Hackers everywhere

Most people don’t know what an hacker is. It’s not easy for me to come up with a definition with which most people would agree… But here it comes: Hackers thrive on sharing, collaborating, and improving their field. (inspired by this). I work in the field of technology (software, systems, Cloud Computing, etc.), and of course I’m very familiar with the “hacker” approach in these fields. I don’t think that hackers should necessary be “against” a particular form of protection, law, or approach to technology: I simply think that being a hacker means that you want to make the world…

Let me give you 30 minutes for free

I spent about 35 minutes collecting the following links, thoughts, etc. You can spend about 5 minutes to read them, and eventually much more to dig the details… But you would have saved 30 minutes… Given that you trust my filtering skills Please remember that: opinions here are personal, and that linking to resources doesn’t necessary mean that I agree with the content. Thanks! 1) Funambol, a company started by my Italian friend Fabrizio Capobianco, closed 5.75 Million $ round in funding. Read about them, it’s an interesting story. 2) The most seen online video in history: Kony 2012. 3)…

Amazon Web Services weekly podcast

A few months ago, my colleague Simon Elisha and I started the “AWS Podcast“, a weekly podcast on technical aspects related to Amazon Web Services. It has quickly become quite popular, and if you are not subscribed yet, it might be a good time to do it. You can also listen to past episodes. We’re now at Episode number 16.

Steve Blank

This is another un-missable video interview. The guest is Steve Blank, one of the most well known entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley. Watch and enjoy. a

Chris Sacca

It’s one of these rare moments when you have three letters floating inside your head. W. And then O. And then another W. WOW. I’ve just watched Chris Sacca interviewed by Jason Calacanis. It’s about 72 minutes long, and it’s only the first part. WOW (again). I am embedding it here, find 72 minutes of time and watch it, ASAP. Do you know what the worst part is? That I’ve NEVER HEARD of Chris Sacca before. Despite having been part of this “crazy” world of technology for quite a long time now, yet… Gems like this slip unnoticed. Special thanks…

Dreamforce challenge

Hi there, I’m Simone Brunozzi, Technology Evangelist at Amazon Web Services, and this blog post is about the “Mini-Hack” challenge at DreamForce 2012. There are two challenges for you: a Basic Hack, and an Advanced Hack (which includes the basic one, plus adds some more juice). This page is also available from this link: http://bit.ly/dreamforce-aws. Basic Hack Download a MySQL database dump. Launch a MySQL instance on Amazon EC2. Copy the database dump to the new instance. Convert the database into a NoSQL database. Upload the newly converted database into DynamoDB. Query DynamoDB and retrieve the value specified below. Advanced…

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