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… but maybe some parts of the network should be.

 

What the heck am I talking about? Actually, when you remove the fluff, I’m talking about optimizi...

An important milestone just got passed by Google – one of the big enterprise identity management vendors out there – Quest Software (full disclosure: I am working for the company) – has added Google Apps as a directory to which they can provision identities and access. One might arg...
Is your leadership style in business or in life inspiring others to take sought-after action? Or are you struggling with your leadership role? Would you like to grow into a leader who possesses authentic passion and clarity about your role?...

In my last post I introduced event delegation in SproutCore and the basics of how to handle events.   In this post I’m going to build on this foundation to show you how you can add event ...

Google adds SVG compatibility to IE:

With this library, we finally have a generalized way to write vector graphics across all browsers.  Now we just need to make this code easier to generate.

Next step: extend SC.RenderContext i...

Much is being made of the pending Google book settlement. Now Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo are ...
Unix Philosophy

Perhaps the simplest form of early Unix Philosophy is as follows: every program should do one thing, do it well, and simply interface to every other program.

In (early) Unix,
Sometimes it’s hard to explain to people what a quality link is but in simple terms this is how I describe a site you want a link from. What it has to be is a site that wasn’t built SOLEY to provide links to other sites because generally speaking, it takes a lot of authority for Google...

Why do application delivery vendors talk about both? Aren’t they the same thing?

In general, acceleration implies that something will be done to the application: caching, Aug. 20, 2009 04:30 PM EDT  Reads: 3,972

For those that don't know what X-Forwarded-For is, then you might as well close your browser because this post likely will mean nothing to you…

A Little Background

Now, if you are still reading this, then you likely are having issues with determining...

An exact match domain name is a web address with the same EXACT words in it that make up a popular search. As an example, I have these two (at the moment, I use for nothing more than testing). OK – you can forgive search engines for thinking a 100% relevant web address might be indicat...
With roughly 24 hours left in the 3rd quarter Bug Battle, here is a brief summary of the results thus far. We've had more than 500 bugs reported, with more than 30 of them relating to the mid-competition addition of Google Caffeine to the Bug Battle mix. Remember, the software testing...
A very wise business owner I know frequently talks about search volume and search trends when discussing Internet marketing and in particular search engine optimization. He is a data guy, an entrepreneur, and a highly technical individual who always looks beyond simple numbers to peek...
I'm hoping that you users and specifiers of enterprise software middleware, SOA infrastructure, integration middleware, and enterprise service buses (ESBs) will take 5 minutes and fill out my BriefingsDirect survey. We'll share the results via this blog in a few weeks.
Although I think these gadgets are lightweight for any kind of serious user, I can't help but think this feeds Google's overall social strategy that must be drawn up on some war room wall at Google. I think Google could given us more to save time working with our current social networ...
The announcement of Google’s new engine “Caffeine” could not have come at a better time. In light of the current Bug Battle competition, we have decided to add Caffeine to the lineup of search engines to test. The competition is roughly halfway through (testing ends ...
About two months ago, I put together a post on the five ways professional services firms should use Twitter.  From a readership standpoint, that post represents one of the all-time top five posts on Marketing Trenches.  More importantly, we received a number of emails from professional...
Late last night, we launched version 2.5 of the uTest platform.  This new version incorporates a number of infrastructure improvements and bug fixes.  And while some of these things aren’t visible to the naked eye, they are based upon feedback from our customers and testers, and ...
If you haven’t revisited your brand architecture in more than a year, it’s likely what you’re building is a façade, rather than reinforcing a foundation. Because technology and innovation are inextricably linked, tech companies are continuously introducing new products and services, a...
I focus on technological innovation because it drives innovation throughout the global economy, changing what we make, what we use, and what we do. Centers of technological innovation become centers of innovation across a broad economic spectrum for two reasons: innovation in technolog...
The current web provides a two dimensional user experience. A user has to interact with 2 dimensional objects in a browser. This experience is so much frustrating that some users are turning back to old way of doing business - go offline and call the live person. A study by Forreste...
You may be wondering why something as seemingly simple as Twitter causes so much confusion and consternation among business people. Perhaps, it best likened to a tool like a hammer which is simultaneously simple and powerful. After all, a hammer can be used to put up a basic bookshel...
A recent Sprint commercial about the “Now Network” noted that 26% of viewers had no idea what “twittering on Twitter” means. Yet, it’s clear that Twitter awareness is growing by leaps and bounds. Of course, this doesn’t mean opinions about...
Last weekend Chris O'Brien (San Jose Mercury News) referred an "identity crisis" at Google, which immediately reminded us of a litany of technology companies which have ended up dabbling in too many markets for their own good. Breadth ultimately undermined synergy. It isn't hard to ...
First of all, let me say that Cloud Sherpas is made up of several former Lotus Notes Professionals. In my previous role with a large Fortune 100 company, I was responsible for the implementation, support, and day-to-day management of a 30K Lotus Notes and Domino user base. I actually h...
Say you see an old site that is ranking in Google for a lot of terms and there is an opportunity to buy that dmain and redirect it to your site – will you keep those Google rankings? I’ve not actually bought someone else’s domain for a long term myself, but I’ve redirected plenty. The ...
When it comes to a copy of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ or a rare Tarantino DVD, Amazon has long been the Internet’s go to guy, but even with blood, sweat and tears, it hasn’t had the success and conversion rate that Tony Hsieh’s Zappos has demonstrated. Tony reveals his succes...
Despite the title of Andrew Conry-Murray’s article in InformationWeek — “Why Business IT Shouldn’t Shrug Off Chrome OS” — it’s on balance quite negative about the prospects for enterprises adopting Google’s upcoming operating system. Andrew argues that enterprises are going to want hyb...

The blurring of professional and personal lives in social media and the rush of organizations to “join in” may create just that.

Almost every modern organization has behavioral policies known as “zero-tolerance” these days. These policies are designed to provide a ...

For the last 10+ years, I’ve spent countless nights and weekends keeping Lotus Notes/Domino running at organizations of all sizes. In the process, I’ve gathered more certifications than can fit on a business card (CLS, CLP, PCLP…), but at the end of the day, ensuring...
The latest Twitter controversy surrounding the blog, the hacker and the cloud vendor isn’t disturbing – just inevitable. By now anybody with an iota of interest in cloud computing will know what this story is about. Many people are probably damning Google for their ” lack of security.”...
I gave a talk this week at the Mountain View JavaScript meetup hosted by Google at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Thanks to Michael Carter who hosts this event on a monthly basis. The event was also video recorded by Google and is being made available on Youtub...
With Firefox 3.5 all the major browsers (including IE!) support native drag and drop. The SC.Drag interface in SproutCore was designed from the beginning to follow the same protocols. That means once someone SC.Drag to use native drag events, all your SproutCore-drag code will automa...
The coding portion of SproutCore 1.0 is nearly complete, so it’s time to start work on some of the non-code parts of the SproutCore project. Today I just push a brand new version of the SproutCore website. The design is very simple, but unifies the wiki, blog, and main site so that...
Social Media like Twitter and Facebook are hot, hot, hot right now — being used for everything from marketing to market research to customer support. But for all the buzz, the activity taking place in social media remains hard to measure, and there are still no clear standards on...
I’ve been working in tech startups for a bit over 10 years now. I don’t want to claim I know the industry inside out, but I kind of know how it works. I also know how marketing and PR work – after all that’s my job – so I know how the two interact. The industry needs the magazines and ...
There is so much going on in social media, it’s difficult to keep up. So I’m starting a series on different aspects of the social media landscape. We start with social networking and bookmarking sites. I tried to focus on the sites with the most traction so the articles don’t get unwie...
As predicted here and here, Google has announced its new Chrome operating system project. In a blog post that indirectly pokes fun at Microsoft OS’s perceived instability and short shelf life, Google are trying to endear themselves to the public with their embracing of the open ...
Beta software tends to frighten Big Business. They’re skeptical of the phrase “almost done”, and for good reason. They demand a finished product. There are very few exceptions to this. Take the recent news from Google as an example. A few days ago, the company finall...
This is part 2 of 3 of a continuing series on Social Media Companies. You can go to Part 1 here.
As with the A-G list, if you see any problems with the data or you believe a company should be on this list, ple...


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