The Myth of Internet Privacy and Security

I have been following the massive coverage of the Snowden affair with detached professional interest as someone with some Internet security experience. I recently read Bruce Schneier’s call to arms to the technical community to take back the Internet, and it got me thinking about what we have lost and what we actually had in […]

Siri – a Shot Across Google’s Bow

I had a chance to play with Siri on my wife’s iPhone 4S and after the novelty wore off I was left with a very strong feeling that Siri will usher in a paradigm shift in how we search the internet — both semantically and economically. And this can only be bad news for Google, […]

“How Big is Amazon’s Cloud Computing Business?”

Everyone seems to think that Amazon’s web services business (a.k.a. EC2, S3, and the rest of AWS) is very big and getting bigger, but Amazon stubbornly refuses to break out the AWS contribution to Amazon’s earnings. A recent blog post on GigaOm is the first that I have seen that includes some real data — […]

“We create 5 exabytes every two days.”

This quote comes to us courtesy of Google’s Eric Schmidt, who was offering his top 10 reasons why mobile is #1 in the following InformationWeek article: To paraphrase the context of this quote, all of the information created between the beginning of time and 2003 was about 5 EB, give or take (exabyte – […]

“Go Screw Yourself, Apple.”

First, let me state for the record that I am currently an Adobe employee and that the opinions stated here are entirely my own and not in any way the official position of Adobe. And also let me state that the quote above is not from me (more on that later). And let me state […]

“You are not Google. (or: you don’t really need NoSQL…)”

It’s great to see a thoughtful articulation of the other side of the “everybody needs to dump their SQL database” argument in this blog post: To paraphrase the author’s argument, the vast majority of applications out there will simply never see the load that would require a move to a NoSQL solution. Thinking about […]

“The largest cloud providers are botnets.”

I ran across an interesting article that compares the largest of the botnets — the Conficker botnet — with the largest web application providers and the size of their infrastructure. The article uses the term “cloud” in a way that I don’t necessarily agree with, since they use it to describe the overall size of […]