Gadget Lab Hardware News and Reviews Wii Exercise Bike: Biggest Game Controller Ever?

You have to read this article and see the pictures to believe it. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/10/wii-exercise-bike-biggest-game-controller-ever/ This is the biggest accessory for the Wii yet. What will they come up with next. The Wii hunting blind? The Wii ATV? The Wii motorcycle? The Wii big inflatable bouncy house? Those are just some ideas, lets wait and see what they have coming out next.

You have to read this article and see the pictures to believe it. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/10/wii-exercise-bike-biggest-game-controller-ever/ This is the biggest accessory for the Wii yet. What will they come up with next. The Wii hunting blind? The Wii ATV? The Wii motorcycle? The Wii big inflatable bouncy house? Those are just some ideas, lets wait and see what they have coming out next.

The 50 Best (and Worst) Moments in Windows History

MaximumPC.com has a nice run through of the 50 best and worst Moments in Windows History. It is pretty amazing how far windows has come since the early days of DOS. Windows 7 will be released to the general public this week and MaximumPC.com has been doing Windows articles all week to celebrate. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/50_best_and_worst_moments_windows_history

MaximumPC.com has a nice run through of the 50 best and worst Moments in Windows History. It is pretty amazing how far windows has come since the early days of DOS. Windows 7 will be released to the general public this week and MaximumPC.com has been doing Windows articles all week to celebrate. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/50_best_and_worst_moments_windows_history

The 100 Oldest Currently Registered .COM Domains

This is the list of the 100 oldest currently registered .Com domain. This list was last updated 1/25/2003. Some of these domains are no longer around or do not have anything on them such as toad.com. Here is the list: http://www.whoisd.com/oldestcom.php

This is the list of the 100 oldest currently registered .Com domain. This list was last updated 1/25/2003. Some of these domains are no longer around or do not have anything on them such as toad.com. Here is the list: http://www.whoisd.com/oldestcom.php

A computer’s Internal switching mechanism

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Google Accounts for 6% of All Internet Traffic

Five years ago, Internet traffic was, for the most part, managed by tier 1 providers like AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 Communications, and Global Crossing, all of which connected to thousands of tier 2 networks and regional providers. Today, that has changed. Now, instead of traffic being distributed among tens of thousands of networks, only 150 networks control some 50% of all online traffic. Among these new Internet superpowers, it’s no surprise to find Google listed. In fact, the search giant accounts for the largest source (6%) of all Internet traffic worldwide. Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2009/10/13/13readwriteweb-google-accounts-for-6-of-all-internet-traff-90323.html

Five years ago, Internet traffic was, for the most part, managed by tier 1 providers like AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 Communications, and Global Crossing, all of which connected to thousands of tier 2 networks and regional providers. Today, that has changed. Now, instead of traffic being distributed among tens of thousands of networks, only 150 networks control some 50% of all online traffic. Among these new Internet superpowers, it’s no surprise to find Google listed. In fact, the search giant accounts for the largest source (6%) of all Internet traffic worldwide. Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2009/10/13/13readwriteweb-google-accounts-for-6-of-all-internet-traff-90323.html

A Tour of Google’s Chicago Headquarters

You probably knew that Google was a California-based technology company, but did you know they have 67 locations across the world, one right here in Chicago? Their local headquarters at 20 W. Kinzie employs about 450 engineers, sales people, creative developers, team leaders and more. They took me on a tour of the very colorful facility, and rubbed in some of their employee perks. The best part – they told me they’re hiring. Feel free to drop off an application with the 10,000 other people doing the same.


Thanks to chicagonow.com for the video.

You probably knew that Google was a California-based technology company, but did you know they have 67 locations across the world, one right here in Chicago? Their local headquarters at 20 W. Kinzie employs about 450 engineers, sales people, creative developers, team leaders and more. They took me on a tour of the very colorful facility, and rubbed in some of their employee perks. The best part – they told me they’re hiring. Feel free to drop off an application with the 10,000 other people doing the same.


Thanks to chicagonow.com for the video.

How to turn a spare Linux machine into a media server

Linux is brilliant at serving files. It’s this ability that keeps the enterprise world turning to Linux for its heavy lifting jobs and that keeps the world Googling 24/7.

But it’s just as good at serving files from a computer tucked away under the stairs or stuck in the loft, and a server in your house is now becoming an essential accessory.

Mobile phones, games consoles and even televisions are rapidly developing the ability to read, display and play files held on a media centre PC, and Linux is the perfect free software solution. All you need is a relatively low-powered PC, a decent amount of storage and somewhere safe to hide it.

Read more here: http://www.techradar.com/news/digital-home/media-servers/how-to-turn-a-spare-linux-machine-into-a-media-server-640034

Linux is brilliant at serving files. It’s this ability that keeps the enterprise world turning to Linux for its heavy lifting jobs and that keeps the world Googling 24/7.

But it’s just as good at serving files from a computer tucked away under the stairs or stuck in the loft, and a server in your house is now becoming an essential accessory.

Mobile phones, games consoles and even televisions are rapidly developing the ability to read, display and play files held on a media centre PC, and Linux is the perfect free software solution. All you need is a relatively low-powered PC, a decent amount of storage and somewhere safe to hide it.

Read more here: http://www.techradar.com/news/digital-home/media-servers/how-to-turn-a-spare-linux-machine-into-a-media-server-640034

Facebook Now Has 30,000 Servers

Datacenterknowledge.com is quickly becoming one of my favorite site on the net. They have an article that talks about how many server Facebook.com has now and where it was a year ago. I wonder where they will go in the future. This is pretty impressive. They have to be making money somehow to support all of these machines in the data center. http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/10/13/facebook-now-has-30000-servers/

Datacenterknowledge.com is quickly becoming one of my favorite site on the net. They have an article that talks about how many server Facebook.com has now and where it was a year ago. I wonder where they will go in the future. This is pretty impressive. They have to be making money somehow to support all of these machines in the data center. http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/10/13/facebook-now-has-30000-servers/

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Looks Back: the “//” in Web Addresses Was Unnecessary

When asked what he would have done differently in creating the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, says in this video that the double slash, the “//” after the colon in Web addresses, was unnecessary. Watch the video here: http://www.beet.tv/2009/10/webs-inventor-sir-tim-bernerslee-double-backslashes-were-unnecessary.html

When asked what he would have done differently in creating the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, says in this video that the double slash, the “//” after the colon in Web addresses, was unnecessary. Watch the video here: http://www.beet.tv/2009/10/webs-inventor-sir-tim-bernerslee-double-backslashes-were-unnecessary.html

Surfing Since 1991: The Evolution of Web Browsers

In order to surf the web, you need a web browser, and today there are several different ones to choose from. If you’re looking for a lean, no-nonsense browser, Chrome is the one for you. Internet Explorer still stands as the odds on favorite when you want to make sure pages load correctly (not because of superior standards support, but because its majority market share have driven developers to code their webpages to look best on IE). Firefox has found more than a niche market by giving users near endless customization, and Apple’s Safari purports to run circles around everyone else (it doesn’t). And then there’s the cornucopia of alternative browsers and browser shells, like Flock (Firefox-based) and Avant (IE-based). Read more at MaximumPC.com: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/web_browsers
I dispise the 10 pages of about half a page of text/content but that is how MaximumPC.com does their articles.

In order to surf the web, you need a web browser, and today there are several different ones to choose from. If you’re looking for a lean, no-nonsense browser, Chrome is the one for you. Internet Explorer still stands as the odds on favorite when you want to make sure pages load correctly (not because of superior standards support, but because its majority market share have driven developers to code their webpages to look best on IE). Firefox has found more than a niche market by giving users near endless customization, and Apple’s Safari purports to run circles around everyone else (it doesn’t). And then there’s the cornucopia of alternative browsers and browser shells, like Flock (Firefox-based) and Avant (IE-based). Read more at MaximumPC.com: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/web_browsers
I dispise the 10 pages of about half a page of text/content but that is how MaximumPC.com does their articles.