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Google and China

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

The Official Google Blog: A new approach to China; January 12th, 2010

On January the 12th a key post was published on The Official Google Blog. As a new year response from Google to the ever-existed reserves about its censorship policies abroad, its title said it all: a new approach to China.
The article informed that Google’s corporate infrastructure was stricken by a targeted attack originating from China. According to the American press, multiple attacks were coming from Taiwan, which is a quite usual practice for Chinese hackers.
In response to this attack, Google reacted very firmly: “we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down, and potentially our offices in China”.
That way Google, a company present on the stock exchange, not an international institution, issues maybe the most relevant challenge ever directed to the Chinese government and its doubtful practices, dealing with human rights.


how e-waste works?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

A growing number of groups are working to educate the public on what happens to their discarded, old computers and why they may want to take more precautions when disposing them. What many of us don’t realize is that our electronics and other household electrical gadgets are potentially harmful, being a mix of heavy metals and toxic chemicals. A bunch of webpages about e-waste with simple (yet useful) practical informations, was found on HowStuffWorks.


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solid clouds

Friday, June 12th, 2009

The New York Times: Data Center Overload; June 8th, 2009

Much of the daily material of our lives is now dematerialized and outsourced to a far-flung, unseen network. The stack of letters becomes the e-mail database on the computer, which gives way to Hotmail or Gmail. The clipping sent to a friend becomes the attached PDF file, which becomes a set of shared bookmarks, hosted offsite. The photos in a box are replaced by JPEGs on a hard drive, then a hosted sharing service like Snapfish. The tilting CD tower gives way to the MP3-laden hard drive which itself yields to a service like Pandora, music that is always “there,” waiting to be heard. But where is “there,” and what does it look like?
“There” is nowadays likely to be increasingly large, powerful, energy-intensive, always-on and essentially out-of-sight data centers. These centers run enormously scaled software applications with millions of users. […]
“It’s like ‘Fight Club,’ ” says Rich Miller, whose Web site, Data Center Knowledge, tracks the industry. “The first rule of data centers is: Don’t talk about data centers.”

picture: Simon Norfolk for The New York Times

Green IT for Dummies

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

HP has launched a limited edition “Green IT for Dummies” book as an introduction to help organizations go green. The guide is intended to give organizations simple and straight-forward ideas on how to reduce the environmental impact of IT systems and harness the power of IT to reduce the wider environmental impacts of climate change in society. The guide, produced independently by research and analysis firm Freeform Dynamics, provides guidance for where to start in greening an organization and maps out a pragmatic, yet comprehensive course of action ranked according to expense and difficulty of implementation.


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Treehugger: Green IT For Dummies book coming soon. But TreeHuggers won’t need it; October 31st, 2008