Our friend Aneel Lakhani has an interesting blog posting about application-driven hardware today. His thoughts about the continuing advances in hypervisors, virtualization and metadata and where this will lead are very interesting. (I stumbled upon the post because he mentioned a Cloud and SCA presentation I did at the Cloud Computing Expo in NYC a couple of months ago; that's where we met.) Aneel is a very insightful guy, his posts are always worth a read.
I have some more notes about cloud computing, I'll post those tomorrow. We're having good discussions on the Cloud Use Cases Google Group, check us out and join us if you can.
For now, the random things that piled up during the week:
Did you get your Facebook ID this weekend? I happened to be up at 12:00 midnight, so I grabbed doug.tidwell while it was available. I was stunned by how many of the people I follow had Tweeted their new IDs by 12:15. I'm not sure what it says that so many of us were online at midnight on a Friday. That we're up at that hour is cool, that we're Twittering each other is less so.
This week in smartphones: The main fallout from the iPhone announcement is that upgrading the software to 3.0 looks so attractive, I'm not really anxious to get a 3GS. Adding cut and paste, voice memos, MMS messages and global search are great. Notes sync has been needed for a while also; I use that tool more than you'd think, and being able to back up that data without having to email it to myself is nice. I'm guessing the software update doesn't enable video capture on the existing camera on the 3G.
Having an extra 16GB of space for iTunes would be great, and I think having a better camera would be useful. But I'm not holding my breath to get a 3GS as soon as I can upgrade my wife's AT&T account. Maybe I'll reconsider as people post their experiences over the next few months.
One annoyance on the iPhone: My Twitterific app isn't working, and I don't know why. At first the app said it couldn't contact Twitter, so I figured the Fail Whale had reared its smiling head. But my account works fine in the browser, so I assumed something was out of sync in Twitterific. I've tried deleting and recreating my account, viewing just the public feed, everything I can think of, and it doesn't work. I get "Operation could not be completed. YAJL error 3," which probably means something to someone. Whoever they are, I hope it's fixed soon. Twitterific is my primary social networking tool; it works much better than the Twitter site itself, and mostly compensates for the sorry Facebook iPhone app. If you're having this problem with Twitterific, please post a comment. I haven't seen anybody else on the Internet with this problem, so User Error (the usual suspect) is the likely culprit.
Today's Question: When and where did you first see a URL in public? For me it was toyota.com in San Francisco on the roof of a taxi, probably in mid-1995. Post a comment, I'm curious to know where people saw them and what the URLs were.