- BetterExplained Aha – aha.betterexplained.com is to share aha! moments. In 3 words, "Twitter meets Wikipedia" – aha.betterexplained.com is to share aha! moments. In 3 words, "Twitter meets Wikipedia"
- How to Design Multi-Client Databases | Brent Ozar PLF | Brent Ozar PLF – When you’re building an application for lots of clients, there’s two common ways to design the database(s):
Option A: Put all clients in the same database
Option 2: Build one database per client
- Top 10 Keys to Deploying SQL Server on VMware | Brent Ozar PLF | Brent Ozar PLF – The most successful deployments of virtual SQL Servers have a few things in common. When a company is doing all of these things, odds are they’re going to be very happy with their virtual SQL Servers
- Log.io – Real-time log monitoring in your browser – Your infrastructure has hundreds of log files spread across dozens of machines. For monitoring deployments and troubleshooting, you need to instantly see composite streams of log messages in a single user interface.
- SourceForge.net: GitHub, Collaboration, and Haters – Open source is all about choice, transparency, and collaboration, not hating on others. Use what tools work best for you, and respect that others may choose a different path.
- Github Has Surpassed Sourceforge and Google Code in Popularity – Github is now the most popular open source forge, having surpassed Sourceforge, Google Code and Microsoft's CodePlex in total number of commits for the period of January to May 2011
- Idea Flight is the only tool you need to share your ideas and direct the experience for your audience easily on the iPad – Idea Flight is the only tool you need to share your ideas and direct the experience for your audience easily on the iPad
- D9 Video: Adobe CEO — Flash War is Over | Video | AllThingsD – Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen says the argument with Apple over supporting its Flash software on the iPad and iPhone devices is over
- Why Java Folks Should Look Forward to Scala | Javalobby – As a java programmer, I don’t think you should look down at C# .. just look forward to Scala
- InfoQ: The Future of Java EE – Jerome Dochez unveils the features planned for Java EE 7: Cloud Computing support, Modularity enhancements, richer Web Tier – Web Socket, HTML5, JSON-, JMS 2.0, and JPA 2.1, plus the roadmap.
- Crux Loaded Case Turns iPad 2 Into a Laptop – What if you could turn your iPad 2 into a laptop by simply placing it in a case? That’s the promise of Crux Loaded by CruxCase, a $249 clamshell enclosure that gives users a keyboard like that Logitech Keyboard Case we reviewed, but goes a step further by also offering a trackpad.
- A Maryland Elementary School Runs To Fitness – A popular running club at Orchard Grove Elementary School in Frederick, Maryland has resulted in rocketing fitness scores, dwindling discipline problems, rising test scores, improved self-esteem, and a 99 percent student participation rate.
- Joe Biden on Joe Barton: "Incredibly Out of Touch" | Blue Wave News – Joe Biden Says All That Needs to Be Said About Joe Barton’s Apology
- New JRockit book – A new book, "Oracle JRockit: The Definitive Guide", has just been published
- Introducing the Google Command Line Tool – Google Open Source Blog – GoogleCL is a pure Python application that uses the Python gdata libraries to make Google Data API calls from the command line.
- CHART OF THE DAY: Here’s Why Politicians Are Falling Over Themselves To Skewer BP Right Now – Pew research did a survey and the results are astounding — 59% of Americans are following the BP oil leak story (shown in the top blue bar below), which blows away the tiny 8% of Americans who care about the economy.
- Sencha launches HTML5 framework for mobile apps – The Sencha Touch framework enables developers to build rich Web applications offering native-like usability, according to Sencha. The framework is optimized for building applications for touch-based devices
- Forrester Projects Tablets Will Outsell Netbooks By 2012, Desktops By 2013 – The tablet era has just begun, but Forrester Research is already predicting tablet sales in the U.S. will overtake netbook sales by 2012, and desktop sales by 2015
- iPad MiFi Conversion for Verizon | Dish Television High Definition Store – There is one major flaw with the iPad that’s been bothering me about it since day one: AT&T. As revolutionary and awesome as it is, the iPad deserves–and needs–a good internet connection, hence the reason Sprint and Verizon have been pushing the use of MiFi with the iPad.
- Turn Your Old Router into a Range-Boosting Wi-Fi Repeater [Router] – With the magic of DD-WRT, you can turn your older wireless router into a range-expanding Wi-Fi repeater to cover everywhere you need a connection
- Spring Framework 3.0.3 released | SpringSource Team Blog – After several weeks of fine-tuning and community feedback, Spring Framework 3.0.3 is now available. This release fixes more than a hundred minor issues reported against Spring 3.0.2. This release catches up with recent third-party releases: OpenJPA 2.0 final, Hibernate 3.5.2, and JBoss 6.0.0 M3, all of which are fully supported in combination with Spring 3 now.
- State of the Art – With a Private MiFi Hot Spot, Be Online Wherever You Like – NYTimes.com – When you turn on your MiFi and wait 30 seconds, it provides a personal, portable, powerful, password-protected wireless hot spot.
- Wolfram|Alpha Blog : The Computers Powering Computable Knowledge – Two supercomputers, just about 10,000 processor cores, hundreds of terabytes of disks, a heck of a lot of bandwidth, and what seems like enough air conditioning for the Sahara to host a ski resort
- A World of Cables, Unknotted – The New York Times > Personal Tech > Slide Show – Cables are important, but they should not be expensive. To help untangle some of the confusion, here is a simple, somewhat opinionated taxonomy of most of the cables that we deal with in our lives. It’s completely up to date — until the tech industry adds another confusing format to the pile.
- Best Practices for building JSON REST Web Services « Building Feedly – A few of our friends have been asking us what are some of the best practices we learnt over the last two years designing and implementing RESTful Web Services as the back-end of the feedly service. Here is a quick/high level brain dump:
- OpenSSO Fedlet – ‘Best Innovation’ Award Winner at the European Identity Conference – In the category "Best innovation", the award went to the OpenSSO initative, founded and supported by Sun Microsystems. Their project, OpenSSO Fedlet has provided a lean solution for the Identity Federation
- Microsoft to Raise $3.75 Billion in Inaugural Bond Offering – Bloomberg.com – Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, plans to sell $3.75 billion of debt in its first bond offering, taking advantage of its top credit ratings to help fund a share buyback and technology investments.
- Judd Solutions: The Ultimate Enterprise Java Build Solution – Ultimate would be to add a server running TeamCity for the 'remote run' and 'pre-tested commit' features (as Developer assistant, and continuous compilation server it is a great add-on for a CI system)
- Sonar – Code quality management platform – Sonar enables to collect, analyze and report metrics on source code. Sonar not only offers consolidated reporting on and across projects throughout time, but it becomes the central place to manage code quality
- Common Java Cookbook – If you want to learn how to combine common open-source Java utilities to create powerful Java applications and tools, the Common Java Cookbook is for you.
- Google: A little more like Microsoft every day | The Open Road – CNET News – I liked to think that third parties like Mozilla helped to ensure that Google would "not be evil." Time will tell if Google has the will power to keep itself honest.
- Adobe AIR powered cyn.in desktop fuses instant messengers and web based collaboration – AIR – The cyn.in desktop client is a beautiful new Adobe AIR application designed to improve collaboration between teams. The application, created by Cynapse, includes a variety of powerful features designed to make communication and collaboration easy between teams
- InfoQ: Beyond Consolidation: Building a Better Development Environment with VMware – In this article Mak King describes advanced application of virtualization that goes far beyond server consolidation. Learn about the techniques and benefits behind putting your developers on virtual servers, all proving that virtualization is far from limited to commonplace consolidation. Additionally, and completely without a desire to be bandwagoners, the approach described in Mak's article is clearly "green computing."
- Google’s Mayer: Staying Innovative In a Downturn – BusinessWeek – The mantra that's been flooding the Googleplex this year? 'Scarcity brings clarity,' explains Marissa Mayer, Google Vice-President
- How to choose a netbook | Small is beautiful | The Economist – The upshot is that netbooks are great as cheap, simple and small computers for performing basic tasks—especially if the pre-installed software does what you want it to.
- Code Snippets – Snipplr Social Snippet Repository – Snipplr is a public source code repository that gives you a place to store and organize all the little pieces of code that you use each day. Best of all, it lets you share your code snippets with other coders and designers. Did we mention it works with TextMate, too? It's code 2.0.
- Microsoft Web Platform – The Web Platform Installer (Web PI) is a simple tool that installs Microsoft's entire Web Platform, including IIS, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework.
- Reading between the lines of Red Hat’s Google Web Toolkit play | The Open Road – CNET News – In other words, Red Hat's work with GWT is a chance for Red Hat to cater to developers already-expressed desires for a Red Hat RIA story, but within the context of the enterprise
- Key data center architect leaves Microsoft, headed for Amazon – TechFlash: Seattle’s Technology News Source – James Hamilton, one of the big brains behind Microsoft's data center strategy, has left the company, according to a note on his Microsoft home page. And we just confirmed that he's headed across town to Amazon.com, one of Microsoft's key rivals in the market for Web services and cloud computing.
- Top Java Developers Offer Advice to Students – Since 1999, java.sun.com writers have interviewed Java developers from diverse backgrounds and solicited their advice for students. In this article, 11 top Java developers share the fruits of long experience
- JetBrains Delivers Meta Programming System Beta – JetBrains, maker of the popular IntelliJ IDEA Java tool set, announces the beta version of its Meta Programming System for application development. JetBrains' MPS encourages the use of DSLs and code generation. MPS also implements the Language-Oriented Programming paradigm for building enterprise applications
- Official Google Docs Blog: New features for 2008! – It’s been two months since we launched Google Presentations and already we’ve got new toys! We’ve been listening to your feedback and working hard to get you new features as quickly as possible
- Amazon Web Services Blog: Increasing Amazon S3 Data Transfer Performance – The Amazon S3 team is now beta-testing support for an important low-level networking feature which has the potential to significantly increase the performance of large data transfers to and from S3, particularly (but not limited to) for long distance data
- Blueprint Grid CSS Generator – This tool will help you generate more flexible versions of Blueprint’s grid.css and compressed.css and grid.png files. Whether you prefer 8, 10,16 or 24 columns in your design, this generator now enables you that flexibility with Blueprint.
- The Most Hated Company In the PC Industry – Asustek is the most hated company in the industry. Microsoft, Apple, Dell and Palm hate Asustek because the company can give us something they can’t: A super cheap, flexible, powerful mobile computer. At $299, why would anyone not buy one?
As I’ve blogged before, I am in the search for a new computer and have decided to get a laptop and a desktop to meet all of my needs. I will probably end up using a Mirra or something similar (NAS) to get my machines in sync. On the laptop side, I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a convertible Tablet PC. To me, a convertible Tablet gives you the best of both worlds – It’s a laptop that has all of the functionality of the traditional laptop and yet can covert to a slate Tablet when needed.
I’ve wanted to try-out a Tablet PC before I buy it and so my brother was kind enough to loan me his Toshiba M4 Tablet and it only took 3 months of begging, nagging, threats and the other usual incentives to finally get the Tablet. 🙂 To annoy me, he installed the first beta of Vista Tablet on his machine which made it pretty much useless. In Vista’s defense, this was the 1st beta of Vista Tablet and the installer was my brother. I don’t think I need to say anymore. 😉
So I install Windows XP Tablet edition to really see what the magic is all about and I am completely in love. While I used the Tablet in a conventional laptop mode most of the time, I loved the fact that I was sitting on my couch reading blogs using my pen. While I haven’t tried it yet, I think reading an eBook on the Tablet would work really well and the mobility and folding form-factor would make it ideal for reading on the couch or in bed. My only hesitation is trying to figure out if I should jump now or wait for the dual-core Tablet PCs to ship.
On a whim and with no football on TV to suck up my time, I decided to install Ubuntu on the Tablet PC. The word Ubuntu is based on an African word meaning ‘humanity to others’ and it is a freely available Linux-based operating system with both community and professional support. Ubuntu is very easy to install and use and I am always amazed at how easy the install process and just how usable it is as a client machine. On the Toshiba M4 Tablet, I just reboot with the Ubuntu install CD in the drive and reboot. Upon boot, I answer a few simple questions about disk portioning and the installer goes away and installs the OS. While there is no support for Tablet like functionality in the Ubuntu at this moment, Ubuntu worked like a charm using the M4 as a traditional laptop. I shouldn’t be but I continue to be amazed as just how easy it is to use Linux on the desktop.
I haven’t been a supporter of Linux on the desktop as all the attempts in the past never passed my parents test – Could I install RedHat or Slackware or Debian or any other Linux distribution on my parent’s computer and leave them alone with it? I never thought so – Granted, they can’t fix all the Windows issues they run into but there are a lot more people that can possibly help them with that vs. Linux. And I consider myself a Linux guy. I’ve been running Linux in one form or another since 1991 when I built my first Linux server at Marquette University that was running v0.9x kernel as part of the SLS distribution. A few years after that, I ran the Marquette University webserver on my personal Linux box (386 – 40 MHz) for a few years before people ‘got it’ and officially started supporting my efforts. In fact, I have introduced Linux in EVERY single company I’ve worked for since the early days with great success I might add. 🙂 So it’s great to see a Linux distribution that’s useable and pretty that rocks.
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