Stories by Joab Jackson

Linux is culprit in leap-second lapses: Cassandra exec

A number of high-profile outages that took place last weekend can be traced back to how the Linux OS kernel mishandled a leap second added to the official time, charges the CTO of DataStax, a company that manages the open source Cassandra database.

Leap second bedevils Web systems over weekend

Despite precautions by system providers, an extra second added to the official timekeeping record Saturday triggered several popular Internet services to crash over the weekend, including LinkedIn, Reddit and Quantas airline's reservation system.

IBM to pitch augmented reality as a retail sales aid

As part of the company's Smarter Commerce marketing effort, IBM is investigating the possibility of using augmented reality (AR) to help retailers provide more product information to their customers, as well as to gather more information about custom...

Google launches IaaS Compute Engine

Expanding its portfolio of cloud computing services, Google is launching an IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) package, called Google Compute Engine (GCE).

Red Hat acquiring FuseSource

Boosting its line of open-source middleware, Red Hatis in the process of acquiring open-source integration software vendor FuseSource from its parent company Progress Software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mule update is data friendly

With the newest edition of its open source enterprise service bus (ESB), MuleSoft allows administrators to connect directly to data sources in addition to applications.

How Alan Turing set the rules for computing

On Saturday, British mathematician Alan Turing would have turned 100 years old. It is barely fathomable to think that none of the computing power surrounding us today was around when he was born.

Rackspace exec warns of Amazon lock-in

Customers of Amazon Web Services may be unknowingly locking their data and computational logic in with the popular cloud service, making it difficult to move or significantly modify those resources, the president of a competing cloud provider asserte...

QCon: Application development faces seismic shift

In much the same way that Java replaced C++ 15 years ago as the dominant programming language for enterprise software, Web development technologies such as HTML5, JavaScript and others might supplant traditional programming languages today, according...

Eucalyptus moves to GitHub

Eucalyptus Systems has updated its IaaS (infrastructure as a platform) cloud computing software so that computing jobs may be started more easily.

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