Google’s impressive Chromebook Pixel is just the latest in a series of
devices which are trying to entice users to compute in a different way. With
(almost) ubiquitous connectivity, and an increasing reliance upon web-based
services for mail, calendars, document creation and more, might we be
reaching a point at which the browser really can be our means of
accessing everything? Philosophically, the idea resonates. And yet, although
I am not a power user who needs to regularly process video or edit high
resolution images (the usual excuses for not embracing the Chromebook
vision), I still remain uncomfortable with giving up my non-browser tools.
Despite living and working in the cloud, I find that locally installed client
software continues to deliver real value. Maybe, the next time I upgrade a
computer, I need to try installing nothing more than a browser for a wee... (more)
I first came across Infochimps as they set about building one of the early
Data Market offerings. I recorded a couple of podcasts with CTO and
co-founder Flip Kromer over the years, in 2009 and 2012, tracking some of the
ways in which the company and the market were evolving.
Since then the company has moved in a different direction, focusing far more
attention upon the tools and services required to work with data, and far
less upon offering a place for customers to find data. Infochimps was
acquired by CSC last year, and dropped into the larger company’s big data
business unit... (more)
In face to face interactions we are programmed to recognise the importance of
feedback. As we move many previously physical interactions online, are we in
danger of forgetting just how important it is?
When you walk into a shop and buy something, a plethora of tangible and
intangible signals reassure you that all is proceeding as planned. You have
the goods you purchased. You probably have a printed (or emailed) receipt.
You may have change in your pocket. The cashier actually interacted with you,
whether with a cheery smile, calm efficiency, or brusque disregard. You
leave, cle... (more)
Portland-based Orchestrate (orchestrate.io) rolls out its commercial NoSQL
offering today, claiming to significantly decrease the time, cost and
complexity of putting cloud-based data to work.
I took the chance to speak with co-founder and CEO (and former Basho
co-founder) Antony Falco, to learn more about the company and the problems
it’s seeking to address. Our chat ended up becoming quite a wide-ranging
discussion of the world of databases, and it’s embedded here as a podcast.
The Orchestrate team suggests that a ‘typical’ web application today can
use as many as five differen... (more)
Cloud computing is great, right? As a way to get something up and running
quickly, affordably, and with a minimum of fuss, it can rarely be beaten.
But some of the most compelling attributes of the public cloud are best
suited to ephemeral or (relatively!) short-term use cases. You can spin up a
cloud server in minutes. You can scale a cloud-based application to cope with
the peaks and troughs of demand. You can control all of this through a web
console, with no more than a credit card and a laptop. Silicon Valley, SoMa,
Silicon Alley, Silicon Roundabout, Silicon Allee, Silicon Wa... (more)