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Yahoo plans to discontinue its Briefcase service? Newer File Sharing Options.

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Yahoo plans to discontinue its Briefcase service, which allows people to store files online for free.

The service will be shut down on March 30, the company said Wednesday. Yahoo is warning users to retrieve or delete their documents before that date.

Briefcase, which offered 30MB of online storage, was launched almost 10 years ago. However, “usage has been significantly declining over the years, as users outgrew the need for Yahoo Briefcase and turned to offerings with much more storage and enhanced sharing capabilities,” the company said in a statement.

There are now many alternative online storage services to Briefcase. Notable rivals include Microsoft’s SkyDrive, a Windows Live service that offers 25GB of free storage.

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Amazon Case Studies – Application Hosting Using Cloud Computing

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Companies using AWS  (Cloud Technology).  Read the case studies to determine if its right for your business to move into the cloud.

Application Hosting

Abaca

Abaca

Abaca, a spam blocking application, chooses Amazon EC2 as a low-cost computing alternative after they surpass their estimated growth rate.

AdaptiveBlue

AdaptiveBlue

AdaptiveBlue builds a secure and instantly scalable business as well as an effective monetization platform using Amazon Associates Web Service and Amazon S3.

Autodesk Seek

Autodesk Seek

Autodesk, Inc. selects Amazon Web Services as the infrastructure upon which to build its new software-as-a-service solution, Autodesk Seek.
DigitalChalk

DigitalChalk

DigitalChalk powers its easy-to-use application for creating, delivering, and managing online training videos using Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, and Amazon SQS.

DreamFactory

DreamFactory

DreamFactory selects Amazon Web Services as a cost-effective platform which meets technical and business requirements for delivering products in the cloud.
HostedFTP

HostedFTP

HostedFTP.com, a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) replacement solution for businesses, hosts their file sharing system on Amazon S3 and EC2.

LiveLeader

LiveLeader

LiveLeader estimates that they’ve saved nearly $200,000 by deploying their live chat tool for business on Amazon Web Services.

Mailtrust

Mailtrust

Mailtrust, who hosts email accounts for more than 100,000 businesses worldwide, uses Amazon S3 for their backup solution, cutting costs by more than 75%.

Morph

Morph

Built from the ground up using Amazon Web Services, Morph Labs markets a “full service” deployment, delivery and management system for web applications.

rPath

rPath

rPath saves $80,000 by migrating 7,000 software appliance images from rBuilder Online to Amazon S3.

Smartsheet

Smartsheet

To accommodate their growing business, Smartsheet—a web-based solution for managing tasks, projects and processes—turns to Amazon S3 for document storage.

Techout.com

Techout.com

Amazon EC2 allows Techout to horizontally scale virtual monitoring instances with speed and at low cost whenever and wherever they’re needed around the world2

The NEW Developer Resource Cheat Sheet! Tools and Resources

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A very popular cheat sheet.

Thanks to: cheat-sheet.org

Web Development

Cascading Style Sheets

  • CSS – single page – available in pdf and png formats.
  • CSS 1 – pdf – two pages.
  • CSS 2 – pdf – two pages.
  • CSS – multiple pages, so not really a cheat sheet, but still quite useful. In html format, but with well formatted printing option.

HTML

  • HTML elements – html format – prints over four pages.
  • XMHTL elements – pdf format – two pages.
  • HTML entities – good reference for all those © and   type things. Single page pdf and png.

Other

  • Colour chart – in hexadecimal – image on one page. Just the web safe colours – even though this is now pretty much outdated.
  • Colour chart – decimal version. – also in hex.

Programming Languages

  • Regular Expressions – every programmer should love regex – pdf and png.
  • C – pdf – 1 page in A4 and US letter formats.
  • PHP – cheat sheet in pdf and png.
  • PHP – cheat sheet in pdf format – two pages.
  • Python – cheat sheet – html format – prints in five pages.
  • Ruby on Rails – single page pdf and png format.
  • JavaScript – single page png or pdf.
  • Java Server Pages – pdf two pages.
  • Java programming – long cheat sheet – 11 pages in pdf format.
  • ASP / VB Script – cheat sheet – png and pdf.
  • XSL – pdf – 2 pages.
  • XSLT – pdf – 2 pages.

Applications

  • CVS – html – one page – very basic.
  • CVS – pdf – two pages – in A4 and US letter format – comprehensive.
  • Subversion – pdf – two pages.
  • MySQL – cheat sheet – single page – png and pdf.
  • MySQL 4.02 – pdf – two pages.
  • PostgreSQL – html – two pages.
  • VI – two pages – pdf format.
  • VI – one page – pdf.
  • emacs – pdf – 1 page.

Other

Developing and Deploying Java applications – Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

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Developing and Deploying Java applications on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.

This article will also be included under “CLOUD TOOLS” for future reference.

TOP 10 Best Cloud Computing Service Awards

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Here are the TOP 10 Best Cloud Computing Services Annual Awards.  Brought to you by: HostReview.com

Visit HostedReview for the winners of their other categories.

1. Amazon EC2/S3
Amazon Web Services (AWS) delivers a set of services that together form a reliable, scalable, and inexpensive computing platform “in the cloud”.
2. Mosso
Mosso was started to provide developers with a reliable platform for applications and email–without developers being the ones responsible for all the technology.
3. Hostway FlexCloud
Hostway is the first major Web hosting company to roll out a cloud computing infrastructure for shared Web hosting customers, delivering unprecedented scalability, flexibility and reliability using innovative, affordable technology solutions.
4. GoGrid
GoGrid Cloud Servers support a variety of Linux and Windows operating systems with preinstalled software, such as IIS, Apache, PHP, Microsoft SQL Server, and MySQL. Our Server images allow you to quickly deploy a single server or build a load balanced server network in just a few clicks without having to spend time installing software.
5. 3Tera AppLogic
AppLogic is a grid operating system which enables cloud computing for running and scaling web applications. Our hosting partners use AppLogic to offer clouds and utility computing services for transactional and streaming applications on grids of commodity servers in their datacenters.
6. Google App Engine
Google App Engine offers users the ability to build and host web applications on Google’s infrastructure.
7. Live Mesh
Sync, share, and access the information you care about—wherever you happen to be.
8. Jungle Disk
Jungle Disk lets you store files and automatically backup data easily and securely. Jungle Disk has a great automatic backup system, and can easily be used for basic data backup, but Jungle Disk also gives you a complete network drive that you can use from multiple machines – like an unlimited size USB drive that you can connect to from anywhere. The exclusive caching features in Jungle Disk make it so that using your network drive is as fast as a local drive, and you don’t need to constantly transfer data from the server.
9. CloudAppy
Drag-and-drop cloud hosting. Have a JAVA, RAILS, or PHP application that you would like load-balanced in a high-availability cloud. Register for your FREE account to find out how easy it is.
10. Etelos
The Etelos Platform Suite is a comprehensive solution for enterprises to publish and distribute Web-based applications and services for businesses, organizations and users. It is made up of four platforms available as individual solutions or as an integrated suite.

2008 Best Cloud Computing Service and Best SaaS – 3Tera Wins

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ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan 29, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — 3Tera, Inc., the leading innovator of cloud computing technology and utility computing services, announces HostReview, a top-rated online resource for the Web hosting industry since 1998, named 3Tera to both its 2008 Top 10 Web Host Awards’ Best Cloud Computing Service and Best SaaS Provider lists. 3Tera received the prestigious honor for a second consecutive year, confirming its leadership role as an innovator and enabler of new services to the hosting market.

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