Google: Hard Disk Drive Failure

Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population Another interesting little thing that I found, published this month, the paper outlines several conditions that are often perceived to be the cause of hard disk failure and, using the data that they have gathered from the hard disk in their server farms, have compiled some interesting […]

RFID tags

Prompted by: InfoWorld Video | InfoWorld | RSA IOActive While I was aware of this issue before now, the video in the article prompted me to write something. As I’m also procrastinating, it seems like a good idea to me. RFID tags are the bits inside those cool little cards or dongles that you can […]

Snow!!!

I woke up today, around 07:30, and was greeted by the sight of lots of nice, white, pristine snow. Put me in a good mood right a way; quite a feat considering that I’m in no way, shape or form a morning person. However, all good things must come to an end, and my morning […]

RSS with HTTP authentication

For those of you not familiar with RSS, I’ll describe it briefly; RSS is a particular format of XML document that is often used by sites to provide a “news feed” to subscribers, this news feed can then be read by an RSS feed aggregator, and new items on the site can easily be disseminated […]

Google Reader

I’m a self-confessed Google lover; I have my google homepage, my gmail, my google calendar, and various other bits and bobs. Thus, it should come as no surprise that when I found a funky new application in their labs about a month ago, I signed right up. Google Reader is a web-based feed aggregator. It’s […]

Up and running again

As you may already know if you checked the site in the last few weeks, I recently changed web hosts. My old host (portugalnetworks.com) wasn’t too bad, it was incredibly cheap ($12 [~£6] for a whole year), but the server performance reflected the price, unfortunately – downtime was high, along with the various other problems. […]