To me the term “cloud computing” itself is so vague as be just about meaningless, yet it carries with it all kinds of connotations.
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down, and still somehow,
It’s cloud illusions I recall,
I really don’t know clouds, at all.
– Joni Mitchell
I have so many questions.
- Does “cloud” imply virtualised?
- What’s the difference between a cloud host and a virtual host?
- What advantages are offered by cloud hosts vs physical hosts?
- Or a cloud host vs a VPS?
- How do cloud architectures differ?
- How does cloud hosting differ as applications scale up to very large?
- Or down to very small?
- Are there applications that should not be run on cloud services? Why?
Continue reading “Cage Match: Cloud vs Virtual vs Hosted”
All VoIP and no play makes Michael a dull boy. My wife would argue that much of my VoIP-ish activity is play, but that’s another story. If you’ve been reading things around here for a bit you already know that we love our Squeezeboxen! When the music flows here, it flows through these, and we do have a few of them here and there.
Continue reading “SNB Reviews Logitech Squeezbox Radio”
The editors over at Small Net Builder just posted my review of the Polycom VVX-1500 Business Media Phone.
I’d like to add a special thank you to Chris Veazey at BlinkMind for helping me to capture some sample video from the device.
I suspect that there is a netbook in my near-term future. My travel to and from Toronto last week reinforced this sense. At three hours that flight is about as long as you’d want to be on a 50 seat regional jet. Such is the reality of air travel these days. Smaller aircraft are being used on longer flights so that they can still offer a few flights a day on less traveled routes. While really do like my HP NX8510p notebook it’s just too large to be useful in small spaces, like on a regional jet.
Further, a lot of the stuff that I’m doing these days is “in-the-cloud” as they say. So many of my activities don’t require major applications installed on the platform before me. It would seem that a netbook with some reasonable amount of local storage would make some sense for me. I’m not sure I’d go for one with inboard 3G ‘net access. They seem to costly at the moment.
Tim Higgins over at Small Net Builder has been in a protracted search for a netbook. He’s actually taken delivery of three different models;
Continue reading “Seeking Opinions: Netbooks”
The nice folks over at Small Net Builder have put my Jazinga review up live today. There’s a fair amount of picture support for the review so they’ve put up a slide show as well. It features a lot of screen shots working through the systems user interface layer.