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October 4, 2017

Elon Musk looks set to win his battery bet!

Never one to back down from a challenge, but Elon Musk has been in the headlines even more than usual recently over a claim to provide a lithiium battery like never seen before. Not only has the go-getting Tesla founder been promising to fly us to the moon and back, but he’s also revealed that work on the world’s largest and most powerful lithium ion battery is in full swing!

With typical flamboyance, Musk had taken a bet on how soon he could have the project completed within 100 days. It was a bet that could, he said, cost Tesla somewhere in the region of $50 million (£38 million) if they were to miss the deadline. With the official counter only triggered on Friday, however, and work being well under way, this is starting to look like it can be achieved by Tesla.

100-day deadline has been started

The wager came about when Tesla Vice President for Energy Products Lyndon Rive said that the company would be able to deliver a battery providing 100-300 MWh of storage within 100 days of signing a contract.

Australian software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, the co-founder of Atlassian, called out Rive’s boss Elon Musk on the claim, tweeting: “How serious are you about this bet? If I can make the $ happen (& politics), can you guarantee the 100MW in 100 days?”

Musk responded: “Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?”

“You’re on mate,” Cannon-Brookes tweeted back in full Aussie bloke mode. “Give me 7 days to try sort out politics & funding. DM me a quote for approx 100MW cost – mates rates!”

That was back in March, but apparently it takes a long time to cross the t’s and dot the i’s on this sort of massive undertaking. The grid connection agreement was finally signed on Friday by transmission company Electranet, following approval by Australian energy regulators. It was that signature that triggered the countdown, as per Musk’s assertion that the system would be online within 100 days of signing the contract.

Good luck Mr Musk – we are all counting on you!

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October 2, 2017

Edge – the new default Browser for Win 10

Not a fan of the Windows 10 Microsoft Edge browser? You’re not alone! Only 20% of all Windows 10 users ran Edge as their main browser as of August 2017, down from 24% a year earlier, reports Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer.

Edge has been an improvement on the old Windows Explorer, but many people have chosen to switch from Edge to Chrome, Firefox, Opera or another browser when upgrading to Windows 10.

Edge, the default web browser that comes with Windows 10, is fast on benchmarks and compliant with modern web standards, but it also offers some capabilities not found in some big competitors. Edge started life with interesting tools like webpage markup, integrated Cortana features, and a clean Reading mode. Windows 10’s Anniversary Update brought Edge web browser extensions, tab-pinning, faster page rendering, and wider standards support. Creators Update, the latest Windows version, adds ebook reading and unique tab organization. Even without these tricks, Edge is worth your consideration, and it’s mostly a pleasure to use. But it still lacks some tools found in the more-mature Firefox, our Editors’ Choice, and its extensions ecosystem is still small.

So how do you edge away from Edge?

If you decide you want to switch to another browser as your default, it’s easy to do. You’ll need to first install the other browser on your system. After that’s done, click the Windows 10 Start button and click the Settings icon that appears on the left-hand side of the screen. (It looks like a little gear.) You can also type “settings” into the search box and click the Settings result that appears at the top of the screen.

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October 1, 2017

Embrace the Cloud!

Technology moves incredibly quickly – so what’s the next big step? Technology enriches our every day lives but is constantly changing and adapting to suit environments. There is especially a lot of hype around security at the moment, so we will be looking at the difference between Cloud Servers V. Dedicated physical Servers and how they can work for you.

So, What is the difference between a cloud server and a dedicated server?

If you’re not sure whether cloud servers or dedicated servers are right for your environment, then we will explain the differences and point out some benefits and limitations.

Cloud Servers

If you need to optimize IT performance without the large costs associated with purchasing and managing a fully dedicated infrastructure, cloud servers are a great option. It is very adaptable and scale able, and those with variable demands and workloads. With Cloud servers you will only pay for what you use so you will also save on space, power usage, maintenance and hardware purchases. They are easier to perform maintenance and upgrades and therefore save money or resources on technical support.They will give you the benefit of infinite flexibility. You can scale resources up or down resources depending on demand, and avoid paying for idle infrastructure costs when demand is low.

Cloud servers can be configured to provide levels of performance, security and control similar to those of a dedicated server. But instead of being hosted on physical hardware that’s solely dedicated to you, they reside on a shared “virtualized” environment that’s managed by your cloud hosting provider.

Physical Servers

A dedicated server is a physical server that is purchased and configured entirely for your own needs. Dedicated servers are great for large businesses, organizations that require exceptionally high levels of data security, or organizations that have predictable demand necessitating all of their servers running 24x7x365. Businesses using dedicated servers still need the IT capacity and expertise to manage the ongoing maintenance.

So which is right for me?

There is no doubt that Physical servers still have a place in certain organisations, and this is unlikely to change. However, if you do not have a dedicated in house team of IT professionals to manage and support your infrastructure and exceedingly high levels of data security are not required, then cloud computing could be the way to go! Cloud computing can offer resilience, easier scalability and management, security, and save you money.

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