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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 …

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 …

New hope for the vision of metropolitan regionalism

By Ezra Haber Glenn
November 19, 2013

Editor’s note: this post originally appeared on Glenn’s CityState blog. This version has been lightly edited. Others have written — and I’m sure will continue to write — with enthusiasm and hyperbole about the ways that new web portals and …

Four short links: 17 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 17, 2013

Quark — a web browser with a formally-proven kernel. High-Assurance Base64 — formally verified C implementation of Base64. z3 — fast theorem prover from Microsoft Research. libphenom (GitHub) — Facebook’s open sourced eventing framework. (High-scalability, natch)

Four short links: 13 August 2010

By Nat Torkington
August 13, 2010

The Myth of Scientific Literacy -- I'd love it if there was a simple course we could send our elected officials on which would guarantee future science policy would be reliably high quality. Being educated in science (or even "about science") isn't going to do it. It's social connections that will. We need to keep our elected officials honest,...

Four short links: 25 May 2010

By Nat Torkington
May 25, 2010

Lending Merry-Go-Round -- these guys have been Australia's sharpest satire for years, filling the role of the Daily Show. Here they ask some strong questions about the state of Europe's economies ... (via jdub on Twitter) What's Powering the Guardian's Content API -- Scala and Solr/Lucene on EC2 is the short answer. The long answer reveals the details of...

Four short links: 20 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 20, 2010

Governmental Open Source Software Policies: Brazil Experience (World Bank) -- the slides give the gist, and the range of places in which open source is being used in Brazil is quite staggering: digital TV middleware, sewage management systems, local government management systems. (via lhawthorn on Twitter) Bucardo -- PostgreSQL master/slave replication system. (via Selena Deckelmann) Learning from 10 Years...

Four short links: 9 July 2009

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2009

Ten Rules That Govern Groups -- valuable lessons for all who would create or use social software, each backed up with pointers to the social science study about that lesson. Groups breed competition: While co-operation within group members is generally not so much of a problem, co-operation between groups can be hellish. People may be individually co-operative, but once...

Announcing: Spike Night at Velocity

Announcing: Spike Night at Velocity
By Scott Ruthfield
June 19, 2009

Guest blogger Scott Ruthfield is a Program Committee member of the O'Reilly Velocity: Web Performance & Operations Conference.  Web Operations is not for the casual observer: it's for a particular kind of adrenaline junkie that's motivated by graphs and servers spinning out of control.  Jumping in, on-your-feet analysis, and experience-based-experimentation are all part of solving new problems caused by unexpected user and machine behavior,...

A Quick Look at Amazon CloudWatch, Load Balancing, and Auto-Scaling

By George Reese
June 1, 2009

Amazon recently made available to the public three new services that will have a huge impact on the way people architect systems to be deployed in the Amazon cloud. I have put together my first look thoughts on these new offerings.

On Why I Don't Like Auto-Scaling in the Cloud

By George Reese
December 6, 2008

Cloud environments like Amazon EC2 have the ability to dynamically add and remove capacity based on your actual demand. Some tools extend this capability into auto-scaling. Auto-scaling, however, can be dangerous and often serves as a crutch for poor capacity planning.

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