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New season of Britain Got Talent… and this 13 year old sure has it.

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April 15, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Two great inspiring article I read today… on two individual

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One is titled ‘The American Dream: 17 Years of Engineering Software’ which is a walk down memory lane on Alex Iskold who is a well known programmer / entrepreneur.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

” Seventeen years ago, on April 10th 1991, a plane landed in John F. Kennedy airport. That plane had just crossed the Atlantic carrying, amongst others, passengers escaping the crumbling Soviet empire. One of whom was me. I walked off that plane with a first ever taste of Coca-Cola in my mouth, a lame teenage mustache, and not a clue about what to expect.

When my sister emailed me on April 10th 2008 and reminded me of our immigration anniversary, I was suddenly overwhelmed with memories. A lot has happened since then. 17 years is such a long time that it is difficult to fathom. I am left with bits and pieces of memories and the person that I am today. Each memory by itself is rarely strong and profound. A single memory is a just a dot in your timeline. But when you pile the memories on top of each other, you get a bigger and better picture. Here is to everyone who made my American Dream come true and all of you who helped me grow as a software engineer.

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The other is on the famous Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google.

Here’s the excerpt from the article found here:

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On December 16, 2005, 16 months after the company’s high-flying initial stock auction, Google closed its biggest deal yet: a $1-billion advertising partnership with America Online, the popular Internet service provider.

That evening, by coincidence, I am meeting with Sergey’s parents at their home in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Michael Brin, wearing a black fleece vest emblazoned with the multicolored Google logo, greets me in the driveway. I ask if he has heard the big news. “We spoke with Sergey earlier today and he didn’t mention anything,” he tells me. “He did say he was on his way home from yoga.”

Michael, 59, a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland, and his wife, Eugenia, 58, a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, are gracious and down-to-earth and still somewhat astonished by their son’s success. “It’s mind-boggling,” marvels Genia, as family and friends call her. She speaks slowly, in a syrupy, Russian-accented English that quickens when she is competing with her husband. “It’s hard to comprehend, really. He was a very capable child in math and computers, but we could have never imagined this.” Michael, in his milder accent, adds with typical pragmatism, “Google has saved more time for more people than anything else in the world.”

They sit me down at the dining room table, clearing off papers to make space for a spread of cheese and fruit. The room itself is simply decorated, even sparse; the only signs of wealth I can see anywhere are a big-screen TV in the living room and a Lexus in the driveway.

The Brins are a compact, young-looking couple; Michael is skeptical in demeanor with a precise manner of speaking, and Genia soft and nurturing. Both have sincere, easygoing laughs. We talk for several hours, interrupted occasionally by Michael’s cigarette breaks, for which he heads outside with the family dog, Toby. Smoking is a habit he brought with him from the Soviet Union in 1979, when he immigrated to the United States with his mother, Maya, Genia and Sergey, then six. (A second son, Sam, was born in 1987.)

One of Michael’s stories particularly strikes me. In the summer of 1990, a few weeks before Sergey’s 17th birthday, Michael led a group of gifted high school math students on a two-week exchange program to the Soviet Union. He decided to bring the family along, despite uneasiness about the welcome they could expect from Communist authorities. It would give them a chance to visit family members still living in Moscow, including Sergey’s paternal grandfather, like Michael, a Ph.D. mathematician.

It didn’t take long for Sergey, a precocious teenager about to enter college, to size up his former environs. The Soviet empire was crumbling and, in the drab, cinder-block landscape and people’s stony mien of resignation, he could see first-hand the bleak future that would have been his. On the second day of the trip, while the group toured a sanitarium in the countryside near Moscow, Sergey took his father aside, looked him in the eye and said, “Thank you for taking us all out of Russia.”

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What are you going to do today? Study Math? 🙂

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April 14, 2008 at 10:29 am

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Salesforce + Google part II… more on that collaboration

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Here’s a write up on the Salesforce Google integration of their web app… from Mashable.com

Google and Salesforce.com have announced the launch of a jointly developed product that integrates the key features of Google Apps with the key features of Salesforce.com, the leader in web-based CRM software with more than 41,000+ corporate customers. Called “Salesforce for Google Apps,” the new product is available immediately at no cost to Salesforce.com customers, and includes tight integration with Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Talk.

As someone who once worked in a sales organization that utilized Salesforce.com, and currently depends on Google Apps daily, the integration certainly appears to be something that could be immensely useful and propel Google’s office and enterprise ambitions forward. I had a look at the four key integration points in a demo on Friday, and here’s how I’d describe them, in as non-businessy a way as possible:

Another important piece of the partnership to note is that developers can now build applications specifically for the Salesforce for Google Apps product. There are already 7 third-party apps available at launch, with many more in the works. Through AppExchange, Salesforce has a huge developer community – think of it like the Facebook Platform but for business users, with a lot less super poking going on.

While not an exclusive deal (Salesforce.com also offers integration with key Microsoft products), the partnership is a big win for Google, as it puts their web-based office suite instantly in front of Salesforce.com’s thousands of big corporate users. It’s also a big win for web based office software on the whole – organizations who adapt Salesforce for Google Apps will essentially be saying goodbye to the days of continually emailing around attachments, scrambling to find the latest versions of documents, and leaving tons of data (email and chat correspondence) in silos.

Perhaps the question now is whether this partnership sets the stage for an eventual acquisition of Salesforce.com by Google. While Oracle was rumored to be considering a buyout of Salesforce last month, nothing seems to have materialized, and it would seem that the company’s impressive roster of customers would be much more valuable to Google, who is still a relative newcomer to the enterprise space. With a market cap of a little more than $7 billion, buying Salesforce.com would only put a modest dent in Google’s pocketbook, so, consider Salesforce for Google Apps an audition of sorts.

A good read.

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April 14, 2008 at 7:14 am

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Salesforce + Google = Online Enterprise Powerhouse

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The future looks bright for enterprise web app, particularly with this deal between Salesforce and Google, soon the AIR app for Salesforce will be out… and iPhone integration will be launched as well after June…

Watch out Microsoft / SAP / Oracle… this is really awesome!

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April 14, 2008 at 4:52 am

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Gartner is really… over-hyped with this article.

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A good read from Paul Thurrott on the recent Gartner analysis, which really is just plain news to draw attention. Anything Microsoft will grab big time attention… whether they are true or not. Sad to say, that’s the state of Microsoft and it’s negative image…

Gartner is wrong. When I made the assertions quoted in the article above, Microsoft had just melded the insecure parts of the Windows 9x platform to underpinnings of the more secure NT platform and created Windows XP. As noted above, a lot of people conveniently forget today that XP’s first year on the market was even more controversial than Vista’s thanks to an unbelievable series of major security exploits. These exploits led directly to Microsoft’s security initiative, the halting in development of Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 (then called Longhorn), and the creation of Windows XP Service Pack 2, a major Windows release that Microsoft gave away to users in an unprecedented mea culpa.

Jump ahead to today and the world has changed. The Windows Vista platform, as an extension of that XP SP2 platform, is far more secure and, more important from an architectural standpoint, far more modular and componentized (read: less monolithic) than its predecessors. In fact, you can see how its becoming even more modular and componentized (and thus less monolithic) over time via technologies like image-based setup and deployment (Vista, 2006), Server Core (Windows Server 2008, 2008), and MinWin (expected Windows 7, 2010). So Windows is actually evolving over time from an architectural standpoint. And it is doing so by sacrificing backwards compatibility as little as possible. (Though, oddly, everyone is complaining about how poor a job Vista does in this regard.)

I’d also like to point out that every single one of the problems Gartner has with Windows is true of other desktop operating systems as well. Yes, Apple is more aggressive about killing off older technologies (read: Classic) but then that has also come back to bite them (read: Adobe can’t make a 64-bit version of Photoshop on OS X for this very reason). One might argue–I will–that Microsoft’s approach makes more sense for users and is more appropriate for a company that, incidentally, does have a user base that’s over 1 billion users strong. It’s easy to be aggressive when your audience is just a tiny fraction of that size.

All that said, it should be obvious for those who read this blog and this Web site, and listen to my podcast, that I feel that the future of computing is cloud computing. But again, that’s not a unique problem for Windows, nor is something that’s going to happen overnight. If anything, Microsoft’s “Software + Services” initiative is, to me, the most logical model for moving the legacy computing world to the future. (It’s like the x64 platform, when you think about it: One eye on the future, one eye on the past.) My point is that Microsoft, unlike say Apple, actually gets it when it comes to managing a humongous user base and is actively working to ensure both that its desktop OS makes sense as we move to this future and that its online services business is poised to capitalize on this change as well. I don’t see anyone else doing this, and if anything Microsoft should be applauded for taking care of its users, advancing the Windows architecture in ways that make sense, and embracing a future computing model that, frankly, will one day spell the end of the products to which it owes all of its past successes.

As for Gartner and others of their ilk? Pfft. They’ll collapse under the weight of their own pomposity by 2011. You read it here first.

Click here to read the whole article.

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April 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm

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Google App Engine…

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Extracted from Niall Kennedy blog site… A very good explanation on Google App Engine

On Monday 2Google launched Google App Engine, a hosted dynamic runtime environment for Python web applications inside Google’s geo-distributed architecture. Google App Engine is the latest in a series of Google-hosted application environments and the first publicly-available dynamic runtime and storage environment based on large-scale propriety computing systems.

Google App Engine lets any Python developer execute CGI-driven Web applications, store its results, and serve static content from a fault-tolerant geo-distributed computing grid built exclusively for modern Web applications. I met with the App Engine’s team leads on Monday morning for an in-depth overview of the product, its features, and its limitations. Google has been working on the Google App Engine since at least March 2006 and has only just begun revealing some of its features. In this post I will summarize Google App Engine from a developer’s point of view, outline its major features, and examine pitfalls for developers and startups interested in deploying web applications on Google’s servers.

What is Google App Engine?

Google App Engine is a proprietary virtualized computing suite covering the major common components of a modern web application: dynamic runtime, persistent storage, static file serving, user management, external web requests, e-mail communication, service monitoring, and log analysis. The Google App Engine product offers a single hosted production web server stack hosted on Google’s custom-designed computers and datacenters distributed around the world.

Google App Engine is a managed hosting environment with a tightly managed stack running in a machine-independent environment. It simplifies the deployment and management of your web application software stack while constraining you to a specific stack.

The rest of the article can be found here.

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April 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm

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This is illegal!!! And this is how it is done…

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There are a few ways to get Mac OSX onto a non-apple hardware… Just to test it out, I tried one version with some patched os image and it went well throughout the installation… until the boot up and it hanged.

One issue I read about was that my laptop is on AMD Sempron which is a bit more complicated to get it running… Intel ones are easier.

Anyway, the above was for testing to see if got shadow or not!!! (say it in direct translation to hokkien) and it does violate Apple’s EULA and some copyright laws.

Here’s another interesting one I found out recently…

Understand what you are doing before trying it out…

http://www.cnettv.com/9742-1_53-28784.html

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April 9, 2008 at 3:18 pm

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