Archive for March, 2007

Get your own Swiss ski resort for free

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The Swiss / Valais village Ernen is giving away their ski resort Erner-Galen for free. It’s not very large – only three lifts – but it will be yours if you agree to keep the currently 12 people on payroll and keep it open.

Together with the ski lifts you will also become the (proud) owner of 2 snow cats, a few snow canons and a license until 2017.

While rather low, the base / village is only at 1200m, the village is known for its “snow safety” into late spring. Currently they have about 1.5m snow at the peek but it is snowing now in Switzerland (after spring said hello since December…
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Art: Rojo outdoor exhibition

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The Barcelona, Spain based artist and designer group ROJO is currently showing their first ever International Outdoor Urban Art Exhibition. Ten artists are showing their work on specially created back-lit billboard sized displays throughout Barcelona.

Outstanding art work and design. Have a look at the full size images (link below)…
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Global Warming: The shrinking African lake(s)

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Lake Chad as shown below is just one of the vanishing large lakes in Africa and elsewhere on this planet.

Experts are warning that the lake, which was once Africa’s third largest inland water body, could shrink to a mere pond in two decades. A recent study by Nasa and the German Aerospace Centre blames global warming and human activity for Africa’s disappearing water…
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Australia: Supersize my ambulance

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Australia’s obesity crisis has forced health officials to revamp their fleet of ambulances to cope with a sharp rise in overweight patients.

Studies estimate that 67% of Australian men and over half of all women aged over 25 are overweight or obese.

Super-sized vehicles have been introduced and new air ambulances will be remodeled to carry heavier people weighing up to 220kg…
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Research: Perceptive Pixel’s multi-touch display (2)

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There is a new video of Jeff Han’s latest multi-touch display online that can be manipulated intuitively with the fingertips, and responds to varying levels of pressure.

It looks like that we might build one of these displays for an upcoming project soon. Watch this space for more detailed information…
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Image: Your next server room

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Mobile data centers seemingly are getting “en vogue” but none looks as good as this one.

Rackable’s new system called “Concentro” stacks up to 1,200 two-socket servers into a standard 40′ x 8′ shipping container. The system has enough power to give you a top 200 supercomputer overnight, uses water to keep cool, and can be outfitted with a mix of server, storage, and networking hardware. And power consumption, space, and specialized data center costs seem to be the hottest topics at the moment for customers with massive server needs.

With the use of shipping containers it becomes relatively easy for companies to install a data center in an area with cheaper energy or to set up a data center in record time when demand increases. Currently suppliers of such solutions expect the…
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