April 21, 2008

It was my sisters engagement party this weekend, my parents flew over from Sydney for the occasion. Spending time with my family over the weekend was great, and makes me wish that my parents still lived in Perth.

Congratulations to my sister and her fiance!


Google AppEngine Update

April 19, 2008

It looks like the 10,000 AppEngine limit has been lifted by google, they have started notifying people who effectively “pre-ordered” one that their account is now active. Here is my email:


Thanks for signing up to try Google App Engine!  Your account has been activated, so you can begin building applications!

To start creating applications with Google App Engine, simply follow this link (you may need to sign in with your xxxxxxxx@gmail.com Google Account):


The Google App Engine Team

I’m referring to the following story over at news.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23541782-2,00.html.

This quote surprised me, “…supplies of basic commodities have dwindled in the face of soaring demand, triggering riots and outbreaks of violence from Haiti to Indonesia”. Indonesia is not too far from home for us Australians. I’m not sure of all the details so perhaps the follow on effects of the food crisis are reaching our doorstep and not the food crisis itself, however the story still caught my attention.

I feel a certain sense of personal responsibility here, I’m not a religious man but the old adage “do unto others as you would have done unto you” seems appropriate here. If we were the people starving right now, would we be wondering why some of the richest countries of the world weren’t helping?

I guess I do not know enough about the underlying issues here, so I need to do some research, though I can’t help but think that there HAS to be a solution out there to all of this.

Quote – Business

April 11, 2008

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.
– Tim Brokaw

This quote stood out to me today as it scrolled across the top of my Gmail window, if I were purely driven by the desire to make money then I think I would have made some already. My desire is to make a difference, hopefully financial freedom follows.

Google App Engine

April 8, 2008

The Google App Engine was unveiled yesterday at Campfire One and it’s a really cool idea. In a nutshell it allows developers to build their web applications with the App Engine SDK and deploy them onto Google server infrastructure. Everything is covered, from web servers and load balancing, to data persistance and security. The idea has me excited, because the free accounts enable you to store up to 500mb of persistent data and provide enough bandwidth and CPU power to host roughly 5 million monthly hits. The engine turns resources on and off for you as your application needs it, so peaks and troughs in traffic to your application are in theory handled flawlessly.

This release has also got my mind racing about the potential of this service, specifically for enabling a larger group of people to see their ideas come to fruition where they might have otherwise not had the resources. Of course you still need to be able to code (in Python – which is also great!) or at least know somebody who can (and is willing to help).

I look forward to hearing some feedback from some of the lucky 10,000 users who were quick enough to snap up a free account before everyone else. Hopefully they give away some more accounts soon.

This is an amazing talk by Ken Robinson for TEDTalks. His delivery is almost flawless, he is so witty and articulate I was enthralled by what he was saying for the full length of the talk. My opinion is somewhat biased as one of my side projects at the moment deals heavily in education, however I think that anybody would find this talk very compelling.

Beware the Believers’

April 4, 2008