Cloud computing testbed – new research centre announced by Yahoo, Hewlett Packard and Intel

Obviously Yahoo is still trying to fight back against Google’s dominance of all things big and cloudy. It will be interesting to see if their approach of trying to claim some sort of ethical high ground by pitching their new cloud system at research and education pays off. Cloud computing testbed – new research centre …

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Could we be looking at it all wrong?: Putting REST to rest

This is interesting, in that it is a backlash against REST, which has otherwise been one of the darlings of the software world. I’m not entirely sure if this article is an honest attempt at a refutal, or whether it is merely an attempt to stir up some discussion. But it’s worth reading anyway. Could …

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Vanilla Ice Cream that puzzled General Motors

A nice little story about fault diagnostics. I find it hard to believe that any company would really spring for an engineer to take dinner with a family for several nights in a row just to solve some intermittent fault, though. Vanilla Ice Cream that puzzled General Motors !!!!! : Vanilla Ice Cream that puzzled …

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Developers needed; Hackers need not apply

Nice article from Jay Fields about the difference between a head-down, crank-out-whatever-I’m-asked-for hacker and a wiser developer who thinks to ask the business about the overall value and reason for the work. I have seen this very strongly in my work. However, and this is one of my pet rants, a major part of the …

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Learn From SEO Experts. Become an Expert.

Any kind of public web development eventually bumps into SEO (search engine optimisation). It’s a notoriously tricky area where opinions and trusted techniques can become obsolete overnight. I recently read a recommendation for the following, so I’m blogging it here for later reference. Learn From SEO Experts. Become an Expert.

Git Iterator

Another neat little Git-related tool. This one allows an arbitrary script to be run against every version of the software in the history. The example uses it to generate a simple code-size graph, but the possibilities are much bigger. lixo.org :: Git Iterator

Every User Deserves a Personalized Interface – Chronicle.com

This is an aspect of personalization which we don;t really cover in our product – personalizing to the user’s abilities. Looks like a good article, even if I distrust bald statements such as Supple can reduce the performance gap between people with disabilities and those users who don’t have any by 62 percent. Wired Campus: …

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Will Crowther’s Original Adventure in Code and in Kentucky

An unrelated discussion at work led to a mention of the original Colossal Cave text adventure (a.ka. “Crowther and Woods”, “adventure”, or even just “advent”), and no mention of that game is complete without a reference to Dennis Jerz’s legendary paper on the subject. DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: Somewhere Nearby is Colossal Cave: Examining Will …

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Shareability

Although phrased in terms of sharing educational resources and content, the simple rules presented in this post make for a good start for making anything shareable. I might consider adding something along the lines of “documented”. I have seen plenty of open source software, for example, which meets all the other criteria. Without adequate descriptive …

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Antagonistic Pleiotropy

My current work is centred around Java, and all our applications are deployed in java containers. It might one day be useful to deploy JRuby applications, and in particular rails apps, to these same containers. Here’s a list of things to beware of in such situations. Antagonistic Pleiotropy

Here’s the Gist of it — GitHub

This has all the attributes of an interesting article – distributed version control, “web 2.0” application, and so on. However, I can’t quite make it out without more exploration than I can afford right now. They seem to assume that readers know without explanation! Here’s the Gist of it — GitHub Can you get the …

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