Friday, January 23, 2009

Cloud is music to my ears and vice versa...

If it sounds like I'm speaking of the web in general then it probably isn't obvious to you how the web has changed. And I mean pretty big changes even if it's too subtle to the regular user.

You see, open up your browser and you'd probably better off not doing it because for all intents and purposes, someone might just show you how wonderfully diverse and productive you can be by just being connected. There was a time that 'surfing' was it! But now, you hardly ever hear that word anymore. One is either Googling, facebooking or Twittering. If it isn't productive then no activity in the web is. No kidding.

But that is just for the bottom feeders of the web, you say. I say you missed the point, if web is information, those 3 are the tools you can leverage to refine your search techniques and take it to overdrive. Imagine getting your information about almost everything under the and beyond the sun from people you trust and almost at real time!

Yet, anybody care to know how is this possible? We're not just linking laptops and desktops here and it's not even just data servers or cable connections that make it all possible. Those were already working a few years ago but it is only now that developers and IT peeps were able to make something really work efficiently and enable you and me to enjoy all that the web can offer and not stay enslaved to his PC anymore. Heck, let's not get started with mobiles

It has been said that books take you places and the web does, too but now you can take your 'personalized web places' with you wherever you want to go as long as there's an internet connection.

And for the obsessive-compulsives out there, you may take comfort that the email you've been using for years now may most probably be the free and web-based. Sure, it's not suave as the ones that come along with a licensed software that you may have paid for but honestly, it gets the job done and you're more than satisfied with it not only because it doesn't cost anything but also because you have access to it whenever and wherever you feel like checking your inbox. And it doesn't stop there because right now, something closely related to that known as SaaS apps are creeping and spreading more quickly than you've ever imagined. It might just be coming to your business doorstep right this very minute. Pretty soon, you just can't escape it anymore.

So, how does cloud computing sound to you?

After which I then go
offline and to live and really listen [taking comfort in the knowledge I could come back whenever I want to and almost everything will still be there ...]

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Friday, January 16, 2009


The new year holds a lot of promise, (yes, but it goes beyond cloud computing, saas or paas and the rise of more web apps for that matter) none of which I felt has worked to my benefit yet. You see, I've been operating at less than 100% of my health that left me pill-popping whose body has become an unlikely bin for mucolytic and other cough remedies. And despite that, I never felt much better and in fact wasn't able to get that much needed rest that I feel holds the key to my recovery. The odds are now stacked against me since little kid has also developed 'drippy nose' and so has wifey, too.

It seems that pain is always a part of transitions, no doubt about it. Superstitiously, that is what being able to finally move this blog into the new domain involves. After all, the name comes from dear, old Brother Francis and he'll have it no other way to be able to attain Perfect Joy.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

A Welcome Difficulty

Towards the end of 2008, it is obvious that churning out post after post as much as I wanted to was going to be painfully difficult. No excuses about 'flesh not being able to keep up with the spirit' but the transition to work from home to weekly trek to the office which totals around 4 gruelling hours can really expose age. [Oh, Manila during the holidays!]

Still, for the rare few who still drop by, a very big and humble thanks.

I will strive to continue being an outpost for interesting finds in the web especially, but not limited to, cloud computing, Saas and Paas. SO bear with me for inserting musical & philosophical (but unfortunately, never fashion) tastes every now and then.

I can't help it.

Welcome to 2009,

In case you're interested in New Year ramblings, check this out. [Shameless plug]