Archive for April, 2010

Apr 25 2010

Data Center (Cloud) Cost Efficiency

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A few months ago I mentioned James Hamilton’s comments on the micro-server trend. Today I came across a talk he gave at MIX10 in which he presented excellent real-world large-scale data, with insightful analysis, about the cost efficiency of data centers. (Here is a direct MP4 download, suitable for viewing across more platforms.) I had […]

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Apr 15 2010

We’re hiring a NON-developer

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Over at Oasis Digital, we are in the (job) market for our first non-developer, non-project-manager, non-service-delivery-focussed full-time team member. The job post is on the Oasis Digital site; I thought I’d write about a bit more about the story here. Part of the challenge of running a software development consulting firm, is the tension between: […]

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Apr 14 2010

The Much-Discussed Apple iPhone 4.0 beta TOS

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As I write this in April 2010, Apple has just released a beta iPhone 4.0 SDK with the following rather alarming addition to the legal terms (at least according to many web sites; I haven’t seen it directly from Apple yet): 3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple […]

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Apr 10 2010

Apple, Cut That Cord

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As I think back to opening up my new iPad, two things stand out. First, the product packaging is delightfully minimal. It does not even contain media with the iTunes software, instead explaining that the first step is to download iTunes. Second, a new iPad does not work at all until syncing it with a […]

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Apr 06 2010

My iPad is (unfortunately, mostly) a toy

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Some pundits have declared the iPad a “toy”, or suited only for content consumption. I disagreed with the latter a few days ago, and I think it will have some very interesting business uses. If I come up with a sufficiently novel one, Oasis Digital might implement it. But sadly I must mostly agree, for […]

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Apr 05 2010

iPad: Not Only for Content Consumption

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Like 300,000 other people, I have a shiny new iPad in hand. Here is my very short review: Apple is going to sell a huge pile of these things. Expanding on that… Lots of other companies are going to sell an enormous pile of apps for the iPad. From the point of view of a […]

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