Daily del.icio.us for September 5th through September 9th

  • Why Mozilla is committed to Gecko as WebKit popularity grows: Page 1 – In the wake of Google's release of the new WebKit-based Chrome browser, some technology enthusiasts are beginning to wonder if the days are numbered for Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine
  • The U.S. Closes the Mobile Innovation Gap – After lagging in wireless for years, the U.S. has caught up with Western Europe and is now trying to take the innovation lead
  • The Art and Craft of Great Software Architecture and Development: Book Review: The Definitive Guide to Terracotta – This is a rock-solid book with a solid introduction. I wouldn't agree that it's a "Definitive Guide" – I'd like to have seem more help up front in getting your environment set-up for the examples, some case-studies of how Terracotta has been used, more benchmarks, perhaps even benchmark code. But given the fact that it's the ONLY book I can find on Terracotta it's fortunately pretty good and gets you "in the game".
  • InfoQ: Google Chrome: Perspectives and Analysis – On September 1st, 2008, Google announced its new open source browser, Google Chrome. The introduction of a new web browser by Google, a major player in the web by anyone's standards, has predictably resulted in a flurry of attention, analysis and soothsaying. InfoQ has taken some time to compile some of the perspectives and analysis from the community, news media and blogosphere in order to assemble comprehensive coverage of the Google Chrome launch and its impact.
  • Metallica: Master of YouTube? | Listening Post from Wired.com – Metallica, whose leaked album Death Magnetic is slated for a September 12 release, launched a promotion on YouTube today featuring the band's favorite Metallica cover songs on the site. Drummer Lars Ulrich introduces their selections in the video to the right.
  • Microsoft Missing the Boat on Mobile? – O’Reilly Radar – What's so ironic is that if Microsoft started thinking about the user again, instead of thinking about protecting their business, they could do great things. There are many problems yet to be solved in online software, but they won't be solved without bold leaps into the future.
  • Ext JS – Ext GWT: Now with Portal and Web Desktop – Ext GWT 1.1 is right around the corner and incorporates the popular Portal and Web Desktop interface.
  • Google at Age 10 – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com – Here’s a quick snapshot of Google by the numbers along with some comparisons to Microsoft. The sources of the data are the companies, Yahoo Finance and comScore.
  • InfoQ: Deploying a 1 Terabyte Cache using EhCache Server – The largest ehcache single instances run at around 20GB in memory. The largest disk stores run at 100Gb each. Add nodes together, with cache data partitioned across them, to get larger sizes. 50 nodes at 20GB gets you to 1 Terabyte
  • Bash scripting Tutorial – Linuxconfig.org – This bash tutorial assumes no previous knowledge of bash scripting.As you will soon discover in this quick comprehensive bash scripting guide, learning the bash shell scripting is very easy task. Lets begin this bash scripting tutorial with a simple "Hello World" script.
  • InfoQ: Jeff Barr Discusses Amazon Web Services – In this interview from QCon London 2008, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Evangelist Jeff Barr discusses SimpleDB, S3, EC2, SQS, cloud computing, how the different Amazon services interact within an application, the origins of AWS, SimpleDB and Microsoft SQL Server Data Services, globalization of the AWS cloud, the March AWS outage, SimpleDB Stored Procedures and converting between AMIs and VMWare.

Last Lecture – Randy Pausch passes away

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university on Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed auditorium and that video become a huge viral hit with over 10 million viewing on YouTube. He passed away on Friday in Virginia of pancreatic cancer – I knew nothing about Professor Pausch till someone sent me a link to the video (below) which was his last lecture at CMU. He was truly a remarkable, positive, charismatic and inspirational person who will be missed. If you haven’t seen his last lecture, it’s definitely worth watching. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

Daily del.icio.us for February 2nd through February 3rd

  • Adobe Labs – BlazeDS – The BlazeDS Release Candidate was released on February 1, 2008. BlazeDS is the server-based Java remoting and web messaging technology that enables developers to easily connect to back-end distributed data and push data in real-time to Flex and AIR app
  • Marcel Overdijk’s Blog: Code by convention with Flex and Spring – What this means is that Flex clients can communicate with Java objects deployed on the server. BlazeDS contains a Java Adapter which forms the infrastructure to make this possible. With Jeff Vroom’s Spring Integration you can even use Spring beans to comm
  • Concern mounts over rising troop suicides – CNN.com – Every day, five U.S. soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war began, that figure was less than one suicide attempt a day.
  • My videos from Davos « Scobleizer — Tech geek blogger – I made quite a few videos on Qik last week while at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Here’s my favorites, not necessarily in order of importance. I marked the must watch videos.
  • Official Google Blog: Yahoo! and the future of the Internet – Could a combination of (MSFT & YHOO) take advantage of a PC software monopoly to unfairly limit the ability of consumers to freely access competitors’ email, IM, and web-based services? Policymakers around the world need to ask these questions
  • Summation: The Power of Great People (why “good enough” won’t cut it) – In markets characterized by winner takes-all – increasingly true in a globalized world – you need the very best; “good enough” will no longer cut it when against intense competition. These are the people that build great and lasting companies.
  • Design Patterns and Refactoring – sourcemaking.com – Design Patterns and Refactoring
  • Pure Css Data Chart | Css Globe – Data visualization is mostly achieved with flash applications or with help of some programming languages. Are those solutions the only way to present, let’s say simple data chart? How about giving it a try with nothing but good ol’ css?
  • The war on Grails is really a war on Spring | Groovy Zone – Ruby is perhaps a more flexible language than Groovy (and that’s an arguable point, folks, and one which I really don’t care to get into), but Ruby also runs on a less-flexible and less-scalable and less-supported platform than Groovy. I dunno that this m
  • kemelyon » FlexReport – FlexReport is a client-side report generation component. It allows you to easily generate, preview and print reports based in mxml/as3 templates.
  • generatedata.com – Ever needed custom formatted sample / test data, like, bad? Well, that’s the idea of the Data Generator. It’s a free, open source script written in JavaScript, PHP and MySQL that lets you quickly generate large volumes of custom data in a variety of forma

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U2 is the BEST band in the world

U2 is back with U218 Singles, which is a best-of CD with all of their hits including two newer songs: ‘The Saints Are Coming’ that was a collaboration with Green Day and a new song, ‘Windows in the Skies’.

Here is the video for ‘With or Without You’ from the Vertigo ’05 Live from Milan DVD

Amazon has the same video on their site as well from the same DVD. The Amazon version of the video also has a clip of ‘Original of the Species’ in addition to ‘With or Without You’.

Network Neutrality: Why it really matters?

Let’s hope Congress does the right thing and adds in adequate protection to guarantee Network Neutrality as life without it could really suck. Can you imagine a world where people who use Verizon as their ISP not being able to get to Google as Microsoft is paying Verizon to make MSN the preferred search engine. So all traffic to Google could be blocked or QOS’d down to a trickle. Can you imagine using a 4 MBps Internet connection where your connection to Google or other sites is a trickle of 56 Kbps? Can you imagine your Skype call sounding like crap because you are using AT&T as an ISP and they would rather sell you their VoIP services?

It’s funny how the Telecommunication companies essentially want to blackmail content providers and consumers. When I surf to Google or Flickr or Digg or Live.com, I am using my local Internet connection that I pay for – Sites like Google, Flickr and Digg also pay for the bandwidth they use and so the consumer is paying to get to the provider and the provider is paying to connect to the Internet. But my ISP now wants to give one company priority on their networks over another, for a price. Sounds pretty shady, doesn’t it?

Can you imagine how this would just totally kill innovation on the Internet? If we don’t get Network Neutrality, innovative companies like YouTube, Flickr, del.icio.us and countless others would have never been able to launch as they wouldn’t have been able to pay the Telecom companies extortion. Google, Microsoft and Yahoo would be able to afford it but new upstarts would be left out and can you imagine a world where there is no real competition? Look at Microsoft and Internet Explorer – After Netscape died, Microsoft essentially disbanded the IE team and didn’t add any new features in the browser for almost 6 years. Competition is critical and fuels innovation and without competition, we have stagnation and the consumer suffers.

Web2.0 or Bubble2.0, depending on your perspective has largely been made possible by the ubiquity of the high-speed Internet access. Even Al Gore, the creator of the Internet has spoken up on this issue. 🙂 At a recent speech, Al Gore said “Freedom of communication is an essential prerequisite for the restoration of the health of our democracy. It is particularly important that the freedom of the Internet be protected against either the encroachment of government or the efforts at control by large media conglomerates.” (Via FreePress.net)