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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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It’s already a thumbs up for Adobe Media Player…

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Wow! Just minutes after posting my previous entry on Adobe Media Player, I installed it at my work laptop and immediately set to test out the overall experience… and

WOW! The home screen layout has changed and the menu slide in / out animation is much smoother (no more choppy movement)… contents seems to be a lot more now and I presume it will continue to be a video aggregator meaning more content provider / channels should be going there…

If Adobe do it well, with enough focus and people going out there talking to different user generated content sites, and getting more content into the player, then I am sold completely that this will be the default news & entertainment console for many people.

If this is just a tech showcase and no further focus on improving it, then it will be sad. 😦

Keep up the good work Adobe and continue to extend on the features and soon this will be a killer advertising platform. There are many out there going after the aggregator market but there is just no way to better the experience with Adobe AIR or stuff like Silverlight…

Speaking of Silverlight, version 1.0 has stronger video streaming capabilities than Adobe but the community / ecosystem around it has not really taken off like Flex + AIR. (I maybe wrong… need to do more research) I won’t be surprise to see similar player built on Silverlight which should give us a better video streaming experience… but I am waiting and for now, Adobe Media Player is my default recommendation for anyone wanting to experience a rich console like video experience.

Thumbs up Adobe! Here’s a write up from ZDnet on Adobe Media Player

Excerpts:

We announced the release of the Adobe Media Player (AMP) today which is both a push to provide content to end users as well as create a platform for monetizing and tracking online video. AMP is built on Adobe AIR so it allows you to take video content offline and also becomes the default player for FLVs so you can watch any FLV file you have inside of AMP.

Beet.tv has a great interview with Laurel Reitman from Adobe and also does a good job of writing up the implications behind AMP. Our goal with AMP is really to allow content providers to customize and brand the entire media player experience. Then with that branded experience we’re focusing on giving the content providers a lot of analytical tools so they can track video and monetize it.

The player itself allows you to go full screen and supports up to 1080p resolution and we’ve lined up a number of partners. We currently have content from CBS, MTV Networks, Universal Music Group, PBS, CondéNet, and Scripps Networks. In addition today we also launched tv.adobe.com which has content about Adobe products and how to use them.

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April 9, 2008 at 10:09 am

Posted in Opinions

Adobe Media Player… is out officially

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For the many early AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) adopters out there, pretty much all of tried the beta version of the Adobe Media Player and it has been good at demonstrating what Flex + AIR is capable of doing…

I have it installed at both work and home since the beta and performance has not been fantastic. Particular the different animation it tries to create within the application itself. (despite running on an intel quad core processor with 4 gig ram and plenty of harddisk space… no unnecessary background processes running…)

And now the official release is here so I am pretty excited to install it and try it out. I love the idea and the application, especially the TED fans out there!!! You just gotta love this app. High Res videos at your disposal… and the experience is nice overall, so long as the sluggishness with the animation / fade out menu is out the window, I am shouting all about it! Will see how it goes tonight.

Here’s the download link to Adobe Media Player.

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April 9, 2008 at 9:38 am

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Samsung i780 arrived… not at my home but Singapore

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My dream phone, other than the iPhone like design is still not here. 😦 Months ago I wrote about the possibility of having a full big size touch screen (capacitive like the iPhone) and qwerty key only. No need any other home key or return key or directional pad… Give the glory to the big screen and let the application do what it does best.

I was really hoping the next iteration of my favorite owned phone, Samsung i600 would have those feature I hoped for but guess right now, we are just another step closer.

Samsung i780 arrives in Singapore and it certainly looks great, with the 624 mhz processor, A-GPS, touch screen, HSDPA, and so to be upgraded Windows Mobile 6.1… Good and simple review by the way.

I may not be an iPhone killer… and who needs to be, Apple is on a league of its own! But for the rest of the manufacturer striving to catch up or exceed Apple, I felt Samsung did an outstanding job with this phone.

Kudos Samsung i780! You are definitely on my recommendation list, before the 3G version of the iPhone comes of course… 🙂 Ha ha! iPhone has a lot of software quirks and we will have to see if the version 2 this June – Sep will be fixed in the ROM update. No SMS FORWARDING!!! Crazy!!! No MULTITASKING / AUTO SAVE DRAFT WHEN IN SMS WHILE A CALL COME IN!!! Crazy!!! But still love it as a all in one device.

We will see…

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April 8, 2008 at 4:30 am

Posted in Great Stuff

Wah! Ubuntu to co-exist with Windows… in a few simple clicks….

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I cannot believe I am reading this… but Ubuntu 8.04 has made installation for Windows Users, so easy!!! Here’s the excerpt:

Let’s face it, deciding to nuke your existing operating system installation and replace it with a completely different OS isn’t the sort of task that you should approach lightly.  One of the barriers to Linux adoption is the fact that many people find the idea of wiping their Windows installation a daunting thing.  Sure, the widespread adoption of the Live CD with allows users to boot into a working Linux environment has made taking a Linux distro for a test drive easier, but a Live CD experience falls far short of what you can expect from an installed Linux experience.

Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” beta has made Linux adoption much easier by making it easy for Windows users to install Ubuntu onto their PCs without affecting their Windows installation.

Two new features added to Ubuntu 8.04 are umenu and Wubi and these additions have significantly lowered the first rung onto the Linux ladder by making it a snap to install Ubuntu 8.04 onto a Windows system.  All you need is:

  • A Windows PC
  • At least 4GB of free space
  • Ubuntu 8.04 on CD or an ISO mounted in Windows

Check it out. Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” beta – making life easier for Windows users

Now there’s no more excuse for Windows users to try this out!!! One installation hurdle crossed… one major win for Ubuntu!

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April 3, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Posted in Great Stuff