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Ebay Launches Mobile Site Ebay has become on of the largest brands to launch a direct consumer mobile strategy in launching its mobile site.  Simply text "EBAY MOBILE" to 87222. The SMS text message we send you will cost £0.10 (Vodafone users are charged £0.12). When you receive the SMS, just select the URL in the message and it will open in your phone's browser. NetBeans IE 5.0 and Mobility Pack Beta Available The beta version of NetBeans IDE 5.0 and Mobility Pack is available for free download from the NetBeans website. You can create end-to-end solutions, from J2ME and J2EE to mobile internet web services (for example IPX, Ericsson’s Internet Payment eXchange) using NetBeans IDE 5.0 and Mobility Pack. Several new features are being offered, including an improved mobile client-to-web-application-connection generator. BBC Offers Simple Guide to RSS as It Grows U... (more)

Google Maps on the Good Old Palm OS

You know, despite all the modern Smartphones, and my new Treo 750v, I still always have a hankering to go back to my Palm Treo 650.  The ease of use is still  just fantastic compared to just about anything I've ever used...the apps are great, really functional.  Yes, it has its problems, its not WiFi, the camera is..well its dodgy as we know..it has no real JVM support although I appreciate you can get a JVM on it, but it takes so much effort and space, the end result is still not worth it...and then there are the applications that won't run that you come to rely on, such as Goog... (more)

Changing Nature of Web 2.0

Jim Liddle's Blog In the past if you cannot access the Internet then you cannot use your Web 2.0 applications. This model is rapidly changing.  New pogramming models are emerging that alllow Web 2.0 to be offline /online dependant on what is needed. The first of these is Adobe Apollo, which is a cross-platfrom technology that combined Flash, HTML, PDF and JavaScript into one universal application programming model / paradigm. What is unique is that id doesn’t care if if it runs on its own or embedded in a webpage, the API calls remains the same. A competing project using t... (more)

How to Secure Amazon Elastic Cloud

 Cloud Computing on Ulitzer In this post I will walk you through the  high level  of securing a normal tiered application running on EC2. First I will cover the basics of what EC2 provides and then briefly discuss how this can be used in a real life scenario. Security Groups For Network security EC2 provides a security groups, security groups are essentially inbound firewalls  suited to the dynamic nature of EC2.  Using security groups you can specify which incoming network traffic should be delivered to your instance. The default mode is to deny access, you have to explicitly... (more)

What Happens When the Cloud Goes Wrong ?

It is great enthusing about the benefits of Cloud Computing, but what are the consequences when it goes wrong ? Of course, there are different levels of  ’going wrong’. We have often publicised outages from the likes of Amazon and Google, but given the publicised SLA’s of each some down time is expected. However things can get much more serious than this. Microsoft have just suffered a data loss that affects all Sidekick customers, of the Danger Group Microsoft purchased in 2008. Servers went offline on October 2nd 2009  and remained offline until October 6th. The services are ... (more)