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People no longer collect music, they subscribe to it. We post thousands of photographs to Instagram and Flickr most of which get forgotten within hours from posting. We e-publish articles and blog posts, much like this one, that we know will be lost in the noise by tomorrow morning. We build apps that within weeks or days become outdated. There is hardly anything we put together today in the electronic form that is going to get discovered by our descendants a decade from now, never mind a century or a millennium.
NoSQL databases scale by adding more commodity servers. With more commodity servers come increased costs and complexities. Some NoSQL systems are better at this than others and need less.
During the week of October 5th, I had an opportunity to attend the AWS re:Invent 2015 conference in Las Vegas, of all places. As someone who has built an entire career on putting together custom application server software, I should be the last one to get excited about server-less applications. Just like Salesforce’s “no software,” Amazon’s “server-less software” mantra is about a world where application development is not limited by IT, software to install and servers to manage.
A few weeks ago Investors Bank in New Jersey overhauled their systems. As a result Mint became incompatible with Investors and Investors customers could no longer view their account in Mint. There is anecdotal evidence1 that Mint uses the Yodlee platform2 for the integration. As it turns out, there […]
This week a precocious 14-year old immigrant Ahmed Mohamed wanted to impress his teachers with a clock he made at home. He built it into one of those pencil boxes you buy at a craft store that look like a small brief case. The teachers and school officials […]
As of today AWS RDS for PostgreSQL1 does not offer cross-region replication. Short of switching to one of the RDS offerings that do support it, there is a few options to consider.
UPDATE 2/15/2018: This post was originally published in 2015. While it is informative in its own right, a lot has changed in AWS since then. In particular, AWS now offers managed ActiveMQ. Please read a more up-to-date article on the topic: Which AWS messaging and queing service to use? […]
We live in a notification hell world of smartphones, and every year it is getting worse. Our presumably smart devices are incapable of differentiating what is important and what is not.
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