Archive for December, 2008

Looking For Amazon Cloud Computing Book Beta Readers

I am writing a book about Amazon AWS and the tools that work with it. It does a deep dive into the various services offered by AWS followed by a deep dive in the tools available to work with those services. I cover the EC2 command line tools, ElasticFox, Cloud Studio, RightScale, S3 Browser and [...]

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Comment by chet on Is the EEEPC Netbook Underpowered?

I don’t know why people need to complain about these things so much. It’s small…everything is going to be smaller! Shocker.

If it works for you then that is all that matters.

I like them too…if I could hold a job for more than a month at a time I would get one too. ;)

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Is the EEEPC Netbook Underpowered?

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I keep reading that the EeePC, and other Intel-based Atom netbooks, are underpowered. The basic description I hear seems to be:

Keyboard is too small
Not enough memory
Not enough disk
Not enough ooomp…

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Comment by MADHU on Learn Oracle – What is Oracle?

learn dbms and sql and pl/sql

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Christmas 2008 In New Olreans

Photos courtesy of Logan (5 years old) and a new digital camera. I love the perspective he put on the photos.

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Postgres in the Cloud

The Amazon AWS blog has a good story about about Soocial.com. Soocial.com is an address book on steroid. It works with (or will work with soon): outlook, blackberry, gmail, mac address book and other phones. They just need to add Yahoo and Windows Contacts.

I wrote about it on my cloud blog, 100% AWS.

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100% AWS

People frequently ask me about cloud examples and success stories. Of course, the biggest success story has to be Animoto on RightScale.
On April 14, 2008, Animoto launched a Facebook plugin for their Rails application where users create music videos with photos and music of their choice. Its instant popularity forced them to scale up the [...]

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TUSC buys Piocon

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TUSC, actually ROLTA, has announced that they have purchased Piocon.

Rolta, one of India’s leading Engineering and IT companies, today announced the acquisition of Piocon Technologies, Inc. of Chicago…

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Comment by Vikramasimha on What is the difference between Oracle, SQL and PL/SQL?

Hi Sir,

Firsttime i am vising your site, i am very happy to c you, and happy to get more information on SQL as well as PL/SQL.

Sir, the information you have provided is more understandable, and we still hoping the same Sir, thank you.

Regards,

Vikramasimha

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AWS and Google Cloud Status Dashboard

I ran across this cloud computing dashboard a few days ago. It’s a service from Hyperic, a company that sells monitoring and performance software.
The dashboard lets you view the general health of various AWS and GAE features.

You can drill in on the various services by clicking the available links. For example, you can get more [...]

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Comment by Andrew on Laptop F key go bye-bye

I spill some water on my laptop. Now i broke my k key. I cant press the k button. I have to use a on screen keyboard just so i could write the letter k. What should i do. If my dad gets home, he’d be pissed.

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Comment by LewisC on Netezza Performance Server vs Oracle Database Machine (Podcast)

I think Phil would say that according to the Oracle page for the database machine:

The HP Oracle Database Machine is a complete system, including software, servers, and storage, designed to run large, multi-terabyte data warehouses 10x faster than conventional data warehouse systems.

Oracle is targeting data warehouses not “normal, everyday usage of Oracle Database.”

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Comment by “Simon Greener” on Netezza Performance Server vs Oracle Database Machine (Podcast)

Lewis,

Are we comparing apples with apples?

The Oracle database machine seems to me to be a generic machine trying to improve performance for normal, everyday usage of Oracle Database.

Oracle database includes some ROLAP functionality but is not, strictly speaking, a dedicated data warehouse database (cf HOLAP and MOLAP).

Because of this I would not expect the Oracle offering to perform better than the Netezza one. What would Phil Francisco say to this?

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Financial Services in the Cloud

IBM offers a SaaS Specialty partner program that provides resources, technical enablement and marketing support to its partners. IBM also offers hardware, software and infrastructure technologies to help its Business Partners deliver secure and scaleable cloud services. In addition, Business Partners gain access to over 40 worldwide IBM Innovation Centers, providing them with technical support [...]

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Partition Decoupling Method

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I was reading about a new tool (pattern?, methodology?) that can find relationships and patterns in very large, time dependent, interrelated data (sounds like a warehouse doesn’t it?). From the descrip…

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Flexiscale Lives!

A couple of days ago, I asked, “Does Flexiscale Still Exist?” Apparently it does. I got an email this morning from the Sales Manager at xcalibre, Jacqui Petrie. He said they are still in business and realize that the web site needs to be updated. New customer signups are currently frozen while they look at [...]

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Comment by LewisC on What is the difference between Oracle, SQL and PL/SQL?

suvro,

If you just want to learn database management from a Java perspective, there is no reason to learn PL/SQL. However, if you want to learn database management from an oracle perspective, you must learn pl/sql. It really depends on what you want to do, code for databases, or code for Oracle.

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A Quick Overview of a Database for the Cloud: CouchDB

Need a database in your cloud? Check out CouchDB.
What is CouchDB?
CouchDB is an Apache project. CouchDB is not a relational database. It seems that cloud computing has spawned, or at least made popular, a new breed of database. Rather than the hierarchical, network or relational databases of yore*, we have a new paradigm: key/value pairs. [...]

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Comment by suvro on What is the difference between Oracle, SQL and PL/SQL?

hi Lewis,

i read your articles n it gave me a nice precise idea about oracle,sql n pl/sql.currently i’m doing my engineering n i know java well.right now i want to learn database management skills.but i have the following questions in my mind.hope u can help.

1.as java n pl/sql are so similar in nature, can i use my java knowledge through oracle for learning database management?

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Does Flexiscale Still Exist?

I am checking out some of the lesser known (to me at least) cloud computing providers. I ran across Flexiscale. It looks promising. It’s related to xcalibre, a web hosting provider. Flexiscale is run by the same people who founded xcalibre. It looks like it is run out of Scotland and the only pricing I [...]

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New EBook Reader Foxit eSlick

Foxit just announced a new ebook reader, the Foxit eSllick. At less than a half inch thick, it has a built-in MP3 player and it uses the same eInk technology that Amazon Kindle uses. It comes with an SD slot and a 2GB SD card. It doesn’t have wifi but it comes in at $100 dollars less. It also lets you update the device via USB and supports rich PDF documents, that means that you … Read the rest!

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Christmas Discount For My IT Toolbox Readers

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I just learned how to do discounts on my estore. Since I can do that now, I decided to offer $4.00 off my book (list $14.95). That means you can get it for $10.95. I’ll delete this discount sometime af…

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GridToday (On Demand Enterprise) Suspends Publication

I just got an email that I am sad to see.
Dear On-Demand Enterprise Readers:
Effective Dec. 19, 2008, we will be suspending publication of On-Demand Enterprise (formerly GRIDtoday). We appreciate your consistent feedback to us over the years and would like to thank you for your loyal readership.
Best wishes to you and yours for a happy, [...]

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Percona Offers InnoDB Replacement

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Temperature in Riverview, FL 20081216

The local temp on 12/16, 82 degrees. The reason to live in Florida.

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Picture of the Day. Dakota, the Siberian Husky, relaxing his old bones in the sun.

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LewisC

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What Should I Learn? 6 Things That Will Make You better!

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I want to be a DBA, what should I learn?
I want to be an Oracle developer, what should I learn?
I want to get into IT, what should I learn?
I want to get promoted, what should I learn?
I get questions …

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Percona Offers InnoDB Replacement

Open source the way it ought to be. Today, Percona announced a replacement for InnoDB that improves performance and fixes bugs. The new engine is called XtraDB.

According to Vadim at Percona:

It’s 100% backwards-compatible with standard InnoDB, so you can use it as a drop-in replacement in your current environment. It is designed to scale better on modern hardware, and includes a variety of other features useful in high performance environments.

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Temperature in Riverview, FL 20081216

The local temp on 12/16, 92 degrees:

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Picture of the day (I got a new camera). I doubt I will really do a picture a day but I like this one. It’s some really fuzzy clouds in a weird pattern.

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LewisC

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Comment by “brain rollas” on Learn Oracle – What is Oracle?

i am new to this site and i am using thgis opportunity to greet all my friends and brothers in here God bless you all. am brain rollas by name and i will like to know about this subject: ORACLE. feel free to email me with more information and explanation. Thanks and God bless.

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Added Netezza vs Oracle Podcast

Added a new podcast, the Netezza Performance Server vs Oracle Database Machine podcast.
Also added some additional glossary items and another chapter to the SQL Starter book.
I recently created  sqlstarter.com and database-geek.com.
Keeping busy, that’s for sure.
LewisC

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