Google Attempts Some Damage Control For App Engine Price Changes

Posted in: Cloud Computing, Enterprise Java

We understand that the new rates surprised some of you. We’ve been listening closely to your feedback, and we wanted to share an update on the changes we’re making to help ensure you have an accurate picture of how the new pricing will affect your app. Although prices will increase, we’re confident that you’ll find App Engine still provides great value.

via Google App Engine Blog: A few adjustments to App Engine’s upcoming pricing changes.

Just When I Thought AT&T Couldn’t Anger Me Any Further …

Posted in: Customer Service

Wow, and I thought I couldn’t hate AT&T any more. Just got charged $3.49 a minute to call Australia – so the 11 minute call to my Mum to tell her she had a new grandson cost nearly $40.

It really is outrageous and unjustifiable when you think services like Skype and Google Voice only charge me $0.02 a minute to Australia. There is just no possible way that it costs AT&T 175 times as much to provide international calling as it does those other services, even with their lower overhead etc etc.

Add that to the insult that I get either no coverage or fluctuating coverage at my own home. Forget you AT&T, this is one customer you can kiss goodbye as soon as my contract is up.

Google Apps Free Account Policy Changing

Posted in: System Administration

Google began sending out notifications today to current Google Apps Free account holders informing them that as of May 10th 2011, the free account user limit is being reduced from 50 to 10 users.
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JavaOne 2010 – Monday Keynote

Posted in: Enterprise Java

After the debacle on Sunday afternoon where all of the JavaOne conference attendees were turned back by the conference thugs at the doors to the Oracle Welcome Keynote, my expectations for Monday’s opening JavaOne Keynote were not high. The magnitude of the irony of calling the Sunday event the “Welcome” Keynote, but not allowing JavaOne attendees to watch it live makes my head spin. I have it on good authority though (I was actually allowed in because of my Press credentials), that once the JavaOne attendees had trudged back up the hill to the Hilton to “enjoy” the video feed, alcohol was found to be available and so it turned out to be one of the better Keynotes in spite of Oracle’s lack of hospitality.
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Confirmed: Google Punishes Java Developers

Posted in: Enterprise Java

So Google uses Java on their Android platform. Then Oracle buys Sun and thus acquires Java. Then Oracle sues Google for its use of Java. And who is the first victim of this sordid situation? JavaOne 2010 conference attendees.
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Top 10 Bare Minimum Web Client Performance Tweaks

Posted in: Software Development Best Practices

In my previous article (Performance Tuning Resources For Web Clients) I discussed why you should care about the performance of your web client and then listed out some of the better places to go on the web to find information on how to go about tweaking your web clients to get that better performance. In this article I am going to dig a little deeper and call out specifically what I think are the Must-do-No-excuse-not-to-do-them-You-are-really-being-unprofessional-if-you-are-not-doing-them tweaks that you should be performing on every single one of your web development projects.
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Performance Tuning Resources For Web Clients

Posted in: Software Development Best Practices

Recently I have been doing some research on tweaking websites to make them faster (either in reality, or at least in appearance to the client). Specifically the research has been focused on the actual client tier interaction – requesting the page, downloading the assets and rendering the page in the browser. In this post I will document some of the better resources I have found, focusing on client-side tweaks, so these resources should be relevant no matter if you are a Java, PHP, .Net or any other flavor of developer.
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Multiple Online-Personality Disorder

Posted in: Personal Branding, Social Networking

With the increased hype and focus on social media and social networking, many people are struggling with trying to keep their public/private lives, or their professional/personal lives separate. And for those people, I have some bad news – there can be only one You in social media!
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Introducing Google Chrome Frame

Posted in: Uncategorized

Today, we’re releasing an early version of Google Chrome Frame, an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer.

http://blog.chromium.org/2009/09/introducing-google-chrome-frame.html

Google Wave Introduction

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