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Gallery: Raijin, NCI's Petaflop Supercomputer

Raijin is the supercomputer run by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), and used for a wide range of scientific research projects. Here’s an inside look at the computing and cooling gear that drives it.

Gallery: How Corrosion, Algae And Bacteria Can Ruin A Data Centre

Water cooling is often used for heat management in data centres, but that creates its own challenges. Corrosion, algae, bacteria and fungus can damage those cooling systems. Beware the prolific biofilm slime formers!

Top 10 Parking Crimes Against Humanity

Adolf Hitler. Idi Amin. Bad parkers. There is a special space in hell reversed for all three. Here are ten of the world’s most heinous parking crimes, from boxing other cars in to deliberately parking over the lines. We’ve also included photographic evidence of culprits in the act. How many are you guilty of?

How To Maintain A Qantas Airbus A380

We’ve tested out the flight experience on an A380 and compared the offerings from different airlines. But we’ve never seen how an A380 is maintained — until now. Here’s what happens inside Qantas’ Sydney Jetbase, and why cushion maintenance is disturbingly important.

QuickPic Is A Fast, Free Gallery Replacement For Android

Android: If you’re looking for a fast and feature-rich alternative to the default Android gallery, QuickPic can get the job done. The app allows you to browse and edit images quickly, and even perform batch operations against multiple photos on your SD card.

Mint Tracks Your Investment Portfolio

Mint, the web-based financial management application that took us by storm a few months back, is adding investment tracking to their already impressive feature set. Mint’s investments, currently in beta, tracks everything from the performance of your Roth IRA to the value of your 401k, all from its attractive, easy-to-understand interface. As with Mint in general, you’ll need to be comfortable trusting your data in their hands (if you’re curious, you can read more about their security measures here). Mint investments is currently in private beta, but if you follow the link, they’ve set up a page for Lifehacker readers to sign up. You should get access to Mint’s investments sometime next week, and we’ve been assured that there’s no limits on signups. In the meantime, hit the jump for a closer look at Mint’s investments interface.

First Look at Thunderbird 3 Alpha 1

The latest version of the free, open-source email manager, Thunderbird, is in the wild—in an alpha release rough enough around the edges to earn the code-name “Shredder.” It doesn’t have all the features promised for Thunderbird 3 yet, but you can see where it’s headed. I installed “Shredder” in Windows XP, and I’ll show you what’s there, and explain what’s coming soon, after the jump.

XBMC Turns Your Mac into the Ultimate Media Center

You don’t have to mod your classic Xbox to run the best free media centre application around anymore: Dedicated developers have ported the Xbox Media Centre (XBMC) software to the Mac, and its killer features will convince you to abandon Front Row forever. The latest XBMC on OS X beta dropped last week, and it’s as stable and useful as ever. Dubbed the “throw out your Xbox” release, XBMC for Mac 0.5 beta 1 adds the key feature that finally puts your media centre Mac under the TV where it belongs: remote control support. Let’s take a look at how you can (and why you want to) replace Front Row with XBMC on your Mac.

Test-driving VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1

Mac OS X only: VMware’s brand new beta 1 of Fusion 2.0, virtualisation software for Mac OS X, promises to make you feel like you’re running Windows or Linux natively from your Mac desktop. From multiple monitor support, 3-D graphics support for games, smoother USB device detection, folder sharing, and printing, Fusion 2.0 is a tempting piece of software already, even in only as a first beta. Problem is, if you already use Fusion, the beta will replace your existing installation. To spare you possible bugginess on your desktop, have a look at some screenshots of Fusion 2.0 in action on my Mac.

Coolest Cubicle Contest, Part Three

We were impressed with part one, part two blew us away, and today we’re back for an incredible third and final installment of the 2008 Coolest Cubicle Contest, with $500 at Amazon up for grabs. Today’s submissions feature some over-the-top cubicles—like race tracks and bunkers—and some incredibly clever and subtle cubicle decor that anyone could pull off with a minimum of effort. Hit the jump to take a look at the last group of cubicles.

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