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The rules of chess have remained consistent since the early 19th Century, but that doesn't mean our approach to the game has stayed the same. Here are some intriguing and surprising ways the Game of Kings has changed its shape over the past 150 years.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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In the big data era, we're told that measuring everything and correlating that data is a crucial goal. However, if you want to improve your business, it pays to be selective about the metrics you emphasise. Here are five myths about metrics to bear in mind when you're measuring any aspect of your technology infrastructure or business performance.

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How many Twitter followers do you have? As a rule of thumb, the worth of a conventional blog can be measured by the number of comments it accrues per posting. If comments are the social capital of blogs then in the world of micro-blogging, namely Twitter, the equivalent is number of followers. Zero followers means that you are essentially talking to yourself in social media. The danger with a fetish for followers, though, is that genuine online identity can disappear and be replaced by a numeric value.

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It's easy to measure almost any aspect of IT performance if you make the effort, but how do you convert that raw data into meaningful metrics that will impress your boss and perhaps increase your budget? Follow these basic guidelines to generate metrics and reports that are meaningful and career-enhancing.

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Facebook has unveiled new public dashboards that disclose power usage effectiveness (PUE) and water usage effectiveness (WUE) for its two American data centres. If you've ever wanted to be able to tell your boss 'Hey, we do this more efficiently than Facebook', this is your chance.