1. Sunday brunch at the Black Bull: come hungry, come often
2. Tuesday night downtown street fair: always something new
3. Dinner at Cucina Alessa: at least twice a month, and you’ll probably run into the HB mayor, Joe Carchio.
4. Karaoke at Killarney’s on Monday nights: OK, I only did this once, and found it surprisingly fun to watch. Watch, not sing
5. Any day at the Doggy Beach.
A new Facebook application is bringing the famous social-networking site full circle.
The tool lets people take Facebook literally, creating hardcover versions of Facebook profiles — think "Facebook in a book." The idea came from creative director Siavosh Zabeti, when French telecommunications company Bouygues Telecom recruited his ad agency DDB Paris to help launch the company’s Facebook platform.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which has dominated the Web browser market since blowing by Netscape in the late 1990s, last month fell below the 50% market share level for the first time in years.
IE’s share of the worldwide market fell to 49.87% in September, down from 51.3% in August and 58.4% a year ago. It is followed by Firefox, which increased its share slightly from 30.09% to 31.5% and Google Chrome, which grabbed 11.54% share, more than triple its September 2009 share, according to market watcher StatCounter.
FYI, I am really diggin’ Chrome…
Computerworld – The outage last week JPMorgan Chase’s online banking site is an example of how pushing to maintain absolute data integrity could end up creating big problems for companies, a veteran database analyst cautioned yesterday.
The financial services firm suffered through intermittent problems on the site for three days earlier this month. At one point, Chase customers could not carry out any online banking transactions for a period of more than 24 hours.
The bank initially blamed the disruption on a ‘technical issue,’ but later said the problems were tied to a third-party database product used to authenticate customer log-ins.
Curt Monash, an analyst at Monash Research, said a source with knowledge of the incident told him that the outage was traced to an Oracle database used by Chase to store user profiles and authentication data. Monash said the source, who he wouldn’t identify, said that four files in the Oracle database were corrupted and that the error had been replicated in the mirror copy of the database that Chase maintained for backup and recovery purposes…
With Microsoft Azure for both public and private cloud computing platforms coming into place, Microsoft is starting to tout the inherent benefits of a unified approach to cloud computing.
Most recently, Microsoft partnered with Rackspace to make available a Visual Studio 2010 plug-in for developers looking to build applications running on a Microsoft .Net framework that would be hosted on Rackspace rather than the Microsoft cloud computing platform
Peter Kafka on the Facebook movie:
"I saw a screening of the movie last week, and can report back that it’s just as rough on the Facebook CEO as his people feared it would be."
I think the Radiohead covers on the soundtrack may be better than the movie…
Google today announced a new feature that will allow users to get search results as they type their queries.
Pretty cool…but now our end users will want the same behavior in routine web apps ;-(