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Conventional Computing Model VS Cloud Service Model

A good comparison of Conventional computing model and Cloud service model. How, client/server side programs are changed as Web 2.0 type of apps in cloud computing. Lots of changes and new paradigm. Still more to change during complete transition to Web 3.0.

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*Source – Forester Research Inc.

Conventional Computing Model Cloud Service Model

Applications

  • Client side apps
  • Client/server apps
  • Web interface to local server app
  • Data/Process resides on PC or on local server

End user cloud services

  • Rich internet applications
  • Web 2.0 technologies
  • Software-as-a-service
  • Data and process resides on the service provider or remote virtual server

Developer tools and technologies

  • Client side development tools
  • Service oriented architecture
  • Composite applications
  • Proprietary applications such as Win32

App-components-as-a-service

  • Internet hosted software services that enable mashups
  • Web hosted development tools
  • Community development tools for shared templates and code

Middleware

  • App server
  • File and object stores
  • Database
  • Integration server

Software platform as a service

  • Hosted app platform
  • Hosted data, file, and object stores
  • Hosted database
  • Software-integration-as-a-service

Physical Infrastructure

  • Servers
  • Disks
  • Networks
  • System Management

Virtual-infrastructure-as-a-service

  • Virtual servers
  • Storage servers
  • Virtual LAN configuration
  • Management-as-a-service

Microsoft Windows Turns 25 Years! – Microsoft Windows Journey!

Microsoft released Windows 1.0 on 20 Nov 1985 and it is 25 years now. Microsoft, no doubt is one of the most popular operating systems till date. Even though, many hate Windows for its instability, stolen look and feel etc. Whatever the allegations could be, but Microsoft Windows is a highly successful Operating System. Right from Windows 1.0 till Windows 7, there have been several Windows versions released. Some of them were very successful and others were just flops. Happy 25 Year Anniversary Microsoft! Wish you get better OS like Windows Phone 7!

Source ZDnet UK

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Major Windows releases are below. Highly successful versions are Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows XP. (Images from Wikipedia)

Windows 1.0

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Windows 3.1

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Windows 95

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Windows 2000

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Windows XP

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Windows 7

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3 Free And Easy Web Applications To Create Videos From Your Photos Instantly – Easy Video Creator

Sometimes we need to create personalized videos with background music and text for personal as well as professional reasons. Say you want a beautiful video from your recent vacation as aimage memory. Sure, there are standalone apps to do such professional movie editing. But, not all of us have the patience to learn the tool and use. We want quick and the best way to create video clips from photos, tracks and other pieces of media. Well, there are some nice online web applications that can create music video, slideshows from your photos in a snap! You don’t need to be a geek! Here we list 3 such services; They are free however, for full features they do require some money!

 

Animoto

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Animoto lets you turn your photos and videos into great videos. Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and shockingly easy. It doesn’t need any technical skills to produce great looking videos using Animoto.

Steps involved are really simple – Upload images or videos, chose the sound track or put your own, type in the personalized text and boom! Animoto creates a unique movie trailer out for you! Always unique – no 2 animoto videos are alike! Upload the video, share the video, do what ever you like with the video! that simple!

Check it out here.

Flixtime

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Flixtime turns your photos and videos into stunning and unique videos in just minutes! Like Animoto, Flixtime creates movie trailer out of uploaded photos, videos, text and music. Free account lets you create a 60 second video.

Check it out here.

Stupeflix

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Mix images, photos, audio tracks, videos and create movie trailer. Fast and very easy. Free account with limited features is available. Try and see if it fits your requirements!

Check it out here.

Windows Phone 7 vs Android – 5 Way Potential Blow To Android

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Android is the most popular Smart Phone platform at the moment as per recent Nielsen Report. Blackberry as well as iPhone have taken a toll because of the raising Android popularity. Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1, 6.5 also suffered heavily due to their non finger friendliness. Now, Microsoft has learned and seem to have corrected themselves. The recent release of WP7 (Windows Phone 7) has created new hope for Microsoft and new boy on the street! Surprisingly, fans of Android have liked Windows Phone 7 a lot and given great ratings. Windows Phone 7 is expected to hit the market from Nov 8th.

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Android feels mostly like an iPhone clone but Windows Phone 7 has a fresh UI design. Here are 5 things of WP7 that could hit Android badly!

  1. Windows Phone 7 UI is a lot refreshed than Android. Android is mostly similar to iPhone OS (IOS) and lack refinement. UI layout is not uniform, skins, shells are different on different phones. Most phones are not regulated to have high end H/W. Microsoft has not understoos from past experience. They will have a strict H/W spec check to have optimum performance. Android is already becoming cheap iPhone, with all time low cost devices like Samsung Galaxy Spica, Galaxy 3 and some Acer phones. Google still plans to reduce costs of phone. There is no doubt that WP7 will create its on niche market soon.
  2. Windows Phone 7 games are better with rich user experience. With XBOX 360 background, a lot of developers are expected to provide gaming support for WP7 devices.
  3. Android users are not cult followers as iPhone/Apple fans. More than 14% of them are ready to switch (Source GigaOM) to different phone OS if needed.
  4. Microsoft is already pumping a lot of money to make WP7 popular, attracting a lot of developers for Apps. App Store is going to be a formidable competition for Google.
  5. Microsoft has big plans in adding new features to WP7, great MS Office support, Sharepoint support etc.

WP7 is still evolving, multitasking, copy paste etc features are still a long way to go but Microsoft has taken a bold step in talking to Android/iPhone! Blackberry is still a long way to join the show with BB6!

Smart Phone Market Share – iPhone and Android are battling, Symbian, RIM are down!

AdMob serves more than 10 billion ads per month to more than 15,000 mobile websites   and applications. This kind of huge traffic lets AdMob to provide a realistic statistics on what kind of mobile devices are in their network. Please note that the below statics are mains Ad impressions but it may be taken as page views as ads are embedded in normal web pages and can give pretty good indicators of the genuine web impressions. If you see the below graph, Android is the clear winner because of its steep growth over others and soon it looks like it will be together with iPhone. Symbian is looking like it just had a free fall!

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One of the top blogs, Ars technica has released their mobile web stats, which closely matches the AdMob statistics. Android has gained a great momentum and if it continues the same way, probably iPhone will be knocked out of the race? Time needs to tell that for sure.

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  • In February 2010, the leading smartphone operating systems in the AdMob network were the iPhone OS, Android, and Symbian. Over the last year, the iPhone increased its share of smartphone requests from 33% to 50% while Symbian’s share of requests fell from 43% to 18%.
  • Android was the fastest growing operating system in the AdMob network year-over-year. Android’s share of smartphone requests increased from 2% in February 2009 to 24% in
    February 2010. The top five Android devices worldwide, by traffic, were the Motorola Droid, HTC Dream, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, and the Motorola CLIQ. (Source AdMob)

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Source: Ars Technica

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