Friday, October 26, 2007

All Hail The Google!!!

"MySQL, recently laid out its development road map all the way through 2009, and this includes code specifically contributed by Google, which signed a contributor agreement with MySQL last fall.
working with IBM to promote cloud computing to universities, Google is accomplishing two very important goals. It will first put them in touch with every graduate student doing work Google might find interesting ... seeding the technology in the companies where those students will take their first jobs after graduation.

[Google] is building data centers large and small around the world and populating them with what will ultimately be millions of generic servers. THAT's when things will get really interesting. Imagine a much more user-friendly version of Amazon's EC2 and S3 services, only spread across 10 or more times as many machines. And as with all its services, Google will offer free versions at the bottom for consumers and paid, but still cost-effective versions nearer the top for businesses and education.


[we will all be] totally dependent on Google services in such a way that we'll never, ever, be able to extricate ourselves. We'll be slaves, but happy slaves, and Google will come to dominate all computing for the next generation."

-- I, Cringely . The Pulpit . The Future is Cloudy | PBS:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Annoying Coalition To End Online Fraud (ACTEOF)

If you can't answer these five questions correctly, you probably shouldn't be using pay pal, you definitely shouldn't be banking online and maybe you should even be using the internet without supervision!

Can you spot Phishing - PayPal

Talk to your family about phishing!
Remember: only YOU can prevent online fraud!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Thank you Mr. Lessig

This is a bit of a long post but I think Mr. Lessig is doing some really really important work.
Supercapitalism == super (Lessig Blog)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Give 1. Get 1.

One Laptop Per Child -- XO Giving: "Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time in North America. For $399, you will be purchasing two XO laptops—one that will be sent to empower a child to learn in a developing nation, and one that will be sent to your child at home. If you're interested in Give 1 Get 1, we'll be happy to send you a reminder email. Just sign up in the box to the left and you'll receive your reminder prior to the November 12 launch date."

Open standards that will allow avatars to roam from one virtual community to the next.

Free the Avatars - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog: " I.B.M. and Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life, think it’s time to free the avatars.
I.B.M. also hosted a meeting on Tuesday in San Jose with a group of companies and some university researchers to discuss open standards for virtual worlds and plans for establishing an organization to promote the technologies needed for an interoperable 3D Internet. The companies included Cisco, Google, Linden Lab, Sony, Intel, Multiverse, Microsoft, Motorola, Philips and others."

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


No time to read this in detail -- but you might find it interesting.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Do your webtools suck?

Perhaps I should give zope3 another chance!

zope3 score
catalyst score
cherrypy score
caml score
c++ score
plone score
python score
django score
turbogears score
ruby on rails7.8
ruby on rails score
c score
zope score
perl score
lisp score
pascal score
php score
java score
j2ee score
asp score

Courtesy of

... furthermore, this article [1] (and more persuasively the 60min mov video) also made me wonder about giving zope another whirl...

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Noted Linux kernel and Novell developer Greg Kroah-Hartman will be devoting all his time to helping create Linux drivers.

'It turns out that there were two large groups of people who responded to the announcement, companies wanting drivers, and developers wanting to help out,' Kroah-Hartman said. As of this September, 'It turns out that over 100 different developers offered up their services. Clearly this was a huge untapped group of talented people who wanted to help out.' And, 'the number of companies expressing interest in this has exceeded all of my wildest expectations. Already this announcement has caused a number of drivers to end up in the main Linux kernel source tree, with more in the pipeline.'
-- Full speed ahead for Linux drivers