I'm in beautiful, sunny Prague today, it's absolutely gorgeous here. I'm here to speak at Cloud Computing Expo Europe on Tuesday. My topic is using Services Component Architecture with cloud computing. SCA abstracts away the details of your middleware, and cloud computing abstracts away the details of your infrastructure. Using the two together is very powerful. SOA hasn't gone away just because the cloud is the buzzword du jour, and SCA is the best way to build and deploy service-oriented applications.
I'm a big believer that a technical presentation should include running code. The demos I do for the SCA presentation use SCA services deployed in Amazon Machine Images (AMIs). That means that I have to have connectivity at the podium. So far this year that's worked every time, wish me luck on Tuesday. If I can't connect to the Internet (wireless in this hotel. is pretty. slow.), that'll be an instructive point on the importance of reliability from your cloud provider.
In lieu of me actually looking up the answer myself, does anybody know how to tell Amazon to start an AMI in Europe? By default my instances run in the US East region. That worked well enough in Las Vegas (I was at IBM IMPACT), but I have a feeling that'll be a big performance penalty here in the Czech Republic. Then again, with the hotel's wireless service, it might not matter.
I finally stopped waiting for the third generation and bought an iPhone a couple of weeks ago. So far I love it, although I'm still learning how to get the most out of the battery life. Using it all day at IMPACT as a Web browser, Tweeter (I love Tweeterific), SMS and as an actual phone, I ran out of battery around 6 pm every day. I was using Bluetooth, 3G and Wifi throughout the day, that didn't help. I have learned how to turn off 3G and data roaming here in Europe. When I landed in London and turned on my phone, I got a helpful text message from AT&T that global roaming charges for data are $19.95 per MB. That's obscene. Checking my Yahoo! email account and Tweeting a few times could cost me $100 a day.
Safari is a pretty good browser platform (actually it's excellent, considering all it does on such a small device), but I can't get it to work with the AWS Management Console. I can log in, load the console, but when I click on anything, it just hangs:
If anybody knows how to fix that (or if you know it just simply doesn't work), let me know.
And thanks to Gizmodo for the tip How to use the iPhone's built-in screen capture tool, btw.
While I'm in Prague this week, my wife is one of the featured speakers at the oh-so posh Blackberry Farm resort. The topic is the Smoky Mountain Table; she'll be there with other foodies as they discuss and discover the foodways of the Mountain South. Unfortunately this kind of timing is common for us. I'd love to be in the mountains, and it would be great if she were here with me. Instead, we have great gigs in interesting parts of the world at the exact same time. (Our daughter has no sympathy for either of us, given that she's in school and couldn't go either place.)
On the plane from RDU to Heathrow, I read the book The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown. Horrifying, but interesting. It does a good job of explaining how the bubble got so huge before it burst. Today's playlist has been mostly Jazz: A Love Supreme, Misterioso and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' Moanin'. I got tired of trying to figure out how to copy songs from my old iPod to my iPhone, so I just ripped some CDs. It's interesting what stuff you copy first.
I'm writing a post about cloud computing and standards, I'll have that
up here soon. I had some interesting talks on that topic with customers
and analysts while I was in Las Vegas, I'll repeat what I can. (Some
things were off the record, some can't be repeated on a family Web site
such as this one.) I'll also blog about blogging anxiety. I'm trying to
get back to blogging regularly, and I'm wondering what combination of
bad habits, work style and technology makes that difficult. I'm sure
society's to blame, but I haven't perfected the ailbi.
Cloud Computing in Sunny Prague
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