The gathering cloud computing

As the summer clouds begin to dissipate to make way for the laden clouds of winter, there are some clouds that just don’t seem to go away and are only increasing in their intensity.  Cloud computing is all the rage. “It’s become the phrase du jour,” says Gartner senior analyst Ben Pring, echoing many of his peers. The problem is that (as with Web 2.0) everyone seems to have a different definition.
Chances are, you use Google products a lot, whether to search online, watch YouTube videos, or download a book.  You are effectively using the cloud.  The reality and the simple definition is that cloud computing is where our digital data no longer exists on our home computers, but in server farms. The basic advantage is that we can access it from anywhere, reduces infrastructure costs and allows the easy scalability required of adapting software applications.

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WordPress or Drupal – That is the Question

I spend most of my working days working with Drupal so it’s no surprise that my first blog post on my personal site was about Drupal. You probably noticed though, that my blog runs on WordPress. I know someone will point it out to me and ask me why, and I got this question today from a friend of mine. So I decided to write a blog post about the general difference between WordPress and Drupal, and when you should choose one or the other.

Let’s start with an excerpt from the WordPress.org site:

WordPress started as just a blogging systems, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plug-ins, widgets, and themes, WordPress is limited only by your imagination. (And tech chops.)

Now my thoughts based on experience and observation:

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Native vs. Non-native: We’re Talking Mobile

It’s 2011 and debate rages on in the mobile industry over the future of applications.

On one hand, people seem to love native client apps. A quick download process from an app store, and the shiny icon is sitting on the mobile device’s desktop, ready to go.

What’s more, as a developer, I might even get paid for it. But if I want to reach lots of users, I have to write different code for every single device platform: iPhone, Android, Symbian. That’s a lot of code to keep in sync. And I need users to keep updating the applications every time I make a small change.

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Cleats and Data Integrity: The Locker Room Story

It started 37 years ago with a pair of football cleats made of kangaroo leather. That’s how John Forzani, an ex- football player who couldn’t find his favorite pair of cleats decided to open The Locker Room in Calgary.

Now, after a colorful few decades that saw massive expansion, the Forzani story is about to end with a $770 million dollar takeover bid.

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