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Four short links: 8 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 8, 2010

Send Us Your Thoughts (YouTube) -- from the excellent British comedians Mitchell and Webb comes this take on viewer comments in the news. (via Steve Buttry's News Foo writeup) Amazon proves that REST doesn’t matter for Cloud APIs -- with the death of WS-* and their prolix overbearing complexity, the difference between REST and basic XML RPC is almost...

Four short links: 15 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 15, 2010

Mechanical Turk Requester Activity: The Insignificance of the Long Tail -- For Wikipedia we have the 1% rule, where 1% of the contributors (this is 0.003% of the users) contribute two thirds of the content. In the Causes application on Facebook, there are 25 million users, but only 1% of them contribute a donation. [...] The lognormal distribution of...

Mårten Mickos discusses the strategy at Eucalyptus Systems

Mårten Mickos discusses the strategy at Eucalyptus Systems
By Andy Oram
June 22, 2010

Mickos responds to such questions as whether private clouds are needed, whether they are too hard to manage, and whether the Amazon API is the best foundation for Eucalyptus.

Benefits and Impediments to Health IT

By Sarah Sorensen
June 2, 2010

HealthIT can help broaden the reach of medical expertise and care to rural areas. It can support skill building and improve access to information and resources for medical professionals to better equip them to diagnose and treat those who walk through their clinic's door...

Consumer-Driven Schematron Schemas

By Rick Jelliffe
April 3, 2010

Ian Robinson has a great 2008 article Service-Oriented Development with Consumer-Driven Contracts and a follow-up A Contract Vocabulary that turns normal thinking about schemas on its head. His idea, in the context of SOA systems with a limited number of...

Cloud API Wars - Where is the security arsenal?

By Subra Kumaraswamy
September 11, 2009

Last week was an exciting week for the Virtualization and Cloud customers and potential adopters. During VMWorld 2009, a handful of announcements by the cloud computing "picks" and "shovel" providers marked the beginning of the "Cloud API War" -...

Data chef: SPSS Tripe Consommé

By Uche Ogbuji
May 1, 2009

The data chef discusses translation of data from SPSS format, for those who don't have a licensed copy at hand.

Flex 101: RPC Basics

By Andrew Trice
May 1, 2009

When building Flex applications, it is important to understand how to get data into and out of your applications and remote procedure calls (rpc). In this post, I'll try to shed some light on HTTPService, WebService, and RemoteObject classes and their usage.

Demystifying Web Services

By Amy Blankenship
April 15, 2009

I had my first encounter with web services about two years ago. I was contracting at the time, and Adobe had just announced the end of development of the software where I had most of my reputation, Authorware.  I needed to retool my skills to Adobe Flex, and I needed to convey to potential clients what kind of skills they could expect as I was retooling.  I decided I wanted my company website to reflect the bleeding edge of what I was doing. But I was also devoting a lot of time to blogging and participating in online newsgroups to try to spread the word, and I just didn't have time to manually update my site as often as I felt I needed to.

Using the Cloud for Disaster Recovery

By George Reese
April 12, 2009

Few companies have a solid disaster recovery plan and fewer companies actually verify their DR plans are working. One of the often missed benefits of cloud computing is that it makes rapid disaster recovery with minimal data loss extremely cost effective and enables the automation of those processes that can be tested often using automated tools.

[AWS:ElasticMapReduce] Google-sized Parallel Computing on a You-sized Budget

By M. David Peterson
April 2, 2009

@ http://aws.amazon.com/elasticmapreduce/ you'll find an interesting new entry into Amazon's utility-based web service offerings: Elastic MapReduce.

Blame the Credit Card Franchise: Criminals on Amazon's EC2 (Elastic Compute) Cloud

By Nitesh Dhanjani
March 11, 2009

Amazon EC2 is an extraordinarily powerful infrastructure available to anyone with a stolen credit card. Even if someone is able to use the EC2 platform for a few hours with a stolen credit card, he or she will be able to initiate a vicious cycle that may become impossible to halt.

Developing Mashup Air Apps: Yahoo Maps Web Services

By Marco Casario
March 10, 2009

Excerpted from Chapter 18 of the Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook. Mashup applications are based on the possibility of consuming remote data sources, and to create one, you need a good understanding of the APIs available. AIR offers even greater possibilities for creating mashup applications and widgets. With AIR, you can go beyond all the sandbox security of the browser and add advanced features to the application to interact with the file system or local storage with SQLite. This chapter demonstrates how to integrate the Flickr, Yahoo Maps, and Twitter web services to create desktop mashup applications with AIR.

Developing Mashup Air Apps: Consuming Flickr Web Services

By Marco Casario
March 10, 2009

Excerpted from Chapter 18 of the Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook. Mashup applications are based on the possibility of consuming remote data sources, and to create one, you need a good understanding of the APIs available. AIR offers even greater possibilities for creating mashup applications and widgets. With AIR, you can go beyond all the sandbox security of the browser and add advanced features to the application to interact with the file system or local storage with SQLite. This chapter demonstrates how to integrate the Flickr, Yahoo Maps, and Twitter web services to create desktop mashup applications with AIR.

Flex 101: Accessing A Web Service

By Andrew Trice
March 6, 2009

For this post, I decided to change things up a bit. Rather than go explore complex application patterns or data visualization, we're going back to basics. We will be covering how to make a basic application that makes a call to a web service and retrieves data.

Service Communications with Silverlight

By John Papa
March 1, 2009

Silverlight can talk to a number of types of web services using REST or SOAP, returning JSON or XML, or even communicating with RSS feeds. Its important to evaluate the type of service you need before developing it.

Getting Started with Silverlight 2

Getting Started with Silverlight 2
By Kathryn Barrett
February 18, 2009

You've learned how Silverlight can produce stylish interfaces and highly interactive applications in a variety of browsers, and now you want to build a Silverlight application. Not just a bouncing ball, an embedded video, or a spiffy-looking series of buttons, but a walking, talking, fully functional line-of-business application. Of course, you still want the snazzy interface, too. The good news is that you can have it all with Silverlight 2. The following excerpt is from John Papa's new book, Data-Driven Services with Silverlight 2.

SOA is Dead? It's About Time!

By Kurt Cagle
January 13, 2009

Anne Thomas Manes of the Burton Group raised quite a few hackles in the IT press yesterday when she asserted that SOA is Dead. Anne has the chops to talk on the subject - beyond her respectable career as an SOA Analyst for the Burton Group, she was also a former CTO of Systinet, an SOA governance company that eventually was bought up by Hewlett Packard, and was one of the early architects of the WS-* architecture ... so when she says "It's dead, Jim", people listen.

Why the AWS Console is Good for Cloud Tool Vendors

By George Reese
January 9, 2009

The release of the Amazon Web Services console has had a number of people predicting doom for cloud tools providers. On the contrary, by removing a barrier to experimentation that has kept people out of the cloud, the Amazon Web Services console should bring more people in the cloud and benefit tools providers whose value propositions are beyond Amazon's core value proposition.

SOA Still Alive and Well--Sell it to the Business

By David A. Chappell
January 8, 2009

In case you need to catch up, Anne Thomas Manes of Burton Group declared that "SOA met its demise on January 1, 2009, when it was wiped out by the catastrophic impact of the economic recession!".

Analysis 2009: The Web Services Era Begins in Earnest

By Kurt Cagle
January 6, 2009

(Warning, this gets technical). This may seem a rather odd statement - after all, "web services" in the traditional SOA sense have been around for the last decade, give or take a few years. I believe, however, that while...

How I Ended Up in the Cloud

By George Reese
December 13, 2008

Like most of us, I have been in the cloud longer than I have thought about being "in the cloud". But it took the need for a significant capital investment in hardware to drive Valtira into cloud computing using Amazon Web Services like Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3. Our journey into the cloud began with a new product offering and an attempt to avoiding shelling out huge up-front cash on hardware. Today, we have a complex infrastructure that saves us money over other options and provides greater flexibility.

EUC2?

By M. David Peterson
December 10, 2008

Proving yet again that attempting to boil the ocean results in nothing more than a few dead fish, Amazon Web Services continues is "one customer at a time" assault on the utility computing marketplace, this go round bringing EC2 a little closer to home for customers based in Europe.

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.

Parsing XML in Silverlight

By John Papa
December 1, 2008

Parsing XML from SIlverlight is a whole lot easier with LINQ to XML.

Key Security Issues for the Amazon Cloud

By George Reese
November 30, 2008

This follow-on article to the Twenty Rules for Amazon Cloud Security examines six real security concerns that gave rise to the 20 rules.

Twenty Rules for Amazon Cloud Security

By George Reese
November 27, 2008

The Amazon EC2 cloud computing model introduces new classes of security concerns as you look to deploying web applications into the cloud. These twenty rules for Amazon Cloud security will help you protect the integrity of your cloud deployments from many different kinds of security threats.

Web Meets World: Privacy and the Future of the Cloud

By Nat Torkington
November 20, 2008

Yesterday I gave a talk to the Privacy Forum in Auckland, New Zealand, titled Web Meets World: Privacy and the Future of the Cloud. The talk was intended as a scene setter for a discussion with the audience, about 70 lawyers, technologists, consultants, and public policy wonks. They responded well to the challenge, and we talked about the nature of...

Increasing Availability in the Amazon Cloud

By George Reese
November 10, 2008

If you have done any experimentation in the cloud, you have likely realized that virtual server instances in the Amazon cloud are much less reliable than their real world counterparts. How do you compare availability in the cloud to a physical infrastructure and leverage the cloud to increase overall availability.

The Economics of Cloud Computing

By George Reese
October 24, 2008

Cloud computing has been "the next cool thing" for at least the past 18 months. The current economic climate, however, may be the thing that accelerates the maturity of the technology and drives mainstream adoption in 2009.

Paper Case: Music and Video Meet Origami

By David Battino
October 21, 2008

Here's a clever Web service: Find a CD or DVD online, click the Paper Case link, and it will print the cover image and details. Then you fold the paper, tuck your disc inside, and slide the package into a binder, saving lots of space.

Considerations in Building Web Applications for the Amazon Cloud

By George Reese
October 18, 2008

I have been helping a number of clients lately migrate part or all of their infrastructure over into the Amazon Cloud. The biggest concern I am seeing relates to whether or not their existing web applications will work OK in...

Amazon MP3 Store: Excellent Customer Service

By David Battino
October 13, 2008

While sweeping some of the detritus off my desktop today, I discovered a free MP3 download code I'd sliced off a disposable cup from a sandwich shop. Seemed like a good excuse to try out Amazon's MP3 store. So I entered Amazon's MP3 Downloads area, input the first disposable song title that popped into my head, and clicked. Amazon prompted...

Amazon Preparing Content Delivery Network (CDN) For End Of Year Launch

By M. David Peterson
September 18, 2008

Proclaiming Amazon Web Services is "... Never Content" Jeff Barr recently announced the creation of what appears to be a content delivery network (CDN) scheduled for release at the end of this year.

Widget Checks Your Apps for Updates

By David Battino
June 30, 2008

Here's something I've missed since OS 9: a wee program that checks if your other programs are up to date. The App Update widget compares your programs against the listings at Apple, Version Tracker, and MacUpdate, and then offers download links to the programs that are outdated. It generated a few "false positives," but also reminded me of a...

Service Monitoring Dashboards are mandatory for production services!

By Jesse Robbins
June 18, 2008

Google App Engine went down earlier today. GAE is still a developer preview release, and currently lacks a public monitoring dashboard. Unfortunately this means that many people either found out from their app and/or admin consoles being unavailable or from Mike Arrington's post on TechCrunch. Google has a strong Web Operations culture, and there are numerous internal monitoring tools in...

Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free and Open Source Software)

By Todd Ogasawara
June 4, 2008

Here's what I looked at last week: Great Blender generated animation - Big Buck Bunny, Rescue Kit for Mac OS X Lite (?), Zoho Creator pricing, Google spreadsheet vs. Google Gears, and I'm tech tweeting.

Twitter: Tweeting from your Mac

By Todd Ogasawara
May 28, 2008

Twitter is probably the most beloved unreliable web-service on the net. That said, if it is running (even with some features turned off), I tend to be using it. Here are some Mac clients I've been using with it instead of the default web interface.

Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free and Open Source Software)

By Todd Ogasawara
May 28, 2008

Here's what I looked at last week: Disqus, TwitPic, Blender, and Tabs/Ajax vs. browser memory management.

Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free and Open Source Software)

By Todd Ogasawara
May 21, 2008

Here's what I looked at last week: My City: Facebook Silverlight App/Game, Snackr: Adobe AIR based RSS Scrolling Ticker, Google vidnik: Record with iSight Then Post to YouTube, and Google Search Blacklisting Mystery.

Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software)

By Todd Ogasawara
May 14, 2008

Here's what I looked at last week: Transmission BitTorrent client, Microsoft Live Search, Yahoo and McAfee partner for web security, NetBeans IDE 6.1.

Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free and Open Source Software)

By Todd Ogasawara
May 7, 2008

Summary: Just NeverBall (game) and Google Docs Offline Spreadsheet and Presentation Viewing summarized week.

Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free and Open Source Software)

By Todd Ogasawara
April 30, 2008

Microsoft Live Mesh Thu, 24 Apr 2008 18:25:17 read more Coming Soon: Login to Zoho with Your Google ID Wed, 23 Apr 2008 21:19:31 I'm still trying to understand why this is reported on CNet but not mentioned anywhere in Zoho's official blog... Zoho to integrate with Google sign-on However, assuming this is true, that will be one less login/password...

Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free and Open Source Software)

By Todd Ogasawara
April 23, 2008

Here's what I looked at last week: Google Docs Offline Access, coconutBattery, OpenDNS vs. T-Mobile Hotspots, and Adobe Media Player.

Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free and Open Source Software)

By Todd Ogasawara
April 13, 2008

Crucial Mac RAM Scanner, Google Presentations saves to PowerPoint files, Valleywag condenses Time magazine's top 25 blogs (and makes it easier for us to quickly click to see for ourselves).

200 Evernote Beta Invitations: Get 'em while they're hot!

By Todd Ogasawara
April 13, 2008

Want to try the Evernote beta release yourself? Click on the link for O'Reilly readers and get a beta invitation. The limit is 200 invitations. So, get 'em while they're hot!

Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free and Open Source Software)

By Todd Ogasawara
April 9, 2008

Here's what I looked at last week: The Microsoft Mac Remote Desktop Client beta hasn't really expired, received my Arduino Diecimila microcontroller, Google Apps Email Uploader: Import Messages and Contacts from Outlook and Thunderbird, and Google Docs Offline with Google Gears?

Evernote: Notes Everywhere - Mac, Web, Phone

By Todd Ogasawara
April 7, 2008

Evernote blurs the line between client-side software and web service. It makes mulit-media note taking simple and lets you access your notes anywhere and anytime. You are no longer tied to a specific Mac with a single-user license. It frees you and your data to be productive no matter where you are and what you are using (including a phone).

Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free and Open Source Software)

By Todd Ogasawara
April 2, 2008

Here's the F/FOSS-Web Stuff I looked at last week: iSquint 1.5.2 video file converter, Adobe PhotoShop Express, Tasko Web Outline and Task Manager (thumbs up for all of them).

Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free and Open Source Software)

By Todd Ogasawara
March 26, 2008

OpenDNS works around my Leopard DNS problems. Is Safari 3.1 really that much faster? When did the right click start doing stuff in Google Docs document list?


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