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ToddySM
Redmond, WA, USA
A typical user who happens to work in technology for years. Like to deal with Web 2.0, SEO/SEM and chat about customers. Working in Windows/Windows Live.
Interests: travel, golf, web 2.0, real estate, sem, seo, internet marketing, stock markets, making customers happy, leadersip, web analytics, self improvement
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@ afjsklsjlk: You should run in problems only if you want to do WinPhone development because the emulator requires Intel VT-x or AMD-V virtualization technology. Windows 8 emulator should run without this. You may want to try the following two links: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2744 http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13580491/how-to-enable-support-of-cpu-virtualization-on-macbook-pro However if your Mac is too old its CPU may not have the hardware vritualization technology build-in. My MacBook Pro was bought in 2010 and it was the last one lacking the technology from Intel, hence I wasn't able to run the Phone emulator but I am able to run the Win8 emulator. Hope this helps.
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Tweet With the advancement in cloud technologies more and more companies are getting on the Anything-as-a-Service train but over the years the term services became so overloaded that people are having hard time understanding what it means. As any other... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
@John D: The discrepancy in prices was acknowledged in several conversations but thanks for pointing it out here also.
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@Chris: I am with you on the understaffing but isn't this the same for any other profession? I constantly hear this from IT, developers, testers, accountants, HR people and so on. However it is sad to read that IT projects take several years. And this is the main reason I've heard business people want to use the cloud and bypass IT. Hence I think IT should look for ways to get this down to reasonable timeframes - nobody (even Microsoft) thinks in years anymore when it comes to technology. And, please - you don't need to educate me what is involved in upgrading 1000s of client machines or migrating TBs of data - been there, done that ;)
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Tweet Not surprising to me my yesterday's post Why Shutting Down TechNet is Not a Problem for IT Pros sparked quite passioned comments from IT Pros. I have to admit - I was wrong! Shutting down TechNet is a problem... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
@Chris: You are correct with the price difference but may expectation is (which may turn out to be wrong of course) is that this will change in the future else Microsoft will really lose a lot. However if you work in an enterprise those licenses should be covered in the Enterprise Agreement or your employer as you mentioned. @Susan: I assume you already have licenses for the software that you want to migrate from so you don't need those. As for the ones you want to migrate to 90 days is pretty long time. I think the biggest problem with IT is that simple projects there drag for months and even years and it seems this is a standard. From my point of view (and this is my own opinion) you can do any evaluation in 90 days. Last, I think that you have bigger things to worry as MS shareholder than shutting down TechNet. Shutting down redundant service like TechNet is actually good for shareholders but remove a big chunk of expenses like infrastructure, maintenance and personnel. My bigger worry is that MS doesn't seem to get traction with their consumer business.
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Tweet While reading the news yesterday I stumbled upon the following article in Puget Sound Business Journal - Why is Microsoft alienating its biggest customers? IT pros want TechNet back. Everybody has the right to complain and sign a petition... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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Tweet It is surprising to see how every new technology suddenly becomes the thing that will solve every problem. The cloud is no different. Everybody rushes to migrate their applications to the cloud because they think this will magically make... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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Tweet Reading my newsfeed this morning I noticed several articles talking about the cloud and the enterprise. There is no doubt that the area is heating up with more and more acquisitions (IBM buys Softlayer), investments (GE invests $105M in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
Hi Antonio, I have not updated the comparison since but I am working on a more comprehensive comparison chart between different vendors. Will make the first post in the upcoming weeks. Toddy
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@Sorin, you are right - I made a mistake that I just fixed in the post. Open Source vendors I think are actually better in implementing the cloud model.
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Tweet In his opening keynote for Red Hat Summit, Jim Whitehurst, the CEO of Red Hat asked the audience: "Name an innovation that isn't happening in Open Source - other than Azure!" I can certainly add iPhone and AWS to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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Tweet With cloud computing increasing its popularity, more and more enterprise IT and development teams are looking to run proof-of-concept projects. Very often though such projects do not deliver results as expected and project managers come back to the leadership... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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Tweet One of the biggest benefits the cloud offers is the ability to colocate customers and applications on the same hardware in order to improve the efficiency through resource utilization. This type of colocation is referred as multi-tenancy however the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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Tweet For decades we have been developing applications that are tightly coupled and bound to the underlying infrastructure. With the introduction of the cloud though this legacy architectures prove not only to be inefficient but also a major obstacle for... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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Tweet Last week's announcement from Xeround to discontinue their public database service may have taken some people by surprise. Xeround's web site claims that they power 32,000 applications and for sure a few of those will have trouble moving out... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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For years we have been using demographics information to target customers. The reasons for that are first, because it is easy to obtain - demographics information has been collected over the years by government organizations, research companies and private enterprises and we are pretty accustom in using it. Second, customers... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at Exponee Blog
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Tweet If you have been thinking how to choose your public cloud vendor you are not the only one. There are hundreds of offerings that you can choose from and comparing those can be a cumbersome exercise. Hence most of... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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Tweet With cloud computing becoming the center of almost every new enterprise IT project, more and more startups decide to compete in the area. This raises the question: "Are they ready to fulfill the enterprise needs?" Forget the need to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
@Majid, unfortunately I am not a Power Shell user and I will not be very helpful here. I would suggest you post your question on Azure's forums at http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsazureplatform
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Tweet Very short post but I hope this will save somebody lot of time. I was trying to debug a Windows 8 Store App on my Surface RT however quite a few of my attempts failed. The issue was obviously... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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Tweet Few days ago I noticed a question on a LinkedIn group that made me thinking how important is the notion of private clouds. First, let's briefly look at what is the difference between public, private and community clouds as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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Tweet With everybody jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon lately, developers and architects need to spend extra time analyzing applications that can become good candidates for migration. It is wrong to believe that every legacy application can be easily migrated... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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Tweet As already described in the previous few articles NIST defines three different service models for the cloud - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. However if you look at the Wikipedia article about cloud computing you will notice that there are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov
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Tweet Last week's Windows Azure Storage outage made me thinking how many of us evaluate the vendor's Service Level Agreement (SLA) before they decide to deploy workloads in the cloud. I bet many think about it only when it is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at Snip/Shot by Toddy Mladenov