Alan Williamson's personal output as a Java Champion, BlueDragon Founder, J2EE Architect,
Large Scale Cloud expert, Author, Speaker, and Internet Guru

Amazon S3: Server-Side Encryption .. a completely pointless feature

Amazon recently updated their S3 product with another feature. Though this one is somewhat of a lame duck and should be used with caution.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Dear Google+, you had your chance, you blew it

Google+ betrays the trust of its Picasa users, auto sharing private photos that have been tagged. Completely unacceptable
Saturday, 23 July 2011

JQuery Lined TextArea plugin

A simple JQuery Plugin that adds line numbers to a standard HTML TextArea box
Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Airport security is theatre with TSA as the stage director

After my busiest year of air travel, I am not shocked that someone managed to smuggle items onto a plane. It really isn't that difficult, and as anyone that frequently flies, security isn't all its cracked up to be. Some tales from the frontline
Monday, 28 December 2009

Amazon takes MySQL to the cloud; or have they?

Amazon have released a slew of new features and products for their cloud. But as usual, the devil is in the detail. I go into some of the issues and discover that this may not be for everyone.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Bueller Bueller ... Cameron's house isn't as secluded as you may think

Have you seen the exact location of where the infamous house from Ferris Bueller's Day Off is situated? Not as remote as the movie would have you believe
Thursday, 28 May 2009

Cloud Boot Camp heads to Prague May 19th

Preparing to take our Cloud Boot Camp Road Show to Prague
Tuesday, 12 May 2009

The mimo USB 7" LCD monitor is 2009's must have accessory

If you need another monitor, but don't want the hassle of installing a new graphics card, or messing around with power supplies and drivers, then give this MIMO monitor a try. It is a truly amazing piece of kit.
Friday, 6 March 2009

Google does not want you in America

Flying to America? Remember to fill out your ESTA form and don't use Google Chrome, they don't want you to come
Monday, 12 January 2009

Amazon releases their AWS Web Console

Amazon, finally after years of providing just a command line interface to their web services, released a web based management console. Has it been worth the wait? Read the review of their first web based offering.
Friday, 9 January 2009

Amazon SimpleDB renamed to Amazon Registry

Okay, so this is wishful thinking on my part, Amazon taking the initiative and renaming their very powerful SimpleDB product Amazon Registry. Let me present my case for why they should.
Sunday, 7 December 2008

Deploy OpenBD to the cloud via Elastic Server

With ElasticServer you can now build your own custom server image with OpenBD installed, choosing your own J2EE and database server. Deploy straight to Amazon EC2. Can't get easier.
Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Is the Aptana Cloud really a cloud?

What makes a true cloud offering? What must a company offer before it can make the cloud claim? I examine the 3 criteria that for me defines a true cloud offering.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Amazon ex-employee looks to cloud telephony applications

Twilio a new startup from Amazon's ex Product Manager Jeff Lawson will soon be coming out of private beta to offer cloud like telephony services.
Saturday, 8 November 2008

Clouds do blow away - live with it

Cloud providers, like their name sakes, do blow away leaving clear blue skies. Cloud providers aren't selling miracle cures - yet people are buying as if they were. Who is at fault when things do go wrong?
Thursday, 30 October 2008

Microsofts Cloud offering Azure - the bullet points

Yesterday Microsoft finally released their vision for their offering into the cloud space. They have published a whitepaper on Azure. Here is a list of the highlights that Azure has to offer.
Tuesday, 28 October 2008

"Clouds" is a place on the earth

Ever wondered where our clouds actually physically reside? In a forever virtualised world its easy to forget sometimes that you actually do end up running on bare-metal at some point. The BBC has an interesting article on one such data center.
Monday, 27 October 2008

Cloud bootcamp with special guest appearance

For our upcoming cloud bootcamp in San Jose, we have a special guest appearance from the co-founder of one of the most popular cloud management consoles available today; Thorsten von Eicken of RightScale.
Friday, 24 October 2008

Amazon raising the bar again with EC2 Load balancing

Amazon have officially got rid of their beta status and are now ready to be used properly! Amazon have hinted at what is coming up in the future, and what we are cloud wanderers are to expect from them and others in the space.
Thursday, 23 October 2008

Single Java class for accessing GoGrid

GoGrid is an alternative cloud platform to the likes of Amazon. They too have an API allowing you to build your own UI. If you want a complete single no-fuss Java class to control GoGrid, then look no further.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008


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