Monthly Archives: December 2008

Amazon EC2 and a Hadoop cluster

According to the New York Times used Hadoop and Amazon EC2 to convert 4TB of TIFF images – including 405K large TIFF images, 3.3M SGML articles, and 405K XML files – into 800K Web-friendly PNG images in 36 hours.

VMware Fusion 2 for Apple MacBook OS X

VMware Fusion 2 for Apple MacBook OS X (This is a free upgrade for Fusion 1 users)

You’ll be asked if you wish to ‘upgrade’ your vms and the virtualHW.version line in your VMX file will change from

virtualHW.version = “6”


virtualHW.version = “7”

You’ll also want to upgrade VMware Tools in your VM to/from 7.9.3 build 128865 (?) and if you have a Boot Camp driver disc you can even connect your Apple iSight webcam to your VM !

VMware Fusion 2 include MacFuse that lets you see files in your VMDK disks when VMs are turned off and even a new VMware menu item to “Install McAfee” eval INSIDE your WXP or WVS VM’s !

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) arrives in Europe

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) arrives in Europe

Developers and businesses can now run their Amazon EC2 instances in the EU to help achieve lower latency, operate closer to other resources like Amazon S3 in the EU, and meet EU data storage requirements when applicable. The new European Region for Amazon EC2 contains two Availability Zones enabling you to easily and cost effectively run fault-tolerant applications with the same scalability, reliability and cost efficiency achieved with Amazon EC2 in the U.S.