You want, you need a SSD drive in your lappie. Here is why...

SSD Random Access Performance

The next big improvement in hardware technology comes from the switch from steam-punky mechanical hard drives to solid state disks. You can make the switch now if you are somewhat insensitive to, umm, money.

I tested and used 3 SSD's on my Dec 08 Mac Book Pro (2.8GHz Core2Duo, 4Gig RAM) and compared it to the 7.2k 320Gig hard drive that came with the MBP. 

Not only do the benchmarks (XBench 1.3) speak a clear language. Also it really shows in your normal day to day work. The machine simply feels much more fluid, responsive, fewer rough edges, really fast. Read more ...

Where is the Open Data - Open Cloud?

Cloud Lock-In

It's always inspiring to talk to Greg Papadopoulos, CTO of Sun. Matt Asays email conversation with him and a very interesting Webex session we at Open-Xchange had with him a couple of weeks ago seem to have lead to the same thoughts, with somewhat different results. Read more ...

Open data is the antidote to closed clouds ...

the open cloud?

... if the data formats involved are really what the cloud manufacturers are using - which they don't. Everybody runs their silos, open source or not. And data is bound to them. Read more ...

OSMB 2009

Open Source Meets Business 2009, the conference about Open Source in real world projects, is quickly approaching. Again the program committee managed to create an extraordinary agenda with speakers from SAP, JBoss, Red Hat  and first of all from  people, called customers, using OSS technology. Make sure to at least have a look at the program here and, of course, I'd be very happy to meet you there.

Microsoft may finally get Exchange to work in SaaS environments?


Microsoft's Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president for Microsoft Office Live and Microsoft Exchange, stated that his group is working hard on finally getting Exchange Version 14 (!) to run properly in large-scale SaaS installations, according to an interview with TechCrunch.

Boy, that was about time after years of trying to sell Exchange through hosters and telcos - with limited success due to the inherit limitations of the decades old architecture of Exchange.  Read more ...

Sun buys Q-Layer, should create the "Open Cloud"


Sun has acquired Q-Layer, a Belgian company that provides automation tools for cloud offerings. In the ongoing battle for control of the cloud API this brings Sun one step closer to creating a unique "Open Cloud" eco-system.  Read more ...

The Cloud: The battle for control

(c) by Hasbro

This morning I spent some time updating myself on the major Cloud offerings - Microsoft Azure and their hosted offerings, Amazons EC2/S3, Google AppEngine. IBM BlueCloud and VMWares vCloud (a quick comparison can be found here).

This stuff really gets me worried because none of it is open or free (as in freedom). Even though at least Amazons and Googles offerings are based on Open Source software, they themselves are anything but open.

Why worry?  Read more ...

$1m to run 800 users on MS Exchange - easily!

The price is what? (c) Wilamette Week Online 2008

ZDNet's Phil Wainewright has a nice piece titled "How much does Exchange really cost?". There he rounds up the heated discussions that were created around reports of an 800 people company called Serena that switched from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps. They say the comparable cost went down from $1 million per year for Exchange to $250,000 for Google Apps. Read more ...

Economies of Cloud Computing

clouds (from wikipedia)

In "Cloud computing: Will the financial geeks give it a boost?" ZDNet's Larry Dignan uses a recent Forrester report to help you explain the economies of SaaS / Cloud computing - to your CFO.

The economies of scale, the Open Source-ness, dedicated specialists, boilerplate hardware etc. enable service providers come out with SaaS offerings at competitive prices. Read more ...

The little difference that goes a long way...

Once every year I try to recreate blocks in Java using anonymous inner classes, and then quickly remember, how discouraging Java can be:

assertNoException(new Block() {
   public void call() throws Exception {
     sqlInterface.getActiveAppointments(USER_ID, SUPER_START, SUPER_END, COLS); 
});   Read more ...
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