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Open collaboration on Knol

I’ve opened my Visual Basic Knol to “open collaboration” – just like wikipedia. If it gets spammed to hell – I’ll close it. An experiment.

It’s now showing in the Knol index – great.

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My first Google Knol

On reading this morning that Google has opened Knol to everyone, I thought I should have a go. There seems to be a predominance of medical Knols right now, so my Knol redresses the balance by covering a programming topic. Here it is:

Visual Basic

I deliberately did not look at whatever Wikipedia already

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The Sun swings it: Adobe AIR hits the big time

Desktop Keeley is a new Adobe AIR application from UK tabloid newspaper The Sun. If you are foolish enough to pass this dialog:

then you can benefit from:

Gorgeous Keeley is here to ease you through your day, putting a smile on your face and providing up to the minute sport info, showbiz gossip

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Hi res audio files that are no better than CD

Not that there’s anything wrong with a CD, when done right. Still, if you pay extra for something like a Linn Studio Master, at 96kHz / 24 bit resolution, you expect something which has better-than-CD audio quality (44.1kHz / 16 bit), even though some experts argue that you cannot hear the difference.

One

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Web stats: do you believe Google, or the web site owner?

Escherman’s Andrew Smith, in technology PR, asks whose site traffic figures do you trust – Google’s (via Ad Planner), or the site owner?

I don’t have Ad Planner, but because I run AdSense I can see Google’s stats on Adsense views on this site. I also have web logs, analyzed via awstats.

I took a

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Thawte wants me to give away my password

Thawte is a supplier of digital certificates. I’ve used the company to purchase certificates for code-signing.

Today I received an email inviting me to complete a customer survey. I think it is genuine: if I look at the email headers, the source domain belongs to a marketing company called Responsys which lists Verisign as a

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Amazon S3 grumbles

Lukas Biewald of Facestat says Amazon S3, which is business-critical, is his #1 cause of failure:

Using Amazon’s S3 has about the same cost and complexity as hosting the images ourselves, but we had thought that the reliability of Amazon would be significantly higher. But that now seems wrong….It’s astonishing that serving content off our

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Amazon S3 was not built on spare capacity

At least, not according to Jeff Barr, Amazon’s Web Services evangelist. I was reminded of this when reading Om Malik’s post on the recent S3 outage, in which he quotes Antonio Rodrigez who asks:

… if AWS is using Amazon.com’s excess capacity, why has S3 been down for most of the day, rendering most of

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WCF Sessions with Silverlight and Flex

I wanted to adapt my Silverlight CRUD sample (which I also ported to Adobe Flex) to fix a glaring weakness, which is that any user can amend any entry.

I decided to add some logic that allows editing or deleting of only those rows created during the current session. The idea is that a user

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Online services need stronger security if business users are to entrust their critical data to the cloud

Short comment in IT Week:

http://www.itweek.co.uk/itweek/comment/2222045/cloud-suspicion-hangs-online-4124287

The article was prompted by this incident. Of course I asked Apple to comment but it has declined to do so.

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