Dropbox

Well, for whatever reason I haven’t been using a cloud based file syncing service up until now. I think mostly it was because I was just stuck in old habits and ways of thinking about how to manage files. But I finally had enough issues, that I remember not long ago a friend telling me how he used Dropbox to fix some issues I have. I signed up today and I just can’t believe I waited this long. It is pretty awesome.

Any files I put into my dropbox folder get synced to their servers. I can sync the same files to any other machine or phone with the client installed. Clients have been written for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Mobile and Blackberry. It keeps older versions of files on hand and all the syncing happens without any work on my part. It’s possible to make files publicly available via the web or share them with specific individuals. So nice.

You can read about Dropbox on Wikipedia. And as a nice bonus, if you sign up through the following link, we’ll both get an additional 250 MB of storage. How nice is that? My referral link to Dropbox.

MySQL – Not Just for Blogs Any More

Via slashdot – a Register article about the LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) that will be built in Chile and send data to the U.S. How much data? They are thinking it will be around 30 Terabytes a night.

What caught my eye and quite frankly surprised me, was the last paragraph

The data reduction pipelines are developed in C++ and Python. They rely on approximately 30 off-the-shelf middleware packages/libraries for parallel processing, data persistence and retrieval, data transfer, visualization, operations management and control, and security. The current design is based on MySQL layered on a parallel, fault-tolerant file system.