Thursday, October 29, 2009

Amazon EC2 Now 15% Lower Price

Effective November 1, 2009 United States prices for Linux/UNIX usage will drop from 10 cents an hour to 8.5 cents per hour. By my quick calculations this will drop the minimum monthly fee for a continuously available instance from around $72 to just over $61. Prices in Europe are also dropping. Get the pricing details.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Oracle WebCenter Interaction Security

One of the strengths of the WebCenter Interaction (WCI) portal is extremely granular security.  Every WCI portal object has security.  This can also create a maintenance nightmare when security needs change.  It is difficult to remember all of the objects that need to be updated.  If you change a page and forget the portlets it doesn't work very well.  Likewise, a user can have access to a snapshot query portlet but if they don't have access to the objects being queried they would see an empty portlet.  It reminds me of the saying, with great power comes great pain-in-the-tush.

Friday, October 16, 2009

IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition — Free and OS Java IDE

This is almost great news. The open source version of IntelliJ IDEA will only be missing one feature that I want, the Grails framework.

Somehow I doubt they will sell me one feature without the need to purchase the Ultimate Edition.