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Internet

The day Google broke the Internet…

As I write this, all Google search results are being flagged as malware and redirected to a scary warning page, including google.com itself: The warning page (which I’ve only seen a handful of times before today) looks like this: Note the absence of any links to the offending site (in this case http://www.google.com/), diverting traffic […]

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Internet

Size doesn’t matter (for Netbooks anyway)

I’ve just finished overhauling Wikipedia’s Netbook article which currently does a much better job of reflecting reality than it did previously. In particular, the term ‘Netbook’ pertains to connectivity (which is why all of them have WiFi and many of them are fitted with 3G chips) and has nothing whatsoever to do with size. Notebooks […]

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Cloud

Major Google App Engine 2.0 update (Java, cron, billing) in the pipeline?

I’ve been doing a lot of Google App Engine development lately and getting increasingly familiar with how it all works. I was curious as to how the SDK (specifically appcfg.py) goes about pushing applications up to the cloud and wasn’t surprised to find that it’s actually quite simple, trading your credentials for a token and […]

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Cloud

2009: The year of the ‘Enterprise Netbook’ (and other cloud clients)

There’s exciting times ahead in 2009 for the enterprise – the maturity of cloud computing services like Google Apps and [Sales]Force.com is finally enabling them to reach to the holy grail of personal computing: reliable, cheap, connected clients, and the OEMs are finally ready to supply the (now rapidly growing) demand. It’s not surprising that […]

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Internet Standards

Native Web Applications (NWA) vs Rich Internet Applications (RIA)

A rewrite of the Rich Internet Application (RIA) article (snapshot) is my latest contribution to Wikipedia following last year’s full rewrite of the Cloud Computing article (which is now finally fairly stable and one of the main authorative sources on the topic; according to the article statistics I’ve just done my 500th edit, or one […]