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To best capture the primary value of Cloud Computing I always recommend looking at the scenario of a new entrepreneur launching their online business. The Cloud has made entrepreneurism itself more accessible to more people, lowering the barrier to entry by lowering the costs it takes to launch a new online venture by a magnitude, while simultaneously improving the quality of the apps you can produce, and how quickly you can produce them. Combined with the continuing explosion of online users and how much they grow their daily use of social media, e-commerce etc., this is a massively potent combination. Of course this benefit isn’t limited to startup entrepreneurs – Harnessing the Cloud to grow online sales is obviously a success that any and all businesses would enjoy, and doing it faster and cheaper is equally smart for all of them. PaaS-accelerated ventures In... (more)

Zoho Claims To Crush Google’s Python Hug

Zoho says that web apps created using its Creator widgetry can be automatically turned into programs that will run on Google's Python-constricted App Engine. App Engine, remember, only supports code written in Python and a particular species of Python at that. Now Zoho is saying you don't need to know Python or write a line of code in the language to run on the Google cloud - data and all. The upstart says it's layered Zoho Creator on top of Google App Engine and basically turned it into an integrated development environment (IDE) for App Engine. It warns that the new widgetry ... (more)

CTOedge: Better Collaboration Tools Than Google

Google Wave on Ulitzer Google has certainly been busy building a lot of different software tools that can be used for collaboration, including Google Docs, Google Voice, Google Sites (formerly Jotspot) and Google Calendar. But there are a number of specialized tools that are more useful than these Google services for particular circumstances. These can be big productivity boosts for enterprises. You can read the entire post in this week’s story for a new IT site called CTOedge here. ... (more)

Unix Co-Creator Writes New Open Source Programming Language for Google

Open Source Journal on Ulitzer Ken Thompson (pictured) and Rob Pike, a couple of the revered old soldiers who wrote Unix, Plan 9 and Inferno at Bell Labs – and programming languages like B, without which C probably wouldn’t exist, and Limbo – have come up with an experimental new programming language called Go that Google, their current refuge, open sourced Tuesday under a BSD-style license. If it catches on, it would be the first major systems language to emerge in a decade. One of the small Go team compares it to Java, calling it “performant but garbage collected” and “vastly ... (more)

Google Adds to Its Wave Team, Announces Fresh Code Release Plans

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer After Google ‘s $10 million Friday acquisition of Applejet, Aaron Iba, AppJet’s CEO has announced that their service would reopen to the public as opensource. Applejet is the developer of EtherPad , a document collaboration service like Google Docs with some enhanced features notably one that displays document updates to all users in real time. With the MIT-led EtherPad team working side by side with the Google Wave development group, Wave is better poised to become a much improved office suite version of Google docs. Etherpad’s users who were n... (more)

Why Back Up Google Docs To Windows Azure Storage?

Azure Session at Cloud Expo If I have documents sitting in a cloud storage such as Google Docs, why do I need to back it up to a different cloud storage such as Azure Storage? Maybe because I need the peace of mind that I can access it the moment I need to. Or in some countries, access to one may be blocked such as in China for Google Docs and Google Picasa. Or maybe some days, one may go down as part of the cloud computing growing pain. Anyway, it is a good practice to back up. This article will show you how to backup your Google Docs files on a daily basis to another cloud stora... (more)