Friday Mar 20, 2009

More Twitter Clouds and Fascinating Games

In response to my post yesterday about clouds of followers at Twittersheep, Mark Kolb (@outwitme) sent me a link to his site, OuTWITMe, that has, among other fun and games, a cool three-dimensional cloud of major words found in the most recent tweets of a user you specify or Twitterverse at large.  Poking around the swirling cloud and following the train of consciousness it engenders is a stimulating experience.  The two-dimensional snapshot posted on this blog doesn't do justice to what Mark has provided.

Elsewhere on the site are some fascinating Twitter-based word games that appear to have the potential to be absolutely addicting to a word geek like me:
"Outwit Me is your home for a variety of unique Twitter games that have been specially crafted with artificial intelligence. You are here to be challenged, entertained, stimulated. We are here to engage your mind and of course to outwit you."
With names like Tweet Quiz, Tweet Words and TWord Chains, these games all played through Twitter and appear to not be trivial. It appears that some really intellectual activity is happening north of the border, where the governing philosophy is "to present intelligent challenges for tweeters with some time on their hands."

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Wednesday Mar 18, 2009

In the Clouds at Community One

At today's CommunityOne conference held today in New York City, Sun announced the Sun Open Cloud Platform, a cloud computing infrastructure, powered by Java, MySQL, OpenSolaris and Open Storage.



"Sun's approach to cloud computing blends our expertise in developing open source software and communities with unique design innovation. Sun's Open Cloud platform is the first step in delivering on our vision of a world that has many clouds that are both open and interoperable," said Dave Douglas, Senior Vice President, Cloud Computing, Sun Microsystems. "Our cloud architecture empowers developers with the expanded interoperability and freedom of choice they need to easily take advantage of the agility, efficiency and cost benefits of cloud computing."

We Sun employees have been invited to try our the Storage as as Service offering.  I'll check it out soon and report on this blog.

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Thursday Feb 26, 2009

Cloud Computing ... in 140 Characters or Less

There has been a light-hearted little project on Twitter this morning challenging people to provide a "non-geek definition of Cloud Computing in 140 characters less."  Launched by Chris Horak, SAP Platform Marketing Head in Germany, responses are compiled on Chris' blog.

My first attempt was "Cloud computing provides application, database, platform, storage, and computing services in a virtualized utility to enable agile business."

Chris thought that might be a bit too geeky, so I suggested, "Using computing services on demand, on a pay-as-you-go basis, like I buy electricity from my power utility."

So, what do you think?  Send your 140 words (or less) to Chris (@choirshark).  Enjoy!

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