Clouds over NYC

I would never expect New York to be the cloud computing hotspot but two hot startups in the cloud space are actually based in NYC: 10gen and Appnexus.

No Flash?

One of the decisions we had to make is what client-side charting technology we should use for Good Data. The options were JavaScript or Flash. JavaScript is the standard part of the browser but Flash would give us nicer chart libraries. The main question is what to do if the user doesn’t have Flash installed. As always I found potential solution on the web (link).

If It’s Sunday, Twitter Must Be Down

The picture below is from last week but Twitter seems to be broken again…

How Good is Good Data?

Good Data is still in the middle of development but we would like to get feedback from our potential users and partners as soon as possible. And so we published a very preliminary first glimpse of what you can expect from Good Data at Please let us know how good is Good Data!

Geeklandia Redux

David posted the following comment earlier today:

I better remember your post from two years ago, when you said there will be only 5 computers in the world. We’re almost there – EC2 and Google AppEngine is here, and others will follow soon (Microsoft, EMC…)

David, I wrote it almost four years ago on my Geeklandia blog. Here is the link to the original post in Czech and this is the English translation:

Back in 1943 Thomas J. Watson reputedly made the statement that there is going to be market for only five computers in the world. For sixty years we laughed at his apparent lack of vision but he who laughs last, laughs best. Count with me how many computers there will be in five years: 1. Google, 2. Yahoo!, 3. 4. eBay 5. MSN/Hotmail. (Posted on September 24, 2004)

Systinet Axiom: It’s A Service World

In the early days of Systinet (summer of 2000) I made the following proposition that served as a guiding principle for the company development: The web will be full of services within the next five years.

We saw the massive growth of services on the web since then. From Flickr to YouTube, from Gmail to Twitter and thousands of others. And the circle has closed a few days ago when Google announced their service platform: Google App Engine. It’s the ultimate service container as it only supports creation of web services:

* An application can only access other computers on the Internet through the provided URL fetch and email services and APIs. Other computers can only connect to the application by making HTTP (or HTTPS) requests on the standard ports.
* An application cannot write to the file system. An app can read files, but only files uploaded with the application code. The app must use the App Engine datastore for all data that persists between requests.
* Application code only runs in response to a web request, and must return response data within a few seconds. A request handler cannot spawn a sub-process or execute code after the response has been sent.

Bad Day for SaaS

Part of Amazon EC2 was down earlier today and Tripit is inaccessible since morning. Not the best day for Software as a Service…

SOA is DOA. It’s time for WOA…

My excitement about the lack of TLAs lasted less than 24 hours:

WOA may soon eclipse SOA as most impactful business transformation agent | Dana Gardner’s BriefingsDirect

Three Letter Acronyms

One of the best aspects of working on a web based project is the complete lack of Three Letter Acronyms. I don’t really miss the hype around SOA, EAI, ESB, WS* or any other TLAs. And there was some substantial hype! The first article below illustrates the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” that SOA enjoyed back in 2004 and the second article takes us back to the reality:

BAA plans to ensure smooth customer service and operations through SOA
16 Nov 2004

BAA plans to ensure smooth customer service and operations when Heathrow Terminal 5 opens by introducing software linking up key information systems. The Sonic ESB enterprise service bus product was chosen following an in-depth EU approved OJEC procurement process, with the first systems set to go live in 2005 in preparation to the terminal’s opening in 2008..

Terminal 5 problems persist
April 5, 2008

A computer glitch in the baggage system at London’s Heathrow airport caused more delays Saturday at the airport’s new Terminal 5, officials said.

Since Terminal 5 opened last week, about 19,000 lost bags had to be transported to Milan, Italy to be sorted and hundreds of flights have been canceled

Your report makes no sense silly!

Enterprise 2.0 is often defined as Web 2.0 for business. We at Good Data are getting inspiration from many Web 2.0 sites and one of them is Goodreads. But I start to wonder how will our enterprise customers react to Web2.0 style error messages:

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