Cloud computing, a tad too literally

I couldn’t help but chuckle when this Slashdot post popped up:

The Register carries the funniest, most topical IT story of the year: ‘Facebook’s first data center ran into problems of a distinctly ironic nature when a literal cloud formed in the IT room and started to rain on servers. Though Facebook has previously hinted at this via references to a ‘humidity event’ within its first data center in Prineville, Oregon, the social network’s infrastructure king Jay Parikh told The Reg on Thursday that, for a few minutes in Summer, 2011, Facebook’s data center contained two clouds: one powered the social network, the other poured water on it.

Someone had better explain to Facebook that having an actual cloud in the data centre isn’t really what cloud computing is all about!

That said, this has happened before.  Boeing’s Everett factory (initially constructed to assemble the 747, and now assembles all of their widebody jets) used to have clouds forming near the ceiling, before the installation of a specialised air circulation system sorted that little problem out.  Evidently, some are destined to repeat history’s mistakes…

Yes, yet another photo post…

Partly inspired by Eric Nathan’s latest Cape Town timelapse video, I managed to snap on my mobile phone’s camera (after some exposure setting tinkering) these two photos: the first of yesterday evening’s sunset, the second of this morning’s sunrise.  Both of them shot from Upper Woodstock.



Now, I’ve gotten the crazy idea of trying to do timelapse photography.  I just need to scrounge around for some spare change to acquire the necessary equipment first (my mobile phone just won’t cut it, and I don’t think that my point-and-shoot that’s gathering dust will fare much better).

(Footnote: Of course, it’s entirely co-incidental that did a post covering sunset in Cape Town this morning.  You better believe it.)