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  • OpenStack as the future of the cloud, CoreOS, and more

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    robinmuilwijk
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Open source news for your reading pleasure. July 26 - August 1, 2014 In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at OpenStack as the future of cloud computing, New Zealand's new government website, the stable release of CoreOS, and more! read more
  • OSCON 2014 – Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing

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    Mark
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    I’ll be presenting an updated version of my Crash Course on Open Source Cloud Computing presentation at OSCON 2014. I have some new material on Docker and SDN along with the latest updates on cloud software. Here’s the official excerpt: The open source mantra is to release early and release often. That means software velocity can be difficult to keep up with. This discussion will expand on the latest open source software used to deliver and manage cloud computing infrastructure. Topics covered include virtualization (KVM, Xen Project, LXC), orchestration (OpenStack, CloudStack,…
  • Contributing back as an OpenStack operator

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    Jason Baker
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Paying talented developers to write high quality code isn't cheap; why on Earth would you then turn around and give that code to your competitors? Turns out, there's probably a competitive advantage in doing so. read more
  • Recipe For Building a Cheap Raspberry Pi Honeypot Network

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    timothy
    2 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Honeypots are the perfect bait for corporate IT shops to detect hackers targeting and already within their networks and now a guide has been published to build a dirt cheap battalion of the devices from Raspberry Pis. "By running honeypots on our internal network, we are able to detect anomalous events. We gain awareness and insight into our network when network hosts interact with a Raspberry Pi honeypot sensor," the author explained."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • OPEN SOURCE INITIATIVE (OSI) ANNOUNCES NEW AFFILIATE MEMBER

    Open Source Initiative blogs
    masson
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    By Leslie Hawthorn July 8, 2014 Palo Alto, California — The Open Source Initiative (opensource.org) is very pleased to announce DemocracyLab (democracylab.org) has joined the OSI as an Affiliate Member. DemocracyLab works to develop tools for civic engagement that promote awareness, collect insights and share ideas to address public need in government. "DemocracyLab seeks to harness our collective intelligence to address society's most difficult problems by creating open source software tools that help communities frame issues, deliberate solutions, make decisions and take collective…
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  • Recipe For Building a Cheap Raspberry Pi Honeypot Network

    timothy
    2 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Honeypots are the perfect bait for corporate IT shops to detect hackers targeting and already within their networks and now a guide has been published to build a dirt cheap battalion of the devices from Raspberry Pis. "By running honeypots on our internal network, we are able to detect anomalous events. We gain awareness and insight into our network when network hosts interact with a Raspberry Pi honeypot sensor," the author explained."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • DNA Project 'to Make UK World Genetic Research Leader'

    timothy
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    mrspoonsi (2955715) writes A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England. Prime Minister David Cameron has said it "will see the UK lead the world in genetic research within years". The first genetic codes of people with cancer or rare diseases, out of a target of 100,000, have been sequenced. Experts believe it will lead to targeted therapies and could make chemotherapy "a thing of the past". Just one human genome contains more than three billion base pairs — the building blocks of DNA. Prof Jeremy Farrar, director of…
  • Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

    timothy
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    An anonymous reader writes On Friday, Russia implemented a new law that significantly limits its citizens' online free speech. Under this new law, social media sites must "retain user data for at least six months...within the country's boundaries so it can be available for government inspection." Also, "bloggers with at least 3,000 daily readers must register with Roskomnadzor, the regulator that also oversees Russia's main media outlets." This, of course, means that popular bloggers will no longer be able to remain anonymous.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

    timothy
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    mikejuk writes The constant war to jailbreak and patch iOS has taken another step in favor of the jailbreakers. Georgia Tech researchers have found a way to jailbreak the current version of iOS. What the Georgia Tech team has discovered is a way to break in by a multi-step attack. After analysing the patches put in place to stop previous attacks, the team worked out a sequence that would jailbreak any modern iPhone. The team stresses the importance of patching all of the threats, and not just closing one vulnerability and assuming that it renders others unusable as an attack method. It is…
  • Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

    timothy
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    An anonymous reader writes "Speculation on the eventual shuttering of Google+ has once more risen with news that Google+ Photos will soon be developed and run separately from the social media site. This news follows observations that Google+ "was barely mentioned at Google I/O 2014, while there were 15 sessions dedicated to the service in 2013" and that the company has ended its controversial real name policy. Google Hangouts was also separated from Google+ at the end of July." I've actually heard several people praising Google+ lately; scaling it back to "just a social stream" probably fits…
 
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  • OPEN SOURCE INITIATIVE (OSI) ANNOUNCES NEW AFFILIATE MEMBER

    masson
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    By Leslie Hawthorn July 8, 2014 Palo Alto, California — The Open Source Initiative (opensource.org) is very pleased to announce DemocracyLab (democracylab.org) has joined the OSI as an Affiliate Member. DemocracyLab works to develop tools for civic engagement that promote awareness, collect insights and share ideas to address public need in government. "DemocracyLab seeks to harness our collective intelligence to address society's most difficult problems by creating open source software tools that help communities frame issues, deliberate solutions, make decisions and take collective…
  • Why should I care about privacy, when I have nothing to hide?

    masson
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Published by Reset The Net on 30 April 2014 We get this a lot. There are a million answers (our favorite short one is “Nothing to hide? Really?”) but here’s something thoughtful and comprehensive to share with a friend the next time it comes up. The short version? None of the freedom and progress we’ve won over the past century would have been possible without the freedom to change things (starting with our own lives first) that privacy gives us. Imagine a world where you were constantly being judged by everyone around you, suffering immediately, or years down the road, for anything…
  • OSI Sponsors International Competition in Free and Open Source Software Multimedia

    masson
    26 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The OSI is thrilled to announce the launch of the International Competition in Free and Open Source Software Multimedia (ICOM). Organized by the Sena Primary School (SK Sena), Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) along with the state government of Perlis, Malaysia and the Ministry of Education Malaysia the video competition is open to students from around the world: from primary school children to those attending institutions of higher learning. The main objectives of ICOM are as follows: To encourage creative thinking and teamwork among participants To promote active use of Free…
  • OSI Board Changes 2014

    webmink
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    April annually sees the start of the OSI Board year, with resulting vacancies and the appointment of directors to fill them. This year saw vacancies arising due to the retirement of Board officers -- Karl Fogel, who has done a tremendous job as OSI's Treasurer, and of Martin Michlmayr, whose work as OSI's Secretary has been beyond measure. Also leaving due to term limits is Harshad Gune, and Richard Fontana's seat was open due to the one-year terms for directors representing Individual Members. The Board turned to OSI's growing membership to fill the resulting four vacancies. Three of the…
  • Open Source Initiative (OSI) announces new Affiliate Members

    masson
    15 Mar 2014 | 1:44 pm
    By Deb BryantMarch 12, 2014Palo Alto, California — The Open Source Initiative (www.opensource.org) is very pleased to announce two new organizations have joined the OSI as Affiliate Members: inBloom (www.inbloom.org) and LinuxFest Northwest (www.linuxfestnorthwest.org). The OSI Board of Directors offers a warm welcome to both!With inBloom and LinuxFest Northwest joining as OSI Affiliates, our membership of non-profit organizations supporting our mission—to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source, and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source…
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  • EMR Streaming in Go

    By JP ROBINSON
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    On our platform teams, we use Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce (EMR) service to help us gather useful metrics from log files. We have processes that capture log files, then compress and push them to Amazon S3 for archiving. This pattern builds up massive amounts of information going back several years and, thanks to EMR, it’s all available to us for data crunching. Initially, we used Python for a lot of the heavy lifting, but over time we came to rely on Go. In the Beginning When we first started using EMR, my team wrote the mapper and reducer scripts in Python. We chose Python because it…
  • Improving Article Accessibility

    By CLINT FISHER
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    With the redesign and replatform of NYTimes.com in January, we introduced many new features on our article pages. Unfortunately, for our users with disabilities who rely on assistive technology, the new features hindered usability. Before the article redesign, most of our assistive technology users went to our print preview version, which contained only the article text, to avoid having their screen readers interrupted by content outside of the flow of the article. By removing the print preview feature (the redesign allowed us to leverage the print capabilities of modern browsers to improve…
  • Scoop: A Glimpse Into the NYTimes CMS

    By LUKE VNENCHAK
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:15 am
    You know the importance of technology to the future of journalism has become a widely accepted fact when a prominent editor decides to join a new company because of its content management system. That’s what Ezra Klein told The New York Times about his decision to leave The Washington Post for Vox Media, a digital publisher with a fancy, custom-built CMS. Klein couldn’t quite describe what made the Vox system so special, but the fact that a journalist said he loved, let alone even tolerated, his CMS was all you needed to know that the world has changed. Suddenly, the CMS, an often derided…
  • Unit Testing With Block Captures

    By MOHIT PANDEY
    27 May 2014 | 11:36 am
    We recently added read-only comments to our iPhone and iPad apps. We have started writing features that can be shared across our apps as CocoaPods, and the comments feature was an excellent candidate for a pod. Going forward, all of our iOS apps will be able to use this feature. We have been striving to add as much test coverage as we can to these pods, and the comments pod was no exception. At its core, the pod makes calls to our comments API and parses the responses; then it calls the completion handler that was passed to it and uses NSURLConnection sendAsynchronousRequest to do the actual…
  • Building Blackbeard: A Syndication System Powered By Play, Scala and Akka

    By SUMAN ROY and KRISHNA SUNDARESAN
    13 May 2014 | 7:59 am
    The NYTimes News Service/Syndicate division distributes content to other publications. Our syndication business is growing and, until recently, was managed with a legacy desktop-based CMS, which did not integrate well with our web publishing system. We decided to shift away from this system, and our editors needed a new authoring and syndication tool. This application, which we named Blackbeard, needed a document editor with the ability to track changes and other features like real-time dashboards. Backbone.js (coupled with ice) has served us well in the past and was an easy choice. However,…
 
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  • Mini-ITX mobo packs 4th gen Core, lots of I/O

    Eric Brown
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Axiomtek’s latest Mini-ITX board supports Intel’s 4th Generation “Haswell” Core processors, and offers dual GbE, 10 USB and six serial ports, and HD A/V. The MANO881 is billed as a “cost-effective” Mini-ITX board, adopting the Intel H81 chipset, which is more limited than the Intel QM87 and other Haswell-ready chipsets.
  • Wicd tutorial

    Joey Bernard
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    On most Linux systems, network management – both wired and wireless – is handled by a utility called NetworkManager. It is so ubiquitous that you may not even think about it. But, in Linux, there is always another choice. You can always do network management by manually configuring the appropriate configuration files. A better option is to use the utility wicd. Wicd provides interfaces using either GTK or KDE. This means you can use the one appropriate for the graphic libraries for your desktop. There is also a text-based interface, which uses the curses library. You can even use wicd…
  • Open Source Storage Adds Oracle, Sun Veterans to Executive Team

    Chris Tozzi
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Open Source Storage has hired Leynette Larioza and Mark Nelson, who both have previous experience at Oracle, Sun and elsewhere, to help grow its software storage business.
  • Want Firefox without Australis? Try Pale Moon

    Andrew Powell
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If the release of Firefox's Australis interface got you down, there are Firefox-based alternatives out there with a more traditional Mozilla UI. One such alternative is Pale Moon and here's how you get it.
  • What is Docker?

    Ahmed Ossama
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:51 pm
    An article which tends to answer the question everyone asks when they know about docker. Docker is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) software for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications.
 
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  • OSCON 2014 – Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing

    Mark
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    I’ll be presenting an updated version of my Crash Course on Open Source Cloud Computing presentation at OSCON 2014. I have some new material on Docker and SDN along with the latest updates on cloud software. Here’s the official excerpt: The open source mantra is to release early and release often. That means software velocity can be difficult to keep up with. This discussion will expand on the latest open source software used to deliver and manage cloud computing infrastructure. Topics covered include virtualization (KVM, Xen Project, LXC), orchestration (OpenStack, CloudStack,…
  • Keynote Devops Days Amsterdam – Hacking IT, Culture over Code Bringing Devops into your Organization

    Mark
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:55 am
    The organizers at Devops Days Amsterdam asked me to give the keynote this year. It was a great event and got to meet a lot of cool people. Here’s the abstract of the talk and slides: The term DevOps has crossover over from a culture movement around improved IT delivery to a buzzword co-opted by headline minded journalists and companies who want to reinvent their antiquated practices by acquiring new talent. This presentation will talk about DevOps the movement, desired outcomes from DevOps practices and how to bring those practices to your organization especially those with entrenched…
  • Guest on Geek Whisperers Podcast

    Mark
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    Thanks to Amy Lewis(@commsninja) for inviting me to join the Geek Whisperers podcast with John Mark Troyer(@jtroyer) and Matt Brender(@mjbrender). We talked about: What makes some businesses consider Open Source a sexy strategy while others consider it a waste of time?What’s it like to market to a community where everyone is hands on in the end product? We covered the following topics The cost of customer acquisition The communities of DevOps & Cloud Computing How “community management” is really facilitate interaction The myth that open source reduces R&D cost An interest in…
  • Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing

    Mark
    16 May 2014 | 6:44 am
    I started giving this presentation last year to try to cover the various noteworthy open source cloud computing technologies. I have given it numerous times and keep updating it as the landscape changes. Sometimes I throw in a whole section on notable systems management tools to help manage the cloud but that makes the content pretty tough to cover in a talk that lasts in under an hour. Here’s the latest edition I gave last month for Networld Interop.   Technorati Tags: ceph, cloud computing, cloudstack, gluster, Hadoop, Open Source, OpenStack
  • OpenSource Delivers Article: No Longer Why Open Source, but How To Do Open Source

    Mark
    7 May 2014 | 9:36 am
    I was asked by Black Duck Software to contribute this article to the Open Source Delivers portal focusing on Open Source in 2014. Open source users benefit not only from free software, but the ability to customize solutions to your needs for added agility in your IT infrastructure. If IT is a differentiator in your business, then you should approach your participation in a way that allows you to share the load of non-differentiating features with a broader group, while still keeping your differentiating secret sauce closer-to-the-vest. Don’t be divisive, thinking of Tom Sawyer-like ploys…
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  • OpenStack as the future of the cloud, CoreOS, and more

    robinmuilwijk
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Open source news for your reading pleasure. July 26 - August 1, 2014 In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at OpenStack as the future of cloud computing, New Zealand's new government website, the stable release of CoreOS, and more! read more
  • Contributing back as an OpenStack operator

    Jason Baker
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Paying talented developers to write high quality code isn't cheap; why on Earth would you then turn around and give that code to your competitors? Turns out, there's probably a competitive advantage in doing so. read more
  • Careers in Open Source Week features professionals' tips and lessons learned in the field

    Jen Wike
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This week, we published articles from eight young professionals in open source—they are interns, students, and fellows working on open source projects and for teams that are part of open source businesses. Next week, we'll publish articles from open source professionals who have been working in the field for a significant portion of their careers or who have at some point in thier careers worked on an open project. read more
  • Coding all summer long in OpenStack

    vmartinezdelacruz
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The end of Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is near, so I wanted to share with you how things worked out for me as an intern with OpenStack. Precisely, I wanted to let you know my perception about what it takes to participate in GSoC, the blockers you may encounter and how to overcome them, what to expect after the internship, and a brief description of what I have been doing during my internship. read more
  • What is a software engineering job really like?

    aloverso
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This summer I started my first ever internship. It's certainly a culture-shock to transition from school to the workplace, but I generally like to pride myself on being a quick learner. At Red Hat, as a Systems Management intern, I learned a lot in just the first week. read more
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  • Optimize your GitHub Issues and 4 tricks and facts you should know about GitHub

    Bogomil Shopov
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    I wrote an article, that can be found here about the new GitHub Issues, web development processes, using visual feedback and some facts about GitHub:['bigdata','github stats','xkcd comic ban','more'']. Actually I am using one old bug from input.mozilla.org project (a.k.a) Fjord. It’s a good 4 mins read full of useful stuff and fun. If you are interested in the tool I am using to optimize your GitHub Issues processes, it is available for free for F(L)OSS projects from here, but you should read the article first. Any thoughts?
  • It’s live: Usersnap’s JavaScript error- and XHR log-recorder.

    Bogomil Shopov
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    I am so happy. Today we released our console recorder (JavaScript errors and XHR logs) and now every web developer can fight bugs like a superhero. It’s so awesome!
  • How to simplify the WordPress development processes which involve clients

    Bogomil Shopov
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    I had a period in my life when I was working for different employers like a freelancer developing wordpress plugins, themes enhancements and some integrations. Back then I didn’t realize how much time I was spending in communication with the clients or the middle man (project manager), because, let’s be honest – time is money, right. I didn’t mind to spend 3-4 hours talking to a client about how to make the red button, even more red or why the image is not aligned with the little horse. They would pay me anyway. You know what I mean. After I started expanding my business portfolio…
  • #Thunderbird and @Trello Integration

    Bogomil Shopov
    3 Oct 2013 | 8:37 am
    Problem: I need a quick way to add some texts from my e-mails to my trello “ToDo” board. I am using Thunderbird. Solution: I’ve decided to start writing a plugin to do that. I am almost done If you are interested, drop me a line.
  • FirefoxOS, Internet of things (#IoT), the future

    Bogomil Shopov
    1 Oct 2013 | 1:21 am
    A note: This is a serious post, couple of months ago I wrote an article as a joke saying that I am leaving Mozilla project by some reasons, umh, it was April 1st. After that I was insulted by several people “you have left the community”, “we don’t want to work with you”, “we are working only with active people” and even more, not appropriate for the web, so I want to make this clear, this is not a joke, this is something I want to develop in the future and this is how I see it. IoT (from bottom up) Police alert. Imaginе. The future, 20xx. Driving from city A to City B on the…
 
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  • How to See difference between two Files in Eclipse - Text Comparision

    Javin Paul
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    One of the common task for every programmer is is to compare two files and find out difference between them. You would do this while comparing same file from different release version or from different environment to find out exactly what has changed. Though there are lot of good tools already exists to compare two files e.g. diff command in UNIX, Win Merge and Beyond compare in Windows, they are external tools. Beyond compare is not even free, but to be frank it's worth of money. I would like to compare two files directly from Eclipse to avoid switching to another program for a simple…
  • How to Load Resources from Classpath in Java with Example

    Javin Paul
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Classpath in Java is not only used to load .class files, but also can be used to load resources e.g. properties file, images, icons, thumbnails, or any binary content. Java provides API to read these resources as InputStream or URL. Suppose, you have a properties file inside config folder of your project, and you want to load that properties file, how do you do that? Similarly, you have icons and thumbnails for your web applications on icons directory of your project, how do you load them? Answer is by using java.lang.Class' getResource() and getResourceAsStream() method. These method…
  • Default, Defender or Extension Method of Java 8 with Example

    Javin Paul
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Java 8 now allows you to add non-abstract method implementations to interfaces by utilizing the default and static keyword. Methods with default keyword are known as default methods or defender methods in Java. Before Java 8, it was virtually impossible to change an interface once published. Any change e.g. addition of a new method would have broken all clients. That's why when Java 8 decided to switch to internal iterator implementation using forEach() method, they face a daunting challenge of breaking all implementation of Iterable interface. Since backward compatibility is top priority…
  • Java ArrayList and HashMap Performance Improvement in JDK 1.7| Empty List and Map will Cost Less Memory

    Javin Paul
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    From long time one reason for me to update to newer Java version was always bug fix and performance improvement. Apart from major changes like Generics in Java 1.5 and Lambdas in Java 8, there are so many small improvements, performance optimization which just goes under radar, one of such change is creating empty ArrayList and HashMap with size zero in JDK 1.7.0_40 update. Many Java developer doesn't even know about these changes, part of the blame lies on Java developers like me, as I hardly read release notes of minor Java updates. Some times these changes are done as part of bug fixes…
  • 9 Difference between TCP and UDP Protocol - Java Network Interview Question

    Javin Paul
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    TCP and UDP are two transport layer protocols, which are extensively used in internet for transmitting data between one host to another. Good knowledge of how TCP and UDP works is essential for any programmer. That's why difference between TCP and UDP is one of the most popular programming interview question. I have seen this question many times on various Java interviews , especially for server side Java developer positions. Since FIX (Financial Information Exchange) protocol is also a TCP based protocol, several investment banks, hedge funds, and exchange solution provider looks for…
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  • How Strictly Do You Control User Access Rights?

    David Marshall
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In our previous post on eCommerce security, we’ve covered the importance of controlling user access to your eCommerce environment. So we’ve decided to conduct a poll to find out how strict your user access control is. Vote now! <a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8116296/">How strictly do you control user…
  • Ecommerce Security: How to Control User Access to Your Environment

    Simon Mitchell
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    eCommerce security is a headache for even the largest organisations, so what steps can you take? Hardly a month goes by without a major breach of security involving an eCommerce retailer or financial services company. Confidential details of 27,000 Barclays bank customers, including; earnings, health and passport information were stolen in February 2014. A month later, details of 4.1 million customers of the three major South Korean telecoms companies were apparently sold to fraudsters. Security at every step (or click) Bricks and mortar retailers include security…
  • Get Ready for Cloud: Preparing Your Ecommerce Platform for Cloud Enablement

    David Marshall
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    How to prepare your eCommerce platform for Cloud enablement; first steps organisations need to take when preparing for the Cloud. eCommerce is booming As site visitor numbers rise, organisations need to expand rapidly to stay ahead and maintain good service levels at peak times. Adding extra hardware in your own data centre can only get you so far and expanding premises can be a very expensive business. Expanding into Cloud is the smart move; let Amazon, Rackspace or other specialist Platform-as-a-Service organisations like LinuxIT worry about buildings and hardware while you grow your…
  • Why Migrating from Proprietary Software to Linux Is Cutting Costs for Ecommerce

    Simon Mitchell
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Migrating your eCommerce operation from proprietary software to Linux can reduce costs and provide a stable platform for expansion. Proprietary software to Linux Migration Migrating eCommerce to Linux isn't new; Amazon did it in 2001. At the time they saved $500 on software for each server, but the real driver was that they could use commodity X86 boxes rather than proprietary UNIX servers, saving around $50k per server. A lot has changed since then. Commodity servers running Linux are the norm, virtualisation and Cloud services are common, but some organisations are still…
  • How Long Do You Spend on Server Provisioning in Your eCommerce Business? [POLL]

    David Marshall
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    In our previous post on implementing an automated system build, we’ve covered how to reduce time spent on server provisioning. We’ve decided to conduct a poll to find out how much time your eCommerce business spends on server provisioning. Tell us what you think! <a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8058318/">How long do you spend on server provisioning in your eCommerce…
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  • Binpress Podcast Episode 4: Julian Lam of NodeBB

    Alexis Santos
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    On episode four, we chat with Julian Lam, co-founder of open-source forum software NodeBB. As you might have guessed, it’s built on NodeJS and reinvents forum software for the modern web. What’s that mean? Speed, realtime streaming, responsive design, chat, desktop notifications and much more. Julian covers how NodeBB got its start, what the place of a forum is on the modern web and how they monetize with premium hosting, support and custom development work. In addition, he touches on how translating NodeBB increased its user base and what’s next for the team and its…
  • Comparing iOS PDF libraries

    Alexis Santos
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Image credit: Morten Oddvik, Flickr Displaying PDFs on iOS devices is pretty straightforward, but things get trickier for more advanced usage, such as embedding media, adding annotations, performing text search with support for multiple languages and more. In this post we compare the most popular libraries and SDKs for rendering PDFs on iOS, including our own PDFTouch SDK, and highlight what you should pay attention to when picking (or paying for) a PDF rendering library. The roundup Feature PDFTouch SDK PSPDFKit Foxit Embedded PDF FastPdfKit PDF Reader Core Source Code YES NO NO NO YES…
  • Binpress Podcast Episode 3: John O’Nolan, Creator of Ghost

    Alexis Santos
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    On episode three of the Binpress podcast we talk with John O’Nolan, co-founder of Ghost, the open-source blogging platform that took Kickstarter by storm. We cover what the GPL has in common with a certain religion, why long-form blogging is seeing a resurgence, how many registered users Ghost has and how much revenue they generate. Of course, John also chats about what goes into an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, what’s required for sustainable open source and how they (passively and actively) avoid making Ghost a general-purpose CMS like WordPress. Listen to…
  • Binpress Podcast Episode 2: Jesse Beaumont of ShinobiControls

    Alexis Santos
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    On the second episode of the Binpress podcast we interview Jesse Beaumont, CEO of ShinobiControls, which makes data components and UI controls (think charts, grids and more) for Android and iOS. We discuss how ShinobiControls was born from a larger firm, the resources a parent company can devote to its offspring and how they tackle user-centered design. In addition, Jesse covers how business users are now expecting consumer-grade experiences from enterprise apps and the importance of involving programmers in the design process. Listen to the podcast in the player above, or click here to…
  • Binpress Podcast Episode 1: James Tauber of Eldarion

    Alexis Santos
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re kicking off a brand new podcast to interview people across the spectrum of software development: from independent devs making a living on their projects to folks at software outfits now considered titans in their respective arenas, open source or otherwise. The inaugural podcast highlights James Tauber, founder and CEO of Eldarion, a web agency with an incredibly rich foundation in open source. They’re the force behind the Gondor Python hosting service, as well as Pinax and more than 30 open-source Django apps. James covers how he transitioned from academia to startups,…
 
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    Open-source CRM, ERP, MRP on the Cloud

  • Using Ofbiz to streamline purchasing, checking of deliveries and invoices.

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    We recently developed an interactive demonstration application to help us better conceptualise and visualise problems and solutions in discussions with prospects and clients. Here is a Youtube video of the application, introducing the strengths of Ofbiz, and demonstrating a process for procurement and checking of deliveries and invoices.
  • Why should a small manufacturing business take the trouble to implement an MRP system?

    4 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    The cloud model of computing and open-source licencing mean that powerful software for production management, previously only within the budgets of large enterprise companies, now is within the budget of SME companies. In this blog post we look at how businesses can (a) manage costs (b) save time (c) ensure quality and control of their production processes.
  • Easy to acheive LEAN improvements (2) - Elimination of time-traps

    7 May 2014 | 10:12 am
    In a previous post, we looked at the steps to implement the Lean technique '5S' to improve cleanliness and organisation of the workspace. In this post, we look at how to eliminate 'time-traps'.
  • The challenge of communication in software implementation

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:34 am
    Traditionally, business management has dealt with problems embraced by the ‘5M’s - men, materials, machinery, markets, and money. But in today’s very fast moving business environments, this translates to a mass of information that is increasingly challenging to handle effectively.
  • Thoughts on cloud server 'availability'

    7 Mar 2014 | 12:23 am
    Reliability demands that the system stays up and running for a long time before it experiences a failure (no matter how brief the failure). The key metric used in this regard is “mean time between failures” (MTBF). While dependability is given by the equation: Reliability * Availability = Dependability.
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