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Oracle Takes Another Dig at Red Hat with Free Updates and Errata

Oracle Takes Another Dig at Red Hat with Free Updates and Errata

Oracle announced certification of Oracle Database for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 and Oracle Linux 6 yesterday. By itself, not a particularly remarkable announcement. Enterprise database certified to run on enterprise operating systems. Yawn. The real news is the last bullet point, which is yet another potshot at Red Hat’s business model…

CodePlex, Yes CodePlex, Adds Git Support

CodePlex, Yes CodePlex, Adds Git Support

When Linus Torvalds used to talk about world domination, I thought it was relating to Linux. Apparently, it applies to his side-project Git, too. Developer demand has nudged Microsoft’s CodePlex into supporting Git.

Most of the major open source code hosting services had already added support for Git. SourceForge, Google Code, GNU Savannah, and…

Amazon Taps Eucalyptus as Private Cloud Partner

Amazon Taps Eucalyptus as Private Cloud Partner

In June of 2010, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels argued against the private cloud, but today Amazon is tacitly acknowledging the need for businesses to run their own cloud. The cloud giant announced today an agreement to work with Eucalyptus to help customers migrate workloads between private clouds and Amazon Web Services. The agreement includes Amazon…

Amazon Giant Aims to Squash PaaS Competition with Elastic Beanstalk

Amazon Giant Aims to Squash PaaS Competition with Elastic Beanstalk

The good news for PaaS providers is that the largest player in cloud computing took another big step into PaaS support itself, with a PHP-based offering. That helps validate the model pretty effectively. The bad news for PaaS providers is… well, the same thing, really. Amazon’s PHP support for Elastic Beanstalk means that the company is looking…

jPlayer: A HTML5 Audio and Video Player for jQuery

jPlayer: A HTML5 Audio and Video Player for jQuery

Don’t know whether your visitors are going to be able to use Flash or HTML5 for video and audio playback? Don’t guess, take a look at the jPlayer project. jPlayer is an HTML5 audio/video library for jQuery that supports real cross platform audio and video.

Me? I’m a fan of HTML5 solutions, not so much the Adobe Flash solutions – especially…

How Casual Sexism Put Sqoot in the Hotseat

How Casual Sexism Put Sqoot in the Hotseat

Sqoot is really, sorry for sticking its foot firmly in mouth when advertising its API Jam. Or so it says on Twitter, though the apology lacks sincerity. The event has already lost sponsors for assuming that treating its audience like “brogrammers” is a good idea.

The offense? Sqoot’s original note for the API Jam included a section on “perks…

How Engine Yard Keeps Customers Up when AWS is Down

How Engine Yard Keeps Customers Up when AWS is Down

Last week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered a brief network outage in its US-East-1 region (North Virginia). While relatively mild, the outage did impact a few AWS customer – including Engine Yard, a PaaS provider that relies on AWS to provide its services to more than 2,300 customers. Total customers affected by the outage? Three.

Three…

From Gmail to FastMail: Moving Away from Google

From Gmail to FastMail: Moving Away from Google

One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 is to move away from depending on Google services for my business. Last year’s Gmail redesign, and the pseudonym battles have convinced me that Google is not quite the right home for services I depend on professionally. The first service to go is Gmail. I spent part of my weekend moving email for my…

What SendHub Learned Building a Single-Page Backbone.js App

What SendHub Learned Building a Single-Page Backbone.js App

SendHub has put up a post on things its developers learned in rebuilding the front-end of its Web site as a single-page application with Backbone.js. This includes everything from template rendering to “avoiding a zombie apocalypse.”

The company decided to give SendHub.com a facelift because “the site looked a bit dated, and it just didn’t feel as…

Rob Reid on Understanding Copyright Math

Rob Reid on Understanding Copyright Math

If you watch only one TED talk this year, you should be sure to watch Rob Reid’s talk “The $8 billion iPod.”

Reid, the founder of Rhapsody, debuts Copyright Math (TM), the field of study “based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.” In that time, Reid completely skewers the entertainment industry’s inflated claims of…

Two Years with the iPad: Was It Worth It?

Two Years with the iPad: Was It Worth It?

Tomorrow, thousands of people are going to head out to Apple stores to pick up a shiny new iPad, or wait eagerly for delivery of the latest tablet from Apple. While the attention is on the new iPad, though, what about the original device that helped propel Apple past Microsoft as the world’s most valuable tech company? Two years later, did the…

Reality Check on Ubuntu’s Enterprise Claims

Reality Check on Ubuntu’s Enterprise Claims

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has found some encouraging statistics on Ubuntu adoption for public-facing Web sites powered by Ubuntu. Unfortunately, Shuttleworth has taken a single data point and tried to suggest that it’s an indicator that companies are choosing Ubuntu over Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for “enterprise computing.” In reality…

Passphrases: Maybe Not as Secure as You Think

Passphrases: Maybe Not as Secure as You Think

The conventional wisdom seems to be that passphrases are much more secure than passwords, even if the password is complex. Passphrases are likely to be more secure than passwords, but not as secure as many seem to think. Some preliminary work on the topic by Joseph Bonneau and Ekaterina Shutova suggests that optimism about the security of…

Gravity Announces Labs and Open Source Projects

Gravity Announces Labs and Open Source Projects

Gravity, a company that provides “interest graphs” based on content visited by users has announced Gravity Labs.

Gravity Labs is, as CTO Jim Benedetto puts it, “an initial peek into our underlying interest graph infrastructure as well as a showcase of some of our Open Source projects.”

Best Wiki Ever? Hackpad Just Might Be

Best Wiki Ever? Hackpad Just Might Be

After catching a note about the wiki for SXSW being edited with Hackpad, I thought it might be worth a look. Then I caught the tagline, “best wiki ever.” Well, that’s a bold statement. Then I noticed that Tomboy creator Alex Graveley was part of the team behind it and thought maybe it really is. After a short test drive, I’m even more impressed…

TED Labs Limited Beta: Can You Score One of 50 API Keys?

TED Labs Limited Beta: Can You Score One of 50 API Keys?

Big fan of TED talks? Think you can do something stellar if only you had an API with RESTful access to the TED library and its data? Now through May 16, the TED folks are issuing up to 50 API keys to developers “whose vision and plan we believe will set the standard for new ways to power ideas worth spreading through the TEDapi program.” You…

Amazon Adds SSH Client to AWS Console

Amazon Adds SSH Client to AWS Console

Earlier this week, Amazon announced that they’d (finally) added an SSH client to the AWS console. Based on the MindTerm Java-based SSH client, the AWS client is looking pretty good.

Now, I said “finally” because I’ve been able to pop open a console from my browser for my Linode instance for quite some time. I was actually surprised that Amazon…

Microsoft Trying Hard to Match AWS, Cuts Azure Pricing

Microsoft Trying Hard to Match AWS, Cuts Azure Pricing

This should be fun. Just a few days after Amazon announced its 19th price cut, Microsoft is announcing its own price cuts for Azure Storage and Compute. If you’re looking at running a smaller instance with a 100MB database, you can now get one for less than $20 a month. If you’re doing heavy computing, though, Azure still seems a bit behind…

What We Lose in a Post-PC World

What We Lose in a Post-PC World

Tim Cook, Ray Ozzie, and a host of others have proclaimed that we’re in a “post-PC world.” Well, not quite yet, but you can see it from here.

Like it or not, the post-PC era looks a lot like the iPad, Kindle Fire, Xbox 360, Roku and any number of smartphones. While these devices are way better for some tasks than traditional PCs, we stand to…