Ever Wondered What’s In Google’s Data Centres?

Google is known for a lot of things but the company was built on data, the storage and searching of information from all over the internet. Typically these things are locked behind closed doors but Google wants to show it all through an eight-minute video tour showing you everything you need to see in Google’s Data Centres.

First off you need security clearance, as even for Google employees the sites are normally locked down. After a small interview regarding all the different bits and systems that help ensure a 24-7 service of their systems. Stepping into the actual data centre requires more than just a pass as you need to get through a circle door locked by an iris scanner as part of the dual authentication.

Through the entire video, you can see how large a data centre is with it giving you just a small glimpse of the building. In an interview with Virginia, one of the people responsible for the network it’s revealed that a single building can support up to 75,000 machines while transmitting over a petabit of data per second.

They even go into detail about how data and drives are removed from the system. First, the drives are wiped only to then be placed in what is essentially a wood chipper designed just for hard drives.

Take the tour in the video below and see for yourself just how big a company Google is and how many steps it takes to protect both companies and customers data. Be warned though the video is a bit of an advert for Google’s cloud platform so it may be a little cheesy at times.

Choose Your Cabin Next Time You Go On A Cruise

Cruises are meant to be relaxing times, the natural motion of the ocean flowing against the bow of the ship as you enjoy the sun and sea. The problem is as with most things, there are a lot of things you can’t control when it comes to booking your cruise. Cruisedeckplans.com hope to give you a little more option in choosing your cabin.

Remember when you book cinema tickets, or some flight tickets and you get given the choice about where you sit, knowing if you are against the isle or wedged between two people who have booked but a single seat. Cruisedeckplans is looking to offer you just that for when you are cruising.

While they can’t offer you the ability to customise your own ship, they will let you view what your cabin will look like, and the surrounding area. Don’t like being above the kitchen or under the overhanging deck that will ruin your sunbathing on the balcony? You can now see all of those in a simple interactive service.

If that wasn’t enough, there are 2,800 videos of the cabins available, with over 98,000 pictures of the staterooms to help you decide on your dream experience. With the ability to get paid 50 cents for every stateroom picture that you submit after your holiday, a few holiday pictures could quickly pay back what you spent on that lobster dinner.

Google Lets You Experience Museums From Your Chair!

For those who are interested in the museum trip, you can now do it from the comfort of your own home. Engadget has reported that Google is teaming up with the British Museum in London to bring you a Street View style viewing experience of the internal museum itself. This has been recorded in a similar style as the Street View cars by moving around a camera dolly in traditional walking places around the museum floor. Google already has a Cultural Insitute, so this new venture will add over 4,500 extra pieces including detailed photos and descriptions.


Head on over to the Google Street View Cultural Insitute experience and take a free virtual stroll around the museum.

In addition to this system, Google has compiled a microsite called “The Museum of the World”. This is a collection of all stored artifacts in a timeline for you to look into what art/design was popular across different cultures at different time periods.

I can see something like this really taking off with the consumer introduction of Virtual Reality (VR) in the near future and it will really open up the world to those who are bed bound or hospitalised. Would you use a system like this to visit, or would you prefer the experience of physically walking around the location yourself?

Apple Releases Watch How-to Videos

Love it or hate it the Apple Watch will soon be upon us and Apple has released how-to videos well before the release. The videos should give those who are interested in it some insight about just what the Watch can do.

Apple’s how-to videos of the product are as of now a group of four videos on Youtube that goes over what seems to be most aspects of the watch. The videos should hopefully answer those burning questions that have been nagging you about the Watch. On the other hand, if you are already not a fan of the device this may help put some fuel on your fire. Either way the Watch launches on April 24th with pre-orders starting on April 10th.

Source: Engadget

InWin Factory Tour Computex 2014 Part 1

We’ve been very fortunate this week, as the eTeknix team were invited along to a special tour of the InWin factory in Taipei, allowing us a first hand look at every aspect of product design, development and production. InWin have proven themselves time and time again over the last few years with their special edition cases such as the H-frame and D-Frame, that they have a passion for engineering great products. So let’s get started and take a quick look at some of the aspect of how InWin produce these products.

The first room we entered was filled with high-end machines that construct and test various components. This included CNC equipment, an EDM (electrical discharge machine), laser measuring systems and more. In here they can create the various tooling components needed for moulds, presses, stamps and other manufacturing components required.

the laser measuring system checks the tolerances of a component against its intended specifications, as things need to be absolutely precise before going into mass production.

Multiple devices are required to complete the early manufacturing processes as some machine can cut edges, others can only cut rounded shapes and devices such as the wire cut can create perfect square edges, which when combined can produce the various components moulds and tools required for the production of a chassis.

Here you can see the tooling mould for a chassis, the lines down the left side of it are what will later for the PCI expansion slots on the back.

Each one of these components is a tool, used by the larger machines in the factory as a guide to cut and stamp out USB ports, audio jacks and other bumps, grooves and cuts; can also confirm they’re freaking heavy to hold too.

In the next room we have the next step in creation some of the incredibly complex moulds that are needed to create a PC chassis, right from the high-end models that InWin make, right down to their small budget and OEM models.

These two huge moulds way hundreds of pounds and are used in an injection moulding system to create the little chassis front panel you can see on display in front of them.

Again here we have two more huge moulds, these two are used to form that intricate little front panel cover you can see on the table.

There are often hundred of parts to each mould, taking a huge amount of engineering to create using the tools in this room, as well as the cutting and measuring equipment we saw in the previous room.

These moulds are huge and InWin have a huge amount of them stacked up and ready to go for each product they create, while also keeping older models on hand should they need to produce a revision or re-use components.

Two huge lines of massive machines use plastic, which is injected under high pressure and force into the moulds, then released down a conveyor belt to be prepared and stacked, ready for the next step in production.

The plastic used for the moulds starts out as simple plastic chips, any left over or waste plastic trimmed from the mould is later recycled back into these chips so that nothing is wasted.

We will be back very shortly with part 2 of the tour, stay tuned.

Update: Read part 2 here.

Roccat Office Tour & Interview with eTeknix

Roccat Office Tour & Interview with eTeknix


Earlier in the year, Andy and the team here at eTeknix headed over to Germany to get coverage on one of the years major gaming events in Europe – Gamescom. After the show had finished and the exhibition halls closed to the press and public for the last time, eTeknix had a couple of additional things planned and one of these included going to see one of Germany’s fastest growing peripherals vendor: Roccat.

Roccat – headed up by René Korte – are passionate about bringing the mixture of gaming expertise and German engineering together through a sweet medley of gaming peripherals and software packages to tie them together and this is exactly what René was keen to talk to us about.

In our interview with Roccat, René was more than willing to talk to Andy about the history of Roccat and how they got their name. Following a sit-down interview, we are invited to take a tour around the Hamburg offices and the stages of design and testing that the enthusiastic and skilled team go through to create a new product.

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We would like to thank René and his team at Roccat for welcoming us into their offices and taking some of their time out to talk with us and share their knowledge on how a product at Roccat comes together.