Collaboration and Analytics Discussed at IOD 2012
Thu, Nov 1st 2012 12:15p Brian Benz Information on Demand (IOD) is an annual IBM event specializing in the evolving world of Big Data. IOD 2012 was held in the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas in October 2012 (the next IOD event takes place there November 3-7 2013). You can get a good feel for the conference by watching the keynote replays as well as other IOD 2012 videos.
via Collaboration and Analytics Discussed at IOD 2012. [read] Keywords: collaboration
Listen to Steve Jobs Describe the iPad in 1983
Wed, Oct 31st 2012 6:14a Brian Benz It was also there that Jobs discussed his vision of the future of computing with a mind-bending amount of foresight. In one way or another, Jobs manages to touch on everything from the advent of the World Wide Web, which was still years away, to the inevitable takeover of mobile technology, which was decades away. He even gives the iPad a little nudge.
via Listen to Steve Jobs Describe the iPad in 1983 – Technology – The Atlantic Wire. [read] Keywords: atlantic
The AIIM OccupyIT Manifesto
Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 2:12p Brian Benz Geoff posed this simple question in the context of the amazing period we are currently living through:
Why is it that in terms of technology I feel so powerful as a consumer and so lame as an employee?
http://pages2.aiim.org/occupy_it_when_ready.html [read] Keywords:
AIIM Research & Publications
Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 2:12p Brian Benz AIIM’s research and publications provide neutral and unbiased market research reflecting the wisdom of our 65,000 community of information professionals, helping you match and measure your ROI and implementation issues.
via Research & Publications. [read] Keywords: community
The Massive Workforce Shift: Bridging the Gap Between Millennials and Boomers
Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 2:12p Brian Benz As 80 million Baby Boomers shift into retirement, 80 million Millennials (born 1980-95) take center stage as our next-generation workforce. This massive shift is changing the way work gets done as this new cohort brings a different mindset with expectations for a different work environment than the one know and loved by Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, and Gen Xers.
via Cisco Blog » Blog Archive » The Massive Workforce Shift: Bridging the Gap Between Millennials and Boomers. [read] Keywords: archive
opticks – open source remote sensing application and development framework
Fri, Oct 19th 2012 6:11a Brian Benz Supports the following file formats: NITF 2.0/2.1, GeoTIFF, ENVI, ASPAM/PAR, CGM, DTED, Generic RAW, ESRI Shapefile, HDF5, AVI, MPEG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Zoom, pan, rotate spatially large datasets
Quickly layer GIS features, annotations, results, and other information over your data to provide context
Many image display controls such as colormap, histogram, transparency, etc.
Support for datasets larger than four gigabytes
Analysts can quickly combine steps using graphical wizards
Support for pr [read] Keywords: application
Functional Programmer? – Try F#
Tue, Oct 9th 2012 11:36a Brian Benz F# 3.0 offers innovative features that further support the needs of analytical and data programmers by harnessing the power of functional programming. Whether you are a researcher who wants to learn how the new F# 3.0 type providers can deliver data to your fingertips, a teacher who wants to introduce students to a pragmatic functional language, or a developer trying to solve complex analytical problems, then Try F# with its browser-based platform and easy-to-use tutorials is for you.
via Try F# [read] Keywords:
WebPlatform.org – News on the Open Web Platform
Mon, Oct 8th 2012 10:43a Brian Benz WebPlatform.org will have accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive references and tutorials for every part of client-side development and design, with quirks and bugs revealed and explained. It will have in-depth indicators of browser support and interoperability, with links to tests for specific features. It will feature discussions and script libraries for cutting-edge features at various states of implementation or standardization, with the opportunity to give feedback into the process before the [read] Keywords: development
The Windows 8* & Ultrabook™ App Innovation Contest
Sun, Oct 7th 2012 1:56p Brian Benz The goal of this competition is to get your app into the Intel AppUp online store in time for Christmas.
300 round 1 winners will each be sent an Ultrabook, for free, to be used to test and fine-tune your app
The first 50 successful round 2 entrants will receive a $1,000 prize for getting their app in the AppUp store
All round 2 entrants are in the running for 1 of seven $10,000 cash prizes
The final winner gets the $20,000 grand prize
Every single entrant also goes in the fast lane for the app [read] Keywords: application
Creating an OData API for StackOverflow including XML and JSON in 30 minutes – Scott Hanselman
Sun, Oct 7th 2012 1:54p Brian Benz I emailed Jeff Atwood last night a one line email. “You should make a StackOverflow API using OData.” Then I realized that, as Linus says, Talk is Cheap, Show me the Code. So I created an initial prototype of a StackOverflow API using OData on an Airplane. I allocated the whole 12 hour flight. Unfortunately it took 30 minutes so I watched movies the rest of the time.
You can follow along and do this yourself if you like.
via Creating an OData API for StackOverflow including XML and J [read] Keywords: email
Starting with HTML + CSS
Sun, Oct 7th 2012 1:50p Brian Benz Back to the Basics -for those who want to or have to hand- code CSS
This short tutorial is meant for people who want to start using CSS and have never written a CSS style sheet before.
via Starting with HTML + CSS. [read] Keywords: css
Learn To Code #1: Does Everybody Really Need To Program? – Forbes
Sat, Oct 6th 2012 12:16p Brian Benz My answer is yes of course – But I’m posting this mainly because of the links here – I may have to add a Big List of Education Resources here!
There are free resources like Codeacademy, Udacity, Coursera, Mozilla’s P2PU, Google Code University, and MIT Open Courseware. There are also more and more high-quality paid resources, both online and off, like General Assembly, Treehouse or Bloc….
via Learn To Code #1: Does Everybody Really Need To Program? – Fo [read] Keywords: google
The Perfection Paradox: When Computers Can Code
Thu, Oct 4th 2012 12:29a Brian Benz Computers can drive cars, win at Jeopardy, provide real-time suggestions, and give you control of a robotic body around the world. Meanwhile, computers are replacing jobs, as with factory automation.
So far, computer programmers are safe. Their salaries are soaring, driving up real estate and rental prices. But what will happen when computers can code?
Software is eating the world, as Marc Andreessen memorably put it. Will software one day eat the world of software development too?
via The Perfe [read] Keywords: development
Open Archives Initiative
Fri, Sep 28th 2012 12:15p Brian Benz Standards for Web Content Interoperability
The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. OAI has its roots in the open access and institutional repository movements. Continued support of this work remains a cornerstone of the Open Archives program. Over time, however, the work of OAI has expanded to promote broad access to digital resources for eScholarship, eLearning, and eScience.
via Open Archives I [read] Keywords:
Open Government Data Initative DataLab
Thu, Sep 27th 2012 10:14p Brian Benz The Open Government Data Initative DataLab is an open source cloud-based Open Data catalogue. DataLab’s powerful data service makes loading & consumption of data easy:
Enables governments, citizens & developers to access, browse, visualize, analyze & download data in multiple formatsEnables access and interaction with data via web services & Open Standard APIs
Is used & updated by the Open Source community – providing continuous new features, improvements & da [read] Keywords: community
Google Waves ByeBye!
Wed, Nov 23rd 2011 12:11p Brian Benz The California-based Internet titan also said that the Wave collaborative communication tool it stopped developing more than a year ago would finally hit the beach and be gone at the end of April next year.
via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords: google
Kayak answers the age old question, when are holiday airfares cheapest?
Sun, Nov 20th 2011 3:13p Brian Benz We asked Kayak and the company responded with tons of delicious data. The most important bit is this: The best time to buy a plane ticket for the December holidays is the first week of December, up until the 10th. You still have time! And if you don’t have a ticket for Thanksgiving yet, well, family is more important than money.
via venturebeat.com [read] Keywords:
Lost cousins unite thanks to Holocaust database
Sun, Nov 20th 2011 2:13p Brian Benz It was just the latest successful byproduct of the memorial's database, established years ago as a means of commemoration aimed at gathering the exact names of all the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide. But since the database went online in 2004, it has become a powerful genealogy tool that has led to hundreds of emotional reunions of long lost families.
via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords: database
Draconian copyright bill hits the Internet buzz saw
Thu, Nov 17th 2011 3:11p Brian Benz The Stop Online Piracy Act, a controversial nutty, delusional and shortsighted bill created by people who could be construed as idiots, is hitting a buzzsaw of Internet opposition. Large companies are also starting to tabulate their potential compliance costs.
via news.cnet.com [read] Keywords:
Travel Tips for AUSLUG visitors
Tue, Aug 30th 2011 12:10p Brian Benz Looks like AUSLUG 2011 is a great success, and they're scheduling something for 2012! Wish I could be there.
For those of you who scheduled a few days after the event to look around - here are some tips (I used to live there):
Get out of Sydney! Yes, Sydney is beautiful, but you won't learn how amazing and unique Australia is if you stay there. Rent a car and drive to Jervis Bay, 3 hours south of Sydney. Nice drive too, and very un-crowded. The few times I've visited there are usual [read] Keywords: traveler
30 Years Ago Today - IBM's First PC
Fri, Aug 12th 2011 1:10p Brian Benz No matter how you're reading this, you're reading it on a device unfathomably more powerful than the 4.77 Mhz IBM 5150 PC. But 30 years ago, that machine was so powerful, it defined what PC meant for the entire world.
via gizmodo.com [read] Keywords: ibm
2011 NoSQL Now! Conference - August 23-25 - San Jose, California
Tue, Aug 9th 2011 11:14a Brian Benz NoSQL Now! is a new conference covering the dynamic field of NoSQL technologies (Not Only SQL). It is scheduled for:
San Jose Convention Center San Jose, California August 23-25, 2011
It is a vendor-neutral forum celebrating the diversity of NoSQL technologies and helping businesses develop objective evaluation processes to match the right NoSQL solutions with the right business challenge.
via nosql2011.wilshireconferences.com [read] Keywords: sql
Pass notes No 3,001: Google+
Wed, Jun 29th 2011 3:14p Brian Benz So what has Google+ got that Facebook hasn't? Google+ allows users to put contacts into groups according to status, and share content only with certain "circles". It also has "hangouts" where only permitted friends can have live video conversations.
via www.guardian.co.uk [read] Keywords: notes
PACLUG tomorrow, Vegas Geek's night out is tonight! Meetup details here.
Mon, Jun 20th 2011 1:14p Brian Benz PACLUG 2011 is tomorrow at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas.
But more importantly, the Vegas Geek's night out is tonight!
Disclaimer: This is a totally unofficial event, and is in no way affiliated with any official PACLUG and View events. I live here and like showing people around, so join us to see some stuff a little off the tourist track, and let's have a good time!
Meeting: We'll meet at the PACLUG registration desk at Planet Hollywood mezannine at 7, then proceed from there. [read] Keywords:
Visiting Las Vegas with Children - Things to do
Fri, Jun 17th 2011 6:15p Brian Benz Visiting Vegas with kids used to be easy in the 90's when demographers said that Vegas should be kid friendly...they even had a full amusement park at the MGM Grand, where the MGM Grand Signature Towers are now.
Thankfully for those traveling with kids, there are still a few things left over on the strip that are still kid-friendly. Plus there are other fun things off the strip - believe it or not, there are people raising familiies here, and the kids like to do stuff besides practice Blac [read] Keywords:
PACLUG - 200 registrations so far, rooms still cheap, registration still free, backpack is cool, Weather is fine!
Wed, Jun 15th 2011 12:11p Brian Benz Quick PACULG Update:
It's less than 5 days to PACLUG 2011, June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas.
About 200 registrations....this is going to be a great show. Join us for free in Las Vegas! Don't forget to sign up Here. It's free but space is limited....And signing up for the VIEW conference does not sign you up for PACLUG - you need to do both.
Did you know we have a backpack? Filled with gifts and useful items. Plus, there will be contests, games, and other o [read] Keywords:
Who's worried about SharePoint?
Wed, Jun 15th 2011 8:14a Brian Benz Yes, there's a SharePoint conference this year (FYI, they don't have one every year). And yes, it will probably sell out again this year. And not just because their evening out is at Disney. But if you can't make it, no big deal. Good sportsmen learn how to be where the ball is going to be, not where the ball is.... [read] Keywords: sharepoint
The Beginning of the End of Windows
Tue, Jun 14th 2011 9:13a Brian Benz The company most at risk from this change is the largest vendor of Windows apps, Microsoft itself. Microsoft Office must be completely rethought for the new paradigm. You have about 18 months, guys. Good luck.
By the way, web companies are also at risk. Your web apps are designed for a browser-centric, mouse-driven user experience. What happens to your app when the browser melts into the OS, and the UI is driven by touch? If you think this change doesn't affect you, I have an old c [read] Keywords: microsoft
Why Microsoft Has Made Developers Horrified of Coding for Windows 8
Mon, Jun 13th 2011 1:11p Brian Benz Key to the new Windows 8 look and feel, and instrumental to Microsoft’s bid to make Windows a viable tablet operating system, are new-style full-screen “immersive” applications. Windows 8 will include new APIs for developing these applications, and here is where the problem lies. Having new APIs isn’t itself a concern—there’s simply never been anything like this on Windows before, so obviously the existing Windows APIs won’t do the job—but what has many troubled is the way that M [read] Keywords: application
PACLUG in 7 days in Las Vegas - Last day for cheap flights is TODAY!
Mon, Jun 13th 2011 11:11a Brian Benz It's less than 7 days to PACLUG 2011, June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. Don't forget to sign up Here. It's free but space is limited....And signing up for the VIEW conference does not sign you up for PACLUG - you need to do both.
This is pretty much the last day to book cheaper flights. Airfares are pretty good today, but will go up to the much higher less-than-7 day advance fares tonight. Allegiant, Southwest, American Airlines and Virgin America still have s [read] Keywords:
Concerts and Events in Vegas June 18-26
Mon, Jun 13th 2011 8:11a Brian Benz If you're attending PACLUG and planned for some extra time, there are a number of events happing this week you'll probably like, from ABC to Celine to Garth to Motley Crue to Frank Sinatra Jr. to Rush to something called Nikolai Tesla Dimension 4D. Here's a full 146 event list on LiveNation and even more from the local newspaper, for June 18-26.
More on the Renovated Tropicana Hotel
Fri, Jun 10th 2011 3:10p Brian Benz I seem to be posting a lot about the Tropicana these days - Oh well :). It's 2 things that Vegas is not these days - Cheap and not Wasteful. It's a recycling success story: An old, dying Vegas hotel that has been renovated with some pretty cool new features. And it's competing in the right place against the new cool places in town: Renovated rooms as cool as many of the new hotel offerings, with everything new in the room for $50-70 most nights.
The casino has a fresh coat of whi [read] Keywords:
Cirque du Soleil has 2 for $100 tickets
Fri, Jun 10th 2011 6:14a Brian Benz Now through September 2011. Here's a link to all offers, but this one is the best. 2 tickets for $100, when available. The best way to secure the deal is to call the hotel box office for the venue you're planning to attend (on the linked page).
We saw Viva Elvis with the 2-for-100 deal recently. We called the day before and got the second row of the balcony, which was a great vantage point for a great show.
I've been to all the shows except Believe. They're all good, but if you hav [read] Keywords: office
Two mob-themed exhibits stake out their territory in Las Vegas
Thu, Jun 9th 2011 2:14p Brian Benz City Hall is in the home stretch of a drive to open the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement — a sweeping $42-million museum that investigates the mob's engineering of Vegas' rise and the laborious effort by regulators and law enforcement to wrest control. Mayor Oscar Goodman estimated that the museum, a key piece of the redevelopment of downtown Las Vegas, could attract more than a half-million visitors each year.
But in March, a separate attraction called the Las Vegas [read] Keywords:
Post-karaoke cuisine Arepas in Dino's parking lot in Las Vegas
Thu, Jun 9th 2011 2:14p Brian Benz Only in Vegas....As mentioned in my previous post:
On May 7, Chef Felix Arellano realized his longtime dream of bringing the cuisine of his native Venezuela to Las Vegas Boulevard. Since Arellano has worked at some of the town's finest restaurants, including Valentino, B&B Ristorante and Carnevino, one might have expected him to bring his concept to a pricey casino locale. But that's not what the chef had in mind. A man of the people, he bought himself a trailer, and cut a deal with the [read] Keywords:
PACLUG in 12 days in Las Vegas - West Coast Represent!
Thu, Jun 9th 2011 2:14p Brian Benz It's less than 12 days to PACLUG 2011, June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. Don't forget to sign up Here. It's free but space is limited....And signing up for the VIEW conference does not sign you up for PACLUG - you need to do both.
So far attendance looks good - I've been told that just under 200 people have signed up to see keynotes from Kevin Cavanaugh, Ed Brill, and Chris Crummey, plus many other amazing sessions. We also have evening events and official get- [read] Keywords:
Paul Carr - The Strip Diary
Thu, Jun 9th 2011 8:11a Brian Benz A while ago, Paul Carr spent a night in every Hotel on the Vegas Strip, and did some other stuff, which apparently inspired him to write Haikus...great reading! [read] Keywords:
Just in time for PACLUG - A list of Las Vegas iPhone Apps
Wed, Jun 8th 2011 4:12p Brian Benz To help make your next trip to Las Vegas a winner, I tested iPhone apps (they also work on iPod Touch and iPad) that you can use to book a room, sharpen your card skills or even say, "I do." Many have an Android version that works on multiple platforms, including phones and tablets from Motorola, Samsung and Nokia.
via www.latimes.com [read] Keywords: apple
Alice's Bucket List
Wed, Jun 8th 2011 2:10p Brian Benz I'm 15 and I have terminal cancer. I've created a bucket list because there are so many things I still want to do in my life ... some are possible, some will remain a dream. My blog is to document this precious time with my family and friends, doing the things I want to do. You only have one life ... live it!
via alicepyne.blogspot.com [read] Keywords: widget
Paclug on the cheap June 20 and 21 in Las Vegas - Good hotels for less than $50 per night!
Fri, Jun 3rd 2011 2:14p Brian Benz It's less than 3 weeks to PACLUG 2011, June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. Don't forget to sign up Here. It's free but space is limited....And signing up for the VIEW conference does not sign you up for PACLUG - you need to do both.
I just checked around, and hotels are VERY well priced for June 20-23. On the 19th and 24th prices go up, but if you can fit into that window of the 20-23, they are very reasonable. Vegas is one of the craziest places in the world fo [read] Keywords: properties
PACLUG - Who's up for a raft trip June 19?
Wed, Jun 1st 2011 3:10p Brian Benz I've always wanted to do this, hoping to find a few adventurous souls to join me for a Black Canyon raft trip on Sunday June 19, the day before the PACLUG geek's night out. The Canyon below the Hoover Dam at Lake Mead is beautiful, and incredibly refreshing if it's hot (Which it's likely to be) The water comes from the bottom of Lake Mead, which comes from the Colorado river, which comes from Rocky Mountain Snowpack. So it tends to be clear and COLD! Note that there are no rapids, ju [read] Keywords: google
Planning a June 20 PACLUG "Geeks in Vegas" night out - Who's in?
Fri, May 27th 2011 2:11p Brian Benz It's 4 weeks to PACLUG 2011, June 21 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. Don't forget to sign up Here. It's free but space is limited....
We have free official evening receptions and events scheduled for June 21 and 22, and I'm also planning a Vegas geek night on June 20 for those who can make it. As with any Geek's evening out in Las Vegas, the festivities will be 90 percent mental, and the other half will be physical (thanks and apologies to Yogi Berra)....
To be clear, [read] Keywords:
8 Great Experimental Features to Enable in Google Calendar
Wed, May 25th 2011 3:10p Brian Benz This feature adds a simple, minimal world clock to the sidebar, and you get to pick and choose which cities to include in the list. It's especially useful for people trying to schedule events with co-workers who are located globally, and even better, it displays cities with dark backgrounds if it happens to be night time in their time zones.
via gizmodo.com [read] Keywords: google
June is Learn XPages Month - PACLUG is June 21 and 22 in Las Vegas!
Tue, May 24th 2011 9:14a Brian Benz Of course PACLUG 2011 - June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas is a great way to participate in Learn XPages Month. See you there!
June is a great month to get started with XPages or enhance your XPages skills. IBM, other business partners and bloggers have declared June to be Learn XPages Month! There are free webinars, in-person events, lots of blogging, and special discounts on training from TLCC and others! The month starts off strong with several webinars hosted by [read] Keywords: ibm
On Strike: UKLUG. One Down: PACLUG. No MullyGrubbers.
Mon, May 23rd 2011 8:13p Brian Benz A quick shout out to UKLUG in Manchester....looks and sounds like fun and I wish I could be there!
(Trivia note about the title - I used to live in the same set of flats as Richard Benaud in Coogee, Australia. He once tried to explain the rules of Cricket to me. I had absolutely no idea who he was at the time, but it was fun. I was entertained, if not educated....:) )
I'm excited to hear about how many people who are enjoying the UKLUG festivities this week are going to make it to PAC [read] Keywords: google
Last Day of the Sahara Hotel Today
Mon, May 16th 2011 12:11p Brian Benz Saturday marked a couple early closings across the hotel, a couple in fact and another more symbolic. House of Lords finally shut down, running out of inventory, or what diners commonly refer to as “food.”
via www.lasvegassun.com [read] Keywords:
From Japan, of course...
Mon, May 16th 2011 11:11a Brian Benz "We have changed the meaning to suit human perceptions. To humans, it's kind of cute when cat ears are flat. So the most difficult bit was to fine tune cat ear movements."
via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords:
39 days to PACLUG - June 21 and 22 in Las Vegas! Reason #2 to attend...It's Free!
Thu, May 12th 2011 4:11p Brian Benz Reason #2 to attend PACLUG 2011: It's Completely Free! And Hotels appear to be fairly cheap that week (more on that later...).
The VIEW is sponsoring the PACLUG event, and there is no charge for attendees. The VIEW also has a paid developer conference running concurrently, and it's great if you can attend both, but you don't have to attend the VIEW DevCon to attend PACLUG. You can attend PACLUG for free by itself. [read] Keywords:
39 days to PACLUG - June 21 and 22 in Las Vegas! Reason #1 to attend...
Thu, May 12th 2011 3:11p Brian Benz Reason to attend PACLUG 2011: A great lineup of Speakers and Topics.
Join us for PACLUG June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas! Sign up today, it's FREE! I live in Las Vegas and will be speaking at the conference, and also organizing a few events. Watch this blog for more reasons to attend (as if
via www.paclug.org [read] Keywords:
We need a good home for an adorable cat.
Tue, Apr 26th 2011 11:13a Brian Benz We found muchacho a few months ago and took him in. Unfortunately, our older cat is unwilling to share the house with him despite our best efforts to get them to accept each other, so we need to find him a good home.
He’s very affectionate, friendly and playful, very low maintenance, easy going, has full shots, is neutered, has a clean bill of health from a very good vet, and is chipped. He needs a home where he’ll get plenty of affection and attention. He’s great with kids and prob [read] Keywords:
You mean, nobody but the banks.
Thu, Apr 21st 2011 8:09p Brian Benz Finally the White house got the copy of Elephant Parts I sent them :)
"We are going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of the American people for their own short-term gain,"
via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords:
Decoding Vegas: See Vegas Like Never Before
Fri, Apr 8th 2011 3:13p Brian Benz WIRED, Inside Sports & Entertainment Group, and SA Studios Global present "Decoding Vegas," a dynamic, once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.
Outside of the city’s obvious attractions, there is a world of unexplored paths and thrills that we are making available to an exclusive group of guests for an unforgettable weekend.
This exclusive opportunity will only be available to twenty guests, on a first come, first serve basis.
via www.wiredinsider.com [read] Keywords:
FaceBook's Open Compute Project
Thu, Apr 7th 2011 4:11p Brian Benz We started a project at Facebook a little over a year ago with a pretty big goal: to build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost.
We decided to honor our hacker roots and challenge convention by custom designing and building our software, servers and data centers from the ground up.
The result is a data center full of vanity free servers which is 38% more efficient and 24% less expensive to build and run than other state-of-the-art data centers1.
But [read] Keywords: facebook
Reject the tyranny of being picked: pick yourself
Tue, Mar 22nd 2011 1:14p Brian Benz It's a cultural instinct to wait to get picked. To seek out the permission and authority that comes from a publisher or talk show host or even a blogger saying, "I pick you." Once you reject that impulse and realize that no one is going to select you--that Prince Charming has chosen another house--then you can actually get to work.
via sethgodin.typepad.com [read] Keywords: blogger
Zediva taps loophole, offers new movies online
Thu, Mar 17th 2011 8:14a Brian Benz On Wednesday morning, it had Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" available to stream — a movie that Netflix users won't be able to rent even physical copies of until March 29. Other new movies, such as "The Fighter" and "The American," were also listed, though these two were rented out.
via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords:
A New Approach to Amazon EC2 Networking
Wed, Mar 16th 2011 7:23a Brian Benz The features include:
A new VPC Wizard to streamline the setup process for a new VPC.
Full control of network topology including subnets and routing.
Access controls at the subnet and instance level, including rules for outbound traffic.
Internet access via an Internet Gateway.
Elastic IP Addresses for EC2 instances within a VPC.
Support for Network Address Translation (NAT).
Option to create a VPC that does not have a VPN connection.
via aws.typepad.com [read] Keywords: network
I'm on the Taking Notes Podcast!
Mon, Mar 7th 2011 8:22a Brian Benz Thanks to Bruce and Julian for making this an extremely enjoyable experience!
This year at Lotusphere 2011 Brian Benz (blog) presented a session entitled "Running a Business on XPages" (slide deck, session abstract). Julian Robichaux and I spent 30 minutes with Brian discussing with him an incredible XPages app that he helped develop for Deloitte Recap. Brian also discusses things he learned during the project, recommendations for developers new to XPages, source control management and much [read] Keywords: domino