March 5th, 2008
Other folks are talking about and writing about the long germinating, launched in beta, location broker from Yahoo’s Brickhouse, Fire Eagle.
I wanted to call out just a couple of the cool, and non-intuitve decisions they made.
Is NOT a consumer brand
Fire Eagle is a service for building and sharing location data. Its the application built on top of it that you’ll interact with, unless you’re building stuff.
Fire Eagle does NOT manage the social graph
Its a service for sharing your data with friends (or services, or your toaster), but it doesn’t know who your friends are. The social graph has been outsource. Best example of a small piece loosely joined I’ve seen in a long time.
Cares about privacy and ease of use
Ninja privacy is built in. But you don’t have to care. The TOS requires developers to discuss how the data is used. And privacy levels are front and center. And from day one data is delete-able, and in fact data is flushed on a regular basis.
Built on OAuth
October 3rd, 2007
Only the barest of glances at Dynamo so far, and by far the most interesting pieces are going to be how they do the scalable high availability, and of course we’re talking about “Werner Vogels Scalability(tm)“, but I was immediately struck, [as Sam was](http://intertwingly.net/blog/2007/10/03/Key-Data
), by the this pattern key+data we’re seeing:
- memcached (everybody is using it)
- CouchDb (everybody is talking about it)
- Berkely DB (Bloglines and Yahoo to name just two, plus Google, thanks Steve)
- Facebook Data Store API
- and now Dynamo.
Meanwhile Assaf argues well that not all keys are created equal
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September 15th, 2007
Am I the only person bothered while reading Spook Country with the question of who is running the servers?
Put on a VR helmet and you’re jacked into an imaginary world where artists have the sort of funding necessary to build out and run a shared platform for pushing richly textured 3D worlds over wifi.
And that server has some sort of totally smooth handshaking protocol for geolocating you, and streaming back the appropriate scene, and while everybody can publish to this unified virtual landscape, there is no hacking/jacking/spamming going on?
Or am I misreading the technology, and actually the landscapes are stored and served from hacked up WRT54Gs?
August 24th, 2006
I’ve been waiting for an Amazon compute cluster ever since S3 came out, and like Les I tried, and failed, to sign up for EC2 beta as soon as I got the email. What all you freaks were doing up around 5am signing up for webservices I’ll never know.
Nik over at TechCrunch however ran the numbers, and its looking more like what I get from John Companies, and less like the great mapreduce grid in the sky I was hoping for.