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Saturday, November 13, 2010

My experience with the cloud.

In an effort to catch up on a backlog of podcasts, I came across episode 318 of the javaposse podcast. The hosts discuss their experiences with cloud computing.

I have recently the chance to work with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). My experiences so far:

  • Easy to set up. Just have your credit card and you are ready to go.
  • Easy integration. I used the Amazon S3 SOAP API (the java sdk) and found no issues with the integration in my existing infrastructure.

Some gotchas I came across:

  • The Amazon Web console had required port 843;however I recently learnt that this is no longer a requirement
  • Amazon Web Services Identity and Access Management (IAM) allows you to create user identities and assign credentials to users under a singe Amazon Web Services account.IAM is in beta and can only be accessed by an API. There are plans to incorporate IAM within the web console.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Google’s Privacy Dashboard


It was with interest that I came across Google’s privacy Dashboard. When you log in you will see all the  information that Google has for you.

With the recent privacy issues  making the headlines  recently, it is good to know what data you have out on the web.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

New name for twitter client

As you may have known Twitter clients are now required to use the  oAuth authentication protocol. To acquire a consumer key and consumer secret key you need to register your twitter client/application at

What I have discovered is that you will be presented with a error message if you register an application with ‘Twitter’ in its title. So it is off to find a name for that twitter application.