Moving this blog

March 12, 2006

Hi all,

Just a quick blurb that I’m moving this blog to my own domain. The primary reason for this is, that I want to do some things with my blog (plugin- and layout-wise) that I am not able to do here since this is a hosted service. The few posts I have here will remain but unfortunatly I will lose the comments.
Thanks to the guys at wordpress for providing this free service.

My new blog is at http://waseem.sadiq.nl/blog/ 

Hope to see you at the other side.

Hardware-as-a-Service

March 9, 2006

Interesting concept on Nicholass Carr’s weblog mentioning the term “Hardware-as-a-service” and the company that is providing virtualized IT architecture for the masses.

I know that this tends to be a pain-point for some companies that need to scale and need to scale fast, so they might just have a nice business going on here.

Still doesn’t solve the biggest infrastructure bogger of ’em all: power consumption. This is a serious issue needing to be addressed, just ask Google :-)

On a final note: do understand that for your applications to be deployable on these kind of architectures you need to keep certain principles in mind. Scalability is a forethought, performance optimizations are an afterthought.

I would like to share some stuff with you that I came upon recently which struck me as being interesting.

Research stuff

Google research papers

There is a lot of cool (academic) stuff over here about the way Google is structured and a lot of other expiremental gigs the guys over at Google have going. Don’t forget to click the “more papers by Googlers” link on the bottom of the page.

Microsoft’s technologies available for licencing

I found this one through Don Dodge (one of my favourite bloggers). It’s a list of technologies Microsoft has up for licensing for start-ups.

Peer 2 peer

I am a big fan of Channel9. I found one gem recently that made me go ‘wow’. It’s a video talking about some of the new stuff that is arriving around the Windows Vista timeframe focuses particularly on the collaboration technologies.

So you might think “peer 2 peer, big deal… people have been doing this on a very large scale since the old Napster days”. Well have a look at this video and you’ll see that Microsoft is really pushing the concept of peer 2 peer to the next level. At one hand easing the pain that users have with the big diversity of p2p-enabled applications out these (creating an integrated experience) and at the other hand providing developers with an easy to use communications stack to create peer 2 peer applications without having to write all the plumbing.
They have invested heavliy in concepts like “Serverless DNS” and “People near me”. Just watch the video. The windows peer 2 peer group also has a websites with more information.

PodCasts

There was a workshop recently somewhere in the UK titled “the future of webapps”. The line-up was interesting with names like Joshua Schachter (Delicious), David Heinemeier Hansson (Ruby on Rails), and more. The guys organizing this workshop have put the talks online as downloadable mp3’s. I haven’t listened to them yet but the content sounds interesting.

Weblogs

In the category weblogs I found Noam Wasserman’s Founder Frustrations blog. If you have the entrepeneurial ticckle or just are interested in these kind of things have a look.

Not really a weblog but nevertheless a lot of interesting stuff over at John Seely Brown’s website. Don’t know who he is? His bio sais “Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).” (those are the guys that gave us the mouse and the Graphical User Interface).
That should keep you busy for the weekend :-) Enjoy.

Found this one on digg, might have another look at your resume before going job-hunting :-)

Bloggus addictus

January 23, 2006

Hi all!

Ok so I’m not new to blogging, no sir. Actually… this is like my fourth attempt at doing the blogging thing. Did my previous attempts fail? Well no… not really. I just couldn’t get myself to write the things I am utterly passionate about.

Let me start by giving you a very short pitch to what Waseem Sadiq is all about.

I am a 23 years old guy living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I have a very deep passion for technology. I work as a senior software developer for a Microsoft Gold Certified partner (these guys) doing some crazy things on the software development front.

So I work as a software developer… so I must have a really big passion on developing sotware on the .NET platform right? Correct I say, I actually have a weblog devoted to exactly this on this wonderful site.

But that’s not the thing I described as being that which I am utterly passionate about. Of the 100-300 blog postings I read daily there is just a small number devoted to software development. It’s what I call the higher purpose that software serves. It’s the same higher purpose that harware serves. As it is the same higher purpose that companies like Microsoft, IBM, Dell, and even my employer Macaw serve.

That purpose, my friends, is the technology that controls our lives wether we know it or not, like it or not, appreciate it or not.

I hope you will like my take on the same old thing with a twist, in the end we are all just students of life… :-)

All the best,

– Waseem