BOO! Google Carves Pumpkins, Halloween Hosting & More

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – The last day of October has arrived and Halloween 2011 is in full swing. So exactly how did some in the tech industry celebrate the occurrence?

As you may have already noticed, Google’s usual search doodle is specially-themed for today’s celebration. Click play on the doodle, and you’ll see a sped-up video of people carving massive pumpkins along to upbeat sounding music. Not surprisingly (but really neat!), the end result is the carved pumpkins lining up to display the “Google” name.

Google search has been displaying Halloween-themed doodles since 1999 (You can find a history of them at Mashable: http://mashable.com/2011/10/31/halloween-google-doodles/). So what all was behind this year’s doodle?

Providing insight on the company’s blog, Google stated, “To celebrate Halloween this year, the doodle team wanted to capture that fascinating transformation that takes place when carving a pumpkin. Instead of picking up a few pumpkins from the grocery store, however, we decided to work on six giant pumpkins, specially delivered from nearby Half Moon Bay (some weighing well over 1,000 pounds).”

“What you see is a timelapse video of the approximately eight hours we spent carving in the middle of our Mountain View, Calif. Campus,” the blog post continues.

Google always has fun celebrating holidays via the company’s search doodles. You view the blog post that provides a great behind the scenes video at: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/happy-hollowing.html

So did the web hosting community catch onto the Halloween spirit? We can surely say yes considering some special hosting offers that marked the month. Last week, web host BrainHost released a deal where new users would get a special Halloween treat in the mail when signing up for a hosting plan with the company (http://www.brainhost.com).

And it doesn’t end there. Web hosting provider DreamHost was also in on the Halloween fun. For Halloween, the company launched a web hosting deal that provides unlimited bandwidth & disk space for a discounted price (http://www.dreamhost.com).

And believe it or not, around this time in October also happens to have a special place in computer history. October 29, 1969 revolutionized computer networking. According to the Computer History Museum’s website (http://www.computerhistory.org/highlights/10291969/), it was the first time that techs were able to successfully transfer data between nodes on the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network.

So why was the event so special? The Advanced Research Projects Networks (also known as ARPANET) played a critical role in the development of the modern world-wide-web. With all that being said, Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine would like to wish you a truly happy (and perhaps spooky) Halloween!

 

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