Saturday, February 20, 2010

Buzz - "socialism" with a person Google.

World social revolution in the Internet was accomplished. Social networks possession of the masses, and themselves sotssetey the Internet becomes more and more. Last week, the list of social services addition of a new project - Google Buzz. Below we consider this event in the overall context of the socialization of the Internet.

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Man - animal social. This has long been identified yet Aristotle. Man does not like and do not want to be alone, he needs the society of his kind. We see around us many forms of social life, social, cultural and religious organizations, through which a person identifies, defines and implements its social status.

Internet - Wednesday communicative. Technological development, and mass popularization of the Internet led to the socialization of relations between users of the World Wide Web. Accordingly, the demand has created a proposal and began to appear specialized social internet projects, collectively referred to "social networking".

There is no need to prove that all these "Facebook", "Plurk", "Live Journals" and other "Classmates" is very popular among the mass user - the proletarians of office work, office workers, housewives, schoolchildren, students. It is in these virtual "Socialism" a massive user and spends its core network time.

And although some highbrow intellectuals predict decline of social networks, the real reason for such allegations very little. To do this, for a start, at least, to refute most of Aristotle.

If talk about sunsets, this may be partly true only in respect of certain social web projects and concepts, but not for most needs the socialization of the web. Therefore, the technological and conceptual development of social networks will occur in the future. Including and not without the help of current Internet giants.

Google: "What, did not expect?"

It would be naive to think that the monster of the Internet will bypass the Google of social networks and will not offer something different. For example, the company already has a system of blogging Blogspot. And so last week was presented to the social service Google Buzz. In the Russian version of the authors of the service called it "live feed".

Service was presented already in working form, but not in the form of any presentation. During just one day, all users e-mail service Gmail, at some point, when entering into your mailbox, get agreeable news of the opportunity to test a "live feed". On the title page of mail service to each joyfully reported that they now have a new way to publish your news, photos, videos, and I quote, "there is no need to configure anything."

In other words, the introduction of Buzz guglovtsy did not as a separate service, and integrated it with the mail, thereby immediately got a user base of the new service. So, wants a Gmail user or not, but practically all who have had a mailbox, tried a "live feed" and noted here at least "Hello Ward" and "tests".

And "big brother" tried so easy familiarity with "Live wave" that bothered even about the list Frendo, which is automatically created for each user's Gmail on the basis of "espionage" for his correspondence and chat rooms. This, in certain situations could lead to possible disclosure of confidential information and embarrassment. For example, in public frendlentu some seemingly respectable family man along with his wife and mother is quite able to get his various girlfriends.

But in general, as the love expressed in our forum incognito "in the CC are not fools sit", and the calculation guglovtsev, in principle, was correct. Most users of Google, which have not yet got some "twitter", failed to reject the new proposals, even if it wanted to.

Understanding the Buzz

Immediately after the launch of "Live bands, many journalists somehow rushed compare this service with a communication project Google Wave. That's really completely different services.

Also unlikely to be correct to consider a "live feed" as a direct alternative to mikrobloging Twitter. Tools Twitter is simple and has great popularity, despite some restrictions on the message. Incidentally, these restrictions on the length of messages to Twitter illustrates the fact that the social networks of information - it is not important, and most importantly - do not feel alone. What is very important for young people.

"Live feed" no special restrictions on the message does not impose. You can even write a whole article. Also, as messages can be photos Picasa, videos YouTube. To Live tape "can be connected as your communications and other people's blogs and the same Twitter. Messages can comment and "like" - indicate through a special smiley, like the message or not.

Thus, Buzz - this is not an imitation of any particular sotsseti, but try to absorb much of what is in other projects. This including a way to provide the user edakii aggregator for other social networks.

Indeed, many have and register an account on Facebook, and Twitter, and other projects, and they do not interfere with service to the coordination between all these social networks. Another question, how good will "live feed" as a social aggregator?

And the important advantage of "Live tape is its original focus for the next generation mobile platforms - in the first place, Android. It is significant that the Buzz, in the first place, run in guglofonah and ayfon ", and then it appeared in Gmail. Mobile "Live feed" is closely integrated with the service "Maps Google". This allows, for example, to find "Buz" directly on the map, in many cases can be very requested feature.

Some tips

For those who are not familiar with Google Buzz, briefly how it works.

"Live feed" closely integrated with the mail service Gmail, the same name and the link is in the mailbox immediately below the "Inbox". Service interface rather simple and austere. Above is a small field to enter a message, and are lower than previous reports. If messages from one source a lot, they can be grouped into "stacks", clicking on which you can deploy all posts.

Directly next to the field to enter a message with links "Connect to the tape with friends" and "linked sites". The first link is intended to add subscriptions to the Friends page. And the second - to connect messages from other sites: Blogspot, Picasa, YouTube, Twitter. List of connected sites Google promises to expand. Plug-sites you can specify the degree of visibility - for all or just for yourself.

After adding the reference is sometimes required to wait some time before the contents of the site will appear in the tape.

Important is the link "Change". It translates to your profile page "Live tapes. It is proposed to introduce a wealth of information about yourself, allowing you to search not only by name and surname.

Here, in profile, there are some important common public settings, that is visible by other users of your ribbon. First, it is desirable to remove the tick from the option "Display the list of people I'm following and people following me". By default, this check mark is enabled, and it allows everyone to see your list of contacts in the public ribbon that to start, avoiding face for not always desirable.

And here in your profile, you can choose your type of address for the Public "Live tapes", which I will be able to read all the other users of the Internet. For example, you can choose the address for your mail login:

With this public page, after logging in, you can also perform all operations with the subscribers and their own reports without going to the postal service.

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No word about energy efficiency.

When building the data center (DPC) of the company these days is increasingly looking at this recently unimportant aspect, as the energy efficiency of computers working in it. And the news media published last week suggests that even large and apparently distressed companies are paying much attention to energy efficiency.

DPCIn general, attention to energy conservation, of course, did not arise by itself. The fact that the cost of the equipment used for DPC was so high that the cost of energy consumed, in comparison with this, Merkle. Today, technology has become less expensive, in time as electricity, by contrast, shows a tendency to increase prices. So in the long run, profitable companies to overpay for a more energy-efficient equipment, as repeatedly overpay for increased consumption of electricity.

Hewlett-Packard has decided to appear to be an example of the company, the most concerned about is efficiency and environmental friendliness of its technologies: a new data center, called HP Wynyard, uses a completely unique cooling system of servers that can responsibly be called truly innovative. As you know, a great contribution to the overall data center energy consumption makes the cooling system of computers. HP has decided to severely curtail this expenditure, ensuring the cooling of machines due to natural conditions. This company is located the new data center, eight miles from the North Sea coast, near the town Billinghem, where the temperature never rises never above 24 degrees Celsius and constantly blowing sea breeze helps, according to experts from HP, the improved cooling of the servers running in the middle . Wind collect eight two-meter suction fan, which forced the cool air under the floor data center. From there he goes to the server room, which is used for cooling of server racks. If the air outside suddenly turns too cold, then before applying to the servers prior to stoke it with heat, which emit servers. And to maintain the desired level of humidity the new data center uses rainwater, which will be accumulated, filtered and then sprayed in the data center.

It would be strange to not look an energy efficient data center cooling scheme from HP, specialists claim that it would save a lot of money. Annual savings should make a very impressive amount: about 2.6 million pounds annually. Moreover, with further increase in prices for electricity savings must be more and more tangible.

Perhaps the initiative of Hewlett-Packard to create a "green" data centers to pick up and other major IT companies, followed by other, smaller ones. But, I think, until the main interest is the desire to save on HP cooling their servers. There is, I think, two different opinion does not arise: the tendency to build more and more energy-efficient data center will only increase, because it has a positive effect on the costs of the company and its image in the eyes of others - in fact, whatever you say, today, energy efficiency clearly in vogue.

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News for developers.

1. Microsoft officially announced the release candidate release Visual Studio 2010. As stressed by the representatives of the corporation, this version does not contain new features and technologies - the main emphasis on performance. Output the final release of Visual Studio 2010 and. NET Framework 4 is scheduled for April 12, 2010. According to representatives of Microsoft, optimization of Visual Studio 2010 RC is made in response to feedback from users who are not satisfied with the speed of the beta versions. In Visual Studio 2010 RC improved parameters such as speed of loading of projects, typing, assembling and debugging of applications.

2. Micro Focus Company introduced its new subsidiary development tools, integrated development environment Visual Studio 2010. Package Micro Focus COBOL helps you work with already existing industrial applications on the Microsoft. Micro Focus COBOL helps to adapt COBOL-applications to modern technologies and media, including the "cloud" systems. Micro Focus Silk4J now supports automated functional and regression testing in Visual Studio 2010. Micro Focus DevPartner Studio is a set of tools for debugging, analysis, testing and tuning applications. The new version brought to the enhanced visualization of internal processes applications created in Visual Studio 2010. Micro Focus Analyzer Express for Visual Studio is designed for visual analysis of the code, and allows faster execution of daily operations support applications. Analyzer Express tracks the movement of data in the program and displays it in Visual Studio 2010 with one click. Developers can quickly evaluate the program, locate the artifacts and make the necessary improvements without having to switch from development to external programs.

3. Company ComponentOne announce the official release of Doc-To-Help 2010, a new version of its tool for creating help systems. The main difference between the package Doc-To-Help 2010 from previous versions was the integration with version control system Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS). Also to transfer the project to prepare the documentation package with other platforms Doc-To-Help 2010 for the first time offers the opportunity to convert any project created in RoboHelp, the documents in Word format and HTML, as well as in their own format XHTML. Convert RoboHelp-projects for processing in the editor Doc-To-Help allows you to move quickly to create content in XHTML format with the most stringent requirements and specifications. Also new version of Doc-To-Help 2010 offers three important new features: folding interface sections, nested lists and control page breaks. Ability to control the behavior of paper when printing eliminates one of the biggest problems when creating multiple versions of documents on the basis of a single source - now printed page will look the same for all users.

4. According, started porting Qt library on the platform Android. Enthusiasts with the nickname BogDan managed to compile the main modules of the Qt library to work on the platform Android. Currently only supported the latest version of Android, for which the released tools NDK (Native Development Kit). According to the enthusiast, modules QtCore, QtNetwork, QtXml, QtSvg, QtSql already working quite well in the future he plans to focus on supporting and QtGui modules QtMultimedia. The project is called android-lighthouse, it is completely open and free - an enthusiast invites all interested to join his work.

5. The new version of PostGIS 1.5, expansion PostgreSQL database to work with vector spatial data, said the same source. PostGIS - OGC-compliant free analog ESRI ArcSDE, Oracle Spatial and spatial possibilities of MS SQL Server. The new version added the type of "geography" for the native data management in geographic coordinate system (to avoid problems with the intersection of meridian 180 and poles). Improved performance of operations, measure the distance between complex objects, sold-read format GML and KML, the graphical interface to load shape-files, function of calculation of the geometric proximity between objects (Hausdorff distance) and the new features in design and analysis of distances ST_ClosestPoint, ST_DFullyWithin, ST_LongestLine, ST_MaxDistance , ST_ShortestLine.

6. Company Context Software released Context Database Extensions Suite 3.12 - new version of the library, increased opportunities VCL DB and add visual editing of the database schema from the Delphi IDE, reports DelphiPlus. Also released Context Database Designer 3.12 - new version of the utility to design database schema and generate DDL script to create the database.

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