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For the first time Amazon has revealed its numbers for AWS.

In its latest financial earnings report, Amazon said AWS grew 49 percent in 2014, pulling in $4.6 billion in revenue. After reaching $1.57 billion in the first quarter of this year, AWS is on track for $6.23 billion in sales by year’s end, the company said. Though its cloud business still accounted for only 7 percent of the company’s overall quarterly revenue of $22.72 billion, AWS is growing at a much faster rate than the rest of Amazon (AWS grew 49 percent, while the company’s core North American business grew 22 percent). And contrary to what the company has indicated in the past, its margins are significantly higher with AWS.

Read More: http://www.wired.com/2015/04/amazons-cloud-is-the-best-part-of-its-business-aws/

Code Name: MT8173

Features: 

  • Quad Core
  • 4K Video Support
  • 64 Bit
  • Support for upto 20 Megapixel cameras

Read More: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2890656/mediatek-claims-new-64bit-chip-will-power-the-fastest-android-tablets-on-the-market.html

Indian food, with its hodgepodge of ingredients and intoxicating aromas, is coveted around the world. The labor-intensive cuisine and its mix of spices is more often than not a revelation for those who sit down to eat it for the first time. Heavy doses of cardamom, cayenne, tamarind and other flavors can overwhelm an unfamiliar palate. Together, they help form the pillars of what tastes so good to so many people.

Read More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/03/a-scientific-explanation-of-what-makes-indian-food-so-delicious/

Facebook said today that it’s giving away a tool it built to spot errors in Android application code.

Facebook has gradually improved its main app for Android, as well as other apps for the mobile operating system, including Messenger, Facebook Groups, Facebook Pages Manager, and most recently Facebook at Work.

Read More: http://venturebeat.com/2015/02/18/facebook-unleashes-stetho-its-android-debugging-tool-under-open-source-license

In 2015, many Linux and open-source vets still distrust Microsoft’s conversion to open-source. In 2006, no one believed that when Sam Ramji, who oversaw BEA Systems move to open-source software, became Director of Platform Technology Strategy for Microsoft’s Open Source Software Labs, that Microsoft was doing more than paying lip-service to open source. They were wrong. Now, years after leaving Microsoft, Ramji is returning to play a major open-source leadership role as the new CEO for the Cloud Foundry Foundation.

Read More: http://www.zdnet.com/article/sam-ramiji-takes-lead-at-the-open-source-cloud-foundry-foundation/

Who says you can’t have fast, good and cheap? The Document Foundation’s latest release of the most popular open-source office suite, LibreOffice 4.4 is quite fast on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows; it works well on all three desktop operating systems, and it won’t cost you a penny.

Read More: http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-best-open-source-office-suite-libreoffice-4-4-gets-new-release/

Download Here: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/?version=4.4.0

Amazon EC2 was the most reliable compute and Google Cloud Storage was the most reliable storage.

The Laguna Beach, California company tracks status of more than 30 clouds from AWS to Zettagrid:

Service provider Outrages Downtime
Amazon EC2  20  2.41 Hours
Amazon S3  23  2.69 Hours
Google Compute Engine  72  4.41 Hours
Google Cloud Storage 8  14.23 Minutes
Microsoft Azure Virtual machines  92  40 Hours
Microsoft Azure Object Storage  141  10.97 Hours

Read More: https://gigaom.com/2015/01/07/amazon-web-services-tops-list-of-most-reliable-public-clouds/

With other languages such as Java and Python getting large user base, this is a good move to gain some users.

Microsoft is open sourcing .NET, this should reduce the compatibility challenges with cross-platform applications developed using Microsoft Tools.

http://news.microsoft.com/2014/11/12/microsoft-takes-net-open-source-and-cross-platform-adds-new-development-capabilities-with-visual-studio-2015-net-2015-and-visual-studio-online/

The main thing the Tox team is trying to do, besides provide encryption, is create a tool that requires no central servers whatsoever—not even ones that you would host yourself. It relies on the same technology that BitTorrent uses to provide direct connections between users, so there’s no central hub to snoop on or take down.

There are other developers trying to build a secure, peer-to-peer messaging systems, including Briar and Invisible.im, a project co-created by HD Moore, the creator of the popular security testing framework Metasploit. And there are other secure-centric voice calling apps, including those from Whisper Systems and Silent Circle, which encrypt calls made through the traditional telco infrastructure. But Tox is trying to roll both peer-to-peer and voice calling into one.

Actually, it’s going a bit further than that. Tox is actually just a protocol for encrypted peer-to-peer data transmission. “Tox is just a tunnel to another node that’s encrypted and secure,” says David Lohle, a spokesperson for the project. “What you want to send over that pipe is up to your imagination.” For example, one developer is building an e-mail replacement with the protocol, and Lohle says someone else is building an open source alternative to BitTorrent Sync.

 

Read More: http://www.wired.com/2014/09/tox/

An independent survey of 200 UK-based CIOs has revealed that they are only using about half of the cloud capacity they’ve bought and paid for, and that 90 percent of them see over-provisioning as a necessary evil.

Cloud provider ElasticHosts, which commissioned the survey, says: “Essentially, bad habits like over-provisioning and sacrificing peak performance are being carried from the on-premise world into the cloud, partly because people are willing to accept these limitations.”

Read More: http://www.zdnet.com/cloud-customers-are-still-paying-for-twice-as-much-as-they-need-7000033369/

I was watching the iPhone 6 launch last night and was wonder what the fuss is all about? Well it’s from Apple and people may be drooling.

Lets find out how the iPhone 6 compares with the Leading Android phones. I am only comparing the specifications and features and not the actually quality which is very subjective.

Here is Apple iPhone vs Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Xiaomi MI3. Galaxy S5 and One M8 are the premium Android phones while the MI3 is the poor man’s option or the rich mans budget phone which ever way you look at it.

Features iPhone 6 Galaxy S5 One M8 MI3
 FingerPrint Sensor  Yes  Yes No No
 Dust Resistant  No  Yes  No  No
 Water Resistant   No  Yes  No  No
 Screen Size  4.7″  5.1″  5.0″  5.0″
 Resolution  750 x 1334  1080 x 1920  1080 x 1920  1080 x 1920
 Full HD  No  Yes  Yes  Yes
 RAM  1 GB  2 GB  2 GB  2 GB
 Memory Card Slot No  Yes Yes No
Primary Camera 8 MP  16 MP  Dual 4MP  13 MP
Selfie Camera 1.2 MP  2 MP   5MP  2MP
CPU Dual-core
1.4 GHz
Quad-core
2.5 GHz
 Quad-core
2.3/2.5 GHz
 Quad-core
2.3 GHz
 FM Radio No No Yes Yes
4G LTE Yes Yes Yes No

As you can see the Android variants are leading in almost all the specifications which does matter. This includes the inexpensive Xiaomi Rather than innovating, Apple seems to only playing catch-up. Apply skillfully hides the finer specifications. Its your choice to stand in the queue for iPhone 6 or go with an Android at a cheaper price.

 

 

At CloudOpen, a Linux Foundation tradeshow held in conjunction with LinuxCon, the Foundation announced that an online survey of open-source cloud professionals found OpenStack to be the most popular overall project.

That wasn’t surprising. Although OpenStack is only four years old, the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud project is very popular with support from such industry giants HP, Red Hat, and VMware. What was somewhat surprising was that number two was Docker, the just-over-a-year old container technology.

Read More: http://www.zdnet.com/most-popular-open-source-cloud-projects-of-2014-7000032856/

 

This also explains why meditation (truth) got converted to religion. Why conflict arises from religion, was religion created for vested interests ?

One day, Mara, the Evil One, was going through a village with his attendant when he saw a man doing walking meditation whose face was lit up in wonder. The man had just discovered something lying in front of him. Mara’s attendant asked what that was and Mara replied, “A piece of truth.” His attendant thought a while and asked, “Does it not bother you when someone finds a piece of truth, O Evil One?” Unfazed, Mara replied, “No, because right after that, they usually make a religion out of it.”

Read More: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-08-19/news/52983337_1_mara-attendant-evil

If your usage is not much, use LibreOffice and save on your licensing costs.

If new data are true, Microsofthas a big problem.

According to a study done by SoftWatch, seven out of 10 employees don’t use Microsoft Office to any extent.

The three-month study involved 148,500 employees at 51 global firms. SoftWatch found that  most employees were using the applications, largely for viewing documents or very light editing.

Read More.

Thanks you, to all my blog readers.

Today 3rd May 2014, I am celebrating 11 years of blogging! Wow, I too can’t believe it! I still remember, Rajesh Jain with whom I used to work then, encouraged me start a blog. And that’s when it all started. Before that I used to write articles, and found a direct benefit of writing was reading.  I ended up reading a lot. When you need to write, you need to read!

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them”. Mark Twain

It has been a good blogging 11 years, been regularly irregular :) but still motivated to keep it going.

I first started with LiveJournal which was a good way to start, but soon moved to my own site on 22nd April 2004. I am happy to see that live journal is still live! Thank you LiveJournal for providing me a home :)

I was initially suggested Movable Type (MT), as that was the blogging standard then. But it wasn’t open source at that time but eventually did. But I decided to go with WordPress, which at that time was very limited as compared to Movable Type. But on hindsight was a good decision.

My first post, for those who are interested. While there are other older dated links, those were back dated entry added later to cover media coverages.

If you still aren’t blogging, I would suggest you do!

A few suggestions to first time bloggers:

  1. Decide where you want to host, there are many blogging sites. I would recommend WordPress.
  2. Decided if you want to have your own blog like www.yourdogsname.com or do you like yourdogsname.wordpress.com
  3. WordPress.com offers both the options to host your blog.
  4. I have chosen Dream Host as my blogging site because I can also host other content and sites on the same account, which is what I prefer. But if you only need a blog, then WordPress.com is a good choice.
  5. Be regular in your blogging, that’s how you would build your fan following.
  6. Focus on one topic, if its more than one, then they should be related. If you blog about cats and elephants, very few people would be interested in both. if you have more than one idea, would suggest have two different blogs.
  7. Social media is your friend, use your social network to publicise your blog posts. there are enough plugins for WordPress which can automatically post to your social network.

Thank you once again to all my readers, special thanks to those who take the time to comment. Happy blogging and happy reading!

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is here.  Torrent is the preferred method for me.

Ubuntu 14.04
Torrent Links Direct Downloads
Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 64-Bit Torrent Main Server
Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 32-Bit Torrent Main Server
Ubuntu Server 14.04 64-Bit Torrent Main Server
Ubuntu Server 14.04 32-Bit Torrent Main Server

Other releases.

http://releases.ubuntu.com/14.04/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/14.04/release/ (Ubuntu Cloud Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/14.04/ (Ubuntu Netboot)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/14.04/release/ (Edubuntu)

As always Have fun :)

Mozilla Thunderbird is one of the most powerful email clients. However I used to find that it used to keep the active window open while sending emails. This was a bit irritating specially if the email has large attachments.

On searching for background send, I found that the feature exists but doesn’t show up in the preference. You need to enable it.

After enabling it, it works very well. The only thing you need to be careful is not to send an email and immediately close your email client or shut down your PC. What happens is that email will not go as it take a few minutes (depending on the size of the email) for the email to go. The good part is that the email don’t disappear, they still in the Outbox.  It will try to re-send the next time you start Thunderbird, but there is no way for you to know if its gone or not, unless you check.

Read more: http://woikr.com/howto/send-emails-in-background-in-thunderbird-tips/

 Google is currently in the best position to challenge Amazon because they have the engineering culture and technical abilities to release some really innovative features. IBM has bought into some excellent infrastructure at Softlayer but still has to prove its cloud engineering capabilities.

Amazon has set the standard for how we expect cloud infrastructure to behave, but Google doesn’t conform to these standards in some surprising ways. So, if you’re looking at Google Cloud, here are some things you need to be aware of.

Read More: http://gigaom.com/2014/03/02/5-things-you-probably-dont-know-about-google-cloud/

Outernet will provide Free WiFi, across the globe. Will be accessible in all areas, including the difficult terrains and will bypass all the Censorships and Firewalls of different countries.

Developers say they are less than a year away from deploying prototype satellites that could someday soon broadcast free and universal internet all over the globe from high in orbit.

The “Outernet” project being bankrolled by the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) of New York is currently in the midst of conducting technical assessment of the project, but say by June they hope to develop test satellite in order to see how long-range WiFi would work if beamed down by a tiny 10x10x10-centimeter payload called a CubeSat.

Read More: http://rt.com/usa/outernet-cubesat-free-internet-153/

GoGrid CEO John Keagy says if an organization wants to use a true open source database, like MongoDB, Basho’s Riak, Hadoop or Cassandra, Amazon is not the place to go.

“We want to be an open source alternative,” he says. “If you’re not worried about lock-in then use (AWS). If you’re an enterprise that wants to be able to scale indefinitely and have a flexible architecture then you should identify those needs early and embrace an open source architecture.”

Read More: http://www.computerworld.in/news/gogrid-wants-to-be-your-open-source-alternative-to-amazon’s-cloud-databases

 

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