Tim O'Reilly (A drunken Cork man first, book publisher extraordinaire second) links to speculation about the EMC Infrastructure Cloud. I've no comment on this other than to point out that hundreds of thousands of Web 2.0 folk now know something is on the boil before the marketing machine has swung into action.
This is a good thing, right? I'm not sure that EMC Marketing think so but they're going to have to roll with it.
In other news I finally managed to get around to reading last month's National Geographic and the article on High Tech Trash, discarded computers, servers, monitors and peripherals which end up dumped in third world nations instead of being properly recycled, has put me off buying a new desktop computer.
What I'm using now was built and bought to play a single game (Dungeons & Dragons: Stormreach) but post Mac explosion I find myself using a Windows machine with limited expansion options as my main system for the first time in close to a decade.
I've made it habitable enough to get by on but stories of people using their cook wear to smelt lead from discarded PCBs thereby exposing their family to heavy metal poisoning is enough to have me wondering where exactly this PC will end up if I buy something new and discard it?
Having forgotten the level of upkeep required to keep a Windows Box healthy (AntiVirus from McAfee, Windows Defender to handle malware) last night I think I ran a defrag for the first time since I left college.
PerfectDisk has an interesting SMARTPlacement option which groups rarely, occasionally and recently modified segments together on the disk as it consolidates free space. It then works during idle cycles to keep them together.
Allegedly this will make file access faster but hey since I'm going to be using this box for a while yet it all helps.