Saturday, April 3, 2010

NoSQL is Coming

There has been an explosion of talk about "NoSQL" lately (ie. I've seen a few posts about it), and since it is every blogger's obligation to follow the crowd and re-write what everyone else is saying, I shall now present my thoughts on NoSQL.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Peek at Google Web Toolkit

So I'm looking over this Google Web Toolkit thing since someone around here thinks it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.  I hate to disappoint but it's conceptually the same as the much-hated ASP.NET WebForms - it's a framework to abstract HTML and Javascript away from the programmer.  But instead of .NET and Visual Studio, Google's version is based on Java and Eclipse.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Google Wave

Google Wave is all the rage among the digerati:  If you don't have a Google Wave invite, you are a nobody in the industry.  (The super-elite even have more than one account!)  LifeHacker is already running tips and tricks even though nobody can access it.  My opinion on Google Wave?  Don't have it, don't need it, don't want it.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Technology Bits

Updating the status of technology in my life, in no particular order.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Corporate GMail

I didn't realize this, but you can actually brand Google apps.  The place where my wife works got some new computers, and their new web-mail system is actually GMail with a different logo up in the corner, which they get to through their own domain name.  After a little digging, I found that it's "corporate GMail," apparently a component of Google Apps.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Blogger Shutdowns

There's been some consternation lately about Google allegedly "shutting down" some blogs that were critical of Barack HUSSEIN! Obama.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

A Pause To Scold Blogspot

On the off chance anyone is reading this from a Blogger or Feedburner RSS feed, you might be wondering about the seemingly random order of posts. For example, this post that I wrote first thing Monday morning would have just shown up in the RSS feed today (Thursday). The reason? Blogspot sucks. Even for a free service, it sucks. The Atom API for publishing posts seems to have a success rate of about 50% these days. And if a post doesn't publish the first time, I sometimes forget to try to re-publish it until many days later, at which time the news I'm writing about is hopelessly obsolete. (Fyi these posts actually originate on my personal blog, and are then cross-posted to Blogspot.)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Privacy Wars

Amid the uproar about the Prez wiretapping everybody's phones, I thought it would be fun to pass along a couple other privacy issues from today's news.

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Slashdot Advises Future Criminals

This caught my eye: Don't Google "How To Commit Murder" Before Killing. Slashdot makes it sound like The Powers That Be can call up Google and Microsoft and get a list of your searches to use against you in a court case, but that's not what happened. The police seized the defendant's computers and simply looked at their search history, which is usually recorded by default where anyone can look at it. So if you're concerned about anyone seizing your computer and using it against you, you should probably wipe your browsing history every now and then. Especially if you're planning to chop up your spouse into little pieces.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Google Reader Blows

What is up with Google Reader?? Half the time I click on anything the entire browser freezes up for minutes on end. I can only assume it's doing some kind of asynchronous request that would probably take a fraction of a second on a non-sucky network connection. Unfortunately, at work, where I'm stuck with Internet Explorer 6 and one of the crappiest networks imaginable, it blows. I was trying to use it for a handful of feeds, but I've given up on it and gone back to a synchronized folder in FeedDemon.