The global microchip shortage shows no signs of easing in the short term, so it's probably perfect timing for Bosch to have opened their newest microchip plant over in Dresden, Germany. The one billion Euros they spent on the thing is, hopefully, going to start paying for itself right away.
It's not going to solve the crisis all by itself - and it's not spec'd to be able to make particularly high-end chips - but in a time when basically all microchips are hard to get, it's some small but welcome relief, at least. Maybe it'll help ease the car shortage a little right as all the car rental agencies are trying to buy back the fleets they sold off last year.
One of the world's major CDN (Content Delivery Network) providers - Fastly - went down for the first time in half a decade this week, causing one of those giant site outages where a lot of operations people panic, and then feel slightly better when they realise everyone else is also down.
Affected sites included CNN, the New York Times, and a good portion of the UK Government, as well as many others - Fastly has a client list most companies would envy. They were down for an hour or two, with some journalists taking to Google Docs or Twitter to try and get the news out there - with, uh, varying results.
Their postmortem was up impressively quickly and indicates that a valid customer change triggered something in their network - sounds like they're going to shore up testing and response time, which is honestly the right call here. Hopefully it's more than 5 years until the next one.
The global idiocy that is cryptocurrency (in most of its forms) continues to sweep across nations, this time landing on El Salvador, where the President has now declared that they're going to offer cryptocurrency mining facilities that are powered using... volcano power.
The power is actually standard ground geothermal near the volcanoes, rather than some Bond-villian-style facility on top of one, but it's still a bit much. In the meantime, cryptocurrencies' power usage continues to basically undo all the renewable energy progress that's been made in the last few decades.
I can only hope that we can get popular cryptocurrencies moved to proof-of-stake soon (rather than proof-of-work, the one that burns power) so we can end up with just a Ponzi scheme that doesn't also contribute to environmental catastrophe.