Time to opt out of facebook sharing your details

Looks like facebook is moving to a model where by default it shares your information with thrird party sites and applications unless you explicitly say “no” Privacy issues? Google engineers leaving Facebook in droves. From the comments on that page: Go to Account > Privacy Settings > Applications and Websites and uncheck “Allow”

Google App Engine for Java — First Impressions

The news was pointed out to me by a friend before I could blog about it, but Google App Engine supporting Java and servlets is a massive move forward for server side Java. I’m currently experimenting with my own evaluation of this, but in the meanwhile, here’s Michael Yuan’s take on it. Michael Yuan » …

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Put Your Large Pictures in Web Pages without Resizing Them, use Google Maps

With digital image sizes growing faster than screen space, it’s hard to put any kind of picture on the web without resizing it. There’s a great trick to use the Google Maps interface and a free “image cutter” to make zooming and panning across huge images easy. Put Your Large Pictures in Web Pages without …

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More Cloud platforms: Hadoop, Eucalyptus, 10gen

A lot of the cloud computing hype is grabbed by Amazon and Google, but alongside those giants of the field there are a lot of smaller projects and organisations trying to push and grow cloud concepts. Here are a few which I have bumped into recently. Cloud platforms of the future: Hadoop and Eucalyptus | …

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Less-bright applications and web sites save power

I’d not encountered this before, but it does kind of make sense. Showing a bright pixel consumes more energy on most display technologies. so choosing a black background for applications and web sites can help save both your own energy bills, and the planet! ecoIron – All these whirring boxes.: The Full Story on Black …

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Comparing Amazon’s EC2, Google’s App Engine and Microsoft’s Azure

“Cloud computing” is still very high on my list of things I need to get up to speed on. One trouble is that innovation in this area seems to be coming faster than I have time to experiment. Still, this article seems a useful summary of the current state of play. InfoQ: Comparing Amazon’s EC2, …

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Google Chrome – another browser to test against?

Lots of people seem to be writing about this today. Google have released an initial beta of their new browser “Chrome”. It’s designed to be pretty much crash-proof and to run complex JavaScript applications fast and robustly. It’s also designed as a poke at Microsoft. My initial impression is that it looks and works generally …

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Mox, Google’s Mock Object Framework for Python

I had great hopes for this when I saw the title. I normally use TDD (Test Driven Development) exclusively, but have been finding it difficult to get into the rhythm of TDD when developing in Python for Google App Engine. I’m just not familiar enough with the Python unit-test ecosystem. So a general purpose Mock …

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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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So You Say You Want to Kill XML….

Ted Neward has posted a long and detailed discussion of the potential merits and disadvantages of Google’s “protocol buffers” approach compared with XML as a way of offering rich remote APIs. I learned a lot from this article, and I’m still digesting it, so no snap opinions this time … Interoperability Happens – So You …

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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

A lovely, literary article about the effect whereby the abundance of excerpts and highlights which comprise the web are affecting our ability to immerse ourselves in longer, deeper writing. Is Google Making Us Stupid? Of course, this blog post is just such a staccato, short-attention-span snippet. Go read the whole article.