Mrs. Claus Just Got Pervy

What was Samsung thinking? The last thing I want to think about is Santa getting busy with old Mrs. Claus.

Thanks to Brian S Hall for sharing this awkward commercial.

Outsourced Calendar Management Created Unnecessary Headaches

It may make sense to outsource a certain segment of your IT work, say calendars, to a respected third-party to cut costs. But what happens when things go wrong? Just ask Rian van der Merwe about his experience when Google Apps for Business caused huge calendar issues at his company:

We run our company on Google Apps for Business, and we’ve never had any problems. Until now. On Friday morning we came in to work to find that all our calendars are completely, utterly messed up. Not only did we lose data and access to our own calendars, but there appears to be a major security breach as well.

The support he has received from Google so far has been so poor that he wrote a blog post asking others for help. Why Google wasn’t able to simply restore it from an acceptable point-in-time is beyond me. After all, they do state their service has “simultaneous replicated storage for your calendar appointment” and “built-in disaster recovery.” This must not be considered a disaster.

As much as we may like to complain about dealing with internal IT folks, at least you have some recourse when you receive terrible service. When dealing with an external support center, unless you have sway over future contract negotiations, your only option may be to wait and hope for the best.

Brian Williams’ Interview With Tim Cook: Part 2

Here is part two of Brian Williams’ interview with Tim Cook on Rock Center:

1983 Radio Shack Catalog is a Blast From the Past

Hard Drive Prices

Radio Shack 1983 TRS-80® Catalog

Just one of the many great finds in the Radio Shack 1983 TRS-80® Catalog. At only $291.25/MB, this 12MB primary hard drive is a steal!

160 Mac Minis Meticulously Packed in a Rack

Hack A Day

From Hack A Day:

[Steve] needed an alternative to the Xserve, since Apple stopped making it. His solution was to stick 160 Mac Minis into a rack. That’s 640 real cores, or 1280 if you count HyperThreading.

Too bad the Xserve was cancelled nearly two-years ago. Nonetheless, very interesting undertaking. Take a minute to read the brief description as to what was required to build this.

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