Month: September 2009

Facebook Open Sources ‘Tornado’ the Engine That Drives FriendFeed

Facebook acquired FriendFeed back in August this year (2009) and most wondered what they would do with the service. Facebook has obviously made some improvements to it, and has now released the source code as an open source framework. Tornado, the new Python based web framework, is specifically designed to handle the massive server loads of FriendFeed’s real time updates. By releasing this code, Facebook aims to empower developers to use this infrastructure in their own real time projects. The appeal behind Tornado is its practical and proven use. While web apps like Twitter had issues dealing with scaling for performance as its user base grew rapidly, FriendFeed seemingly had no issues. Tornado can support up to 8,000 simultaneous requests per second as opposed to Django, which can only handle about 2,200 requests when run as four load-balanced processes on a four core server. Tornado also comes with the basic building blocks for a social networking site, with features such as user authentication, cross site request forgery protection, templates, signed cookies, localization and aggressive static file caching amongst other features. How can you use Tornado? Well if as a developer you are looking at developing any sort of real time web application, Tornado might be the ideal framework. The trusted and proven architecture will be ideal to ensure a working solution for your...

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Despite changes, Wikipedia will still “fail within 5 years”

Law professor Eric Goldman states that Wikipedia will fail by 2010 and he is not going to prove it with an academic paper. In his definition, failure does not mean that the site will die and cease to exist, it means that Wikipedia’s dream will end. The problem that Wikipedia and it’s dream of enabling anyone, anywhere to edit an article or item is credibility. In recent times there have been several high profile incidents that have prompted the website to take action to ensure article protection. Including article protection in Wikipedia means that they cannot provide the initial Utopian concept of allowing anyone, anywhere to edit or add content to the site. Right now Wikipedia has imposed something called flagged revisions on their articles about living persons. The flagged revisions system means that if you edit something about a living person, the changes will not go live until an editor within Wikipedia approves it. Professor Goldman predicts that a system such as flagged revisions will be implemented site-wide, which will delay the time taken for changes to appear on the website as well as provide heaps of work for the editors within Wikipedia. The other problem the site will have is to carry on forward without offering anything to the editors who put some much effort may become unattractive to newcomers. And while Wikipedia concentrates on cleaning up...

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Sony agrees to ship Chrome with all new Vaio PC’s

Google’s browser, Chrome has become one of the four most popular browsers in the world. Within just a year of it’s launch the browser has manged to secure about 3% of the total market share. Google mentioned earlier this year that it is talking to a major OEM about shipping Chrome with its PCs. Now sources at Google state that it has done a deal with Sony to ship its Chrome browser with all the Vaio brand PCs in the US. Neither Google nor Sony have commented on whether the browser will be included in the PCs shipped to other countries. People who have used Google’s Chrome are extremely happy with its performance and use it above other browsers. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer that is shipped with the Windows operating system is still the most popular browser in the world, while Mozilla’s Firefox is a distant second and Apple’s Safari comes in third. However, Google’s deal with Sony may not yield a significant benefit to its browser market. According to statistics Sony’s Vaio PCs have an extremely small share in the computer business. Google has mentioned that it is working on a deal with Dell to include the browser with their PCs, and if it works out, would lead to a much bigger portion of the computers sold than with Sony. However, they have not commented on the status of...

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5 ways to listen to music on the iPhone without using iTunes

iTunes is the default music playback application that comes with your iPhone and music playback is one the major features of today’s iPhones. Here are five other ways to listen to music without using iTunes: 1. Pandora: Pandora is a web based streaming audio application that is based on the Music Genome Project and is available as a free app for the iPhone. You can listen to specific stations and rate and vote for the music that is being played. You can use Pandora when in a Wi-Fi zone as well as over 3G. 2. AOL Radio: The AOL Radio free iPhone app is ideal for those who are more accustomed to traditional radio. You can listen to any number of stations that are categorized in to genres and use the Locals feature to listen to stations near your area and mark stations as your favorite. 3. Soma FM: is another app that allows you to listen to streaming radio stations. However this app is not free. With Soma FM you can bookmark certain songs to purchase later, which is great if you come across a new song you would like to have. 4. NPR News: If you are the kind of person who loves being up to date on things and wants to listen to news the NPR News, free iPhone app will be great for you. It...

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Snow Leopard Review

Snow Leopard is the successor to Apple’s immensely successful Mac OS X Leopard. At first glance Snow Leopard does not seem to have anything new, the programs are subtly faster but no changes that are overly dramatic. Before its release Apple stated that the new OS would work better with existing hardware and that it is adding new UI enhancements to make day to day usage of the operating system to flow smoothly. In order to find out how well the new enhancements work you need to look a little deeper and compare it directly with the old OS. When you compare the two Operating Systems head to head you realize how much faster Snow Leopard is. As for the UI there are five major changes. Icons can be scaled. There is a little slider at the bottom right hand corner of the screen that allows users to change the size of the icons in a window, and this means that video files can be played directly in the finder window. The Dock has gotten an addition too. By pressing and holding an icon on the dock, users can select which window of the application they want to open. Expose has also been improved as well, when viewing all the windows in an application, they are now arranged in a grid and have text labels beneath them. Stacks has...

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