Oh, So Vine (reprinted from the Metro Spirit, 5- 23-13)
Recently, Twitter released its latest creation. It’s a social video app called Vine. The best way to think about it is Instagram for Video. The app allows users to create and post 6-second videos. Right now, it’s only available on the iPhone, but since now I’m a happy iPhone user, that wasn’t a problem.
Just like Twitter’s 140-character limit restricts the literary value of posts, you will find the production quality of the video likewise limited. But what Vine lacks in production quality, it makes up for in simplicity and ease of use. To create a post, hit the camera button. Touch the screen, and Vine begins to record. Release the screen, and Vine stops. With a little creativity and patience, changing scenes or creating stop motion action is very straightforward.
Parental Warning: When Vine was first released, the porn industry decided that this would be a great platform for sharing. Since then, the security is revamped. Even so, this site is neither kid nor grandparent friendly. It’s not so much the porn anymore, but just the random profanity from the teenagers. If you can wade through all that, it’ll be a wonderful new social media outlet for you.
Save the Jellyfish – One of the greatest challenges in operating a modern data center is cooling. Computers and other electronic devices generate a great deal of heat. Anyone that has used a substandard laptop knows that too much heat will cause a computer to fail badly. This problem is multiplied many times in the data center. Air conditioning is one of the more significant operational costs and one of the areas of innovation. In a report from geek.com, European data center company Interexion has implemented a novel method using seawater from the nearby Baltic Sea to cool its data center in Stockholm. The system is very efficient; it reportedly paid for itself within a year.
There is one small problem however. Last year, Interexion was forced by the government to shut down the cooling system due to environmental issues. The details weren’t made clear. When asked about the incident at a recent data center conference, Interexion’s Chief Engineering Officer Lex Coors provided the brief response, “I think it’s to protect the jellyfish.”
In a related story, the inventor of the first water-cooled Raspberry PI, James Couzens, recently announced that he is working on a jellyfish attachment for the Wet Pi. If the rumors are true, the upgraded mod will include an RSS link to the EPA Invertebrate Protection Alert system.
Lego’s Can Do Anything – Finally, a note from the Lego’s-Can-Do-Anything file. Have you ever needed a over-engineered and overly complex method for moving around a bunch of miniature basketballs. Check out this video of Philip Verbeek’s GBC-6 at http://pv-productions.com/lego-gbc-6-published
Until next time, I’m off the grid. @gregory_a_baker