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David Abramowski

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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, also known as distributed computing. Grids embrace software or middleware, which enables a user community to make use of the combined power of networked hardware and access applications across the public Internet as services. It’s no longer relevant to define grid computing in terms of e... (more)

Create a User Guide With WordPress & Jing for Free

As my development team at MioWorks rounds the corner on a significant update, I thought it was important to have a user guide that explained the features and told the story of the MioWorks application.  I started looking into online help systems around the open source ecosystem.  It seemed that everything I found was either overly complex or required time from my development & system administration team. As my frustration level grew I realized that WordPress was a solution I could use.   With WordPress.com I didn’t need technical help from my overloaded developer team.  I didn’t... (more)

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac Adds Enterprise Edition

On Monday July 11th Parallels introduced an Enterprise edition of the well-known desktop virtualization product Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac. Before diving into the new edition, let's recap Parallels Desktop for Mac.  Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Apple Mac computers are quickly making headway into businesses of all sizes.  Unfortunately many of the existing business applications in use today require a Microsoft Windows operating environment. IT departments must figure out how to support Windows programs across the Mac computers yet maintain compliance wit... (more)

Souper Frustrations – SaaS and the Grocery Store Dilemma

Remember the last time you went to a grocery store that you were unfamiliar with?  Remember how frustrating it can be and how much time it can take to find the simplest of items?   You roam around the aisles wandering with your eyes rapidly moving between the category signs and the items on the shelves.  You don’t quite understand why that can of chicken stock you are looking for isn’t in the soup aisle.  Finally you find that chicken stock in a special section next to the spices four aisles away.  Frustrating right? That grocery store chain has spent thousands upon thousands of d... (more)

To AppStore, or Not to AppStore, That is the Question!

Nearly every web application that interacts with a user is faced with the dilemma of how to best support tablets and mobile devices.  As entrepreneurs we can no longer put off supporting these platforms as a nice to have.  The demand that is created by iPad users and the influx of Android tablets in the marketplace is significant especially for early stage companies.  Zoomstra is no different and we are currently facing our biggest technology decision yet.  What is our best option for supporting tablets? As a bootstrapped startup we have to make smart decisions on where we spend ... (more)