27 Feb 2010

Cloud Computing...

We are always on the watch for the next best thing when it comes to technology and the Internet. Certainly no one can doubt that the next generation of the Internet (known as Web 2.0) has had a dramatic affect on how people interact and connect with each other – both from an individual standpoint and a business one.

Another emerging concept that has the power to change how we perform tasks is taking place before us as well, and it is called
cloud computing. Simply put, it is the ability to use resources and tools via the Internet without actually owning or being near them. The only requirement is to be able to access them.

The term
cloud is used to indicate the whole of computing services accessible via the Internet. It is an all encompassing description of the complex internet connected networks that exist in datacenters all over the world that power services and applications behind the scenes.

The concept of utilizing resources in these networks is being adopted by businesses both large and small. These resources are categorized to describe their function, and include:

1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

2. Platform as a Service (PaaS)

3. Software as a Service (SaaS)

4. Web 2.0

In the most general terms,
Infrastructure as a Service means that companies may no longer need to own and house their own back end servers and other network computing infrastructure besides an internet connected PC or laptop in order to maintain business functionality. This capability can be purchased on a subscription basis from entities that market these services in a virtual manner. This allows businesses to keep their costs low by not having to purchase, maintain and recycle their own equipment for this purpose, and also mitigates the possibility of business interruption due to the highly available nature of these solutions. This equates to increased uptime and profitability for Infrastructure as a Service customers.

as a Service is also known as cloudware, and refers to the availability of development tools in creating web applications and services to the end user. Like IaaS, you never see the inner workings of this environment unless you are a computer programmer or IT resource, but it exists nonetheless and again affords those who use these tools the ability to reduce costs while running their businesses.

as a Service is defined as software applications that are subscribed to and accessed only through the Internet, and not installed on local PCs or laptops. Applications built by and accessed via Google fall into this category, as well as the many photo sites to which you can upload your pictures and videos, edit and share them with others. These solutions are gaining tremendous popularity, because end users do not need to install, update and maintain software locally – only connect to it and use it when the need arises.

Web 2.0
describes the whole of the social networking movement on the Internet, and includes but is not limited to destinations such as Facebook, MySpace, eHarmony, LinkedIn and Twitter. These sites offer the ability for people all over the world to share common interests, stay connected and learn more about each other – and these sites aren’t just for the young. Statistics show that the over 50 generation is logging onto these sites in greater numbers than ever before. In fact, in one month alone, Facebook adds over 17,000 new members.

The next time you are on the Internet and upload a photograph and use the online tools to modify that picture, you are participating in
cloud computing. The picture is probably loaded to a site that uses IaaS for their servers, PaaS in order to provide the visual interface in which you modify the photograph, and SaaS applications you’ll use to access your email program and social networking sites in order to send it to or post it for those with whom you would like to share the picture.


Cloud Application Architectures: Building Applications and Infrastructure in the Cloud (Theory in Practice (O'Reilly))Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate OnlineCloud Computing For Dummies 

Cloud Computing: Implementation, Management, and Security Cloud Computing, A Practical ApproachSoftware as a Service Inflection Point: Using Cloud Computing to Achieve Business Agility 

25 Feb 2010

Salam Maulidur Rasul 2010

16 Feb 2010

Nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards...

Avatar is having nine nominations!:-
* Art Direction

* Cinematography

* Directing

* Film Editing

* Music (Original Score)

* Best Picture

* Sound Editing

* Sound Mixing

* Visual Effects

Too bad... none goes to
2012. Oscar Night will be held on March 7th 2010.

We Are The World 25 For Haiti...

Recorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios) We Are The World 25 For Haiti, in which Jones and Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici; producers Humberto Gattica and RedOne; and co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti.

15 Feb 2010

The world's tallest building...

Burj Khalifa Height, Facts & Figures
Bringing Burj Khalifa to life required a combination of visionary ideals and solid science. In the process, the project
amassed an awe-inspiring number of facts, figures, and statistics.

World Records

At over 800 metres (2625 feet) and more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa holds the following records:
• Tallest building in the world

• Tallest free-standing structure in the world

• Highest number of stories in the world

• Highest occupied floor in the world

• Highest outdoor observation deck in the world

* Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world

• Tallest service elevator in the world

Tallest of the Supertall

Not only is Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building, it has also broken two other impressive records: tallest structure,
previously held by the KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, North Dakota, and tallest free-standing structure, previously held by Toronto’s CN Tower. The Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has established 3 criteria to determine what makes a tall building tall. Burj Khalifa wins by far in all three categories.

Height to architectural top
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the
building. This includes spires, but does not include antennae, signage, flagpoles or other functional-technical equipment.

This measurement is the most widely used and is used to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat rankings of the Tallest Buildings in the World.

Highest occupied floor

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest continually
occupied floor within the building. Maintenance areas are not included.

Height to tip

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the
building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element. This includes antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment.

Petronas Twin Towers is the 4th in the world now BUT if they let the combination of those towers into one then Petronas Twin Towers is still the world's tallest building! He he he...

13 Feb 2010

Year of the Tiger...

12 Feb 2010

OpenOffice 3.2.0 Is Ready!

OpenOffice.org team launched version 3.2.0 which features a number of updates including:

* Improved startup speed
* Support for Microsoft Office 2007 files
* Encryption support for Microsoft Word 97, 2000, XP files
* Database forms now support zooming
* Impress supports comments
* Import pivot tables from Microsoft Excel 2007 documents
* Improved sort, cell merging, and complex copy and paste
features in Calc

OpenOffice.org 3.2.0 is available as a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
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