Viral Video Friday: Google - Real World as Irritating as the Internet

Google Analytics has put together a series of videos demonstrating what poor Web design can do to an online commerce site - situations we’d never put up in real life.

Produced by Google’s in-house video agency in the UK, all the spots have the absurdity of a Monty Python skit. It seems weird for Google to be dissing online search and e-commerce, but here it serves the greater goal of telling people to learn more about their customers via Analytics. And in this case, it’s funny ‘cause it’s true.

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10 emerging technology companies to watch in 2013

Lux Research has put together a group of cutting-edge emerging technology companies to watch in 2013, mostly energy tech.

1). Beta Renewables: A $350 million joint venture between Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi and TPG, Italian company Beta Renewables is scaling up a commercial cellulosic ethanol factory, which it began operating in the fourth quarter of 2012 in Italy. The plant is supposed to eventually make 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year, starting from an initial volume of 40,000 tons. Beta Renewables uses enzymes to break down non-food biomass and then uses a fermentation process to turn it into biofuels.

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3D printing vending machine automates the invention process

The popularity of 3D printing has exploded, but even as prices for the devices have fallen, not everyone is prepared or able to shell out the cash necessary start experimenting. But what if there was a 3D vending machine that made experimenting quick and easy, without the printer investment? Well, now there is.

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Startup, Technology, and Innovation in South Florida

There is a growing startup community and ecosystem in South Florida. Developers, entrepreneurs, investors, incubators are all present, trying to get organized and kickstart the local innovation culture. There’s also the added benefit of the tropical lifestyle and international culture that defines South Florida. Below are some resources to get you started and get you connected to the tech vibe and professional networks in the tropics.

Tech & Professional Groups/Meetings

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7 startup trends for 2013

Lately I’ve been following heavily the start-up community, getting involved in the Miami startup movement, advising and mentoring - but ultimately, it’s a lean/mean innovation machine, indicator of future experiences, and there are great opportunities to marry the start-up and agency world :: innovation + story telling + brands.

Here’s a shortlist of trends to follow in 2013.

1- Cloud infrastructure SaaS & Security

This trend is not new, but I think it is cyclical, and the first wave has faded out in 2011. Cloud services is the fastest growing web hosting product at the moment, cloud services is said to reach a market value of $48bn, some say 10% of all IT spendings will be made in cloud services; the trend is clearly going up and not planning on decelerating in the next 5-10 years.

Why a trend in 2013?, Github still growing, Google Cloud introduced earlier this year to compete with Amazon Web Services, Amazon lowering prices, introducing big-data services, more companies have a foot in the cloud and services are getting cheaper and easier to scale than dedicated or VPS hosting. And with a new generation of companies in this sector, 2013 will make it hot again.

Cloud is becoming ubiquitous, now having storage, computing, backups, big data analysis and processing, data collection and aggregation, communications - you name it. It’s making it easier and easier for startups and connect the dots, wire core services together, and form a new innovative service. Cloud is making it easier than ever to fulfill the tech stack of any startup, allowing [the few who can] to focus on the business.

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Turkish Airlines: Kobe Bryant And Leo Messi Compete For A Little Boy's Attention

Today’s ad of the day features two greats from the sports world: Lakers player Kobe Bryant and Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi.
The Turkish Airline spot shows Bryant and Messi trying their hardest to win the attention of a little boy looking for an autograph.

For those who know me, I’ve been a Barça fan for over 20 years, so Messi should win hands down …

¡Visca Barça!

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Archiving Amazon S3 Data to Amazon Glacier

AWS provides you with a number of data storage options. I’ve been using S3 with Arq for persona backups, and with AWS CLI tools all my servers. I have a rotation policy to keep 7 days, then a weekly backup for 4 weeks, and a monthly backup for 3 months … all working perfectly, but in reality I rarely use any of these old backups … so why not archiving them? It’s 10x cheaper to do so!

STANDARD - 99.999999999% durability. S3’s default storage option, starting at $0.125 per GB
RRS - 99.99% durability. S3’s Reduced Redundancy Storage option, starting at $0.093 per GB
GLACIER - 99.999999999% durability, object archived in Glacier option, starting at $0.010 per GB

Today I would like to focus on Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier and a new and powerful way for you to use both of them together.

Both of the services offer dependable and highly durable storage for the Internet. Amazon S3 was designed for rapid retrieval. Glacier, in contrast, trades off retrieval time for cost, providing storage for as little at $0.01 per Gigabyte per month while retrieving data within three to five hours.

How would you like to have the best of both worlds? How about rapid retrieval of fresh data stored in S3, with automatic, policy-driven archiving to lower cost Glacier storage as your data ages, along with easy, API-driven or console-powered retrieval?

Sound good? Awesome, because that’s what we have! You can now use Amazon Glacier as a storage option for Amazon S3.

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AWS Outage Cheat Sheet

Amazon Status Translation Sheet

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Single Availability Zone : All Zones in a region

Degraded Performance : Total service disruption

Elevated Error Rates : No one can connect


Green Tick : Up

Green Tick with (i) : Total Service Outage

Yellow Notice Symbol : Total Service Outage

Red Tick : The guy who selects this for reporting statuses of any kind will get fired.


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