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Amazon, the mother of all clouds

Did Jeff Bezos choose that name to symbolise the largest bookstore in the world or did he realise that he would one day create an enterprise cloud service that was as large and complex as the river basin? After spending some time with his enterprise infrastructure service, I think he saw this coming.


Joyent Cloud review

Joyent's very smart SmartOS proves that some cloud servers are better than others


HP Cloud review

HP challenges Amazon and Google with an OpenStack-based IaaS cloud that blends openness and portability with nice proprietary extras and welcome hand-holding.


Google Compute Engine review

Google took its sweet time entering this corner of the cloud. While Amazon, Rackspace, and others started off with pay-as-you-go Linux boxes and other "infrastructure" services, Google began with the Google App Engine, a nice stack of Python that held your hand and did much of the work for you.


Bitcoin review

A clever if somewhat controversial social experiment, Bitcoin sets out to be an internet-only currency.

Big Data

Microsoft Windows Azure review

There's "the cloud" and then there's Windows Azure.

We tested the available production level features in Microsoft's platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, and found that Azure is similar in many ways to what already exists in the cloud sky. But there are some key differences. Azure is homogeneously Windows-based. And big chunks of Azure are still in beta or "customer technology preview."


Personal Tech

FarmVille Goji Berry Cherry Slurpee review

Once again, reporter AJ Glasser places her taste buds on the line in the name of discovery. This week's challenge at the local 7-Eleven is the FarmVille-themed Goji Berry Cherry Slurpee. A match made in flavour heaven, or a crash-and-burn sugar rush waiting to happen?

Personal Tech

Google Music Search service review

Google got a lot more musical this week, when it unveiled a new integrated music feature that lets you play full songs and limited previews in your search results. Here's our review of Google Music Search.


WiFi in the sky: connexion by Boeing

Connexion puts Wi-Fi on scheduled planes. How realistic is it as a working tool?


CBL data recovery service

A RAID failure could be the ultimate catastrophe but CBL Data Recovery is an effective, but expensive, way of ensuring business continuity.

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