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Internet Security

HOWTO: Fix OS X by uninstalling Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash just ruined my day for the last time… I’ve just arrived in Paris and needed to do some work before a meeting this afternoon. As it’s noisy here I didn’t hear the MacBook’s fans running at full speed trying to compensate for a single rogue Flash ad in a tab in Google Chrome. […]

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Big Data Internet Standards

An open letter to the NoSQL community

Following some discussion on Twitter today I posted this thread to the nosql-discussion group. You can see the outcome for yourself (essentially, and unsurprisingly I might add, “please feel free to take your software and call it whatever you want“). While I don’t want to mess with their momentum (it’s a good cause, if branded […]

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Internet Security Standards

Twitter’s down for the count. What are we going to do about it?

What’s wrong with this picture? There’s not a single provider for telephony (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) There’s not a single provider for text messaging (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) There’s not a single provider for instant messaging (GTalk, MSN, AIM, etc.) There’s not a single provider for e-mail (GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, etc.) There’s not a single provider for […]

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Internet Politics

How lobbyists are denying you a voice and destroying democracy

I came across an unsurprising but nonetheless disconcerting revelation today that is gives a very good example of what most of us knew all along: that “public comment” process are routinely subverted by commercial interests, generally at the public’s expense. It comes in the form of a smoking gun courtesy DSL Reports: Who Knew Senior […]

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Cloud

Cloud or Not?

As it seems people still just don’t get what is, and what is not (coughSidekickcough) cloud computing, I’ve put together a (tongue-in-cheek) flowchart to help you decide:

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Cloud

If it’s dangerous it’s NOT cloud computing

Having written something similar over the weekend myself (How Open Cloud could have saved Sidekick users’ skins) I was getting ready to complement this post, but fear-mongering title aside (Cloud Computing is Dangerous) I was dismayed to see this: “Let’s call it what it is, it’s a cloud app — your data when using a Sidekick is […]

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Cloud Security

How Open Cloud could have saved Sidekick users’ skins

The cloud computing scandal of the week is looking like being the catastrophic loss of millions of Sidekick users’ data. This is an unfortunate and completely avoidable event that Microsoft’s Danger subsidiary and T-Mobile (along with the rest of the cloud computing community) will surely very soon come to regret. There’s plenty of theories as […]

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Cloud Standards

“Bare Metal” cloud infrastructure “compute” services arrive

Earlier in the year during the formation of the Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) working group I described three types of cloud infrastructure “compute” services: Physical Machines (“Bare Metal”) which are essentially dedicated servers provisioned on a utility basis (e.g. hourly), whether physically independent or just physically isolated (e.g. blades) Virtual Machines which nowadays uses […]