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Welcome one and all to this month's dose of nonsense and trivia from the world of Java. December was a rather fun-filled month, with many things happening that will affect us all in the near future. I'm sure you've all heard about the controversy with Sun and IBM. But more on that later. Can't be getting into heavy stuff this early on. I have to ease myself into it gently! December saw me in New York, hosting SYS-CON Radio with my esteemed colleague, Keith Douglas, at the Java Business Conference. We conducted a marathon of radio interviews, talking to a vast array of different companies from all over the planet. Well, I say planet, but let's be honest: the majority of them came from the inner sanctum of the Valley. I guess that's still the place to go if you intend running a tech-based company. That said, many observations were made at the show, so let me share so... (more)

Amazon S3 and How to Calculate Your Cloud Storage Costs

 Alan Williamson's Blog Amazon announced today they are changing the price for their S3 data storage service. In face of current credit crunch, they are bucking the trend and making their services even cheaper, particuraly for the seriously high volume users. If you are pushing a lot traffic through Amazon S3 then you will notice a small decrease in your monthly bill come the 1st of November. Amazon are not the only service provider offering large data farms. Another great service that we've been using of late is Nirvanix. Granted, they are not as cheap as Amazon, but they do of... (more)

Goodbye Macworld, Apple Bites the Hand That Feeds It

 From Alan Williamson's Blog Another casualty of the economic downturn, or an excuse to pull back on some spending, whatever the reason, Apple has decided it is no longer sponsoring its flag ship trade show, Macworld. TechRadar has the full announcement here. I am not an Apple fan by any stretch of the imagination, over priced, over hyped products, that are more fashion label than substance, but I do know the importance of these 'dog and pony' shows that Apple and Steve Jobs put on to galvanise the very users that do all of the viral marketing for Apple. Free of charge. Apple clai... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing CEO Michael Crandell

"We are in an ideal position to accelerate our business to continue our leadership in this rapidly advancing cloud market," says RightScale CEO Michael Crandell, in this Exclusive Q&A with the editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal, Alan Williamson. "We decided the timing was right to create a war chest that would take us to profitability," Crandell added. Earlier this month RightScale snagged $13M in a Series B round of venture funding. Here's the interview in full: Cloud Computing Journal: $13M is quite a chunk of change to raise in this climate. Was this about w... (more)

JavaScript != Java !!!

If you ever questioned the usefulness or power of blogs, let me remove any remaining doubt you may have with this story. I have my own blog,, and I use it primarily as a public scratchboard, noting thoughts and various observations regarding our industry through the eyes of a Java developer. What I find great about the blog is that it enables others to chip in with their thoughts and ideas. You'll discover that all of us at JDJ have blogs you can follow. Now, I thought we had long passed the stage of always defending Java from the old legacy arguments w... (more)