Understanding Amazon’s EC3 (Cloud Computing)

I just learned from Julio about Amazon’s next major move called Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) – Limited Beta. You know about Amazon’s entery into Online Data Storage right? Smugmug pays them $27,000 a month as a storage utility, it’s a pay as you go model. “Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Just as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) enables storage in the cloud, Amazon EC2 enables “compute” in the cloud. Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing … Continue readingUnderstanding Amazon’s EC3 (Cloud Computing)

Dreamhost, kindly respond to Andy!

I’ve been hearing from friend Andy about his nightmares with Dreamhost (in fact I’m a customer too, partly due to his recommendations). He manages multiple websites and they’ve been shut down today. Andy doesn’t believe he’s at fault, and is asking for a dialogue with Dreamhost, and now they’ve clammed up. Having worked closely with Andy for some time, I highly suspect that he’s pretty careful about how he manages his websites, and I suspect this is a simple misunderstanding. I hate having to do this to a company, but I really want to encourage a conversations between Andy and Dreamhost. Folks, imagine if your blog or websites was taken down, locked, and they refused to talk to you, how … Continue readingDreamhost, kindly respond to Andy!

Interview with MySpace User: Not just the teen demographic

I want to dispel the myth that MySpace is for teens alone, in fact I’m hearing more and more from folks that it’s indeed crossing the middle segment of age and culture. According to SFSU Prof Dr John Sullivan: “More than 80 percent of the site’s registered members fall into the core demographic of 16-to-34-year-olds. Note that this demographic includes a large quantity of college-educated professionals with as much as 13 years of work experience…” (outside the box recruiting) Also, others are noting that MySpace is growing up: MySpace, the cyber home of countless teens and 20-somethings, is attracting more interest from an older crowd. In fact, the News Corp. (NWS – commentary – Cramer’s Take) site has recently experienced … Continue readingInterview with MySpace User: Not just the teen demographic

Digg Founders Launch Lifestyle Online Video Shows

Picture from Laughing Squid I headed to the launch party with Mario, ran into the usual suspects I see at most events. During the presentation videos, I was very impressed by the rich and well produced content. It’s really a lifestyle channel, that’s a bit edgier and more raw than traditional TV. In fact they are specially aiming to be the opposite of MTV. After the introductions, videos ran and played clips of all the shows. First broadcast television. Then cable television. Now, you can kill your television. Revision3 aims to prove that on-demand, distributed online content is better, faster, more effective, and better targeted to what YOU want to watch. Tonight, September 26th, Revision3 launches their brand new website … Continue readingDigg Founders Launch Lifestyle Online Video Shows

My Photos and the loss of my Camera *Sniff*

Ryan Carson likes my photos! I was given a ‘press’ pass to the Future of Web Apps Conference, I blogged about Day 1 and Day 2. Ryan Carson, the founder and director, sent this thank you email to all the attendees of Carson’s Future of Web Apps: “Event coverage Re-live those Summit moments 🙂 There’s some great coverage of the event from Scott Beale and Jeremiah Owyang (links below), or view a wider Flickr selection with the Summit tag – futureofwebapps-sf06 laughingsquid jeremiah_owyang” First of all, to put me anywhere near the mastery of the Scott’s photos is just amazing, he’s the photoblog master. Carson Systems, thanks for the ‘press’ pass to the conference, I’m glad I was able to … Continue readingMy Photos and the loss of my Camera *Sniff*

Photowalking Vlog: Thomas Hawk on Scoble Show

Robert just turned his VideoBlog The Scoble Show live. Warning, some of the vids take a while to load, I suspect because so many people are trying to watch what’s happening. Interesting how Seagate is the loan sponsor of the show. I know Robert visited them a few weeks ago. I’m watching the Thomas Hawk video right now, it’s fun to watch him in action. (Thomas’s blog) (Update: the ScobleShow music makes me want to put on a red headband and pop and lock)

Need a Vacation? Just visit Ahmed’s Photo Paradise

If you haven’t had a vacation in a while, I suggest you take a virtual visit to paradise with Ahmed Zahid’s amazing photography. Check out Ahmed’s Pictures of Paradise He’s travelling through the Maldives, writing to this photoblog, and publishing his photos to his growing flickr collection. It’s interesting how social media empowers everyone to upload photos and professional photographers can easily publish their work without a middleman. (Such as Shutterpoint, and ImageDisplayworks). Now that I think about it, that would be a great feature for Flickr/Zooomr to add on. The blue colors in Ahmed’s photos really relax me, learn more about him in this interview with him. Ahmed, thanks for helping us escape into your paradise.

Techmeme worth $528,000 a year in Blog Advertising?

Gabe just announced his pricing model for Techmeme Blog advertising and pricing model. Simple Math reveals the following potential revenue stream: $4500 + $3,500 + $3,000 = $11,000 a month X 4 Sites (Ballbug, Smirch, Meme, Techmeme when they get rolling) = $44,000 a month (when all engines are firing) X 12 months = $528,000 a year. Hot dang Gabe, way to go, you deserve every cent of it.

Blogger Raises Money for African Village of Nata using Online Blogs, Video, and Images

Jon is proving how the internet can be used for betterment of planet earth and it’s people. A few weeks ago I had an enlightening conversation with one of my relatives who had recently traveled to South America on a missionary journey. She made some points that have stuck with me about the value of the internet for third world countries (or the lack thereof). I recently ran into this blog called the Nata Village Blog that is written by Jon Rawlinson who is doing the following: 1) Raising awareness about Nata and their issues with poverty and Aids using ‘cheap’ social media tools. 2) Getting featured around the internet, including Rocketboom 3) Raising money from donations and distributing directly … Continue readingBlogger Raises Money for African Village of Nata using Online Blogs, Video, and Images