July 15, 2012

Scalability Best Practices: Lessons from eBay
There are many facets to scalability - transactional, operational, development effort. In this article, I will outline several of the key best practices we have learned over time to scale the transactional throughput of a web-based system.

Traction mistakes
Most startups don't fail at building a product. They fail at acquiring customers. The biggest mistakes I see over and over again when startups try to get traction are as follows (in order of importance).

The next big UI challenge is making big data human
IBM’s Jeopardy-playing supercomputer Watson is now getting a gig in the retail banking sector as part of an IBM partnership with Citi. This is in addition to its position as a diagnostic assistant for doctors

XenServer Performance and Scalabilitiy Tuning
When more than 65 machines were loaded on a single XenApp host, it has been noticed that the dom0 was at capacity and the PVS driver showed poor throughput of 4MB/s or less. Once 65 VMs were loaded, the user experience dropped dramatically. This scenario is explained in an article on the Citrix Blogs.

Punk Marketing – An interview with Richard Laermer
Punk to this day still makes people feel alive and “punk marketing” is the same way. When something that happens makes people say “holy crap” they know that it’s something different and new and they can’t get enough of it.

Create interactive PDF documents with Scribus
Learn how to use the Scribus open source page layout application to create PDF documents, and then how to add interactive elements to those PDFs.

Fourteen year old creates a way to generate electricity from raindrops
The device takes energy from rain or snow and turns it into electricity that is stored on a capacitor. Wang entered the project in the Google Science Fairand now he is one of the finalists in the competition.

All there is to know about NFC
The Commonwealth Bank introduced its NFC app Kaching six months ago; the NSW Government recently released an NFC tourism initiative down at The Rocks; and RIM is integrating it into its newer smartphones.

Here's how to better leverage TOGAF to deliver DoDAF capabilities and benefits
... In fact, we have seen some of our clients position EA as the Enterprise Decision Support capability – that is, providing an architecture-grounded, fact-based approach to making business and IT decisions...

Quote for the day:

"If you're interested, you'll do what's convenient. If you're committed, you'll do whatever it takes." -- John Assaraf