We’re not Headed for Mobile – We’re Already There

Updated June 14, 2011

Doc Sheldon

If you’re still not convinced that mobile is the direction the world’s internet connections are going, then you really need to take a look at this slideshow, courtesy of Holly Richmond at Microsoft Tag. Some of these numbers may change your mind… it’s not where we’re going – we’re already there!


I’m no Facebook Fan-boy, but…

Updated April 7, 2011

Doc Sheldon

This morning, someone tweeted about a live webcast where Facebook was going to make some big announcement. Envisioning a “Pinky and the Brain” moment, I tuned in and watched it. I’m really glad I did. They may well have revolutionized data center design and server design, simultaneously.

As a bit of background, when I worked as an electrical engineer, my specialty was the UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to keep the data center operating, at all costs. Downtime is costly, particularly for centers that lease time on their mainframes. I worked closely with other team members to design new facilities or expand existing centers (the former is MUCH to be preferred, from an engineer’s standpoint!)

Efficiency was usually the biggest selling point for any of the peripheral equipment. Just to give you an idea:

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RDFa is Coming of Age

Updated February 21, 2011

Doc Sheldon

Yahoo! research shows that RDFa usage during 2010 increased by a whopping 510%! It is the fastest growing markup format on the internet today, used on more than 430 million web pages.

Does that mean we all need to rush to our keyboards and implement RDFa or be left dying in the dust? Not hardly. But what it may mean is that RDFa is going to be in widespread usage sooner than some people thought. [Read more…]