Nomads at last | Economist.com
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
On the other hand, don't cry too hard for us -- academia is the last bastion of lifelong employment thanks to tenure.
The Seniority Pay Cut :: Inside Higher Ed :: Higher Education's Source for News, and Views and Jobs
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
So I installed one Stylish theme yesterday and now every page on MySpace appears in that theme. It's a nice end to the arc that began with Creating Killer Web Sites and other late-nineties web design books that espoused the philosophy that web designers should have absolute control over the user experence. Back then, I opposed that philosophy because it seemed opposite to the strengths of open-standards HTML. Now, it's nice to see that those design choices can be simply routed around in sophisticated ways at the client itself.
Myspace - Black/Gray | userstyles.org
Location is based on the triangulation feature of the iPhone, which is accurate enough to get this going. And the startup thinks they’ve found a way around the fact that third party iPhone applications can’t run in the background (meaning you’d have to have the application open, and not use any other iPhone features, to run the social network and see others). They explained the work around in general terms to me, but asked that it remain confidential for now.iPhones and similar smart phones are increasingly important, and they're at hand all the time. I got to see some relatives this weekend who are not particularly tech-savvy, but who have iPhones and love them -- they've become texting, emailing, and browsing fiends. A workable social network whose primary platform is the iPhone would have a decent chance of taking hold with them.
I Saw The Future Of Social Networking The Other Day
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
In the same way that Google Apps (and Mac OS X) have enabled people to run without IT departments, Google App Engine is going to let them go big without an ops department. With the current imposed limits I can't prove this theory at Mochi Media, since everything we do is beyond the scale of their current quotas, but maybe I'll allocate some of my "infinite spare time" to ditch this Wordpress crap and try it out for my blog while they sort that out :)from __future__ import * » Google App Engine - Changes Everything
The minus is that this project is actually probably pretty horrible for open source. Yahoo and the rest of the Hadoop team have their work cut out in making that stack competitive with this. If they don't, Google is going to own scale for a while. While MySQL and PostgreSQL still have some years left in them as people learn how to write scalable apps, I can't see that model lasting very long now that you don't have to be in Google's employ to use better solutions to the data problem.
Computing infrastructure is rapidly turning into a utility and Google App Engine is yet another example of this.Google: Cloud Control to Major Tom - ReadWriteWeb
Monday, April 07, 2008
Britain alone has 8,000 servers on the grid system – so that any student or academic will theoretically be able to hook up to the grid rather than the internet from this autumn.Coming soon: superfast internet - Times Online