The Cloud – how does it work?

The short film below offers insights into how Microsoft provides the technical services and support needed to make your Hotmail account work or your business to deliver work on their Azure Cloud system.

An impressive set of statistics are offered that show how Microsoft have dramatically reduced energy and water consumption at their data centres. Like Google, Microsoft have used standard shipping containers to bolt together strings of processing packs to enhance an installation, quickly bringing their server racks online.

Where is the cloud? In the Dublin data centre for Microsoft if you are in Europe, very securely guarded and with vast teams around the globe to provide your support.

The film is a little dry in terms of presentation, but very clear in how Microsoft maintain security integrity for your data and how they dedicate time, energy and capital in reducing environmental impact.

That’s how the ‘cloud’ works.

The greenest laptops for 2009

Greenpeace electronics survey 2009Greenpeace International have recently published their Green Electronics computing survey for 2009. Featuring their review of desktops, notebooks, mobile phones, televisions and monitors.

In the survey this year the Toshiba Portege R600 just beat the Hewlett Packard Elitebook 2530p into first place. The Toshiba unit is ahead of the field for a notebook that avoids toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process, whilst the close contender for first place , the Elitebook, is more energy efficient.

Let Greenpeace help you make the greener choice in electronics.

Image – cover of the Greenpeace Electronics Survey report - you can see the original article here.

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Enjoy multiple desktops from Microsoft

The Sysinternals team at Microsoft have this month lanched Desktops v.1.0 – a neat desktop utility that allows you to organise your software and services into up to four separate vrtual desktops.

The software, when loaded, appears to have a small footprint, sitting neatly in your task bar. This is an early version that is sure to be added to by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell.

You can find Desktops at Microsoft here – we use Sysinternal utilities on our office set-ups and value greatly the innovation and energy the team put into creating these no-cost system add-ons.

You can visit the Sysinternals home page for a whole range of Windows system utilities here.

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