Brendan Cooper's Blog
We need services like Feedburner and Yahoo Pipes to provide the service they
say they will. I know they’re not bound by the kind of service level
agreements that would be in place if we were actually paying them, but they
surely have to operate within the bounds of, well, operability. Because if
they don’t, someone else will.
Repeatedly I’ve found myself being let down by the latest and greatest RSS
I’m not really sure how I can get around this problem, other than by being
constantly vigilant - to the extent that it’s almost easier to forget RSS
altogether and just monitor ‘by hand;’.
This is how it should work
I’m currently working on the best way to use the various RSS tools out
there to create a flexible yet powerful monitoring system. To my mind a good
* Yahoo Pipes for processing. Yahoo Pipes is an RSS mash-up service,... (more)
This is a series of three articles – the first (this one) outlining the
significance of Web 2.0 technologies, the second article discussing the
impact of Web 2.0 technologies on mobility and the final article on the
impact of Web 2.0 technologies on digital convergence.
If you are already familiar with Web 2.0, my goal, in a nutshell (no pun
intended!) is to extend Tim O Reilly’s seven principles to mobility and
Thus, I will not attempt to add to the body of knowledge in terms of basic
Web 2.0 concepts themselves. I would rather prefer to build on some of the
excellent work done on the subject from folk such as Tim O Reilly, Richard
McManus and others. I will use their work as a background and extrapolate the
basic Web 2.0 principles to mobility and digital convergence (areas which I
am more familiar with).
My approach will be to ask a series o... (more)
Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people...
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing.
But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and
external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the
leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing
professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud?
This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when
13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa
Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here
are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with...
RANDY BIAS | @randybias
"Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.]
That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)
Something interesting happen this past weekend in the new world of cyber
warfare. More specifically, the emergence of the social web as the key tool
in what can only be described as the first cyber revolution.
Yes, I know this sounds crazy, so let me explain. Over the weekend the
Iranian opposition coordinated a series of cyber attacks that successfully
managed to prevent access to several pro-Ahmadinejad Iranian web sites,
including the President’s homepage. Currently the attack is on going with a
good portion of the key Iranian governments websites either offline or
loading very slowly.
What's interesting about these series of attacks is how they were organized
in realtime using twitter as well other social tools. The attacks rely on the
a so called people’s information warfare concept first described by Dancho
Danchev in 2007. Generally the concept goes like this; ... (more)
Cloud Computing is one of the many things enterprise CIOs, CTOs and other
engineers will master in delivering capability. I believe in the power of
new Cloud Computing technologies and concepts and think we should all
continue our focus there.
I have said, and still say, the same thing about design approaches like
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). The constructs, methods and models of
SOA are good practices that result in good designs for enterprises. It is
smart to separate data from application logic and smart to enable agility and
mashups the way good SOA design does.
But a key problem with SOA was the hype associated with it. Everyone started
using the term the way they wanted to. And every IT vendor came out with
their definition of SOA. And every system integrator tried to sell us
buckets of their SOA. And every trade journal ran SOA articles. And too... (more)
F5 Networks has announced the results of a survey that shows how large
enterprises are implementing cloud computing. The study reveals that among
large enterprises, cloud computing is gaining critical mass, with more than
80 percent of respondents at least in trial stages for public and private
cloud computing deployments. Additionally, despite the maturing rate of
adoption of cloud computing among enterprises, the study shows that there is
considerable confusion and concern around the definition of cloud computing.
“It’s no surprise that large enterprises are attracted to cloud computing
because of the promise of an agile, scalable IT infrastructure and reduced
costs,” said Jason Needham, Sr. Director of Product Management at F5.
“However, this survey shows that despite interest in the cloud, widespread
enterprise adoption of cloud computing is contingent upon solvi... (more)
Since the iPad's release this year, questions have emerged as to whether
tablet PCs will become a mainstream business tool. More specifically, does
the tablet form factor address business needs better than other options that
currently exist? If an organization has a significant number of field-based
employees where mobility is an issue, the answer may be no. Tablet PCs can
often be too expensive, too fragile, and too training-intensive to be
effective. There is a clear need for a solution in the market to fill the
"white space" that currently exists to capture and transmit information,
particularly for enterprises with a significant mobile workforce. Digital pen
technology offers an alternative to screen and keyboard solutions and can
easily capture, process, interpret and transmit information in real time.
Case Study: Safelite
Safelite AutoGlass was looking to find ... (more)
LONDON, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market
Global e-Learning Industry
This report analyzes the worldwide markets for e-Learning in US$ Million by
the following Product Segments: Academic eLearning, and Corporate eLearning.
The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Japan,
Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are
provided for the period 2013 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic
analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived
from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on
public domain information including company URLs. The report profiles 384
companies including many key and niche players such as -
Adobe Systems Inc.
Apollo ... (more)
Web 2.0 Design: The Ajax Spectrum
Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking with key people from two Ajax
providers, TIBCO General Interface's Kevin Hakman and Zapatec Ajax Suite's
Dror Matalan. Each company has two quite different approaches to designing
Ajax-enabled software and it highlighted an increasingly clear divide in the
way that people are thinking about online software. In these early days of
Web 2.0, the best methods of building applications are still more art than
science. But as the Ajax development tools mature they are falling into two
general approaches that have far reaching ramifications for Web 2.0 software
design, reuse, and adoption. Since these tools make architectural choices
that can cut different ways with long-term effect, it means Web 2.0 software
designers have to some weighty choices to make before they decide how to
One thi... (more)
A Compelling Ajax Discussion in New York City
It was a tiring but thrilling day yesterday in Times Square at the Real-World
Ajax Seminar. There was a stellar line-up of speakers including the "Father
of Ajax" himself, Jesse James Garrett, Bill Scott, Ajax Evangelist for
Yahoo!, Scott Dietzen, CEO of Zimbra, David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of
Ruby on Rails, Dave Crane, author of the #1 bestselling Ajax book to name
just a few of the Ajax experts there. SYS-CON Media, the folks holding the
conference, even arranged for me to tape a good number of conversations with
the speakers and I think they came out extremely well with lots of good
personalities and interesting information. I'll publish links to them as
they get through post-production and get released on SYS-CON TV.
Themes: Optimism and excitement, tempered with pragmatism
The event clearly painted a picture of ... (more)
Digital convergence is a much-maligned concept. Mention Digital convergence,
and it conjures up images of the intelligent fridge : a concept most people
think they have no need for!
But Digital convergence is an idea whose dawn is near.
There is a lot of confusion about what exactly is meant by digital
convergence. When people talk of Digital convergence, they could actually
mean different things:
a) Co-mingled bits : The original definition of Digital convergence as
outlined in Nicholas Negroponte’s 1995 book Being Digital
b) Device convergence: One device to rule them all! Think the iphone (A
combination of the iPod and the mobile phone), Nokia N-gage etc etc.
c) Fixed to mobile convergence: A relatively new, telecoms specific area
which is a part of a much broader concept called ‘seamless
d) Devices being able to speak to each other and ... (more)