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Internet Security

Flash/Silverlight: How much business can you afford to turn away?

Tim Anderson was asking about the future of Silverlight on Twitter today so here are my thoughts on the subject, in the context of earlier posts on the future of Flash:2009: Why Adobe Flash penetration is more like 50% than 99% 2010: Face it Flash, your days are numbered. 2011: RIP Adobe Flash (1996-2011) – […]

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Internet

Infographic: Diffusion of Social Networks — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+

Social networking market They say a picture’s worth a thousand words and much digital ink has been spilled recently on impressive sounding (yet relatively unimpressive) user counts, so here’s an infographic showing the diffusion of social networks as at last month to put things in perspective. There are 7 billion people on the planet, of which 2 billion […]

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Internet Security Standards

RIP Adobe Flash (1996-2011) – now let’s bury the dead

Adobe kills mobile Flash, giving Steve Jobs the last laugh, reports The Guardian’s Charles Arthur following the late Steve Jobs’ epic Thoughts on Flash rant 18 months ago. It’s been about 2.5 years since I too got sick of Flash bringing my powerful Mac to its knees, so I went after the underlying lie that perpetuates […]

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Security

Facebook blocks entire “.co.uk” domain as “spammy or unsafe”

Facebook have blocked “.co.uk” as “spammy or unsafe”: I was trying to post this article to my wall but get the same message when I try to post nothing more than http://www.google.co.uk/: Reminds me of the day Google broke the Internet… and the dangers of getting regular expressions wrong.

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Cloud

John McCarthy: Father of cloud computing dies

“If computers of the kind I have advocated become the computers of the future, then computing may someday be organized as a public utility just as the telephone system is a public utility… The computer utility could become the basis of a new and important industry.” — John McCarthy (speaking at the MIT Centennial in […]

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Cloud

VDI: Virtually Dead Idea?

I’ve been meaning to give my blog some attention (it’s been almost a year since my last post, and a busy one at that) and Simon Crosby’s (@simoncrosby) VDwhy? post seems as good a place to start as any. Simon and I are both former Citrix employees (“Citrites”) and we’re both interested in similar topics — […]

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Cloud

Citrix OpenCloud™ is neither Open nor Cloud

I’ve been busying myself recently establishing the Open Cloud Initiative which has been working with the community to establish a set of principles outlining what it means to be open cloud. As such Citrix’s announcement this week that they were “expanding their leadership in open cloud computing“(?) with the “Citrix OpenCloud™ Infrastructure platform” was somewhat […]

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Cloud Trademarks

Trend Micro abandons Intercloud™ trademark application

Just when I thought we were going to be looking at another trademark debacle not unlike Dell’s attempt at “cloud computing” back in 2008 (see Dell cloud computing™ denied) it seems luck is with us in that Trend Micro have abandoned their application #77018125 for a trademark on the term Intercloud (see NewsFlash: Trend Micro […]

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Cloud

Introducing Planet Cloud: More signal, less noise.

As you are no doubt well aware there is a large and increasing amount of noise about cloud computing, so much so that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to extract a clean signal. This has always been the case but now that even vendors like Oracle (who have previously been sharply critical of cloud computing, in […]

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Internet Security Standards

Face it Flash, your days are numbered.

It’s no secret that I’m no fan of Adobe Flash: Why Adobe Flash penetration is more like 50% than 99% Towards a Flash free YouTube killer (was: Adobe Flash penetration more like 50%) HOWTO: Fix OS X by uninstalling Adobe Flash It should be no surprise then that I’m stoked to see a vigorous debate […]