You may have heard of ambitions like “Inbox Zero” and seen books like Inbox Detox floating around. You may be used to seeing this: Inbox (627) You may go to work every other day with a top priority of simply surviving your inbox. A curious state of affairs. Noise Business email in particular is full […]

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I’ve been thinking more lately about user identity and user accounts in cloud computing. Some exposure to both the Google App Engine user account model and Microsoft’s Azure system based on Windows Live ID versus the Amazon roll-your-own approach have presented a nice contrast model. My thoughts are mostly from the perspective of Enterprise products, […]

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The cloud computing space just became a little bit busier. Microsoft has announced pricing for Azure. Customers looking specifically to run Windows instances in the cloud now have a price comparison point against the Amazon Web Services offering. Notably, Microsoft’s hourly compute cost is $0.005 lower than Amazon’s–half a penny. It is also $0.02 more […]

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A lot of buzz kicked up over the announcement of Google Chrome OS last night. In short, Google wants to build a a windowing system on top of Linux that is optimized for running web-based apps (read: Google Apps). The target is netbook devices, which further distinguishes this from Windows, Mac OS X and Linux […]

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Geo-location technology in modern internet phones has interested me quite a bit of late. There’s a market for location-aware gaming on the horizon, not to mention commercial and advertising opportunities for retail and travel industries. My wife pointed me to an AP story this morning about a Japanese experiment in which GPS on elementary school […]

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Last Friday, my feed reader picked up a post from Adam Wiggins at Heroku on Personal Cloud Computing. He was describing some of what they do with Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing platform for development work. They’re hitting cost, growth and mobility issues with this approach. Shortly afterwards, I ran in to EUCALYPTUS. It’s an open […]

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In order to carry on the GXS tradition, I'm going to make a technology prediction for 2009.  Since I'm the guy in Marketing here who kisses his kids good night and then hacks away at code for fun, I'm going to focus not so much on the supply chain as on the world of Software-as-a-Service […]

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As a proponent of modern software development practices, I have a soft spot for unit testing.  It also helps that I spend most of my after work coding time in Ruby, whose community has unit testing in its DNA.  If you're not familiar with the practice, unit testing involves writing scenarios in code that prove […]

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I’ve been playing with a Ruby micro-framework for web apps called Sinatra.  Billed as a DSL (Domain Specific Language) for minimal effort web apps, Sinatra actually seems to excel at a particular task near and dear to my heart:  URL-based web services.  If you’re not familiar with a REST API, this is basically a web […]

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Control of the desktop browser market (or at least a chunk) continues to be a big focus of some of the major players on the Internet:  Mozilla (the open source foundation), Microsoft, Google and to a lesser extent Apple, Opera and other smaller % players.  The latest salvo has been fired off by Google with […]

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A busy discussion bubbled up in the usability community recently regarding a trip logging app a company developed for the iPhone.  The UI’s front screen is quite busy and tons of people rapidly chimed in to criticize the design on Flickr.  The creator responded by pointing out that the design, while busy, is optimized to […]

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Firefox 3 has been officially unleashed on the web.  If you’re a Firefox user, you may have noticed that Mozilla decided to establish the world record for downloads in a 24-hour period.  The Guinness Book of World Records team is still validating the results and looking for cheaters but the unofficial count is over 8 […]

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Cloud computing continues to heat up since I blogged about my experiences with Heroku (on-demand Ruby on Rails development using the Amazon Web Services).  If you work in the IT industry, the cloud ware concept may be creeping in to your lexicon, your discussions, your Gartner reports and your Friday afternoon, 4:30pm daydreams [ed: I […]

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In the very early days of humanity, primitive cave dwellers were forced to use software installed directly on their office computers.  They would have to run from cave to cave (often in bad weather, possibly dodging wild animals like the giant sloth) in order to install "updates" whenever the software was improved, to make sure […]

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No, that’s not a typo.  I recently received an invitation to Heroku, a Ruby on Rails platform that seems to me to really highlight what’s possible in the new age of the web.  Heroku is both an on-demand, web-based development environment for building web-based apps in Ruby on Rails and a scalable deployment and hosting […]

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