What’s a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP? • The Register

Photoshop is the only application from Adobe’s suite that’s getting the streaming treatment so far, but the company says it plans to offer other applications via the same tech soon. That doesn’t mean it’s planning to phase out its on-premise applications, though. via What’s a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP? • The Register. […]

From Big Data to NoSQL: Part 3 (ReadWriteWeb.com)

While I am not a DB admin, I do appreciate the wealth of new database projects spawned by the likes of Google’s MapReduce/BigTables architecture. Similarly the non-traditional Nonrelational DBs are also very interesting and prove that there’s always a right tool for the right job. Though some programmers and developers will continuously try to hammer each nail with MySQL, there options for them are increasing. Whether it’s scale, load, malleability there’s a NoSQL/NewSQL product that will do the job.

JSON Activity Streams Spec Hits Version 1.0

Whether it is Twitter or Facebook or what have you, each and every new social networking service is starting to slowly pull back from sharing its data with the world at large. Twitter adherents are crowing about the death of RSS/Atom publish and subscribe feeds open for the whole world to see. Now you need to be a ‘member’ to see anything and I would argue there’s got to be a better way. Let’s start with a published, open spec.

From Big Data to NoSQL: The ReadWriteWeb Guide to Data Terminology (Part 1)

I don’t know if you have ever heard of Relational Databases or Structured Query Language. They became di rigeur after 1977 in most corporate data centers pushing more power into the hands of users instead of programmers. But that type of structured data can only carry you so far until you bump against its limits. In this age of Social Networking and data gathering on users, we are severely testing the limits of the last big thing in databases.

SPDY: An experimental protocol for a faster web – The Chromium Projects

Google and other browser manufacturers are all working to create a much faster browser experience. Techniques of late include state of the art javascript execution engines, and Google Chrome in particular really sped up adoption of HTTP 1.1 persistence of connections. along with pre-fetching and DNS caching. All of which quickly made Google Chrome the king of the benchmarks. I too switched once I tried it out. So now that the Google back end universe continues to grow (Google Docs, Google Mail, YouTube, etc.) the engineers at Google have to find more ways to shave micro-seconds off the download times. Not afraid to question fundamental underpinnings of the Web they designed their own replacement for Tim Berners Lee’s original HTTP protocol. It’s called SPDY and it is meant to speedy.

Stop Blaming the Customers – the Fault is on Amazon Web Services – ReadWriteCloud

Amazon has a datacenter that they both use for their own internal commerce website, but also share out to anyone willing to pay hourly rates for access to the Amazon data cloud. Part of the whole constellation of services is a fault tolerant data storage (think a farm of hard drives all in racks) that will automatically detect problems and switchover to a different location without human intervention. Well that didn’t happen during an outage back in April on Amazon Web Services.

OpenID: The Web’s Most Successful Failure|Wired.com

First 37Signals announced it would drop support for OpenID. Then Microsoft’s Dare Obasanjo called OpenID a failure (along with XML and AtomPub). Former Facebooker Yishan Wong’s scathing (and sometimes wrong) rant calling OpenID a failure is one of the more popular answers on Quora. But if OpenID is a failure, it’s one of the web’s […]

Dave Winer’s EC2 for poets | Wired.com

Now I understand that Wikileaks was also a user of the Amazon EC2 service, so I’m a little hesitant to promote them after Amazon dropped Wikileaks from their service. However, I am just so overwhelmingly curious about the application for cloud computing when it comes to personal websites and blogging. That is why I am passing along this article and will be trying out the EC2 for Poets web app. I’m also curious to find out the charges I will rack up from Amazon by ‘trying it out’. If it gets prohibitively expensive, I will quickly pull the plug.

Email is crap: The past is yours, the future’s mine!

Human-Machine Interaction is one of those multi-disciplinary fields that tries to adapt things to the way people work. Whether that’s User Interfaces or physical knobs and levers or design metaphors, the goal is to make the thing more useful. When a command-line interface was the only way to make a desktop computer do useful things, the appeal was limited. Adding a graphical interface to the computer begged the question how do we structure things so people don’t need months of training to use it? Xerox PARC adopted a Desktop metaphor for the graphical environment. Things were structured like your office, with a desk, trashcan, filing cabinets. Email similarly is structured in a format that allowed people to use it without too much training, but it carries with it some legacy design decisions that benefited limitations of the earlier Internet age. Time to shift metaphors I’m afraid.