Links: Spaghetti Cabling, Servers for Kids

Here are a couple of links that have made their way around the Internet the past couple days, which will be of interest to some data center professionals:

  • We’ve featured messy network cabling before, as there have been several image collections and contests that have highlighted scary cabling. But Pingdom has a picture of an example of spaghetti cabling that goes above and beyond anything we’ve seen before. Check this out.
  • The gaming and gadget site Gizmodo features an interesting new title from Microsoft. “Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?” is a children’s book dedicated to “Helping Your Child Understand the Stay-At-Home Server.” Apparently played for laughs, and getting them (along with 3,000 Diggs).
  • There’s a major controversy in the domain business this week. Network Solutions has been caught “front running” domains – registering a domain for its own account following a WHOIS lookup on the name. Network Solutions insists that the practice is designed to protect its customers from domain “tasters” by reserving the name. Domain bloggers aren’t buying the explanation, and have responded by doing WHOIS searches on copyrighted terms at NetSol, triggering an automated purchase of the underlying domain (at least for the five-day waiting period). UPDATE: Network Solutions now says it is amending its policy to address concerns.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.