Rabu, 23 Juli 2008

This is a guest post written by Waleed Abdulla, a software engineer and the founder and CEO of Ninua, Inc. You can follow his projects on his blog at selfdebugging.com.

At a technical meetup in Santa Clara a few days ago, I met Dave Westwood, a talented developer and 3D engineer who told me a fascinating story about the phenomenal growth of his recent application, BuddyPoke, which witnessed an explosive surge in traffic when Google released their Orkut platform to their Brazilian users on July 10. It was the kind of sudden growth that crashes servers and kills Web sites. Unless, of course, they’re hosted on a vastly scalable infrastructure that automatically adapts to handle what you throw at it; such as the Google App Engine. I’ll let Dave tell the story:

BuddyPoke is live on myspace.com, hi5.com and orkut.com. It has had the most success on Orkut, and is currently the number 2 application in Brazil. Orkut took 25% of their Brazilian users live on July 10th and went live to the remaining 75% of Brazilian users on July 15th. In the last eight days the rate of new installs per hour for BuddyPoke has grown by a factor of eight on Orkut, with sharp jumps on those two days. 500,000 avatars were personalized today (although some of them may be by the same user). The ability to grow rapidly and handle sudden jumps in traffic is all thanks to App Engine’s ability to scale so fluidly. And while all of this growth happened we were working on our next update, not frantically phoning up a hosting company to add servers.

The Google App Engine (GAE), which is still in preview release, offers a free hosting quota that’s enough to serve approximately 5 million pages a month. Dave had to call a Google product manager at 3:00AM to ask for a much needed quota increase. Google obliged and opened the flood gates for him.

Free Hosting for Blogs and Small Websites

google-app-engineThe allure of automatic scaling is not the only thing that GAE offers. Imagine that you’re starting a new blog and you want to have the full flexibility to install any plugin you like. The available free options, such as WordPress.com and Blogger, won’t do it for you because they restrict what you can install on the server. So you end up having to host it yourself and pay hosting fees.

But new open-source initiatives, like Bill Katz’s Bloog, which is an open source blogging platform written specifically for the App Engine, will let you host your blog for free on Google’s infrastructure. You pay only if you exceed 5M monthly page views. Sure, Bloog is still at an early stage and doesn’t have the wealth of plugins that established platforms have, but it’s a sign of where things are headed. Not only blogs, but soon we might see open-source products that allow us to create simple personal or business Web sites and host them for free without giving up the freedom to customize them beyond the options offered out of the box. This might be a threat to companies that offer limited versions of their blogging or personal site design products for free in the hope of getting customers to pay for advanced features later.

Globally Distributed Infrastructure at Your Fingertips

There is more to hosting than having servers that scale well. Distance matters. The closer your server is to your customers, the faster your pages load. On the App Engine, if your customers happen to be in Brazil, your application will automatically be moved to a server closer to where the demand is. Or it might be replicated on many servers in different parts of the world. All automatically. Before the App Engine, such infrastructure was only available to big companies with deep pockets. But now, individual developers, like Zaid Abdulla, can build services like BitPixels, a service to generate Website thumbnails, and offer Google-fast downloads from any part of the world, in one day. (disclaimer: Zaid is the author’s brother).

Where do we Go from Here?

The above examples are not unique. Already, startups are starting to utilize the new platform. Some do it because it’s a new cutting-edge technology, and others to use the free hosting and automatic scaling. Other interesting examples include TweetWheel which tells you which of your Twitter friends know each other, Jumbra which merges multiple RSS feeds into one, and Mobaganda which helps you create events online. And there are many more.


Obviously, if GAE takes off it puts Google in control of a big and critical part of the Web infrastructure. Not only will it bring revenues from hosting fees, but it’ll also make it easier for Google to buy startups and integrate their code rather than having to rewrite most of it like they do today.

So here is the big question: will companies trust Google enough to host their applications? My guess: a few will jump at it right away, and others will hesitate for a while, but eventually sign up. Startups and open source projects will probably lead the way because they love to be on the cutting edge, they don’t have much to lose, and they need any leverage they can get. After a few successes start making headlines, more and more companies will consider GAE seriously, at least for their less sensitive applications that could use easy and reliable scaling. GAE is definitely a great option to have and it’ll be very interesting to watch how the landscape unfolds.

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Kamis, 10 Juli 2008

***John Savage was Cycling home late at night, through the streets of the silent town, when he noticed what looked like a red light in a window of a large factory. Curious, he stopped to look more closely. Then he lean bicycle at the tree in front of that factory fence and rush to come near tat factory to know what light is. He is very surprise, whwn he know that factory burned. He concious newly if in fact red light that seen it is fire, which is burning that factory room. Do not think length again, he rush to help of the people in surounding of factory.
“On fire !!!”
“On fire !!!” its of hard.

***People which is falling asleep by sleep is woke up by John Savage scream and run out know what is going on. After them know that factory around their housing burned. Then they to exert, to extinguish a fire which progressively big. But water supply is dwindle, to make people difficulty to extinguish a fire. John Savage also do not forget to contact Fire Officer Company to quicken extinction process. After some minute, Fire Officer Company arrive and rush to extinguish fire which almost scorch entire. Thirty minute have Fire Officer Company to extinguish a fire. But fire rather than extinguish oppositely. More of is level fire creep to house residing in precisely beside that factory. Considerably easy to fire burning that house.

***John Savage along with people, then try to extinguish a fire at that home. He really surprise, when hear screamed to help from within that house. John Savage feel to confuse, how to him help who is there is in that house. Because all part all of that house have burned. But fully bravery, he also come into that house with a wet clothes of him penetrate fire, which progressively big. He try to look for where from that voice come. But what a surprise of moment him see a young woman and two children which burned fire. There is nothing he can do to help three soul, because fire trap their body. John Savage to rush exit with disappointed feeling. But proud him at to the it’s bravery.

***Finally during one hour the fire can distinguished. Nothing which left from that event. This is really is becoming of valuable experience which he will never forget in his life.


On September 25, 2005, Hon Paul Hellyer, the former Canadian Minister for National Defense gave a speech in Toronto at an event titled: "Exopolitics Toronto: A Symposium on UFO Disclosure and Planetary Direction" (www.exopoliticstoronto.com) . Hellyer described his time as Minister for Defense from 1963-1967 where the occasional UFO sighting report crossed his desk. He claims to never have had time for what he considered to be a "flight of fancy", but nevertheless retained an interest in the UFO phenomenon. While Minister for Defense, he was guest of honor at the opening of the world's first UFO landing pad at Alberta, Canada in 1967. He thought it an innovative idea from a progressive Canadian community willing to pay for his helicopter ride, but did not give much thought to UFOs as having serious policy implications. He also describes a private UFO sighting he later had with family and guests, but once again attributed it to a 'flight of fancy' rather than anything having serious policy implications.

Hellyer's position on UFOs dramatically changed after watching the late Peter Jennings documentary special, "Seeing is Believing" in February 2005. Hellyer decided to read a book that had been idly sitting on his book shelf for two years. Philip Corso's, The Day After Roswell, sparked intense interest for Hellyer in terms of its policy implications. Corso named real people, institutions and events in his book that could be checked. Intrigued by the policy implications, Hellyer decided to confirm whether Corso's book was real or a "work of fiction". He contacted a retired United States Air Force General and spoke to him directly to verify Corso's claims. The unnamed General simply said: "every word is true and more". Hellyer then proceeded to discuss the "and more …" with the general and claimed he was told remarkable things concerning UFOs and the extraterrestrial hypothesis that interplanetary visitors have been here since at least 1947. Finally convinced that the UFO phenomenon was real Hellyer decided to come forward and speak at Exopolitics Toronto about some of the "most profoundly important policy questions that must be addressed." (for speech go to: www.checktheevidence.com/video/ ). The policy questions Hellyer addressed in his talk are both profound and vitally important for citizens of every nation of Earth.

First, Hellyer claimed that evidence concerning UFOs is the "greatest and most successful cover up in the history of the world". He confirmed that senior political officials even at the rank of Minister of Defense, a position he himself occupied, are simply out of the loop when it comes to information concerning UFOs and visiting extraterrestrials. From a democratic perspective, that raises many concerns about oversight, transparency and accountability of those in control of the information, technology and projects concerning the extraterrestrial visitors.

A second profound policy question concerns the designation by the U.S. military of visiting extraterrestrials as an 'enemy'. According to Hellyer, this had led to the development of "laser and particle guns to the point that they can be used against the visitors from space." It is this targeting of visiting extraterrestrials that concerns Hellyer, and he asks "is it wise to spend so much time and money to build weapon systems to rid the skies of alien visitors?" Hellyer poignantly raises the key policy question: "Are they really enemies or merely legitimate explorers from afar?" Hellyer's question raises profound importance in understanding the relationship between visiting extraterrestrial civilizations and world peace.

The third policy question arose from the recent decision by President Bush to build a base on the moon. Hellyer believes this is the activation of a plan first launched by Col Corso's mentor, Lt General Arthur Trudeau to build a base from which visiting extraterrestrials could be monitored and possibly targeted as they approach the Earth. Hellyer outlined his opposition to the weaponization of space, something that the liberal government of Canada is currently opposed to. The weaponization of space remains a key policy issue clearly has profound policy issues from the perspective of extraterrestrial visitors to Earth.

Finally, Hellyer declared that the "time has come to lift the veil of secrecy" and to have an "informed debate about a problem that doesn't officially exist." Understanding the evidence concerning the UFO phenomenon is vital to fully preparing citizens around the world for the truth concerning extraterrestrials, despite official denial and secrecy by those "in the loop". He calls for major global initiatives to fully prepare global citizenry for the truth. He endorses a position taken by key exopolitical researchers such as Alfred Webre to prepare for a "Decade of Contact" where humanity is prepared for the truth about extraterrestrial visitors through informed debate and education.

Paul Hellyer is the first senior politician to openly come out and declare the truth about the extraterrestrial presence. He is blazing a trail that many other senior politicians are destined to take. It will be wise if the world's senior politicians quickly learn more about this remarkable Canadian statesman and heed his important advise about data on extraterrestrial visitors and the "profoundly important policy questions that must be addressed."