Parody of a drive up window at Jack in the Box restaurant were Jack Nicholson is the line tender.
(1) Make a big boom (2) Sleep with vergins. (3) ??? (4) Profit!!!. Damn Neat.
Instead, today we’ll set up a nightly automated Gmail backup using the command line program fetchmail, which will go out, grab your newest messages, save ’em to your hard drive and exit, all while you sleep soundly in the knowledge that you’ve got an offline copy of your important email.
On wednesday SYS-CON published their final list of 150 all time technology heroes. The list is a mix of people who might have made the list if it were published 10 or even 20 years ago (like Claude Shannon). 36 people on this list have been on IT Conversations. Many of them multiple times. We’ve made a lit of their shows.
Plustek’s new OpticBook 3600 is a low-cost scanner optimized for scanning books — it has a little shelf-thing at the edge that makes it easier to get the book flatter, and some kind of “Shadow Elimination Element” to correct for the distortion and shadow cast by the hump of the book at the spine.
Apple Inc. may begin transitioning its flagship iPod models away from hard disk drive (HDD)-based storage and towards solid-state NAND flash memory by the end of year. Replacing the hard drive with 32 GB of flash memory would allow for an increase of about 60 percent in battery life to 5.5 hours of video playback for the players.
“And programmers, as I quote Larry Constantine in my book, programmers are programmers because they like to code — given a choice between learning someone else’s code and just sitting down and writing their own, they will always do the latter.”
Wrong. Jonathan Rentzsch decides to put us all right in this assumption.
“WipBox enables sellers to create better, richer listings through deeper knowledge gathering and better preparation. Users can learn which categories and for how much they should list items based on each product’s basic info. WipBox shows high, low and average prices for items as well as concentration of like items in categories on eBay.”
Here is yet another article of Fast PHP Articles Series. Today we are going to discuss ARRAYS. We will learn its syntax, its different types, the different built-in array functions that help to perform different tasks related to arrays quickly and different practical examples explaining the use of arrays in PHP.
All that Gas™. Key BS words: TiE, JumpyourassUP, Red-I-don’t-have-a-fscking-clue-herring, Orgasmic Incubation + standard yada yada.
No wonder, TiE is a place where you meet people with high bladder:brain ratio.
For the nth time – Get over with the fscking PR, you morons! I’m sure you’re have nothing to show for when we review this posting 6 months from now.
Again – Entrepreneurs – stay away from this BS puking buzzword throwing bankrupt morons.
- Would like fries with that?
- Would you like that app converted to AJAX?
- Would you like cheese on that?
- Would you like some community-based features?
- Would you like to super-size that order?
- Would you like a web-based API with that app?
Here’s your order, sir. $11.20 for Web 2.0. Read the rest of this entry »
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Stephen Bryant writes “By distributing desktop apps through Lexar USB drives, Google is laying a better foundation for collecting and publishing user data. “
Couldn’t agree more. Google is in the business of “managing information”. And guess what — horror horror — 99% of that information lies on your desktop — and not on some obselete server sitting somewhere in Kansas. Yes, sir, your work computer — with that new 200GB HD — when connected to your office LAN has more data than hundreds of “websites” put together. Though Google claims to index over a billion web pages, it still has no idea about TBs worth of content residing on millions of desktops & laptop machines.
That’s real data. .doc, .ppt. .pdf files. Sitting on your machine.
To manage that information, it has to get an entry to your machine. And that’s not all. It has to seek your permission to provide that index selectively to other users. That’s where p2p comes in.
Google is right on track.
Cost. Scalability. Two things that are stacked right in favor of p2p apps.
Think Skype. By October 2004, Skype had about 1 million users online — all at once. It added another million in couple of months. At last count, it claimed to have more than 100 million downloads, with 50 million active users. Think about all the server equipment needed to manage that high load. Did Skype, then, spend $$$ in scaling up ? It did scale pretty quickly and effortlessly when compared to an Orkut or Friendster. The Answer, honey, is of course No.
Think about it. As the wikipedia popularity grows, and its user-base starts to increase, it will incur more and more costs to keep the system running.
More users, more traffic, the system goes down. It has to. The system is setup to fail.
p2p, on the other hand, is factory-built towards scalability. It works like this — taking the example of popular bit torrent:
- A resource is shared on the network
- Every user viewing the resource gets to share the resource automatically
- Good content would get more users ==> more users would ensure the content is spread equally to manage further demand
- More demand would imply more sources to feed the demand
- The system is setup to scale to meet any demand
Wait…err…and what about Ajax ?
Honey, don’t you see how Ajax rhymes nicely with sex ? Getting my point ?
p2p saves money. Ajax is flavor of the month. Bitch. Rinse. Repeat.