Since the BP-contracted Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20th, killing 11 workers and sending tens of thousands of barrels of oil into the sea every day, the oil industry has been subject to an understandable barrage of bad press. Finding a good news story amongst all of this environmental doom and gloom is, to be fair, pretty tough. However, I think I might just have managed it courtesy of that most unlikely of environmental heroes: the data centre. It would appear that a data centre which was designed and built by Keysource for …

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Name: Brent Height: 6'2" Weight: Large, and that's all you'll get out of me :D Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Location: Oklahoma City Age: 61 Hobbies: Family, music, growing things, antiques, old stuff, learning new things Relationship Status: Committed relationship for 17 years Music: Moody Blues, Cher (yeah I know a cliche), jazz, classical, Meatloaf, Jackson Brown, rock, driving fast music, blasting rock Education: Bachelors in Business Administration, Network Training, Computer Forensic Training, Windows server training Work: Self-employed computer forensic analysis for 7 years(this I love); chief financial officer for small oil company(this pays the bills) Favorite Food: Yes Favorite Movies: …

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Oracle, Research and Motion and Palm are all releasing earnings statements today, and that should pick up momentum in what has been a fairly dormant technology trading week. The web site Tradingmarkts.com thinks the earnings news means opportunity in two technology-heavy exchange-traded funds (ETFs); Technology Select Sector (SPDR ETF XLK); and the ProShares Ultra Technology ETF, ROM. Both ETF’s have more tech company assets than most tech indexes, and has a two-to-one weighting over the Dow Jones U.S. Technology Index. Could be a quick score, there. Elsewhere, trading is light as the Christmas-New Years season looms and traders and investors …

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Stocks are mixed today, which isn't really bad news considering the overseas selloff we saw on Sunday night and early Monday morning. Helping U.S. markets was decent news from the housing sector, where home sales were up 2.7% for September, with some of the country's hardest-hit regions like the southwest, showing the biggest gains. If the home-buying consumer can start chipping away at some of the home inventory out there, that could boost the economy at a time when we need it most. Overall, there are about 345,000 unsold homes sitting on the market. That number has to decline for …

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Oil is falling again, off $31 from its July high of $148 a barrel, but some analysts think this is bad news. Paul Kedrosky, a strategist at Ten Asset Management sees oil falling more and settling as low as $90 a barrel and takes his case to Tech Ticker today to explain why this is a negative for the economy. “Lower oil prices could negatively impact work being done in bio-fuels and solar and wind,” says Kedrosky. “Any price under $100 per barrel is bad for alternative energy market. There is not as much need to explore and invest in …

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The good news in the stock market today is the continued drop in oil prices, with a barrel of sweet, light crude dipping below $125 for the first time since June. Already, commuters are seeing that decline priced in at the pump, with a gallon of gasoline falling below $4.00 per gallon – in some areas to $3.70 per gallon – as demand slows and prices drop. At the same time, the earnings season has been better than a lot of people expected. IBM, Apple, AT&T have led a tech charge in better-than-expected revenues in the last quarter, even though …

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In the alternative energy movement, the mantra is a simple one: go to where you want to be – not where you are now. Think of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, who once said “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is has been, or where it is now.” So it goes for the solar power market, where emerging companies are taking a technology that was once considered to be a unique, but ineffective method of heating and lighting your home, used primarily by descendents of Druid sun worshippers and hemp-loving hippies, to growing popularity …

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The stock market is taking another major hit today after consumer confidence numbers came in well below expectations. The Conference Board, which measures the monthly consumer confidence number, reports that June’s number fell to 50.4%, down from 57% in May. Big investors had been anticipating consumer confidence numbers in the 56% or 57% range. But those are just numbers – the real questions what are they telling us? And what does that mean for the technology sector. The answer to the first question is easy. Americans are absolutely terrified about rising energy prices. With the cost of everything from gasoline …

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Oh boy, just when we thought we were out of the woods, high oil prices are pulling us back in again. Oil prices skyrocketed by $7 a barrel today to $135 a barrel, gathering even more momentum after Thursday's big bump-up, and that, unfortunately, is the good news. A new report from a key Morgan Stanley analyst predicted prices could hit $150 by the Fourth of July. If you don't think that rising oil and energy prices don't impact technology companies, you're mistaken. Technology companies rely on the normally-reliable U.S. consumer to ride them out of recessions. But with $150 …

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