Tuesday, 30 September 2008

The National Do Not Call List is getting slammed

Canada's Do No Call List is getting slammed with angry Canadian's urgently trying to register their numbers to prevent the much hated telemarketers from pestering them.

I have tried several times throughout the afternoon today and constantly get "The service is not available. Please try again later". So I did, and now it looks like they've got up a place holder page until GC.ca can scale up to accommodate.

Dr. Michael Geist, has a detailed post on how the list is supposed to work vs how it will really work.

Having your number on there can't hurt, however check out Geist's list too, iOptOut.com.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Amazon to launch CDN

It looks like Amazon is expanding their hosted services offering by entering into the content delivery network arena. I am actually a little surprised they have not done something like this sooner considering their existing (massive) infrastructure.

This new service will provide you a high performance method of distributing content to end users, giving your customers low latency and high data transfer rates when they access your objects. The initial release will help developers and businesses who need to deliver popular, publicly readable content over HTTP connections. Our goal is to create a content delivery service that:

Lets developers and businesses get started easily - there are no minimum fees and no commitments. You will only pay for what you actually use.
Is simple and easy to use - a single, simple API call is all that is needed to get started delivering your content.
Works seamlessly with Amazon S3 - this gives you durable storage for the original, definitive versions of your files while making the content delivery service easier to use.
Has a global presence - we use a global network of edge locations on three continents to deliver your content from the most appropriate location.

If the end users can leverage this system and keeps costs down that will be great for everyone involved from the average web surfer hitting a site with content delivered from a close location geographically to the firm serving the content quickly and cost effectively. Watch out Akamai.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Forgotten attachment detector

I came across a very slick new feature out of Google Labs, the Forgotten attachment detector. Created by summer GMail engineering intern Jon Kotker, this handy little beauty will toss an alert if you have mentioned an attachment in your email but attached nothing. Nicely done.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Great spin on file sharing by drop.io

I came across drop.io this afternoon which is a very simple tool for sharing files online. In 3-4 steps you can share up to a 100MB file - or if you pay a little more you can share up to 25GB! You can also set the files to expire after certain dates, or events which is pretty slick too.

The  back-end of this system is housed with Amazon's S3, EC2, and FPS. Nice.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Google Chrome (beta) - Big fan!

I was on vacation for a few weeks in God's Country - Thunder Bay - and was offline most of the time. After our return, and to my surprise; this morning I 102.1 the edge on my commute that there is a new web browser. I was thinking it was something odd, and a little boring...AT&T web browser? But, I didn't get to hear the news to find out who.

Then, after wading through 1000s of emails I come across the Google Blog - Fresh take on browser and read about Chrome. Too slick. I've only had it installed for a while but am VERY impressed with performance, UI, options and overall usage. Grab it here, if you're a WinXP/Vista user. Or, check out the feature set Google Chrome INTL EN features.