Today is the official launch of the Raspberry Pi, an ambitious UK project to
create low cost computing with the aim of bringing a proper understanding of
computing back to education. The device is itself is a fully fledged
computer the size of a credit card with external USB and HDMI connectors.
What’s remarkable about Raspberry Pi is the price; there are two versions,
Model A and Model B (echoing the BBC Micro options from 30 years before),
selling at a target price of $25 and $35 respectively. The extra $10 for
the model B gets you a fixed Ethernet connection and an additional USB port.
The launch of what could be a milestone in computing has been made with usual
British aplomb and understatement; the static website that replaces the
previous one at www.raspberrypi.org talks about how the staff monitoring
their Twitter account will be in the pub from 6pm onwards... (more)
At the end of August 2012, Amazon Web Services released their latest service
offering – a long-term archive service called Glacier. As a complement to
their existing active data access service S3, Glacier provides long term
storage for “cold” data – information that has to be retained for a
long time but doesn’t require frequent access.
What Exactly is Glacier?
Many organisations need to retain data in archive format for extended periods
of time. This is for regulatory or compliance purposes or may simply be
part of their normal business process. Good examples are medical,
One of the benefits of delivering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) through
the cloud is an abstraction from the underlying hardware delivering the
service. There’s no requirement to understand what technology is being
used to deliver, for example, cloud servers. The specification of a
cloud-based server is based on a few simple metrics, CPU, memory and disk
CPU or processor power is described by most vendors in terms of cores, which
translate to some abstract definition of physical computing power. Only
Amazon Web Services (AWS) reference physical CPU architecture, w... (more)
HP have joined the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market and released
their HP Cloud service in public beta. Here’s the announcement press
release. The services on offer are:
Available Now as Public Beta
Compute – on-demand server instances. Cloud Object Storage – object-based
storage using RESTful APIs. Content Delivery Network – local distribution
of web content.
Still in Private Beta
Cloud Block Storage – persistent data for compute images Relational
Database for MySQL – managed cloud databases
There’s also the HP Identity Service for managing key & token access
This morning I signed up and had a play with Microsoft Labs’ social media
application, so.cl. This was quietly released over the weekend with little
attention as it’s a piece of experiment work rather than a new social media
platform. It’s early days to be commenting on whether so.cl will be
useful; currently it appears to be targeted at students and search sharing.
I wonder whether the intention is to use the output to help improve the
quality of Microsoft’s search engine, Bing.
Anyhow, the so.cl interface is reminiscent of Google+ (especially party
invitations, that seem to... (more)