“Green” and “data centers” don’t often appear together in the same sentence. Data centers are often criticized for the amount of electrical power they use, both to run the devices in them and cool off the buildings. But an increasing number of organizations are working to make their data centers more sustainable by using a set of specifications and best practices in constructing, maintenance, and operations.
Beginning in kindergarten, people have to learn to work in teams. Some like it, and some hate it. But teamwork isn’t going to go away anytime soon, so it behooves us to find the most efficient way to be a team player.
Typically people work in groups because packs produce better ideas. But groups may actually crush innovation rather than encourage it. Studies have indicated that people can be less likely to bring up new or unusual ideas, or to criticize other people’s ideas, because they feel intimidated about going against the will of the group—a phenomenon known as “groupthink.”
People tend to think of the federal government as being a huge entity that overshadows local governments. But local governments in fact dwarf the size of federal governments. For example, state and local governments combine to produce $3 trillion in spending, which is more than twice that of the federal government market (not counting defense spending). And local governments employ 19 million workers, which is more than seven times that of the federal government market.
Altogether, city and county governments are larger employers than the retail, manufacturing, construction, or financial industries, according to Dugan Petty, a fellow with the Center for Digital Government. In fact, if states were viewed as individual businesses, 19 (starting with California at #3) would be members of the Fortune 100.
One of the last digital document holdouts is throwing in the towel. The Supreme Court recently announced that it intends to put its records online next year—for free.
Just months after the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system came under sharp criticism for being behind the times, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. announced the decision in his annual year-end report.
One of our favorite Simplicity 2.0 quotes from the past year came from Susan Buck of the Women’s Coding Collective. “Build a tribe,” she said. “You’re going to find yourself at a lot of interviews, at conference sessions, and at meeting tables where you’re going to wonder, ‘Do I belong here?’ Often, as you look around at a majority that does not look like you, you'll really start to doubt that you do.”
Buck offered this advice in the context of female programmers, but really, it applies to anyone. Who doesn’t need a group of other people to share experiences with? And who hasn’t felt like an outsider?