Who says there can’t be any art in technology? Here I present, some visuals of the most expensive data centers in the world.
Pictured above and below, its the Microsoft’s top-secret data center – it surely is a piece of Art. Physically real, yet still beautiful !
Sweden’s Largest ISP:
This underground data center has greenhouses, waterfalls, German submarine engines, simulated daylight and can withstand a hit from a hydrogen bomb. It looks like the secret HQ of a James Bond villain.
And it is real. It is a high-security data center run by one of Sweden’s largest ISPs, located in an old nuclear bunker deep below the bedrock of Stockholm city, sealed off from the world by entrance doors 40 cm thick (almost 16 inches).
And here is what it used to look like:
Quite a difference, isn’t it?
Ever wondered how to add HTML signatures to your favorite webmail service? Well, now here is a way great way to add personalized signatures.
WiseStamp is a FireFox extension that lets you add a personalized signature on any webmail service such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL mail, and Hotmail. If that wasn’t super enough, it also allows you to add your signature to just about any webpage (as long as it supports HTML), such as Google Docs, Zoho Docs, etc.
But what really makes this plug-in cool is its integration with your social media plug-ins. You simply enter links to your social media profiles in the boxes provided and WiseStamp does the rest. Underneath your signature it will put a logo of the social media network on which the person reading your mail can simply click to view your profile. You can add your instant messaging handles too.
If you’re a blogger, you’ll love this part. Add your blogs RSS feed URL and WiseStamp will automatically enter your last post into the signature! Super Cool.. Isn’t it? If you don’t have a blog, you can do the same with your last Twitter update!
On top of it, you have 2 styles of signatures to configure to. You can create separate Personal & Business signatures as required.
Just download the WiseStamp Firefox extension and start making up your dream signature.
Take a Video Tour on how to use it:
Many people who bought the iPod touch later regretted their decision as the iPhone, with similar performance but phone capabilities. Fortunately a new piece of software has been released which comes at least some way to bridging the divide.
The Truphone currently only lets you ring other Truphone and Google talk users via a WiFi network. (So slightly more limited than an iPhone as you need an available connection) This is all via VOIP so once you have converted your iPod Touch to an iPhone you will be able to make 100% free calls to other users Truphone.
Truphone have also announced that the app they have created to allow calls from an iPod Touch, will soon be able to make calls to landlines and mobiles, pricing structures are currently in discussion.
Truphone for the iPod Touch is free to download from the iTunes App Store and once you’ve installed it all you need to start making free calls on your iPod Touch is a headset with microphone and headphones, which you can buy at electronic retailers or the Apple Store.
A mobile telephone tailored to run on Google’s Android software made its debut in New York City on September 23rd.
US telecom carrier T-Mobile has unveiled on September 23 a “Google phone” built by Taiwanese firm HTC and will have the device for sale in stores as early as October.
Yes, World’s first Android-powered phone – Also called the GPhone or T-Mobile G1
Google is hoping Android will become the dominant operating system for mobile phones. It is designed to improve the speed and quality of using the Internet on handsets.
Android is being developed as an “open source” platform, meaning anyone is free to use the technology to make mobile telephones compatible with the networks of multiple carriers.
Google announced Android plans late last year and analysts reacted by saying it could potentially transform the mobile telephone market by providing service supported by advertising instead of subscription fees.
Retro thing is an independent vintage gadget website run by a team of renegade elves based in Calgary and Chicago. Each month they present a never-ending stream of classic and almost-classic gizmos and books.
The site was started by James Grahame, a vintage technology addict who appears to have two first names. Bohus Blahut (BOH-hoosh BLAH-hoot) joined the editorial team in early 2006. Giles Perkins from onSuper8.org occasionally drops by, as do a few other Retro friends.
These guys are independent bloggers who love to share technology and do the best to share links when they can. Readers can also send in links and hints.