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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

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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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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Cloud

Bragging rights: Valeo’s 30,000 Google Apps users announced

It’s been a long time in coming but I can finally tell you all about what originally brought me to France. Back in 2007 as a strategic consultant I designed, delivered and demonstrated a proof of concept of a complete cloud computing user environment (before it was even called cloud computing) to Valeo in a […]

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Cloud Security

On the Google Docs sharing security incident

I was just trying to respond to ZDnet’s hot-off-the-press article (The cloud bites back: Google bug shared private Google Docs data) about the recent Google Docs sharing vulnerability but ZDnet’s servers are throwing errors. Anyway now that Google have announced that they “believe the issue affected less than 0.05% of all documents” (rather than just […]

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Internet Standards

Towards a Flash free YouTube killer (was: Adobe Flash penetration more like 50%)

A couple of days ago I wrote about Why Adobe Flash penetration is more like 50% than 99%, which resulted in a bunch of comments as well as a fair bit of discussion elsewhere including commentary from Adobe’s own John Dowdell. It’s good to see some healthy discussion on this topic (though it’s a shame […]

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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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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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Internet

Virtual Google Search Appliance is here…

I’ve been quiet of late as I’ve been busy racking up the frequent flier miles last month or two, but I’m back (albeit busy) and will endeavour to work through a backlog of posts, even if that means spending less time on them and leaving the Pulitzer Prize to someone else. While I wait for […]

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Internet Security

Google Chrome: Cloud Operating Environment

Google Chrome is a lot more than a next generation browser; it’s a prototype Cloud Operating Environment. Rather than blathering on to the blogosphere about the superficial features of Google’s new Chrome browser I’ve spent the best part of my day studying the available material and [re]writing a comprehensive Wikipedia article on the subject which […]