. World's first Web 2.0 gossip portal — now you're in the driving seat. Built for the community, this new user-friendly wiki-based portal allows users to add gossip pages in a matter of seconds. It's simple to use, quick, entertaining and lots of fun. This Web 2.0 Wiki Style Portal gives the users enormous advantages. Users have a much greater choice of control over the content, with better, more targeted results. Users have the ability to add various titles, categories and gossip images, and thus giving the information more relevance. Gossip is one of the oldest and still the most common means of spreading and sharing facts and views. This Web 2.0 Portal, so called Gossip Craze is predicted to start a new Internet craze among young users. Anyone can use the portal to start a gossip column, add some rumors or publish scandals. Gossip Craze is an official site for entertainment, news, celebrity gossip, rumors, paparazzi, celebrity news, photo galleries and more. People are passionate about controlling the choices they have. The web is full of complicated and confusing log-in screens, forms, applications, approvals and user panels, normally specifically controlled and regulated by the site developers. The creators of this portal have eliminated the complicated and unnecessary ho-hum of the Internet and hence made a simple but very effective end-user solution."

Submission + - Multitouch development made easy (easier) (

dr.matrix writes: "Do you happen to have a multitouch interface lying around? One of the big ones? Yes, of course you do. If you are into writing applications for that sort of thing, you might want to check out the second beta release of libTISCH, a multitouch development library with focus on applications. Head over to and grab the source. Works under Linux, Windows and Mac. Yes, an iPhone port is in the works. No, it won't blend.
P.S. If you don't have a big multitouch table: it also has a mouse-based emulation mode."


Submission + - Seminar on Charles Stross's science fiction (

An anonymous reader writes: Crooked Timber have organized a seminar on Charlie Stross's science fiction, with contributions from 2008 Nobel prize winner in economics, Paul Krugman, among others.

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