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Some Benefits of Virtualization and Cloud Computing

A side effect of “the switch” is that I am now reaping more and more benefits from virtualization. One of the first things I had to do when I switched was get virtualization software. This is so I can run Windows programs (mostly browsers) inside OS X as opposed to rebooting into a Windows install through Boot Camp.

I went for VMWare Fusion because of their Virtual Appliances. I was thinking that if I wanted to play with Linux in the future, I’d do away having to install and configure a whole operating system that I’m not very familiar with. However, after reading some very informative articles at Slicehost on how to install and configure things like Apache, PHP, MySQL, Nginx and Django on a naked Linux install, I forewent the Virtual Appliance route. I decided that If I am to learn more about Linux I have to go through the whole install and configure process and just create my own virtual appliances.

I think the advent of virtualization and cloud computing is a good thing for the industry I’m currently in (which has many names, mostly with the following keywords jumbled up – digital, interactive, marketing, advertising). This is specially beneficial for smaller shops who have less resources to invest in hosting infrastructure. Continue reading ‘Some Benefits of Virtualization and Cloud Computing’

My Photo’s on JsMag May 2009

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JsMag just released its latest issue and my photo is on the cover :) Hopefully I can write an article about JavaScript and contribute more than a photo soon enough.

The issue contains pieces on:

  • Mashups from the Ground Up
  • Flex/AJAX Bridge Gotchas
  • Demystifying Custom Events in jQuery
  • Web Testing with Windmill
  • RIA Revolution
  • Book excerpt from “JavaScript for Beginners”
  • Community News

jQuery Links

Some jQuery links I found that I’d probably make use of one of these days, got them mostly via twitter.

Backblaze on the Mac

So because of the Jungle Disk + Cloud Files hoopla that seems to have been addressed now, I decided to try out Backblaze for a couple of days as a possible alternative/complement to Jungle Disk. And from what I see, it is a hassle free online backup solution. Something I would recommend to a regular Internet user if asked what online backup solution they should get.

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Trying Out Mac Software

I’m trying out the following Mac software for the next couple of weeks:

  • TextMate – I’ve read a lot of reviews saying it’s the best text editor on the Mac and I’m starting to believe them. It’s very intuitive, the way it automatically indents code, closes tags and a lot of other helpful things when writing lots and lots of code. This is probably something I’d use a lot.
  • Things – task management software. I’m just trying to be a wee bit organized and its simple interface and workflow seems to be working well for me.
  • BackBlaze – unlimited online backup for $5 a month, which I’ve decided to try after some horrendous and unexplained Jungle Disk+CloudFiles downtime. (almost a whole day of outage) And from the looks of it, it just might replace Jungle Disk for my automated online backup needs. I’d probably still use Jungle Disk as an online drive though — for files I need to access from different computers and for archiving stuff that I might need but don’t want to store locally.
  • Transmit – Panic’s FTP software which I might actually keep since I miss the dual-pane interface that I’ve been used to.
  • Coda – Panic’s all in one web development software. Somehow I keep comparing it to Dreamweaver (which is still my favorite web development IDE).
  • Postbox – an email client that’s basically Mozilla Thunderbird Mac-style.

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js1_125JsMag (the magazine for JavaScript developers) has released their first issue. It features quite interesting topics:

  • Debugging JavaScript without alert()
  • Introduction to ExtJS
  • The Object Literal pattern
  • Community News
  • Unit testing with YUI
  • What’s new in jQuery 1.3
  • Functional Programming in JavaScript
It’s a $US4.99 per issue and there’s a sampler PDF if you want to take a peek. I think I might just get it.

Jungle Disk now with Cloud Files support

Jungle Disk, one of the services I use for cloud storage, now has Cloud Files support. Previously, it only supported Amazon S3, which made the sign up process a bit cumbersome. You had to sign up for your own Amazon S3 account before you are able to use the Jungle Disk service.

I just signed up for a Cloud Files account a couple of days ago because I wanted to try it out with Jungle Disk. However, after updating my Jungle Disk to the latest version, it never prompted me for my Cloud Files account when I created a disk based on Cloud Files. Apparently, it’s already integrated to your Jungle Disk account. I guess this is because Jungle Disk is now under Rackspace owner of Mosso, provider of the Cloud Files service.

There are some caveats though with regards to the Cloud Files integration though. There seems to be no clear way of tracking how much space you’re using on Cloud Files since you’re not using a personal Cloud Files account. Also, migrating your files from an S3 disk to a Cloud Files disk requires you to manually copy from service to service (which I am doing now). They are developing a service for data migration but can’t give a timeframe as to when it will be available.

[via Jungle Disk Blog]

Wireless@SG Auto Login

The annoying thing about using Wireless@SG is you always have to login with your username and password through some website before you can start browsing. My flatmate recommended an app to make that cumbersome process easier, at least on my iPod Touch. SG Wireless is a little app that helps you login to Wireless@SG automatically. Once you’ve saved your login info in Settings, just open the app then it tells you if you get connected, close it. And you’re all set to use any of your apps that need Internet connection without opening Safari and having to key in your Wireless@SG user+pass combo. I wonder if there’s a desktop widget that can do the same thing.

Update: For iPhone, iPod touch with OS 3.1 and up (except first generation devices), you can now download apps from the 3 Wireless@SG providers that would generate a certificate for your device. Installing the certificate will make your device automatically connect to Wireless@SGx without you having to input any password. After the certificate is installed, you can just delete the app. App Store links below:

My laptop’s back and then some

My laptop’s back from the service centre and it looks and feels new again. They had to replace the whole top case to replace the LCD. So my laptop’s now shiny new and the hinge is still tight. It’s good to note that they were quite fast. Their supposedly standard wait time was 5 working days. So kinda got on a mindset of having no laptop for a week. But I got it after 3 working days. I brought it in Tuesday lunch and it was already available for pickup by Friday. I only got to pick it up Saturday since I didn’t have time to go to Funan on Friday since it’s always a busy day for us at the office.

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One week without a laptop

I’ve sent in my MBP for servicing because of a grey spot that looks like a smudge inside the LCD. It’s not that noticable before because I’ve always kept my dock on the left side of the screen to maximize the vertical space available for my apps. Lately however, I’ve been using an external monitor so I had the luxury of putting the dock at the bottom. When I disconnected it from the external monitor so I can use it on my lap, that’s the time I saw the smudge. I wonder how it got there though. The lady at the service center told me it’ll take around 5 working days before I get it back. I hope I get it soon though. I’ve heard of stories that it can take a month or two for LCD screens to be replaced.