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On the Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems…

Ok so IBM dropped Sun on the floor only to have Oracle snap them up (surely a nice bidding war would have been the least they could do for a competitor?). Interesting, and I would say clever move, especially off the back of beating the hell out of cloud computing last year (another potentially more-intelligent-than-it-looked-at-the-time […]

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Cloud

Introducing the Cloud Computing Stack (2009 Edition)

Those of you watching the Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) mailing list over the weekend may have spotted the Resource Types: Compute / Network / Storage thread which the cloud computing stack was discussed. Although a little off topic it was useful for framing the first use case for OCCI (Cloud Infrastructure Serivces aka IaaS) […]

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Cloud Internet Standards

rel=shortlink: url shortening that really doesn’t hurt the internet

Inspired primarily by the fact that the guys behind the RevCanonical fiasco are still stubbornly refusing to admit they got it wrong (the whole while arrogantly brushing off increasingly direct protests from the standards community) I’ve whipped up a Google App Engine application which reasonably elegantly implements rel=shortlink: url shortening that really doesn’t hurt the […]

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Cloud Standards

CBS/CNET/ZDNet interview on cloud standards and platforms

I’m a bit too busy right now for putting together my usual meticulously crafted blog posts and random thoughts have found a good home at Twitter (@samj), so I thought I’d copy an interview this week with CBS/CNET/ZDNet on the emotive topic of cloud standards. As you know I’m busy putting the finishing touches on […]

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Internet Standards

Introducing rel=”shortlink”: a better alternative to URL shorteners

Yesterday I wrote rather critically about a surprisingly successful drive to implement a deprecated “rev” relationship. This developed virtually overnight in response to the growing “threat” (in terms of linkrot, security, etc.) of URL shorteners including tinyurl.com, bit.ly and their ilk. The idea is simple: allow the sites to specify short URLs in the document/feed […]

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Internet Standards

rev=”canonical” considered harmful (complete with sensible solution)

Sites like http://tinyurl.com/ provide a very simple service: turning unwieldly but information rich URLs like http://samj.net/2009/04/open-letter-to-community-regarding-open.html into something more manageable like http://tinyurl.com/ceze29. This was traditionally useful for emails with some clients mangling long URLs but it also makes sense for URLs in documents, on TV, radio, etc. (basically anywhere a human has to manually enter […]

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Cloud Standards

An open letter to the community regarding “Open Cloud”

I write this letter in order to be 100% transparent with you about a new initiative that could prove critical to the development of computing and the Internet: the protection of the term “Open Cloud” with a certification trademark (like British Standards’ Kitemark® and the FAIRTRADE symbol) as well as its definition via an open […]