Google tests out status page for its whole cloud platform

  SUMMARY:Cloud users want a dashboard that shows outages or delays across all services. Amazon and Microsoft have one already and now it looks like Google’s is on the way. Google already fields a status page for Google App Engine. And for Google Apps. Now it’s testing out one for its overall Google Cloud Platform. Clearly marked as ...

Why is it so hard to make a Java program appear native?

One solution is to rewrite the application for each system. Stack Exchange This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and answered by users at Stack Exchange, a free, community-powered network of 100+ Q&A sites. user3150201 asks: Most Java applications don’t look the same as C/C++ applications. Swing ...

Keep a programming language backwards compatible or fix its flaws?

Switching to a new version isn’t worth the time or the risk. Stack Exchange This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and answered by users at Stack Exchange, a free, community-powered network of 100+ Q&A sites. Radu Murzea asks: First, some context (stuff that most of you ...

Should you go forward with a project if the code isn’t clean?

Bad code can be salvaged; resist the urge to rewrite the software. Stack Exchange This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and answered by users at Stack Exchange, a free, community-powered network of 100+ Q&A sites. solidsnake asks: I’m a beginner Web developer (one year of experience). ...

At what point is version control needed?

A small group of programmers have hacked together a system to save work. Stack Exchange This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and answered by users at Stack Exchange, a free, community-powered network of 100+ Q&A sites. Stephen Collings asks: I work in embedded systems. Right now, my organization ...

Still reeling from Heartbleed, OpenSSL suffers from crypto bypass flaw

Bug in crypto library strips away one of the Internet’s most crucial protections. Wikimedia A researcher has uncovered another severe vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library. It allows attackers to decrypt and modify Web, e-mail, and virtual private network traffic protected by the transport layer security (TLS) protocol, the Internet’s most widely used method for ...

How to create a test partition for the OS X Yosemite beta

What to do if you want to try the software without relying on a beta every day. How to create a test partition for Yosemite, or “how to test a new OS without ruining your computer.” Apple announced OS X Yosemite at its Worldwide Developers conference Monday, and among other features, the new version is ushering ...

Automation is the key to saving cash in the cloud. But how to do it?

  SUMMARY:On this week’s Structure Show, we discussed how VMware handles automation both for its customers and in its own cloud, and how a startup called Mesosphere wants to turn parts of that approach on their head by taking inspiration from Google and Twitter. We’re a month out from our Structure conference, so we took the ...

Amazon woos VMware admins (and workloads) with new portal

photo: Barb Darrow SUMMARY:Can you say hybrid cloud? AWS says its new portal will let VMware administrators manage AWS, as well as VMware, resources. Interesting. Late Friday, Amazon Web Services announced a portal that it says will make VMware admins comfortable managing workloads in the Amazon cloud. This is just the latest push by the public ...

New AWS Management Portal for vCenter

IT Managers and Administrators working within large organizations regularly tell us that they find the key AWS messages — fast and easy self-service provisioning, exchange of CAPEX for OPEX, and the potential for cost savings — to be attractive and compelling. They want to start moving into the future by experimenting with AWS, but they don’t always ...