Last night I spent a couple of hours going over our personal finances which
included me spending some time on the American Express customer portal.
Amex does a good job of letting you on their portal where you could be buying
to maximize your membership rewards points. They will often tell you things
like “Buy at FTD.com and earn double points” (I don’t know if FTD.com
is actually a partner, I’m just using this as an example). The airlines
do this as well, letting you earn points if you purchase online from certain
I think its great that Amex, the airlines, and whomever else, is giving me
the chance to earn additional rewards points, but when I am going to purchase
something online, I never check americanexpress.com and AA.com before buying
whatever it is I am planning on buying. So I have no idea where I should be
buying to get these extra points. M... (more)
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(thanks Hacker News!) About me Online Backup is the Trojan Horse of the Cloud
Systems management or cloud management?
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3Par, a Fremont, Calif.-based maker of storage arrays for data centers,
pre-announced lowered earnings for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2009
yesterday, blaming, among other things, the fact that customers don’t have
access to the electricity needed to add 3Par gear to their data centers.
via Constrained Power Grids Zap Sales at 3Par.
I definitely feel bad for the 3PAR sales guys, that is a tough objection to
A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to play around with Ruby and naively
thought that it would be easy to get started. I’d download Eclipse, and a
few Ruby packages that weren’t shipped with MacOS, and then be off to the
races. Fat chance. What I thought was going to a leisurely evening of writing
sample Ruby apps turned out to be a marathon debugging session, wrestling
with dependencies, error messages, and anything else that could have possible
gone wrong — before I had the chance to write a lick of my own code. It
reminded me of being a sysadmin, poring over log files and readi... (more)
John Gannon's Blog
Although cloud computing provides financial benefits like reduction of CAPEX
and the ability to pay-as-you-go, organizations will still need a reasonable
amount of granularity in the reporting of cloud usage and the ability to map
that usage into a financial chargeback model that makes sense.
Amazon has gone live with Windows support in the EC2 cloud while at the same
time announcing a private beta for some new scaling and load balancing
features. These features will certainly be useful for the smaller customers
of EC2, but my guess is that those features were ... (more)