Web Development

Can AppBlast Be VMware’s Presentation Virtualization Fix?

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One of the most popular presenters at VMworld 2012 was Greg Shields, Senior Partner with Concentrated Technologies. He had a massively packed session of what seemed like 1,000 people, plus fans clamoring to meet him afterwards. I luckily had a chance to chat with him about his thoughts of AppBlast, what Shields describes as a technology that may fill a hole in VMware’s portfolio. AppBlast is a presentation virtualization solution that hopes to deliver any application, regardless of operating system… continue…

Samsung’s New Chromebook: A Low-Performing Bargain

Posted In Living in Tech
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Google’s new Chromebook, manufactured by its trusty hardware partner Samsung, comes with a 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display, Samsung Exynos 5 Dual processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage space, VGA webcam, 2 USB ports, one HDMI port and a battery that can last 6.5 hours. The specifications are very decent, but the success of the device will ultimately depend on how many people are willing to spend money on a computer with a browser-based operating system. Although the offline capabilities of Google… continue…

Learning Mobile Dev, Web Design in Bay Area

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According to Peter Delevett in “Silicon Valley Finds Its Heart In San Francisco” (linked below), startups are swamping the city’s South of Market region. He notes that there are 4,000 startups in the area and that units in one new Mission District condominium project went for a record $900 per square foot. You can bet many have a strong tech component. With all that concentrated activity in the south end of San Francisco, where do people go to learn to… continue…

HTML 5 Delivery Expected in Late 2014

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Big news for coders all around the world: the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) says that HTML5 will reach recommendation status by 2014. This means that by the end of 2014, the HTML5 standard should be finished, and by 2016 we should meet the HTML 5.1 standard. It appears that the HTML Working Group will release an HTML 5.0 Candidate Recommendation. This will act like a draft HTML5 version and will provide details about features that are stable and implemented… continue…

HP Spins Off WebOS Into ‘Gram’

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Hewlett-Packard is spinning off its webOS global business unit into a subsidiary called Gram. In a vague statement, HP described Gram as ” a new company leveraging the core strengths of webOS, Enyo and our cloud offerings as well as the firepower of our partners to create a technology that will unleash the freedom of the Web.” Whatever that means. And the spinoff won’t be producing consumer devices. Instead, it will focus on software, user experience, the cloud, engineering and… continue…

Meteor’s A Promising Platform for Web, Game Development

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What’s Meteor? Besides a company that just received an $11.2 million investment by Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners? Basically, it’s a platform for developing Web applications — including games. Since it’s a Web platform, it includes both client and server platforms. What makes Meteor interesting is that it uses JavaScript for both. It’s only at at version 0.3.9 right now, but it shows great promise. Another interesting thing about Meteor is that it allows database access from both the client… continue…

How to Approach Authentication on Rails

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Ruby on Rails went open source in late 2004, and open to commit changes in 2005. Since then, some solutions appeared to solve common problems like authentication, a common requirement in Web applications. Here’s my brief analysis of how authentication solutions have evolved, what we have to work with right now, and how to select the right one based on how it will be used. A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…. acts_as_authenticated and rest_full authentication and… continue…

Five Crucial Tips for Preparing a Hardware Demo

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
Live hardware demos, even on Linux, are not for the faint of heart. You could lose your equipment. The stuff might not work when you start your sales pitch. And then there’s the question of when to begin the demo. After a short introductory slide deck, or throughout your presentation? These are the challenges a salesman, executive or, yes, even a Linux developer faces when they showcase a product or service with a strong hardware emphasis. While they’re pitching, there’s… continue…

Open Source Meteor Receives $11.2 Million Investment

Meteor, a platform that help users build Web apps with JavaScript, has received $11.2 million in series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners. Like GitHub, which Andreessen Horowitz earlier invested $100 million in, the Meteor platform and framework is open source. Meteor was founded by Matt DeBergalis, Nick Martin and Geoff Schmidt, all of whom had  previously created their own browser apps. Meteor resulted from their need for a platform that could help build rich interactive, yet real-time, Web… continue…

OSCON Attendees Focused on Web Development, Open Hardware and Mobile

OSCON 2012 was the place to be if you were looking for an interesting gig, cutting-edge Web dev techniques, or DIY open hardware projects. It was one of the most technically-oriented conferences I’ve attended in a while. My observations: Much discussion centered around Web development, particularly during in-depth talks on HTML5, PHP, Javascript and Python. And, no surprise, there were no less than six sessions on cloud services and computing. Mobile topics included “Speech Enabling Android Apps,” “Building a Mobile,… continue…