Yearly Archives: 2010

Google Storage for Developers: An Attempt to Compete With S3?

I just happened upon an interesting new Labs service from Google: Google Storage for Developers. It’s very much like Amazon S3 in concept, but from Google. It’s a cheap, pay-as-you-go file storage service that could be used for anything from backing up data to hosting podcasts to serving images.

Google Storage for Developers will cost $0.17 per gigabyte per month for storage, plus transfer fees. It seems slightly more expensive for the month-to-month fee, but the bandwidth charges might be cheaper. For the duration of the preview Google is offering “100 gigabytes of storage and 300 gigabytes of bandwidth per month” at no cost.

It’s also worth noting that Google offers App Engine, a cost-efficient cloud hosting solution for Python/Rails/Java applications. Amazon has a similar service as part of their impressive AWS suite. With either provider, Google or Amazon, you could cheaply run a large web application more efficiently than if you were having to manually deploy physical servers. Reddit awhile ago switched from running their own servers to using AWS and has had nothing but good things to say about it.

It’s nice to see some more competition in this area. Hopefully it will lead to lower prices. :)

BlogBuzz September 11, 2010

Google Instant: Search as You Type

This past Wednesday, Google started rolling out the latest evolution of their search engine. “Google Instant,” as they call it, enables you to execute your searches significantly faster. It’s like the existing Suggest feature, only more so. The search results appear as you type,…

Parsing Lua Scripts With PHP

Lua is a lightweight scripting language designed to be embedded in larger programs in order to allow for user customization. The most popular application to include a Lua interpreter is probably World of Warcraft. The entire user interface is customizable through Lua scripting, and…

iTunes 10: Fix the Vertical Buttons

iTunes 10’s interface is a significant step backwards from its predecessor. The monochrome sidebar makes it harder to pick items out, as you only have the shape of the icon to go by. The new album list view takes up too much horizontal space,…

BlogBuzz September 4, 2010

Ego: iPhone Statistics Dashboard

Want an easy, at-a-glance dashboard for monitoring basic website statistics from your iPhone? Ego fits the description, if you don’t mind the $1.99 price tag. The app will aggregate statistics from Google Analytics, Feedburner, Mint, Ember, Twitter, Vimeo, Tumblr and Squarespace. You can even…

Envato Launches the Tuts+ Marketplace

Envato, the company behind the Tuts+ blogs, has launched a new marketplace for buying and selling premium tutorials. Running from $3 to $7 apiece, the tutorials include the ones available under the Tuts+ subscription as well as user-submitted ones unavailable elsewhere. It’s certainly an…

Digg 4: It’s Actually Usable Now!

I stopped using Digg a year or two ago because the quality of the links on the front page was rapidly deteriorating. Also, the trollish users were really getting on my nerves. The new Digg Version 4 changes all of that, and turns the…

BlogBuzz August 28, 2010