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Most server rollouts are built on commodity hardware: using standard Intel-based systems running general-purpose stacks, which offer the promise of being able to easily switch between providers. That model isn’t disappearing, but in some contexts engineered systems — platforms which have a much tighter integration between hardware, server and application layers — can be more helpful.
iPhone: Tracking budgets and finances isn’t really supposed to be fun, but Pennies is an app that makes the process a little more bearable by using intuitive gestures and a bright colour scheme.
Dear Lifehacker, There have been a lot of great new updates recently. I’m shopping for a new phone, a new video card for my computer, even some new headphones — but a lot of these new products are just hitting the market now. Does it make sense to jump on them right away? When does it make sense to buy versus hold off?