Tuesday, 7 July 2015

10 Simple WD 40 Life Hacks

Climbing the stick.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Charts on Grids – Responsive Dashboard Templates with Bootstrap

Building a dashboard for your customers? Need a quick and easy way to share stuff with your team? Check out the new keen/dashboards on Github and get up and running super quick with great-looking, customizable dashboard templates.
Each template is composed of a minimal set of custom styles built on top of Bootstrap v3.2, covering some of the most common dashboard use cases and layout configurations.

Access the project here.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Rainmeter (desktop custimisation tool)

Rainmeter displays customizable skins, like memory and battery power, RSS feeds and weather forecasts, right on your desktop. Many skins are even functional: they can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications, and control your media player - all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customize to your liking. Rainmeter is at once an application and a toolkit. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.

Access the software here.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Open Vulnerability Assessment System (OpenVAS)

The Open Vulnerability Assessment System (OpenVAS) is a framework of several services and tools offering a comprehensive and powerful vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution.
The actual security scanner is accompanied with a daily updated feed of Network Vulnerability Tests (NVTs), over 35,000 in total.
All OpenVAS products are Free Software. Most components are licensed under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL). 

Access the software page here.

Net LineDancer (Network configuration management)

Access the blog here.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Friday, 15 May 2015

Middle Of The Road - Bonjour ├ža va 1974

Use Best Practices to Design Data Center Facilities

Data centers seldom meet the operational and capacity requirements of their initial designs. The principal goals in data center design are flexibility and scalability, which involve site location, building selection, floor layout, electrical system design, mechanical design and modularity. 
Access the research by Michael A. Bell here.

Thursday, 14 May 2015


This white paper by Fortrust available here examines several key criteria as they relate to service delivery from a data center or colocation provider. Specifically, this paper examines the importance of factors such as risk mitigation, operational processes and service assurance, combined with maintenance and lifecycle strategies that directly contribute to high availability service delivery.

Datacenter Site Selection Checklist

Use this checklist available here to aid in the process of selecting a new site for the data center. When visiting potential building sites, print the checklist off and take it along to record impressions and comments on the building and/or its location.

How to Cool Your Data Center Enclosures, Cabinet Cooling on a Budget

DataCrunchers: Datacenter Detonation!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Rick James - Mary Jane

Afroman - Because I Got High

Network Cabling in SoftLayer Data Centers ... With Zip Ties?!?!

Down and dirty in the data centre Episode 3

Down and dirty in the data centre Episode 2

Down and dirty in the data centre Episode 1

The Data Center Ops Performance Challenge


Monitoring Series Myth2

Sparkline theory and practice Edward Tufte

A sparkline is a small intense, simple, word-sized graphic with typographic resolution. Sparklines mean that graphics are no longer cartoonish special occasions with captions and boxes, but rather sparkline graphic can be everywhere a word or number can be: embedded in a sentence, table, headline, map, spreadsheet, graphic. From Edward Tufte's book Beautiful Evidence

Access the post here.

Bullet Graph Design Specification

The bullet graph was developed to replace the meters and gauges that are often used on dashboards. Its linear and no frills design provides a rich display of data in a small space, which is essential on a dashboard. Like most meters and gauges, bullet graphs feature a single quantitative measure (for example, year to date revenue) along with complementary measures to enrich the meaning of the featured measure. Specifically, bullet graphs support the comparison of the featured measure to one or more related measures (for example, a target or the same measure at some point in the past, such as a year ago) and relate the featured measure to defined quantitative ranges that declare
its qualitative state (for example, good, satisfactory, and poor).
Its linear design not only gives it a small footprint, but also supports more efficient reading than radial meters.
The bullet graph consists of five primary components:
  • Text label
  • A quantitative scale along a single linear axis
  • The featured measure
  • One or two comparative measures (optional)
  • From two to five ranges along the quantitative scale to declare the featured measure’s qualitative state (optional)
Access the specification here.

The big list of 59 free Twitter tools for marketers

At Buffer, we tend to come across a fair share of social media tools. We’ve collected a great bunch to share with you! Here are all the tools we’ve found helpful and many more that we’re excited to try. If there’s a free Twitter tool out there, you’re likely to find a mention here in our list here.

Top data centre trends to watch in 2015

Google Data Center Efficiency Best Practices. Part 2: Manage Airflow

Security and Data Protection in a Google Data Center

Friday, 8 May 2015

16 Datacenter Fundamentals

Lighting Control Emergency Lighting

Data Center Life Cycle Services - Value Proposition

The Data Center Life Cycle: Operation Services

MTN Gallo Manor data centre

Images of the MTN data centre at Gallo Manor available here on MyBroadband.

Standard Bank’s excellent data centre bleeding money

Standard Bank has built what is widely seen as the country’s best data centre, but according to industry sources it is bleeding money.

Read the article here on MyBroadband.

Solar-powered cooling for MTN data centres

MTN has unveiled a green cooling system for its data centre which you can read about in this article here on MyBroadband.

Telkom data centre power outage

One of Telkom’s data centres in Centurion experienced issues with its power supply on the morning of Thursday, 2 October 2014, a spokesperson for the company has confirmed.

Read the article on MyBroadband here.

Inside Hetzner’s new data centre

The following photos here show how Hetzner’s new data centre was built – from an empty piece of land to an ultra-secure facility hosting thousands of servers.

Inside Vodacom’s impressive new data centre

MyBroadband takes a behind-the-scenes look at Vodacom’s new 3,000-square meter data centre.

Read the article here.

Major MTN Gallo Manor data centre outage

A power outage at MTN’s data centre in Gallo Manor, Johannesburg has brought the operator’s hosting infrastructure to its knees.

Read the article on MyBroadband here.