Online encyclopedia site Wikipedia was generally unavailable around the globe this morning after two cables stretching between Tampa, Florida and Virginia were cut this morning. Depending on location, Wikipedia was either completely dark or extremely slow loading, It took a little over an hour to repair the severed cables, and then another hour to restore service.
You might think your brand new mobo, CPU, graphics card and case are fancy, but nothing kicks a custom PC build to the next level like individually braided power cables. Re-sleeving the individual cables on your power connectors can be incredibly time-intensive. Enter NZXT, and their new Premium Cables Starter Kit, which includes four of the most common cables you'll want spruce up.
This just in from the "It can happen to anyone" department: scientists think they may have found an explanation for the neutrinos found travelling faster than the speed of light at CERN last year -- and it doesn't involve honest-to-goodness faster than light travel. As it turns out, the big brains at CERN would probably make lousy IT guys, because they forgot to perform a basic step of any technical troubleshooting process: checking the wires.
Think you got a problem with telemarketers? Imagine being Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. While she might not get too many probing salesmen asking about the condition of her vinyl siding, Queen Beatrix may find her line clogged with inquirers wondering whether she has Prince Albert in a can before too long. That’s because the recent blast of unredacted diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks contains, gulp, Queen Beatrix’s residential phone number.
If you're talking music, mashups are so, like, 2005. To be honest, we never really got into mixing Disturbed with the Backstreet Boys to begin with. But when you start talking data transfer specification mashups our ears start to perk up. Our sonic receptors are standing at full attention today, after the Serial ATA International Organization announced the development of a new specification that combines the SATA infrastructure with the PCIe interface to form a Voltron-like super-spec.
It’s very likely that today’s lab curiosities represent possibilities that will redesign our world. Here are a few things to watch out for. (We’ll check back in a few years and see if my crystal ball needs recalibrating.)
When it comes to computer cases, cable management is all the rage. Practically every new PC enclosure comes equipped with cable cutouts to help you tidy up your system, but the irony here is that few people will ever peek inside your desktop enclosure. What passersby are more likely to notice is your work area, and when they do, will they see a neat and tidy setup or a cluttered area with USB and other cables strewn all about? If it's the latter, Quirky may have a solution.
Texas Instruments (TI) this week announced a new dual-channel, single-lane SATA redriver and signal conditioner that they claim features the lowest active power and lowest automatic low-power (ALP) mode of any 6Gbps redriver/equalizer on the planet.
Sounds incredibly geeky and all, but the real question here is, why should you care? There are a couple of reasons, the first being longer battery life in portable electronics. According to TI, its new redriver and signal conditioner runs 50 percent more efficient than the nearest competitor. We're talking about a SATA interface here so we're not expecting miracles, but hey, every little bit matters when you're dealing with mobile devices, like notebooks and netbooks.
TI also says its new tech supports longer etch runs, easier board designs, and the use of longer external cables when hooking up a drive via eSATA or using an HDD dock.
How it all works gets pretty technical, and quite frankly, a little boring. But if that's your sort of thing, get the full scoop here (PDF).
But it’s not your fault. You spend an hour or so arranging your desk, moving your monitor, setting up your speakers—the last thing on your mind is cable management. When it comes time to plug everything in, you just want to fire up your rig and commence fragging, or movie watching, or minesweeping. You don’t want to get arm-deep in the mucky muck you’ve created behind your computer. What you can’t see won’t hurt you, right?