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Monday, 14 January 2013

All Your Base - Videos available

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a fantastic time and ate loads and made merry. 

Linux or Windows?
Been quite busy with my London 2013 Marathon training. However, work life is pretty busy too and lots of exciting plans for 2013. I think Linux is going to play a big part at work (finally) but world wide, I share the view that Windows 8 will (ironically) herald the mass take up of Linux on the PC. Read it here at TechBeat, ExtremeTech and Internet News but there are of course counter-arguments and a good one is from the much respected ArsTechnica.

Actually, I like both OSes - we should all just get along.

MySQL and Twitter
I came across an interesting video how twitter handles their backend databases. It's based on MySQL and the video that follows comes from Lisa Phillips, a senior DBA (since the video I think she's been promoted) and there are some interesting facts and figures.

My FOSS DBA of choice is PostgreSQL but MySQL (or MariaDB) is a close second. The fact that twitter are using it is enlightning. Here it is: http://vimeo.com/56652838 and then there's the conference itself: http://allyourbaseconf.com

ArcGIS Online
Lots of new and exciting things for 2013 and the latest update in December 2012 added a slew of new capabilities and functions. Examples include the ability to show interactive tables, new features to handle feature services and for me, a super important one: the ability to register secured map services with ArcGIS Online and store the credentiuals for a single sign-on.

Amazon Web Services


Just read about the release of the High Storage eight Extra Large ( hs1.8xlarge)  Each instance includes 120 GiB of RAM, 16 virtual cores (providing 35 ECU of compute performance), and 48 TB of instance storage across 24 hard disk drives capable of delivering up to 2.4 GB per second of I/O performance. Currently available in US-East but to be rolled out into other regions over the coming months read a cool post here: http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2012/12/the-new-ec2-high-storage-instance-family.html
Yes please.