Archive for the ‘cloud’ Category

Clouds and when they go bust or etc.!

Monday, February 6th, 2012

So Megaupload users face data deletion according to the BBC ( so we are now in to the “fun” of the start of cloud services going bust, or being stopped operating by litigation. so it looks like you have to keep a copy of your data, before you go on to the cloud, but it also looks like you are going to have to synchronize your data with the clouds copy, that is assuming that you have a interface to that data. The example used could be GMail where users have all there data on google servers but if something happens to google, then your email data maybe gone, you can always set up a client to back up your data, see and connect up evolution or thunderbird to copy your data out of the GMail cloud. It gets more interesting when you can’t get ftp access or no common standard is used for getting data out of the cloud. So there could be fun times ahead for people and companies that have gone too fast to cloud services, the may have to start looking in to how they synchronise there data with the cloud to maintain a local copy of there data.

Father Of C And UNIX, Dennis Ritchie, has passed away at age 70

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

We seem to be loosing a lot of good people in the computer business, and the Father Of C And UNIX, Dennis Ritchie, has passed away at age 70. I know Steve Jobs helped create the the consumer demand for I.T. products but Dennis Ritchie was one of the inventors or the modern operating system, or what we know as Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Some how I don’t think the worlds news papers will fill the front pages lamenting this loss, Which is sad really, seeing with out Denis Ritchie we may not have had the C programming language. Why is that important, well with out the C programming language, we as software poeople may not be able to write programs, which alot of have formed operating systems.


Amazon Kindle Fire tablet

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Amazon are getting in to the tablet game with the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, and it looks like it will be a disruptive product, that will disrupt the market at under $200 or in under €150 Euros aprox. I hope that they will have a strong UI over android. its going to have a 7-inch screen with a Gorilla Glass coating, a 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and will weigh 14.6 ounces. So the Speck is ok, its not going to set the world on fire, but for the person that wants a tablet, it should do the job. The worry will be how android or Amazon will it be, I dont see any mention of a USB connector, or sound out, I am prsuming that this will be as standard. It also will default to the Amazon market place, so that your app experience will be limited, This means that you can get access to the Android market. So it looks like we are seen a product with a open OS, but it will have a closed data portal. The 8GB of data will be tight if your watching video, but amazon have Amazon Cloud Storage, where the product could kill the market, is in the realm of video, where with whispernet, you can walk from watching the movie on the subway, and have it pick up where you stopped the movie on the subway to your TV in your front room, with out having to fast forward again to the point. IF it works, then it should be very cool. This could be the IPad killer!

The cloud and when lightning strikes

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

A Dublin data center recently had a lighting strike, limited details are available but the companies that were running cloud services on the data center have had their services shut down.
So spending money on cloud services should always investigated, the hosting company should have at least two data centers, that are in different parts of the world or at least the country. This type of set up is expensive so if you see cheap hosts with cloud services be-aware.

The Facebook thing is a good Idea, but I don’t want us to expend a lot of resources and time on it.

Friday, July 8th, 2011

I was having an argument with myself on social media and how it works the other day. “The Facebook thing is a good Idea, but I don’t want us to expend a lot of resources and time on it.” but then “It’s that we need a team to manage it. It’s hard enough to get people to put stuff up on the web.”

The thing with social media is that it has to be social, and the point of social media, is that it is interactive, waiting a week to put a post up, is not interactive in social media terms, Its reckoned that it takes about  2-3 hours a week (  at a minimum.

We are also in a web 2.0 bubble so there is a little too much hype on social media at the moment, There is good reason for this  hype as the Linked in IPO ( ) pushes the bubble up more( So there is the inevitable push to social media is great, as we have now social media consultants , With the GroupOn IPO coming, you will be hearing more hype and more social media consulting going on, but if there’s people out there with money that need to spend it, I’m sure social media consulting is the way to go.

Then I came across this where students are now starting to move off facebook, so I think you website has to be your core medium, and facebook and twitter etc. should be used to drive content to your website

More clouds, and add men

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Heard this on the radio, a company offering cloud services in there data center, so now the cloud services have moved to the data-center, but in this case just it sounded in my humble opinion one data-center. well that will work!, But I thought that to original premise of a cloud was that it was utility computing, on a service that was distributed, so that if one data-center goes down the data-center in a different location will stay up. so spend your money wisely, a cloud service needs to be distributed, and clustered. That it would have at a minimal specification two of everything, one of each located in a different building on a separate power gird, and preferably power from a different supplier. I think that too many sales persons have swallowed the book on cloud computing, but have only glanced at the specification rather than the detail.

jolicloud Breathes new life into old computers

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

I haven’t tried jollicloud, but is your typical *nix kernel,, but everything cut down so that it will would work on any old machine, so its something link xubuntu. However the project looks like it could be onto something by using some cloud computing services, so that it takes the pressure of the old machine. Its alos got social built in, so it has all the facebook, twitter and some more social networking built in. Might be one to look at if you have an old machine.

There is a video below with all the basic info, but it is Breakfast TV in Northern America so be warned!!!