AWS Startup Challenge 2008

All Things Distributed

The last week for submitting the applications for the AWS Startup Challenge has started. Looking at the proposals that are being submitted it looks like this will be another very inspiring challenge. These proposals are reviewed by a panel and five finalists will be selected. The finalists will come to Seattle to compete for $50K in cash, $50K in AWS credits, 2 years of Premium Support and more

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Historical Archive?—?Cloud Camp?—?September 2008

Adrian Cockcroft

September 2008 [I found this in an archive and thought it was worth sharing 10 years on. 30 mins) Closing Remarks: 9:40 pm (10 mins) Let’s Party 9:50 pm (40 mins) Date : Tuesday, September 30, 2008 from 06:00 PM?—?10:00 Historical Archive?—?Cloud Cloud Camp?—?September

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Teamwork

All Things Distributed

A question I get asked frequently is how working in industry is different from working in academia. My answer from the beginning has been that the main difference is teamwork.

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Using the Cloud to build highly-efficient systems

All Things Distributed

These are times where many companies are focusing on the basics of their IT operations and are asking themselves how they can operate more efficiently to make sure that every dollar is spent wisely.

Expanding the Cloud: Microsoft Windows Server on Amazon EC2

All Things Distributed

The backend servers that power the world of Internet Services have become increasingly diverse. With today's announcement that Microsoft Windows Server is available on Amazon EC2 we can now run the majority of popular software systems in the cloud.

Expanding the Cloud

All Things Distributed

For many the "Cloud" in Cloud Computing signifies the notion of location independence; that somewhere in the internet services are provided and that to access them you do not need any specific knowledge of where they are located.

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Amazon EBS - Elastic Block Store has launched

All Things Distributed

Today marks the launch of Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store), the long awaited persistent storage service for EC2. Details can be found on the EC2 detail page, the press release and Jeff Barr's posting over on the AWS evangelists blog.

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The Perfect Laptop - Unboxing the X300

All Things Distributed

The laptop that appeared on the cover of business week as part of the story “Building the Perfect Laptop” is the Thinkpad X300. It arrived at my doorstep this afternoon.

Ahead in the Cloud

All Things Distributed

My opening slide for tomorrow's keynote at the MySQL Conference has this feel of speed and excitement to it that represents the current progress towards Cloud Computing.

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Persistent Storage for Amazon EC2

All Things Distributed

I would like to introduce to you the newest feature of Amazon EC2: Persistent local storage.

On the Road to Highly Available EC2 Applications

All Things Distributed

Today Amazon Web Services launched two new features in Amazon EC2 that are essential tools in building highly resilient applications: Elastic IP addresses and Availability Zones.

The Next Web Event

All Things Distributed

While the past months have been relatively quiet there is now a period coming up with public events that will take me across a few continents. The period already started two weeks with a Distinguished Lecture at the School of Computer Science of CMU.

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Happy Birthday, Amazon S3!

All Things Distributed

A few days ago, on March 14, Amazon S3 quietly celebrated its 2nd birthday. I think congratulations are in order and I certainly wish the service "many happy returns of this day". That S3 is growing up fast is obvious from the number of objects the customers trust us with

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HDR - Take 1

All Things Distributed

Today I finished processing my first set of High Dynamic Range images. HDR is where you take 3 shots of an object using automatic exposure bracketing, in this case at [-2, 0, +2]. Each of the images will have details of areas (highlight, shadows) that the others do not have

2019 Open Source Database Report: Top Databases, Public Cloud vs. On-Premise, Polyglot Persistence

High Scalability

Ready to transition from a commercial database to open source, and want to know which databases are most popular in 2019? Wondering whether an on-premise vs. public cloud vs. hybrid cloud infrastructure is best for your database strategy? Or, considering adding a new database to your application and want to see which combinations are most popular?

Eventually Consistent - Revisited

All Things Distributed

I wrote a first version of this posting on consistency models about a year ago, but I was never happy with it as it was written in haste and the topic is important enough to receive a more thorough treatment. ACM Queue asked me to revise it for use in their magazine and I took the opportunity to improve the article

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Expanding the Cloud: Amazon EC2 in Europe

All Things Distributed

Starting today the Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) supports the ability to launch instances in multiple geographically distinct regions. The new EU region enables users to launch instances in Europe. This addresses the requests from many our European customers and from companies that want to run instances closer to European customers

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Expanding the Cloud: Amazon CloudFront

All Things Distributed

Today marks the launch of Amazon CloudFront, the new Amazon Web Service for content delivery. It integrates seamlessly with Amazon S3 to provide low-latency distribution of content with high data transfer speeds through a world-wide network of edge locations. It requires no upfront commitments and is a pay-as-you-go service in the same style as the other Amazon Web Services

Amazon EC2 in Full Production

All Things Distributed

Congratulations to the Amazon EC2 team for the hard work to get to the point where the beta tag is removed from the service and it is now in full production. Not only that, but there now is an SLA, and Microsoft Windows and SQL Server are available as of today

2019 PostgreSQL Trends Report: Private vs. Public Cloud, Migrations, Database Combinations & Top Reasons Used

High Scalability

PostgreSQL is an open source object-relational database system that has soared in popularity over the past 30 years from its active, loyal, and growing community. For the 2nd year in a row, PostgreSQL has kept the title of #1 fastest growing database in the world according to the DBMS of the Year report by the experts at DB-Engines. So what makes PostgreSQL so special, and how is it being used today?

Root Cause

All Things Distributed

For those of you interested in the details of last Sunday's Amazon S3 Availability issue you should read the detailed explanation posted at the AWS Status Dashboard. Root cause was single bit corruption of internal state messages that are distributed via Gossip techniques

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An Album for Each Year

All Things Distributed

What better way to pick up posting again than with following a meme. Nick Carr in Albums Going Steady describes the challenge to list "a favorite album for every year of your life." " I actually do not have the problem described by Nick and others to really start with my birth year

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Got Questions?

All Things Distributed

On Thursday I'll be on stage at the Under the Radar conference for a fireside chat with Robert Scoble. The Under the Radar folks have asked for input into what questions Robert should ask me. The chat will be focused on cloud computing and related topics, so if you have questions, post them on their blog

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Usenix Open Access

All Things Distributed

I was going to pick up posting again and what better way to do that than to point to today's announcement by Usenix to open up the access to all of their conference proceedings. Compared to the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM, who still hide the published material behind the walls of their digital libraries, Usenix already had a very liberal one-year-members-only policy

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All Things Distributed

For those of you who always wanted an Amazon robot you can now buy this special Amazon version of the Danboard character from the Yotsuba & ! series

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Agile Made Us Better, but We Signed Up for Great

The Agile Manager

This content is derived from material presented in a ThoughtWorks-sponsored webcast in June 2008. A two minute video presentation of this material is available. A complete webinar re-broadcast, including audience Q&A, will be available soon. The popular press makes Agile sound like nirvana. Practitioners speak of it in nearly religious terms. Yet we often find that IT teams are underwhelmed after going “Agile,” even after having expended considerable effort on making the change.

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Agile Readiness Assessment Webinar - 19 September

The Agile Manager

Registration details: Friday, 19 September 2008 Time: 1:00pm Eastern Standard Time (US-New York, GMT-4:00) Registration URL: [link]. Please join me on Friday, 19 September for An Agile Readiness Assessment , a ThoughtWorks sponsored webinar. Taking on Agile can appear to be an overwhelming commitment with no obvious place to start. For one thing, Agile is often a significant departure from how a team is operating, requiring organisational changes, new practices, and stricter discipline.

Manageable CSS with CSSDOC

Tim Kadlec

It reflects * the composition of colors through the years of the * customers project as well as the boldness it implies. * * @project Big Little Homepage * @version 0.2.8 * @package xhtml-css * @author Mina Margin * @copyright 2008 by the author * @cssdoc version 1.0-pre * @license GPL v3 * * @colordef #fff; white * @colordef #808080; standard grey */. I’ve been very interested in finding better ways to create CSS stylesheets that are easy to navigate, understand and maintain.

The Agile PMO - Real Time Metrics and Visibility Webinar - 5 November

The Agile Manager

Registration Details: The Agile PMO - Real Time Metrics and Visibility Wednesday, 5 November 2008 Time: 12:00pm Eastern Standard Time (US-New York, GMT-5:00) Registration URL: [link]. There’s a lot riding on IT in the current economic climate. In tight times, businesses rely on efficiency, and IT investments will be expected to create a lot of that efficiency. But while IT assets may help the business tighten up, IT execution must also tighten up to match the times.

The Agile PMO: Consistent Project Gatekeepers

The Agile Manager

In the last installment we took a look at the gap between what the PMO reports out, and what's actually happening in a project team. To begin to understand the nature of this gap, we’ll first take a look at what we use for project gatekeepers. We need to make a clear distinction in an IT project between the means and the ends. We often confuse this, because what we see day in and day out is that we’re paying for the means of production, when in the end we’re really acquiring an asset.

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Exploring Cross Document Communication

Tim Kadlec

One of the new features that HTML5 offers web developers is a way to send information between documents on different sites via Javascript. Currently for security and privacy reasons, browsers prevent cross site scripting but with HTML5’s Cross Document Messaging, the intention is to allow documents to communicate with each other without sacrificing security. To experiment with these methods and events, you’ll need to be running either IE8, Firefox 3 or the WebKit Nightlies.

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The PMO Divide

The Agile Manager

This content is derived from a webinar I presented earlier this month titled The Agile PMO: Real-Time Metrics and Visibility. This is the first of a multi-part series. We’ve all seen it: the project that reports “green” status on its stop-and- go light report for months suddenly goes red in the late stages of development. This is nothing new to IT, as projects suddenly crater all the time. But it begs the question: why does this happen as often as it does?

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Rules Versus Principles

The Agile Manager

Treasury Panels Lay Out Hedge Fund `Best Practices' Bloomberg.com, 15 April 2008. Mortgage Fallout Exposes Holes in New Bank-Risk Rules The Wall Street Journal, 4 March 2008. In the wake of a credit market seizure, illiquid investments, $245 billion of write-downs and losses 1 , collapsing funds and financial institutions, and no indication as to where it’s going to end, US capital markets are facing significant changes in how they're regulated. Hedge funds are a flashpoint.

Microsoft Gives Microformats a Little Oomph!

Tim Kadlec

Historically, it hasn’t been very often that I’ve been able to tip my hat to Microsoft for open web innovation. Today though is one of those times that I get to do so. John Allsopp, one of Microformats’s biggest supporters, mentioned today that Microsoft’s designer/developer community, Mix Online , has developed a IE toolbar called Oomph.

Font Equality for Everyone

Tim Kadlec

One of the areas that web design is lacking in, is a way to reliably provide beautiful fonts for our designs. There’s a very limited amount of fonts that are actually safe to use on the web, because not everyone is a designer with lots of nice fonts installed on their machine. Sure, with font stacking we can help ease the pain a bit, but it’s still a small amount of people that will see the fonts we intend, with everyone else getting boring alternates.

Book Review: Mobile Web Development

Tim Kadlec

Who Wrote It? Mobile Web Development is written by Nirav Mehta, the head of Magnet Technologies a software development firm in India. He blogs about a variety of business and tech topics at www.mehtanirav.com. What’s Covered? Mobile Web Development covers a wide variety of topics related to…guess what… mobile web development.

The Canvas Element: Starting to Draw

Tim Kadlec

Last time around , we took a general look at the canvas element and how it is supported (or not) in various browsers. This time, we’ll start to go into the element in a bit more detail and start to look at some the things we can do with it. A Quick Look at Attributes. We’ve already seen how to set up the canvas element in HTML: You’ve probably noticed that we’ve included an id attribute on our canvas element to make it easier for us to access the element in our Javascript.

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Getting Started with the Canvas Element

Tim Kadlec

There’s a lot of really exciting and interesting features arriving just around the corner in the world of web development. One of the new features that is receiving a lot of attention, and for good reason, is the new canvas element. The canvas element offers a lot of power to web developers, but can take a bit for some people to get comfortable with. So, I’m going to run a series of posts introducing this powerful new feature, and showing some of the ways it can be utilized.

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Living In Harmony

Tim Kadlec

The big news in the Javascript community for the last week has been the announcement of ECMAScript Harmony. A lot of news is really just overblown, but this is a big development, and one that any Javascript developer should be following. Some Background. There’s been a lot of talk in the Javascript community over the past 9 years or so about the development of ECMAScript 4, what was to be the foundation for what was being called Javascript 2.

Undermining the Industry

Tim Kadlec

It’s no secret that the web design industry is often not given the respect it deserves. People treat it as if it’s a much simpler task than it really is. Forgive me if I come off sounding a bit arrogant, but it seems like people seriously underestimate the work involved in creating a quality web site. One issue, for example, is people expecting to see comps of work without payment. It happens quite a bit, but it’s a ridiculous request.

New Way to Store Custom Data

Tim Kadlec

There’s a lot of interesting new features being suggested for HTML5 and XHTML2. Some of them are extremely useful, some of them seem to be more questionable additions. One feature being implemented in HTML5 that I do like is the addition of custom data attributes to HTML elements. Manage Your Data.

Excuses, Excuses

Tim Kadlec

I did what I said I told myself I would never do…I only posted one item the entire month. I always told myself that if I was going to have a blog going, I was going to commit to it and ensure that the blog never went stale…there would always be fresh content on my site. I think I may have underestimated the wonderful curves that life throws out there! I do have what I feel are a few fairly good excuses for being quiet lately.

Introducing alphaITjournal.com

The Agile Manager

alpha IT journal.com I'm pleased to announce the launch of alphaITjournal.com , an online magazine focused on the execution, management and governance of IT investments that can produce outsized (or "alpha") returns. The mission and purpose are summarised in the welcome message on the site and in the press release that was issued in early July. There are a few things that I hope stand out about the site. The first is the site layout.