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Monday: August 1, 2011

New report reveals that Google uses roughly 900,000 servers.New report reveals that Google uses roughly 900,000 servers.

The good news is that at least those 900,000 servers are the low-power high-efficiency breed of servers that one would expect a company as big as Google to be using. The source article has some other interesting tidbits regarding software that will automate data across multiple data center as well as Google's server expansion plans. Long story short, the number will probably go over a million in the near future.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 1:40 PM | Tags (6) | report | google | servers | efficient | energy | data |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 12, 2011

Some new info about Microsoft's upcoming version of SQL Server for all you database nerds out there.Some new info about Microsoft's upcoming version of SQL Server for all you database nerds out there.

Just when you think you've gotten used to something a new software product comes along and changes things up. The new version of SQL Server called 'Denali' will see a final release sometime in late 2011 or early 2012. For those wondering here is a giant list of deprecated features the product will carry that you can go cry in the corner about.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 1:00 PM | Tags (7) | microsoft | sql | server | programming | database | features | deprecated |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: May 10, 2010

Everything you wanted to know about the Facebook privacy war.Everything you wanted to know about the Facebook privacy war.

Wired goes into detail about all the recent privacy changes that Facebook has recently undergone and what they mean to you and your data. Long story short, make sure your privacy settings are all up to snuff (or cancel your account).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:03 AM | Tags (8) | changes | data | facebook | privacy | settings | war | wired | writeup |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 20, 2010

NASA to send first humanoid robot out into space later this year.NASA to send first humanoid robot out into space later this year.

The robotics aren't quite advanced enough yet to send an actual android that is advanced as the ones you've seen on Star Trek - but it's a start. As to when these robot astronauts will turn on their masters and decide to destory all of our satellites - anybody's guess.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 1:14 PM | Tags (8) | data | humanoid | launch | nasa | robots | shuttle | space | startrek |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 12, 2010

Google decides to acquire Plink, a visual search company.Google decides to acquire Plink, a visual search company.

The four month-old start-up provided visual search results based on artwork photography submitted to their PlinkArt application on your Android handset. The principle is simple: take a shot of a painting, run it through the Plink art database and get the details on the artwork and its author.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 1:32 PM | Tags (11) | acquisitions | android | app | database | engine | google | plink | register | results | search | visual |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 6, 2010

A collection of three handy SQL Server cheat sheets just for you.A collection of three handy SQL Server cheat sheets just for you.

Do you have the the honor, no privilege, of working with SQL Server implementations for the better part of your work day? If you answered yes, then this post should come very handy. Print em up, tape to wall, continue on with your query, execute and enjoy.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 6:45 AM | Tags (9) | cheat | database | execute | programming | query | scripting | server | sheets | sql |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 24, 2010

Security flaws over at the IRS could mean that your personal data might be at risk.Security flaws over at the IRS could mean that your personal data might be at risk.

The Internal Revenue Service's failure to use strong passwords, install patches quickly, and adequately control access to computer systems and information makes the system vulnerable to insider threats and attacks from outside, a new government report concludes.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:42 AM | Tags (12) | taxes | security | risk | irs | data | exposed | cnet | passwords | weak | control | systems | vulnerable |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 9, 2010

Ten SQL tips you can use to speed up your beloved databases.Ten SQL tips you can use to speed up your beloved databases.

This is a great collection of tips for anyone who happens to deal with writing SQL queries on a daily basis (cough).  And yes, I actually own the t-shirt contained in the attached thumbnail.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 6:53 AM | Tags (7) | sql | database | programming | queries | joins | statements | speed |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 16 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: December 15, 2009

Yes, it's quite possible to ring up $22,000 worth of charges on your cell phone.Yes, it's quite possible to ring up $22,000 worth of charges on your cell phone.

The charges in question were actually caused by the data usage of a thirteen year old boy. The bright side to all of this is that Verizon has stepped in and made a promise to credit the entire amount of astronomical charges.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 6:41 AM | Tags (8) | phone | mobile | verizon | data | usage | charges | high | kmov |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 21 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: October 15, 2009

A list of the top seven technology disasters of the decade.A list of the top seven technology disasters of the decade.

In what has been called the largest credit card crime of all time, earlier this year, Heartland Payment Systems announced that hackers had broken into the computers it uses to process about 100 million transactions each month for 175,000 merchants.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:49 AM | Tags (7) | breach | data | disasters | flaws | hacks | security | technology |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 37 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 7, 2009

NYC BigApps contest officially under way - start your programming.NYC BigApps contest officially under way - start your programming.

The task is to create some sort of meaningful kind of application (be it for web, desktop, iPhone, etc) while utilizing at least one data source available on the NYC.gov Data Mine. There are cash prizes as well as chance to have dinner with New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Swanky.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 5:02 PM | Tags (10) | application | bloomberg | contest | data | design | development | nyc | prizes | programming | web |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: September 24, 2009

Want to know the furthest distance between two McDonald's joints?Want to know the furthest distance between two McDonald's joints?

...McDonald’s cluster at the population centers and hug the highway grid.  East of the Mississippi, there’s wall-to-wall coverage, except for a handful of meager gaps centered on the Adirondacks, inland Maine, the Everglades, and outlying West Virginia.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Scary @ 3:30 PM | Tags (9) | mcdonalds | fastfood | distance | points | visualization | food | data | highways | coverage |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 101 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 13, 2009

Adobe looking to give ColdFusion a shot in the arm with new release.Adobe looking to give ColdFusion a shot in the arm with new release.

Adobe went for three simple categories of improvement with this release: Increase user productivity, improve integration with popular enterprise software, and simplify the workflow between Adobe products.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 3:43 PM | Tags (8) | adobe | beta | coldfusion | database | enterprise | integration | productivity | software |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 10, 2009

A graph depicting how the average U.S. consumer spends their paycheck.A graph depicting how the average U.S. consumer spends their paycheck.

An interesting visualization of a data survey provided by Department of Labor.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 7:40 AM | Tags (6) | average | consumer | data | graph | paycheck | survey |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 31 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 9, 2009

It's quite possible to steal data using only an electrical outlet and some cheap lasers.It's quite possible to steal data using only an electrical outlet and some cheap lasers.

...the attacker grabs the keyboard signals that are generated by hitting keys. Because the data wire within the keyboard cable is unshielded, the signals leak into the ground wire in the cable, and from there into the ground wire of the electrical system feeding the computer.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 4:18 PM | Tags (9) | data | electrical | exploit | hacker | hacking | lasers | outlets | theft | tutorial |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 16 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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