Monday Nov 16, 2009

links for 2009-11-16: Google and Governments; AT&T on Sun's Cloud; GlassFish and Egyptian Seafood

Tuesday Oct 20, 2009

links for 2009-10-20: Google Street View Goes Tricycle; Cloud or not?; Asay on EU and MySQL

Monday Oct 12, 2009

links for 2009-10-12: T-Mobile loses data; Stolen OS ideas; Sun at OOW; Windows 7 boot times

Friday Sep 04, 2009

links for 2009-9-4: iPhone MMS; Free Wi-Fi for fire; Brits headed to cloud?

  • An Update on iPhone MMS for our Mobility Customers - It's about time.  Not that I've ever been a big MMS user, but the lack of support was a glaring omission.  This is the key quote from the announcement: "The unique capabilities and high usage of the iPhone’s multimedia capabilities required us to work on our network MMS architecture to carry the expected record volumes of MMS traffic and ensure an excellent experience from Day One."  i.e. they couldn't handle the expected MMS volume.
  • Media Advisory: AT&T and Starbucks Offer Relief During Los Angeles Fires - Good move by both.  Link from story above, but is oddly a bit.ly URL rather than the real one.  Wonder why.
  • British small biz falls out of love with Microsoft, heads to the Clouds - "In their poll of 1,400 Microsoft customers, all small businesses in the UK, they found that 13% of them intend to switch to Google Apps within 12 months while 22% are “undecided”. In other words a healthy number are either switching or probably poised to switch."  And "However, despite many remaining undecided about switching to Google Apps specifically, 62% would “prefer” or “strongly prefer” to have their business applications work through a browser, while the rest have no preference or plan to stick to desktop apps."

Wednesday Aug 26, 2009

links for 2009-8-26: Amazon Virtual Private Clouds; File Systems Obsolete?

  • Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) - This is cool.  The real power and value of the cloud beginning to come to fruition in new ways, specifically supporting so called "hybrid" clouds.
    • "Imagine the many ways that you can now combine your existing on-premise static resources with dynamic resources from the Amazon VPC. You can expand your corporate network on a permanent or temporary basis. You can get resources for short-term experiments and then leave the instances running if the experiment succeeds. You can establish instances for use as part of a DR (Disaster Recovery) effort. You can even test new applications, systems, and middleware components without disturbing your existing versions."
  • The Future Doesn't Have A File System - Interesting view.  He introduces the term "Object-Based Information Stores" which sounds a lot like an object database, and while those have found some success in niche areas they have by no means eclipsed relational databases.  I think his idea, while it has merit, will have a similar uphill battle just because of history/legacy/inertia.

Wednesday Nov 12, 2008

links for 2008-11-12: Cloud Computing, IT Budgets, and Linc Volt

  • James response for more. But he raises an excellent point about definition sprawl saying "We currently have such a bad case of definition sprawl that some segmentation is required. I like Tim O’Reilly’s recent three leg definition - Utility computing, Platform as a Service and Cloud-based end-user applications."
  • SIM’s 2008 Survey: Organizations are looking to IT for help, not cuts - "SIM revealed that IT budgets and headcount are holding steady and that many organizations are using IT to drive efficiencies, streamline operations, and cut costs, rather than just slashing the IT budget to save money during the downturn." Encouraging news for a vendor like Sun where our middleware is designed explicitly for driving efficiencies and streamlining operations resulting in lower costs or the ability to deliver new services faster.
  • Neil Young Visits Sun With His Linc Volt Car
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