Author Archives: Nick Davis

When the Cloud transforms into Universal Utility Computing

The Cloud is Born One of the most popular themes in the last couple years on the web is the much-heralded “cloud computing”. Of course, the cloud metaphor is taken from the representation of the Internet in architecture diagrams as a big fluffy cloud to which other, more discrete networks and systems are interconnected. From […]

Boxee delivers a quality media center experience

So I recently received my alpha invite to Boxee, a new service that combines a slick media center app with social networking elements. The centerpiece is a multi-platform app (currently only Linux and Mac OS X are supported, with Windows support coming) based on XBMC that provides a rich user experience. XBMC has been around […]

Sun’s VirtualBox is a welcome treat

Since Jonathan Schwartz has taken the reigns, Sun has been on increasingly friendly terms with the open source world. Witness the recent work of opening the Java language, the purchase of MySQL AB (the company behind the ubiquitous open source database), and of course the much lauded Microsoft Office suite alternative OpenOffice.org. VirtualBox, Sun’s entry […]

Pandora needs your help

Most of you who know me know that I’m a huge fan of Pandora. When coding on a project, Pandora is superb for providing a constant stream of quality Trance music. For those unfamiliar with the site, it’s a flash-based service that allows you to stream music based on your own personal tastes. You can […]

Portland bound

I’m headed to Portland soon to spend some time working at the new Vidoop World Headquarters. Adam, Chris, and Jason were gracious enough to offer me a couch to sleep on for my time there. I’m hoping to get caught up with everyone and get a bit more acclimated to the Portland way of life. […]