Was acquired recently by Microsoft. Maybe it could completely replace Sharepoint?
You can use this SoundCloud application to create your own archived radio station. Maybe radio will also become DIY – Do It Yourself.
I was interviewed about the cloud on a SoundCloud station Digital NIbbles Episode 11.
This is why I started this site. I couldn’t keep track of all of the new Social Media platforms, apps, tools, etc. This graphic shows a couple hundred apps divided into:
Social Marketing Management
Social Advertising Platforms
Social AD Networks
Social Business Software
Social Brand Engagement
Social Commerce Platforms
Social/Mobile Apps & Games
Social Search & Browsing
Social Networks (Other than Facebook)
So I just posted last month about the disks from the late 70s that were the size of small refrigerators and held 1GB. Well, I just install a 2TB disk into my desktop PC at home! I am about to move all of my old high 8 video tapes onto this disk. 2TB is a lot of space!!! It cost $129.00 This is probably more space that all of the machines in the room when I attended SuperComputing in the early 90s.
This is a new technology that will virtualize the network. I think I need to see an example so I can understand what this means, but I think it may allow applications to look at the network in an abstract way that will be very powerful. Probably can’t even grok the impact of this yet.
Now I’m getting really off topic. But, what was the topic anyways?
I used to be a programmer and had a spin-out company from Queen’s University in early 1980s where we had designed and implemented an awesome and mathematically robust parallel programming language, Nial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nial.
Listen, this was a loooong time ago – there was a bit of a Unix micro-computer bubble and the IBM PC arrived around 1982. Our research group was sponsored by IBM back then.
Anyways, the article below talks about how difficult distributed programming is. But, there is a new kind of application layering going on now with the cloud. I understand that it’s not easy to design a scalable application for the cloud, but I don’t think you have to worry so much about the grotty details that you do when distributed systems programming. I think you can achieve a tremendous amount by working primarily at the application layer and letting the virtualization and load-balancing do a lot of the auto-magic. I do know something about load balancing distributed systems as I wrote my Master’s on it and I also know that there is still a lot of promise that isn’t quite yet delivered in the cloud.
On the other hand I am not a programmer any more, so if it is still very very difficult, it’s not my problem!
A Canadian company that is one of the largest solar panel producers in the world are part of this international Green IT project.
I am taking a break at the first Canadian Cloud Council conference in Edmonton that runs March 12-13. I was a big part of organizing this, along with 4 other members of a somewhat grassroots effort to create a vendor-neutral forum for cloud providers and users from a Canadian perspective for mutual benefit. cCc web site is www.candiancloudcouncil.ca
I used a lot of cloud-based tools to help me organize this distributed team.
RegOnline – is a Software as a Service program that supports online conference registrations and credit card payments, and badge printing and email followups and surveys. I would not want to do a conference without this.
Google Docs – we shared some checklists and informtion using Google spreadsheets and some uploads. We did not use this a lot.
Dropbox – for some big graphics files for the printers, we used DropBox.
Salesforce – we had access to a 10-person version of this, but have not set it up to use it for anything yet.
We are forming a national not-for-profit and will create a cloud-supported virtual organization.
Sorry, was away for a while. I broke the screen on my six-year-old-or-so Mac laptop. I was waiting for an excuse to replace it. I always have at least 2 computers on the go. I use a Dell PC laptop for most of my day-to-day work. I have a pretty reliable Dell, but it is actually about 4 years old now. My retired machine was a 15″ MacBook Pro, but it may even have a PowerPC chip in it. It still works when plugged into an external monitor. I use the Mac laptop in the living room at night and when I travel, which is quite often. So I got a new 13″ MacBook Pro. It’s actually the smallest, lowest end Mac laptop available now. It has a dual core Intel i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD. It’s plenty fast and very light. It was $1250ish. A colleague just bought a used PC this week with a 2 year warranty for $350. What a difference in price.
But the Mac feeeeels soooo gooood!