June, 2009

  • Steve Clayton

    Steve McQueen vs. Lewis Hamilton


    Courtesy of LimitedHype….absolutely brilliant…apart from the missing finger of Steve of course :)

  • Steve Clayton

    Kutcher Loves Bing



    The dude who was first to hit a million followers on Twitter is a Bing fan. Ashton Kutcher….gracias. Bring the millions with you.

    hat tip to Brian Gorbett

  • Steve Clayton

    Windows.com gets 7’ed



    Now that pretty much all the news is out there in terms of Windows 7 availability and pricing it’s good to see that Windows.com is leading with 7. I’m not sure when the change happened but until recently it was still very much a Vista site with details of 7 sprinkled here and there.

    As expected, the Windows Live and Windows Mobile brand also get prominent placement.

    As you step further in to the Windows 7 part of the site the makeover is consistent…I like the fact there is much more whitespace on the site, fonts are pretty uniform and there is some bold photography.



    Just before publishing this I noticed that the Engadget had posted a piece on the Windows 7 videos that just got released. Interesting to note that the videos seem to use a newer desktop wallpaper than the RC that has been seen in some leaked builds.

  • Steve Clayton

    Le Tour Du Clayton Video


    Final evidence in video format of my recent 250 mile ride from St Malo to Ile De Re. Back on the bike soon and thanks again for all the sponsorship….you helped raise over £1500 for Agatha’s Appeal

  • Steve Clayton

    Two More Microsoft Mega Datacenters next month



    Our Global Foundation Services team posted on their blog yesterday about two more mega data centers coming online next month:


    July marks the launch of our two newest mega data centers in Chicago and Dublin. Our Dublin facility will go live on July 1, followed by our Chicago facility on July 20 to support our growing Online, Live, and Cloud services.

    These are whoppers. Dublin covers 303,000 sq feet and has 5.4 mega watts of power available now...though it'll expand to 22.2 mega watts over time and with customer demand. One notable factor about this data center is its use of outside air cooling which is significantly more energy efficient than using cooling units.




    The Chicago data center is even bigger at 700,000 sq ft (16 football fields) and a max power of 60 mega watts. This is the data center that makes significant use of containers which do a lot to help conserve energy. Each container houses somewhere between 1800 and 2500 servers and are sort of like big Lego blocks.

    On a related topic, we now also have a Cloud Computing Futures group in MSR - a sure sign of the strategic importance of these data factories to Microsoft. What's their mission?


    treat the data center as an integrated system—a holistic entity—and optimize all aspects of hardware and software


    Should be fun to watch. Oh and a final bonus for those who missed it is the whitepaper we released back in may titled Securing Microsoft's Cloud Infrastructure. 

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