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David Abramowski

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A strange dynamic has taken hold on the internet.  Just as people expect sunshine and air to be free, they also expect internet based software applications to be free.  Ok, maybe not completely free… they agree someone should pay, just not them.  Damn you Google, damn you Yahoo! why did you do this to us? With companies left and right offering full versions of their products for free,  users have been conditioned NOT to pay for anything.  This conditioning can be seen across everything from social media sites to messaging to business applications.  The problem with this as I see it is the negative impact on innovation. Users think that they win by getting free software or services, but do they really?  If you ask me the only real winners in the free ecosystem are the investors behind well funded companies.  By locking down markets with free offerings companies can ... (more)

Is Modern Grid Computing Applicable to Business?

Grid computing is an impressive, confident, powerful technology model, winning high-profile admirers as it approaches full maturity. With the rise of Amazon Web Services, and, specifically, Amazon EC2, this style of computing is enjoying a higher profile than ever before. The professional sector is increasingly adopting a distributed model for hosting and deploying applications that has become almost commonplace in Web 2.0 applications. The ability to deliver different elements of applications simultaneously over a cohesive network of servers essentially defines grid computing, a... (more)

Web Applications for the Apple iPhone 3G

David Abramowski's Blog It seems that Apple has another winner on their hands with the new Apple iPhone 3G. There are now millions of people connected to the Internet every minute of every day using this device. The fast adoption has created a tremendous opportunity for software vendors and companies to take advantage of an extremely large ecosystem of end users. The ecosystem is alive and well with the streamlined experience of the Apple App Store. This integrated web application is a directory of items available for the iPhone. Just this week Steve Jobs expressed his excitement w... (more)

Building A Startup For $5k, Really?

In today’s Oregonian, Mike Rogoway’s article “Tech entrepreneurs defy recession“  quotes me as being able to build the first version of MioWorks.com for $5,000.  Well this is very true but may be a little misleading so let me explain how this can be. The team behind MioWorks is not just me.  There are three other founders that have dedicated every extra waking moment to building the application over the past several months.  Of this team two are technical mavens and two are business guys. So where does the $5k come into play. There are three aspects where we spent money directl... (more)

VPS in the Cloud: a Battle or a Love Affair?

Across the Internet a rumbling chant can be heard: “virtual private servers are dead. Long live cloud servers.” Being a technologist of over 20 years this chant sounds very familiar. As a matter of fact, this chant occurs whenever software or service vendors engage in the all out land grab on a perceived new market segment. Enter cloud computing, our latest technology gold rush. The cloud is the new battlefield and once again the techno-shift chant is growing louder and louder fueled by boardroom expectations and Wall Street demands. Over the past 18 months cloud computing has b... (more)