Amazon Unveils $199 Kindle Fire Tablet – Bloomberg – Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), the world’s largest online retailer, unveiled its Kindle Fire tablet computer, taking aim at Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s bestselling iPad with a device that’s smaller and less than half the price
How Bad Boards Kill Companies: HP | Monday Note – In the end, as some see it, this could be a none-too-subtle power grab by Ray Lane: note the joint signature at the bottom of the memo to the troops: Meg and Ray. As the newly appointed Executive Chairman, he gets to "assist" Meg. Why appoint a CEO who needs such assistance in the first place? And wouldn’t any normal, non-executive Chairman, or any director provide assistance anyway?
Strata Web Framework – Strata is a fast, streaming web framework for node.js that is patterned after time-honored and battle tested web application design principles pioneered in the Python and Ruby communities (see WSGI and Rack). Using Strata, developers can build highly performant web servers in a powerful, modular style that is easy to maintain and takes full advantage of the streaming capabilities and excellent I/O handling of node.js.
The Most Patriotic Thing You Can Do « blog maverick – So be Patriotic. Go out there and get rich. Get so obnoxiously rich that when that tax bill comes , your first thought will be to choke on how big a check you have to write. Your 2nd thought will be “what a great problem to have”, and your 3rd should be a recognition that in paying your taxes you are helping to support millions of Americans that are not as fortunate as you.
Netflix investors overreact to new forecast: The streaming numbers are what matters – SplatF – Here’s the thing, though. The future of Netflix is in its streaming business — not its business of mailing DVDs to people via the U.S. Postal Service. And Netflix only trimmed its forecast for streaming customers by 0.2 million, or 1%. The biggest cut, meanwhile, is 0.8 million DVD-only subscribers, or 27% of that customer base. But that’s Netflix’s old business, not its new one.
InfoQ: Agile and Architecture Conflict – There is a constant tussle between following Agile techniques and still managing to do enterprise architecture. While Agile development focuses on adjusting the design and plan as more insight is gained into the domain, architecture establishes the technology stack. It addresses the quality attributes and communicates to the interested stakeholders. Combination of the two is successful when agile techniques are leveraged to drive towards the desired architecture.
The MongoDB NoSQL Database Blog – MongoDB 2.0 Released – The MongoDB development team is pleased to announce the release of version 2.0.0. Version 2.0 is the latest stable release, following the March 2011 release of version 1.8. This release includes many new features, improvements to existing features, and performance enhancements.
dzone.com – Spring Social 1.0: What a Year Makes – It’s been an exciting year leading up to Spring Social 1.0, and there is a lot to be excited about with this big release. Now that we have a strong, stable foundation, I’m looking forward to seeing where Spring Social goes from here.
Apple’s P/E compression illustrated | asymco – he following chart is a simple representation of P/E (line chart with left scale) with Net Income growth super-imposed (bar chart with right scale.) We chose a time period of 22 quarters. 11 quarters after the crisis (i.e. quarters after the one ending in Sept. 2008) and 11 quarters before the crisis (quarter ending 12/20/05 through the one ending 6/30/08).
Thinking about the Social Enterprise – confused of calcutta – As customers begin to reorganise businesses around themselves, there will be many problems to solve, problems of federation and interoperability and portability. Problems that have been obfuscated in the past by incumbents with vested interests. Problems that will be solved by the Social Enterprise.
Design by Contract in Java with Google – Design by Contract is a powerful approach for building simple and robust software. Contracts for Java isn't the first attempt to bring this approach to Java, but it's a simple and powerful implementation that might become a standard tool for ensuring Java software validity.
How You Should Go About Learning NoSQL – NoSQL is a big world, and solutions vary in complexity and differentness. That's why I think MongoDB, which isn't very different, and Redis, which is different but very simple, are a great place to start.
Warrick – Recover Your Lost Website – Warrick is a free utility for reconstructing (or recovering) a website when a back-up is not available. Warrick will search the following web repositories for missing resources: Internet Archive, Google, Bing (formerly Live Search), and Yahoo.
Addressing Misconceptions about Google Web Toolkit – It appears that many people, including decision makers, are not fully aware of important GWT abilities and limitations. Many features in recent releases of GWT and related projects can be real game changers for the developers and for the end users. Here I am going to address common misconceptions and provide solutions to common issues.
mike.mainguy: Heroku is a bus, Engineyard is a car – Overall, I'd say Heroku is like taking the bus: if enough people want to go the same place at the same time, it's more economical. Engineyard is like buying a car: it's going to be a bit more expensive and you're going to need to know how to drive, but it is a much more flexible solution.
Stop Coddling the Super-Rich – NYTimes.com – While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks
Steven Poole: Goodbye, cruel Word – I weep at all the innocent electrons I wastefully killed over the years, sending those massive, lumbering Word documents through the internet. I apologise for my particle profligacy. I have learned my lesson. Goodbye, cruel Word.
Web Architecture versus Enterprise IT – This video show how the typical enterprise IT landscape can benefit from the Web’s architecture, what Java developers need to learn to be part of this, and why the whole idea of “applications” is going to disappear.
Calculated Risk: Dow Down 600+, S&P 500 down 6.66% – Here is a table of the largest one day declines (in percentage terms) for the S&P 500 since January 1950. There were quite a few large down days in 2008 and early 2009 … and now two in the last week (both in red).
The joy of algorithms and NoSQL: a MongoDB example – Datablend – In this article, I try to illustrate my point, by employing NoSQL, and more specifically MongoDB, to solve a specific Chemoinformatics problem in a truly elegant and efficient way. The complete source code can be found on the Datablend public GitHub repository.
Sencha Touch Quick Start | Learn | Sencha – Want to build something amazing with Sencha Touch? Use these simple recipes for Mac OSX, and Microsoft Windows to ensure you can get started with the framework's SDK as quickly as possible. Ideal for a rolling start at hackathons!
DryDrop updates App Engine site after pushing to GitHub – DryDrop is a tool that lets you host your static site on Google App Engine and update it by pushing to GitHub. Thanks to GitHub post-receive hooks your App Engine site can be updated automatically when you push new content
Scott Adams on the Benefits of Boredom – WSJ.com – Still, it's worth keeping an eye on the link between our vanishing boredom and our lack of innovation. It's the sort of trend that could literally destroy the world without anyone realizing what the root problem is.
Ehcache 2.5 goes beta – cool new features explained – The new release of Ehcache has gone beta less than 2 weeks ago, and there are many cool things packed in there, I wanted to talk a bit about it. If you’re using Ehcache as a memory cache or as a cache for Hibernate, you’ll find some useful information here.
The Post-PC era will be a multi-platform era | asymco – The thesis that one dominant platform wins the mobile “war” is naive. The post-PC era will be a multi-platform era. Developers already understand this. Platform vendors know this. It’s time to unlearn the lessons of the PC era.
InfoQ: Innovation at Google – Patrick Copeland on pretotyping: innovators beat ideas, pretotypes beat productypes, data beats opinions, doing beats talking, simple beats complex, now beats later, commitment beats committees.
Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social | Epicenter | Wired.com – Google believes that with Circles it has solved the tough sharing problem that Facebook has inexplicably failed to crack. “With Facebook I have 500 friends — my mom’s my friend, my boss is my friend,” says Shimrit Ben-Yair, the product manager in charge of the social graph. “So when I share on Facebook, I overshare. On Twitter, I undershare, because it’s public. If Google hits that spot in the middle, we can revolutionize social interaction
The Little Book on CoffeeScript – This book is designed to help you learn CoffeeScript, understand best practices and start building awesome client side applications. The book is little, only five chapters, but that's rather apt as CoffeeScript is a little language too.
Writing a Sencha Touch Application, Part 2 – In the first part of this Sencha Touch tutorial we started building an app that allows its user to take notes and store them on the device. Having created the foundation of the application we are in the process of building the Notes List view, which at this point looks like this:
Why the future of IT rests on one person – A lot of those practices will be single-actor practices — practices organized so that one employee, supported by technology, can do whatever needs to get done
Chart.io – Google Analytics for Your Database – Chart.io is Google Analytics for your database. We help you make sense of all the data you collect everyday. Chart.io quickly hooks up to your database and lets you create real time charts of the metrics you care about
Git and Subversion – Living together – There are many people who want to use Git, but are forced to stick with Subversion for various reasons. Git-svn gives us the opportunity to migrate away from Subversion, but setting up a two-way sync is less than trivial.
ongwt.com – Aqu4rium – powered by forPlay/GWT – During GoogleIO an API for games was announced by Google. To test this API I gave two days to two developers of my team to understand this API and to reproduce a demo from Microsoft.