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Internet

Goodbye Google+

Ironically many Google employees have even given up on Google+ (though plenty still post annoying “Moved to Google+” profile pics on other social networks) One of those sneaky tweets that links to Google+ just tricked me into wading back into the swamp that it’s become, hopefully for the last time (I say “hopefully” because in […]

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Cloud Lab

Getting started with OpenStack in your lab

Having recently finished building my new home lab I wanted to put the second server to good use by installing OpenStack (the first is running VMware ESXi 5.0 with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8 Server and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS virtual machines). I figured many of you would benefit from a detailed walkthrough so here […]

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Mobile Security

Is carrying an iPhone worth the risk?

Update: It appears that Apple have resolved the issue with the September launch of IOS 7, essentially by implementing what I suggested below (highlighted): Yesterday I was robbed of my brand new iPhone (S/N: DNPGQ4RDDTDM IMEI: 013032008785006 ) for the second time, in public, in Paris. While I’m still a little shaken, angry and disappointed, I’m glad […]

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Cloud

Simplifying cloud: Reliability

The original Google server rack Reliability in cloud computing is a very simple concept which I’ve explained in many presentations but never actually documented: Traditional legacy IT systems consist of relatively unreliable software (Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, Oracle, etc.) running on relatively reliable hardware (Dell, HP, IBM servers, Cisco networking, etc.). Unreliable software is not […]

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Cloud

Cloud computing’s concealed complexity

James Urquhart claims Cloud is complex—deal with it, adding that “If you are looking to cloud computing to simplify your IT environment, I’m afraid I have bad news for you” and citing his earlier CNET post drawing analogies to a recent flash crash. Cloud computing systems are complex, in the same way that nuclear power stations […]

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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 […]