Some of the advantages of virtualization

October 22, 2008
Online communities more important to guys
Mike Masnick takes a look at the gender imbalance between men and women when it comes to participation with online communities.

“Despite the fact that more women than men are now online, there still seems to be some perception out there that the internet is still a male-dominated world. Perhaps one reason for that is that men value their online connections more. At least that’s the results coming from a new study showing that, on average, men tend to feel stronger connections with online communities. Of course, the report doesn’t seem to explore why that is. It could potentially have something to do with the fact that early on, the internet really was male-dominated, and the community structures fit better with typical male interactions.”

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Lights out for Microsoft 2.0?
The Register
Gavin Clarke comments on the current economical situation and what that may mean for Microsoft.

“Caught between suppliers and employees that need paying and customers who pay the bills, operations can get very tight. Microsoft is already concerned about the implications of bankruptcy on its customers’ ability to pay its software bills. Consumer confidence is already at record lows, meaning they aren’t spending. The omens portend this will not be a happy Holiday Season for retailers, including those Microsoft relies on to ship PCs and Xboxes.”

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Some of the advantages of virtualization
Network World
Chip Wenz lists some benefits of virtualization here.

“Along with increasing the security of the services running on the server and utilizing the resources of the computer more efficiently, we also get the following advantages from virtualizing our server infrastructure; server consolidation, enhanced recoverability and dynamic server environments. Also because you are using fewer servers to do the same amount of work as before, you will also see a savings on electricity and cooling in your data centres.”

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