Always On, Always Hot...and Always Rebooting
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In California, things are a little more heated, particularly in the Central Valley where temperatures pushed into the 102-3ish range yesterday. Governor Schwarzenegger, sir, might it be possible to do a little heat terminating?
Of course, the electricity demand is apparently being driven not only by the need for AC...there also seems to be an endless supply of Web 2.0 data centers cranking up in Silicon Valley which are in turn cranking up the need for more AC/DC
Speaking of hot currents, the weather is not the only hot thing out in Kal-ee-forn-ay-ee this week. Yesterday, the Stanford Technology Ventures Program's AlwaysOn conference launched. Other than a terribly confusing conference Web site, the agenda looks fantabulous and I'd love to be a fly on that wall for what clearly seem to be some compelling sessions. You can follow the little bouncing Sand Hill Road ball by watching the Webcast here.
None other than IBM's own Irving Wladawsky-Berger (whose TypePad-hosted blog you can read here) will be speaking at the conference tomorrow (Thursday, July 27th) on a panel entitled "Does America Still Have a Lock on Innovation?" Last week Irving posted an interesting piece on the conference blog entitled "Some Personal Reflections on the Changing Nature of Strategy."
This Apple Fell Far From Darwin's Tree
Meanwhile, bad news back at the Mac OS X ranch. Darwin's natural selection has gobbled up the OpenDarwin Mac OS X development initiative. In a posting yesterday on the Open Darwin Web site, a communique cited that "OpenDarwin was originally created with the goal of providing a development environment for building and developing Mac OS X sources" but that "Over the past few years, OpenDarwin has become a mere hosting facility for Mac OS X related projects."
I guess Darwin never got to reap the Apple fruity benefits of evolution, after all. Be sure to wave goodbye to him on the U.S.S. Beagle for me, guys.
Finally, returning to where we started: In a desperate plea to find the power on button for the AC -- or was that the power converter so MySpace could turn its servers back on?
Om Malik tells us this week's downtown LA blackout was caused by a "switch meltdown" (and not a Sean Penn core meltdown, as many Hollywood agents had intimated). Malik cites Fox Interactive Media exec Ross Levinsohn who indicated that MySpace will be looking to "add more data centers, preferably on the East Coast to make the system even more redundant."
Ross, one suggestion: Don't put those new servers out anywhere near my old abode of Woodside, Queens, lessen you wish MySpace to remain redundantly dark.