Microsoft’s Aquisitions

So Twitter informs me that Microsoft are purchasing Skype for a lot of $s.

I’m sure many people are shocked at the purchasing power being shown by Microsoft recently, also with their little tie-ups here and there such as the RIM agreement to use Bing search in BlackBerry devices (something I will find annoying). However, I am never shocked at large aquisitions, as per my experience from a year at IBM.

At one point, literally every week there were emails confirming aquisitions of this UK company and that Israeli company etc. all of them small, niche companies who specialised in industries IBM wants to integrate into the Smarter Planet portfolio.

So the question is; Is Microsoft feeling the strain, are they desperate to be big again, will we see a new Microsoft in the coming months and years???

BB Torch micro-review

Ok so nearly 2 weeks in and still enjoying the BlackBerry Torch, absolutely meets my needs, loving the hybrid mechanisms, I.e. Having the choice of physical or screen keyboards, the slide action is solid, the camera now works well, even capturing my little brother running fast in a nice crisp still shot! The OS6 interface is a nice improvement, I love the menus for favorite and frequently used apps. The phone is actually exactly as the other reviews say.

Compared to old 8520 curve, its hundreds of times better!

smarterplanet:

Qatar Develops Solar Powered Clouds to cool 2022 World Cup stadiums The ‘cloud’, which looks more like a spacecraft is built with  ultra-light carbon material which is crammed with helium and therefore  it is light in weight.
It is powered with solar-energy and is operated by the use of a remote control.
Dr. Saud Abdul Ghani, head of engineering at Qatar University, told a  local Arabic newspaper that the solar-powered machines can also be used  at beaches and parking lots and remotely maneuvered by a cell phone.

smarterplanet:

Qatar Develops Solar Powered Clouds to cool 2022 World Cup stadiums The ‘cloud’, which looks more like a spacecraft is built with ultra-light carbon material which is crammed with helium and therefore it is light in weight.

It is powered with solar-energy and is operated by the use of a remote control.

Dr. Saud Abdul Ghani, head of engineering at Qatar University, told a local Arabic newspaper that the solar-powered machines can also be used at beaches and parking lots and remotely maneuvered by a cell phone.

smarterplanet:

 Cool Infographics | The Map of the Internet
The Map of the Internet is an ambitious project from Peer 1 Hosting that maps the network of  hosts and routing connections that are the foundation of the Internet.   Clicking on the image above takes you to the poster in an interactive zooming viewer so you  can see the details.  You can also read about the making of the poster  in this post on the Peer 1 Hosting blog.

It’s a layout of all the networks that are  interconnected to form the internet. Some are run by small and large  ISPs, university networks, and customer networks - such as Facebook and  Google. It’s visual representation of all those networks interconnecting  with one another, forming the internet as we know it. Based on the size  of the nodes and the thickness of the lines, it speaks to the size of  those particular providers and the connections. 
In technical speak, you’re looking at all the  autonomous systems that make up the internet. Each autonomous system is a  network operated by a single organization, and has routing connections  to some number of neighbouring autonomous systems. The image depicts a  graph of 19,869 autonomous system nodes, joined by 44,344 connections.  The sizing and layout of the autonomous systems is based on their  eigenvector centrality, which is a measure of how central to the network  each autonomous system is: an autonomous system is central if it is  connected to other autonomous systems that are central.

smarterplanet:

 Cool Infographics | The Map of the Internet

The Map of the Internet is an ambitious project from Peer 1 Hosting that maps the network of hosts and routing connections that are the foundation of the Internet.  Clicking on the image above takes you to the poster in an interactive zooming viewer so you can see the details.  You can also read about the making of the poster in this post on the Peer 1 Hosting blog.

It’s a layout of all the networks that are interconnected to form the internet. Some are run by small and large ISPs, university networks, and customer networks - such as Facebook and Google. It’s visual representation of all those networks interconnecting with one another, forming the internet as we know it. Based on the size of the nodes and the thickness of the lines, it speaks to the size of those particular providers and the connections. 

In technical speak, you’re looking at all the autonomous systems that make up the internet. Each autonomous system is a network operated by a single organization, and has routing connections to some number of neighbouring autonomous systems. The image depicts a graph of 19,869 autonomous system nodes, joined by 44,344 connections. The sizing and layout of the autonomous systems is based on their eigenvector centrality, which is a measure of how central to the network each autonomous system is: an autonomous system is central if it is connected to other autonomous systems that are central.