Monday, August 23, 2010

Cloud Computing

Is the future of the internet going to Cloud Computing? Do not be confused by Virtualization, even though they do usually tie in with one another, they are not the same or at all dependent on one another.

There are three basic types of "Clouds", SaaS (Software as a Service) witch is basically a beefed up version of the old "Dummy Terminal" connected to a mainframe, but with SaaS "Clouding" it is a client/server setting, where the server would be the "Mainframe", and the client would be the "Dummy Terminal". The client is really only connected to the cloud through the web browser, or application that would be hosting the service, so the actual computer is still has free resources to do with what you will (where as the Dummy Terminal was the connection to the Mainframe, and had really no other use).

Then there is PaaS (Platform as a Service), which is really already in use by companies like Facebook, where the user logs on to a platform and utilizes that platform to run application, and use resources in a centralized setting. The drawback here is that mainly this service is specific to a certain platform, and has not really been applied to the infrastructure needs of the customers. There have been some Paas suppliers that have implemented SaaS into there environment, which would greatly improve the likes of both the SaaS, and PaaS "Clouding" platforms, but, to my understanding, would create another category of "Clouding" (Maybe SPaaS or something).

Then we come to IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) which seems to be where all the focus is. This is all about pooled computing and storage services to the users. This platform is well really never ending, in the sense that you could be attached to a Internal Pool that is part of the company that you work for, and from there connect to a Public cloud that would be more focused on you internet needs. Really with this platform the "Cloud" could be extremely enormous, with clouds inside of clouds and so on. This is the most likely "Clouding" platform that will be readily available to those who wish to pursue, this technology, and likely the Cloud that will be coming to a "business near you".

So it is almost inevitable that we will all be "Clouding" in the near future, I guess the only real question is how near of future...

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Firefox 4 (currently beta)

Well, I've always been a firefox user, and i've always liked the simplicity, the feel, and how it was sooooo much snappier than IE. They have done it again... Now Firefox 4  is set to be released Q4 2010 with a tentative release schedule for November (Beta 3 is current release and can be downloaded at the link I have provided). The version 4 is based on the Gecko 2.0 Web Platform, duh, Mozilla is the developer of the Gecko layout engine. So now you are probably wondering "whats new", well, even though it still looks like Firefox, it definitely has a very new feel to it. It almost, for lack of a better way of describing it, has a "big" feeling to it.

The tabs are no longer on bottom by default (since it is still completely customizable, if you don't want the tabs on top, you can always set them on bottom). The reason they moved to this position is very well described here. For Windows 7 and Vista users the menu bar has been replaced with the Firefox button. Here are some screen shots of both of these new features for Firefox, so you can get a better understanding of what is being said here.

"Tabs on top"

"Firefox Menu Button"

There is also a new switch to tab feature that can be utilized right from the ever so famous "Awesome Bar".


There is also supposed to be a new Add-On Manager feature (this featured plugin is currently unavailable, and far as i have seen is not going to be available until the full release). The new Add-On manager looks to be a pretty nice little upgrade, especially for those of us that like to add so many add-on's to there browser that its almost just to see if the browser can handle it (or is that only me???).

Also for those websites that you always keep open, like webmail, and other web based applications Firefox 4 has implemented a new Application Tap. This new feature is a definite plus in my book.

The new browser will now have native support for HD HTML5 and WebM video, and CSS transitions (only partially supported), WebGL, Websockets, and experimental Direct2D have all been implemented (most are not active by default, as most end users will not be using these options, but still a good upgrade). There has been a new HTML5 parser added, as well as better HTML5 support all around,  and with Firefox 4 Web Developers can update there URL field without  reloading the page with HTML History API's. Also a nice little security upgrade to the CSS, where web sites check a user's browsing history, has been changed to block websites from being able to check the user's browsing history.

There are more features that will be utilized, but I've tried to grab the key points to give you the idea of what to expect once the Firefox 4 full release hits the Web. If you like what I had to say, I'm always investigating, and researching new and upcoming technologies, and I will be updating this blog at least once a week with the new and upcoming Hot Items, so feel free to post a comment and follow if you would like. If you have any questions, I will always reply to comments as quickly as possible.