Several news reports are coming in that Google Calendar was down this morning for two hours. I use Google Calendar, but I didn’t notice and was unaffected by the downtime. I guess I don’t use it often enough. However, many people use Google Calendar for personal and for work since it integrates well with mobile devices and other apps. Thankfully, the downtime was minimal without any loss of data.
After two years of construction, Google Undersea Cable between the West Coast of the United States and Japan is now complete. Located between Oregon and in Chiba and Mei prefectures in Japan, the 5600 mile connection has a bandwidth of 60 terabytes per second. One terabyte is 1000 gigabytes. Read from PCMag.
Here’s a viral video of two jets landing at the same time in SFO – San Francisco International Airport. I have a somewhat similar experience years ago except that it was a bit more scarier. The jet I was flying in was several hundred feet behind the another jet. Our jet caught the backwash of the jet in front of us and our plane dipped to the left. I was looking right at the water since I had the window seat on the left side of the plane. The pilot calmly leveled off the plane and applied extra power to gain a bit of altitude. We landed safely. Afterwards, the pilot explained what happened. Real story.
Git 2.9 is now available, which ends the development of Git 2.9 development branch. Some of the new features include the implementation of git-multimail for sending notification emails for pushes to a Git repository, a brand new “interactive.diffFilter” configuration which gives developers the ability to customize the diff displayed in “git add -i” sessions.
The following core commands have received improvements as part of the Git 2.9 release:
- git p4
- git tag
- git merge
- git pull
- git apply -v
- git worktree add
- git mergetools
- git pull –rebase
- git send-email
- git rerere
- git clone
- git commit
There is a city in Northern India called Phalodi, which just set a new heat record today of 51 degrees. On first thought, that doesn’t seem like much, except that the temperature is in centigrade. Convert that to Fahrenheit and you get a temperature of 123.8F. That’s hot. The previous heat record in India was set in 1956 in the town of Alwar at 50.6C. Today’s record is still 6 degrees cooler than the hottest day recorded ever in Death Valley, CA in 1913.
From the Guardian.
Microsoft is making available a 1 million dormant Xbox Live gamertags for anyone to pickup. If you haven’t subscribe lately or no longer using Xbox live, you may be losing your gamertag. What does Microsoft actually mean by dormant?
Microsoft has apparently been careful about what “dormant” means. This pile of names has been freed from a pool of Gamertags that were created on the original Xbox console and remained unused since that console’s servers went offline in 2010, meaning they were never used to log onto either newer console or through Microsoft’s Web-browser interface.
If you used it at least once online, you’re safe.
From Ars Technica.
Debian will be dropping support for older i386 CPUs starting with Debian 9 which will be running Linux 4.3.
I remember the days when I was running Ubuntu on my desktop. The first thing on the agenda always after a clean install was to add Ubuntu Tweak Utility and customized my desktop settings. Well, the maintainer of the this nice little utility is calling it quits. He will no longer maintain the project.
A good article about web-based emails killing off email clients such as Thunderbird.