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Vagrant Virtual Development Tool Hits 1.0

Vagrant Virtual Development Tool Hits 1.0

Need an easy way to set up development sandboxes using virtual machines? Then you might want to take a look at Vagrant, a tool for making it easy to create and manage virtual machines.

The 1.0 release was announced on March 6th by Mitchell Hashimoto. This is two years to the day after the first development release of Vagrant.

Font Awesome Icon Font Released for Twitter Bootstrap

Font Awesome Icon Font Released for Twitter Bootstrap

It takes a lot of confidence to label a project “awesome,” but after looking over the Font Awesome collection, I’m inclined to agree.

Font Awesome is a set of glyph icons meant to work with Bootstrap, the Web App toolkit released by Twitter last year. The project is courtesy of Dave Gandy, co-founder of Lemonwise.

Google Slashes Storage Prices: Still no GDrive

Google Slashes Storage Prices: Still no GDrive

Google announced today that it’s dropping its pricing on Google Cloud Storage and its integration with several enterprise storage offerings. Google’s updated pricing scheme puts it roughly in line with Amazon’s S3, but what else does Google have to offer except a new pricing scheme?

I spoke to Google’s product manager for Cloud Storage, Navneet…

Netflix: No, We Don’t Advertise with Rush Limbaugh

Netflix: No, We Don’t Advertise with Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh’s statements against Sandra Fluke are causing Limbaugh no end of controversy and producing some blow-back for advertisers as well. There’s just one problem: Some of the companies being fingered as supporters aren’t signed on as sponsors for his show. Case in point, Netflix.

The problem is like the old saying: A lie can be halfway…

Can Data Tell the Story of a Location? Discovering Haight Street

Can Data Tell the Story of a Location? Discovering Haight Street

With the right data, you can get a pretty interesting picture of an area. Whether it’s a state, city, or even a street, you can learn a lot from data. Do you need to pack a coat if you’re visiting in March? What’s the elevation, cost of living, how many people live there? But to answer what is it like? That takes a bit more doing.

This was the…

Can Big Data Replace Domain Expertise?

Can Big Data Replace Domain Expertise?

One of the recurring themes last week at the O’Reilly Strata Conference in Santa Clara was the idea that skill with machine learning and analytics could trump domain expertise in getting results.

The argument goes something like this: Given the right data set, a data scientist with no domain expertise can out-perform experts that have been working…

Strata: Mixing the Social Data Cocktail

Strata: Mixing the Social Data Cocktail

Everyone knows you can learn a lot by trawling data coming from social media services like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. But sometimes the data will surprise you. For instance, you’d expect to be able to glean product feedback from Facebook’s public feed, but did you know that shoplifters tend to brag about it in social media?

Chris Moody, COO…

Strata Conference 2012: The End of Big Data Hype?

Strata Conference 2012: The End of Big Data Hype?

Last year, I was slated to attend the first O’Reilly Strata Conference, but the 2011 Snowpocalypse intervened and said “no flights for you, St. Louis.” Not only did I miss the inaugural Strata Conference, but it seems like I missed out on all the hype and irrational exuberance for big data as well.

The first day of the 2012 conference was…

Strata 2012: 3 Essential Skills of a Data Driven CEO

Strata 2012: 3 Essential Skills of a Data Driven CEO

At the Strata Jumpstart session on Tuesday, Diego Saenz of Data Driven CEO made the case for three skills that are must haves for CEOs to become “data driven.”

Much of Saenz’s talk focused on one specific data-driven CEO: Robert McDonald of Procter and Gamble (P&G).

SUSE Breaks With Tradition for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP2

SUSE Breaks With Tradition for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP2

Service packs for enterprise Linux distributions are typically pretty conservative affairs that are only noteworthy for the bugs that they fix. SUSE is bucking that trend with the second service pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11, by adding new features and providing customers with the 3.0 Linux kernel released last year.

SLES 11…

As Developers Struggle, Apple Pushes Back Sandbox Deadline Again

As Developers Struggle, Apple Pushes Back Sandbox Deadline Again

Apple has pushed back its deadline for developers to “sandbox” their applications. Last November, the original deadline was pushed back to March 1, 2012. Now Apple is giving developers through June 1st “to take advantage of new sandboxing entitlements available in OS X 10.7.3 and new APIs in Xcode 4.3.”

According to Manton Reece, Apple is also…

Evernote: NoSQL? Not Now, Thanks! We’re Good

Evernote: NoSQL? Not Now, Thanks! We’re Good

Big services demand NoSQL, right? With nearly a billion notes and almost 2 billion resource files, Evernote should be ready to jump on the NoSQL and Big Data bandwagon, right? Not so fast, says Evernote’s CTO Dave Engberg. According to Engberg, some applications may benefit from modern key-value storage engines, but Evernote has good reasons for…

Private Clouds Shouldn’t Mean Secret Pricing

Private Clouds Shouldn’t Mean Secret Pricing

I’m not one of the people that thinks that “private cloud” is an oxymoron. But vendors that are trying to offer self-hosted alternatives to Google App Engine, Amazon Web Services, Heroku, and the rest need to understand that cloud deployments are supposed to be about reducing friction of deploying and running services. That includes the friction of…

Do Not Track: The CAN-SPAM of 2012

Do Not Track: The CAN-SPAM of 2012

Remember in 2003, when the CAN SPAM Act was signed into law, how spam just stopped overnight? Yeah, me neither. Just as CAN SPAM did little to curb spam, having Google and Microsoft sign on to Do Not Track (DNT) still leaves a lot to be desired.

Google and others signing up for DNT support aren’t even promising not to track users, they’re just…

Apple’s Messages Beta: Pretty Meh in a Mixed OS World

Apple’s Messages Beta: Pretty Meh in a Mixed OS World

As part of the Mountain Lion preview last week, Apple put out a beta of its revamped chat application, Messages. If you spend a lot of time connecting with other folks on iOS devices, Messages is a must-have. If not, it doesn’t really add much to the mix.

Installing Messages is simple enough, though it does require a system reboot. If you’ve…

10 Tips for Using Evernote Effectively

10 Tips for Using Evernote Effectively

Evernote is a tool for keeping track of, well, everything. At least everything as far as digital information goes, or information that can be digitized. Evernote comprises a Web-based service and clients for Windows, Mac OS X, mobile devices, and extensions for Web browsers. It’s a service I’ve been using for years, and over that time I’ve picked…

Apache 2.4 Sets Sights on Cloud

Apache 2.4 Sets Sights on Cloud

Apache 2.4 is going to take a lot of pain out of managing Web servers, says Jim Jagielski, president of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The 2.4 release, which has been about six years in the making, brings a host of performance improvements, reduced memory usage, and a number of features that make the Apache HTTP Server more suited for…

Yahoo Takes YSlow to GitHub for Community Contributions

Yahoo Takes YSlow to GitHub for Community Contributions

Yahoo is getting serious about turning YSlow into a real community driven project. The company put up YSlow on YDN in 2007, but now they’ve gone all-in with a BSD-licensed release on GitHub.

On the off chance you’re not already familiar with YSlow, it is used to analyze Web pages against a set of best practices. YSlow crawls the DOM of a page…