Today in Tech History

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On this day, fifty years ago, the world of tech changed forever...

Today’s a milestone in tech history. On this day in 1964, the first commercial desktop computer was launched.

The Programma 101 was unveiled at the New York World’s Fair, and had a price tag of $3,200 - that’s roughly $24,000 in today’s money. It had been produced by Italian manufacturers Olivetti and invented by the engineer Pier Giorgio Perotto.

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Bet You’ve Never Seen a Tesla Coil Do This…

Tesla coil image Bet You’ve Never Seen a Tesla Coil Do This…

How VPS.net's Head of Datacentre Infrastructure has turned a Tesla coil into a musical instrument...

Primarily used in experiments into lightning, X-rays, and current, Tesla coils are the usual suspects in science and technology museums.

Pretty soon, though, one might turn up in the Royal Albert Hall or accompanying the Royal Philharmonic. That is, if the head of datacentre infrastructure at UK2 has anything do with it.

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How To Update Your System

Feather duster 2 How To Update Your System

Give your server a new lease of life with a quick and easy update...

There comes a time in every server’s life when it needs a slightly newer version of its software. Thankfully, with modern Linux distributions, all it takes is a few keystrokes to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of your system.

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Preventing heartache from Heartbleed!

Heartbleed Image Preventing heartache from Heartbleed!

We take website security very seriously and you should too! Recently, a group of researchers identified a vulnerability known as 'Heartbleed', which exposed a problem with OpenSSL on Web servers world-wide. For those who don’t know, it’s the encryption technology that keeps data secure, so you can understand why it is causing some heartache!

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Around the World in 18 Datacentres – Chicago

Chicago datacentre Around the World in 18 Datacentres   Chicago

VPS.net has servers in 18 global locations. In this series, we go virtual globetrotting to discover more about where they are.

Elk Grove Village is the breezy town near the Windy City. But unlike in Chicago, where the air gusts around the towers of skyscrapers, here the breeze rustles the leaves in trees and forests. The village is surrounded by more than 473 acres of park district. There are 44 parks, sweeping lakes, and miles of sports fields.

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Gaming’s new guru – Uwe Eickert

Mark Bonington talks to CEO of Academy Games Uwe Eickert about breathing new life into board games, playing the game of business and receiving $400,000 on Kickstarter.

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How important are new ideas?

It’s 100%. All of our games, particularly those in the historical or war game context, are concerned with re-working how they are presented in play. Many of the games in the” old school”, or the ‘Ameritrash’ way, are concerned with that ‘role a die, move, do what that square tells you to do’ mode of play. And gameplay is now moving into critical thinking, which is more exciting for us.

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Like Pigs In Muck?

Happy Like Pigs In Muck?

In honour of #HappinessDay, VPS shares a few things that have made us smile this week…

Virtual Reality Gaming

The Nintendo Wii dangled the carrot, back in the day. It opened up the possibility of games that we could interact with using more than a handset. But then the tide dried up a bit. Now Sony have got the bandwagon well and truly moving by revealing their Project Morpheus headset, which they hope to launch as an add-on to the PS4 at some time in the future. This headset, which’ll make you look like Robocop, lets you move around a virtual landscape to play games like medieval castle combat tryst The Castle, and sci-fi shoot ‘em up EVE: Valkyrie.

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