I don’t know how this is possible – seeing as Ruby’s birth seems so recent – but out gorgeous little girl is four today. Four!
One more year and she starts school.
She is a complete treasure and is turning out to be a funny, intelligent, beautiful human being. Happy birthday Ruby xx
The ever-entertaining Digital Cuttlefish has another wonderful poem that sets out what he, as an atheist, believes.
I believe in love and kindness
I believe in helping hands
I believe in strong opinions
I believe in taking stands
I believe cooperation
Overcomes the steepest odds
I believe we have a fighting chance
I don’t believe in gods.
He posted this as a counterpoint to some American journalist complaining that atheists don’t believe in anything. I’d have just written “well, what a load of bollocks”.
Click below to read the rest.
via “Atheists Believe In Nothing, Including You.” » The Digital Cuttlefish.
One of my current Open University modules (M362 – Developing Concurrent Distributing Systems) discusses “The Cloud” quite a bit, especially the Amazon solution. It is supposed to be cheaper and more scaleable than creating your own infrastructure.
Well, it seems that a few years down the line this may no longer be true, at least for some small businesses.
Eric Frenkiel is through with convention and conformity.It was just too expensive.
In Silicon Valley, tech startups typically build their businesses with help from cloud computing services — services that provide instant access to computing power via the internet — and Frenkiel’s startup, a San Francisco outfit called MemSQL, was no exception. It rented computing power from the granddaddy of cloud computing, Amazon.com.
But in May, about two years after MemSQL was founded, Frenkiel and company came down from the Amazon cloud, moving most of their operation onto a fleet of good old fashioned computers they could actually put their hands on. They had reached the point where physical machines were cheaper — much, much cheaper — than the virtual machines available from Amazon. “I’m not a big believer in the public cloud,” Frenkiel says. “It’s just not effective in the long run.”
It’s funny that the Cloud is now convention, because it certainly wasn’t when M362 was initially written.
via Why Some Startups Say the Cloud Is a Waste of Money | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com.
With smartphones becoming ubiquitous I can see this sort of thing happening more and more frequently: