A technology blog for The Economist Group IT team

Friday, July 21, 2006

Oysters and Arsenal don't mix well apparently 

So says this article on Arsenal's site.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Dangerous new transport idea for London? 

These clips show an idea for a new transport system for London. It looks pretty groovy until you notice that the carriages seem to hang just a little bit too low for the buses!

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Debut of the HP 4 megabit wireless chip measuring 4mm square! 

Working in IT, we're used to seeing new amazing advancements, but for me this one takes the biscuit. It may be two years from production, with no word on cost, but amazing it most definetly is.

Including antena, it measures 2 to 4 mm square with its memory rangeing 256 kilobits - 4 megabits.

HP page: http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2006/060717a.html
BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5186650.stm

As for power: "no need for a battery or external electronics. It receives power through inductive coupling from a special read-write device, which can then extract content from the memory on the chip. Inductive coupling is the transfer of energy from one circuit component to another through a shared electromagnetic field. A change in current flow through one device induces current flow in the other device." - HP press release

-- Rob
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Thursday, July 13, 2006

It's not our fault, the engineer forgot the bit 

Many of us have been frustrated by third parties supporting or maintaining IT equipment; but this is perhaps a taking that frustration a little to far: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/07/13/fish4_goes_down/

It's an error message that was on their site saying "Thank you for coming to Fish4 this morning.
Unfortunately the fish4 website is unavailable due to the failure of a very expensive piece of Sun hardware (Sun 6900). A Sun engineer is at the data centre but didn't think to bring the replacement part with him."
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International views of Zidane 

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Monday, July 03, 2006

Ever wondered how Google keep all their datacentres in sync? 

They try to, but don't. Use this tool to see for yourself.
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