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Upward Mobility: Avoid This Simple App Store Bounce

By James Turner
March 24, 2014

There’s nothing worse than submitting your first app to the iTunes app store, and having it get rejected. Well, OK, there are plenty of things that are worse, but it still isn’t pleasant. Bounces can happen for a variety of …

Four short links: 27 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 27, 2014

Our Comrade, The Electron (Maciej Ceglowski) — a walk through the life of the inventor of the Theremin, with a pointed rant about how we came to build the surveillance state for the state. One of the best conference talks …

Four short links: 14 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 14, 2014

Bitcoin: Understanding and Assessing Potential Opportunities (Slideshare) — VC deck on Bitcoin market and opportunities, long-term and short-term. Interesting lens on the development and gaps. Queensland Police Map Crime Scenes with 3D Scanner (ComputerWorld) — can’t wait for the 3D …

Four short links: 24 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 24, 2014

What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating Point Arithmetic — in short, “it will hurt you.” Ori — a distributed file system built for offline operation and empowers the user with control over synchronization operations and conflict resolution. We …

Is the Jump Box Obsolete?

By Andy Oram
January 10, 2014

With compliance becoming an ever-increasing priority and hybrid infrastructures becoming the norm, many traditional IT practices must evolve or die. Perhaps a widely used practice that hasn’t kept up with the evolution of compliance requirements in increasingly hybrid environments is …

How did we end up with a centralized Internet for the NSA to mine?

By Andy Oram
January 8, 2014

I’m sure it was a Wired editor, and not the author Steven Levy, who assigned the title “How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet” to yesterday’s fine article about the pressures on large social networking sites. Whoever chose the title, …

Security firms must retool as clients move to the cloud

By Andy Oram
January 6, 2014

This should be flush times for firms selling security solutions, such as Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro, and RSA. Front-page news about cyber attacks provides free advertising, and security capabilities swell with new techniques such as security analysis (permit me a …

Four short links: 27 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 27, 2013

CT Scanning and 3D Printing for Paleo (Scientific American) — using CT scanners to identify bones still in rock, then using 3D printers to recreate them. (via BoingBoing) Growing the Use of Drones in Agriculture (Forbes) — According to Sue …

Four short links: 29 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 29, 2013

Mozilla Web Literacy Standard — things you should be able to do if you’re to be trusted to be on the web unsupervised. (via BoingBoing) Berg Cloud Platform — hardware (shield), local network, and cloud glue. Caution: magic ahead! Shark …

Four short links: 12 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2013

Amazon Compute Numbers (ReadWrite) — AWS offers five times the utilized compute capacity of each of its other 14 top competitors—combined. (via Matt Asay) MIT Educational MMO — The initial phase will cover topics in biology, algebra, geometry, probability, and …

Four short links: 28 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 27, 2013

Juju — Canonical’s cloud orchestration software, intended to be a peer of chef and puppet. (via svrn) Cultural Heritage Symbols — workshopped icons to indicate interactives, big data, makerspaces, etc. (via Courtney Johnston) Quinn Norton: Students as Hackers (EdTalks) — …

Tesla Model S REST API Authentication Flaws

By George Reese
August 27, 2013

As many of you know, APIs matter to me. I have lightbulbs that have APIs. Two months ago, I bought a car that has an API: The Tesla Model S. For the most part, people use the Tesla REST API via the iPhone and …

Will Developers Move to Sputnik?

By Meghan Blanchette
August 22, 2013

Barton George (@barton808) is the Director of Development Programs at Dell, and the lead on Project Sputnik—Dell’s Ubuntu-based developer laptop (and its accompanying software). He sat down with me at OSCON to talk about what’s happened in the past year …

The demise of Google Reader: Stability as a service

By Mike Loukides
March 21, 2013

Om Malik’s brief post on the demise of Google Reader raises a good point: If we can’t trust Google to keep successful applications around, why should we bother trying to use their new applications, such as Google Keep? Given the …

LISA mixes the ancient and modern: report from USENIX system administration conference

By Andy Oram
December 14, 2012

I came to LISA, the classic USENIX conference, to find out this year who was using such advanced techniques as cloud computing, continuous integration, non-relational databases, and IPv6. I found lots of evidence of those technologies in action, but also …

Four short links: 20 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 20, 2012

Intercepted Drones — The demonstration of the near-disaster, led by Professor Todd Humphreys and his team at the UTA’s Radionavigation Laboratory, points to a “gaping hole” in the US’s plan to open US airspace to thousands of drones, Fox noted: …

Four short links: 6 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 6, 2012

HM Government Consultation on Modernising Copyright (PDF) -- from all appearances, the UK Govt is prepared to be progressive and tech-savvy in considering updates to copyright law. Proof of the pudding is in the eating (i.e., wait and see whether the process is coopted by maximalists) but an optimistic start. Cisco Provides a Lesson (Eric Raymond) -- This is...

Cloud Music: The Zombie Dinosaur Report

By Peter Drescher
May 20, 2012

Last year, a bunch of really smart people got together at a haunted mansion outside of San Antonio, Texas, to discuss audio trends and mobile technologies. Our group wrote a report describing a Utopian vision of what cloud music might look like.

Jesse Robbins on the state of infrastructure automation

By Timothy M. O'Brien
May 11, 2012

OpsCode chief community officer Jesse Robbins discusses cloud infrastructure automation and the most surprising use of Chef he's seen so far.

Complexity fails: A lesson from storage simplification

Complexity fails: A lesson from storage simplification
By Randy Bias
April 11, 2012

Simple systems scale effectively, while complex systems struggle to overcome the multiplicative effect of potential failure points. This shows us why the most reliable and scalable clouds are those made up of fewer, simpler parts.

Parts of healthcare are moving to the cloud

By Brian Ahier
March 12, 2012

Brian Ahier looks at offerings from CareCloud and athenahealth that combine cloud-based access with electronic health records.

Four short links: 24 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 24, 2012

Excel Cloud Data Analytics (Microsoft Research) -- clever--a cloud analytics backend with Excel as the frontend. Almost every business and finance person I've known has been way more comfortable with Excel than any other tool. (via Dr Data) HTTP Client -- Mac OS X app for inspecting and automating a lot of HTTP. cf the lovely Charles proxy for...

Business-government ties complicate cyber security

By Howard Wen
February 6, 2012

Is an attack on a U.S. business' network an attack on the U.S. itself? "Inside Cyber Warfare" author Jeffrey Carr discusses the intermingling of corporate and government interests in this interview.

Strata Week: Genome research kicks up a lot of data

By Audrey Watters
January 26, 2012

We take a look at the big data obstacles and opportunities for genomics, digital humanities scholars respond to Stanley Fish's mischaracterization of what they do with data, and Hadoop World and the Strata Conference merge.

Strata Week: Genome research kicks up a lot of data

Strata Week: Genome research kicks up a lot of data
By Audrey Watters
January 26, 2012

We take a look at the big data obstacles and opportunities for genomics, digital humanities scholars respond to Stanley Fish's mischaracterization of what they do with data, and Hadoop World and the Strata Conference merge.

Medical imaging in the cloud: a conversation about eMix

By Andy Oram
January 16, 2012

It's a situation crying out for networked transfer, but HIPAA requires careful attention to security and privacy.

Medical imaging in the cloud: a conversation about eMix

By Andy Oram
January 16, 2012

It's a situation crying out for networked transfer, but HIPAA requires careful attention to security and privacy.

Top Stories: January 2-6, 2012

Top Stories: January 2-6, 2012
By Mac Slocum
January 6, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Alistair Croll explained why the information economy is giving way to the feedback economy, Fred Trotter examined the epatient movement, and we looked at the three big stories that will shape the developer world in the months ahead.

Developer Week in Review: 2012 preview edition

Developer Week in Review: 2012 preview edition
By James Turner
January 5, 2012

It's a brand new year, time to look ahead to the stories that will have developers talking in 2012. Mobile will remain a hot topic, the cloud is absorbing everything, and jobs appear to be heading back to the U.S.

Four short links: 28 December 2011

By Nat Torkington
December 28, 2011

Terrier IR -- open source (Mozilla) text search engine, now with Hadoop support. s3ql -- open source (GPLv3) Linux filesystem which stores its data on Google Storage, Amazon S3, or OpenStack. (via Adam Shand) Esprima -- open source (BSD) fast Javascript parser in Javascript. (via Javascript Weekly) Hogan.js -- open source (Apache) Javascript templating engine from Twitter. If it...

Why cloud services are a tempting target for attackers

Why cloud services are a tempting target for attackers
By Jeffrey Carr
December 5, 2011

Before organizations embrace the efficiencies and cost savings of cloud services, they should also closely consider the security repercussions and liabilities attached to the cloud.

Why cloud services are a tempting target for attackers

By Jeffrey Carr
December 5, 2011

Before organizations embrace the efficiencies and cost savings of cloud services, they should also closely consider the security repercussions and liabilities attached to the cloud.

Four short links: 21 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 21, 2011

Steve Jobs in Early NeXT Days (YouTube) -- documentary footage of the early retreats at NeXT, where Jobs talks about plans and priorities. Very interesting to watch this knowing how the story ends. I'm astonished by how well Jobs spoke, even then, and delighted by the glimpses of impatience and dismissiveness. I wonder where the raw footage went. (via...

Four short links: 19 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 19, 2011

OmniTouch: Wearable Interaction Everywhere -- compact projector + kinect equivalents in shoulder-mounted multitouch glory. (via Slashdot) Price of Bitcoin Still Dropping -- currency is a confidence game, and there's no confidence in Bitcoins since the massive Mt Gox exchange hack. vim Text Objects -- I'm an emacs user, so this is like reading Herodotus. "On the far side of...

Publishing News: Amazon launched the HTML5 Kindle Cloud Reader

By Jenn Webb
August 12, 2011

In the latest edition of publishing news, the Kindle Cloud Reader's HTML5 platform offers a new level of content ubiquity, BookStats latest survey shows optimistic results for publishers, and a Seattle law firm alleges Apple and five US publishers colluded.

Publishing News: Amazon launched the HTML5 Kindle Cloud Reader

Publishing News: Amazon launched the HTML5 Kindle Cloud Reader
By Jenn Webb
August 12, 2011

In the latest edition of publishing news, the Kindle Cloud Reader's HTML5 platform offers a new level of content ubiquity, BookStats latest survey shows optimistic results for publishers, and a Seattle law firm alleges Apple and five US publishers colluded.

Apple and a web-free cloud

Apple and a web-free cloud
By Alasdair Allan
June 16, 2011

From custom chips, to the data centers backing its new iCloud effort, Apple is committed to controlling the end-user experience. The web has no place in their vision.

On Virtualization and The Cloud: The Most Ridiculous Article I've Read in a Very Long Time

By Caitlyn Martin
June 8, 2011

In a piece published this morning called Don't Throw Away Your Physical Servers Just Yet, the author, Ken Hess, wrote a piece that ridicules and derides anyone who doesn't virtualize literally all, as in every last one, of their servers. No, I'm not exaggerating.

Behind the Scenes at OST

By Trent Johnson
June 7, 2011

Trent Johnson, the lead systems administrator for OST, gives us the low-down on the recent expansion of OST's datacenter.

The future of technology and its impact on work

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
May 16, 2011

In this presentation, O'Reilly CIO Jonathan Reichental discusses a range of future technology trends and what it will mean for work and the workforce.

How the cloud helps Netflix

How the cloud helps Netflix
By Jenn Webb
May 11, 2011

Netflix moved some of its services into Amazon's cloud last year. In this interview, Netflix cloud architect Adrian Cockcroft says the move was about building a scalable product and paying down technical debt.

Feeding the community fuels advances at Red Hat and JBoss

By Andy Oram
May 8, 2011

Red Hat's usual modus operandi is the precise inverse of most companies based on open source. This drives what I heard at Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, solid progress along the lines laid out by Red Hat and JBoss in previous years.

Open question: Would you rent a laptop?

Open question: Would you rent a laptop?
By Jenn Webb
April 29, 2011

Can't afford to buy a laptop? You might be Google's next target audience. New rumors suggest the Internet giant may be plotting to rent laptops, complete with hardware updates and repair as needed.

The Whole Cloud, Part II: Suitability for the Cloud

By George Reese
April 16, 2011

In my discussion of the Whole Cloud, I assumed as fact that a mature cloud computing infrastructure leverages all kinds of clouds. Given the amount of energy put into arguments on the subject, it's obviously not a given to most people. Today, I want to talk about how these different "pieces of cloud" can be integrated together from a decision-making perspective

The Whole Cloud

By George Reese
April 15, 2011

A few companies are currently well positioned to create a view of cloud computing that encompasses all aspects of cloud from IaaS to SaaS, public cloud and private cloud, internal and external. A mature cloud infrastructure, however, will be made up of all pieces of the cloud puzzle.

A Proposal for Cloud State Notifications

By George Reese
April 2, 2011

The cloud ecosystem needs a mechanism besides polling that enables monitoring, management, and automation tools to learn about changes in the state of cloud resources. This proposal attempts to define a simple protocol for notifying those tools through a push notifications system rather than polling.

Publishing News: Week in Review

By Jenn Webb
April 1, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Amazon extended its reach into the cloud, Dana Newman looked at overlapping issues between the Google Book settlement and Golan v. Holder, and what publishers need to do with all that data.

Publishing News: Week in Review

Publishing News: Week in Review
By Jenn Webb
April 1, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Amazon extended its reach into the cloud, Dana Newman looked at overlapping issues between the Google Book settlement and Golan v. Holder, and what publishers need to do with all that data.

Publishing News: Week in Review

By Jenn Webb
January 28, 2011

In this week's edition of Publishing News: We asked an open question about the true purpose of DRM; the ebook discussion shifted from DRM-locked files to URLs; and a bookstore might end up with a truckload of unwanted Kindles that Worldreader.org will happily take off their hands.

Publishing News: Week in Review

Publishing News: Week in Review
By Jenn Webb
January 28, 2011

In this week's edition of Publishing News: We asked an open question about the true purpose of DRM; the ebook discussion shifted from DRM-locked files to URLs; and a bookstore might end up with a truckload of unwanted Kindles that Worldreader.org will happily take off their hands.


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