Stories by Peter Wayner
From Tor to steganography, these six techniques will help obscure the data and traces you leave online
HP's OpenStack-based IaaS cloud blends openness and portability with nice proprietary extras and welcome hand-holding
It's back -- and bigger and badder than ever! Our sixth annual Bossie Awards call out more than 100 open source products in seven categories
The path from birth to death is filled with choices about where to work and what kind of work to do. Sometimes the world is nice enough to allow us some input. These days, developers have a lot more say in their employment, thanks to rising demand for their services.
Google's new compute cloud offers a crisp and clean way to spin up Linux instances and easily tap other Google APIs
From the car to the living room, technologies and markets are quickly evolving to offer lucrative possibilities for programming pioneers
A rich ecosystem of free maps, free data, and free libraries give developers excellent alternatives to Google Maps
Forgoing features for speed has its trade-offs as these NoSQL data store shortcomings show
A long time ago in a mind-set far away, I spent a lunch with friends trying to figure out what we'd do if we could reprogram our cellphones. Our ideas were, in retrospect, lame. Maybe we would change the font on the dialer or come up with a screensaver animation. Wouldn't it be cool if we could get flying toasters running on the screen of our cellphone?
Monitoring services from Boundary, Circonus, and Librato combine simple setup and richly different capabilities
Your boss wants it yesterday, but it better be good when judged by the standards of tomorrow. Your customers want every feature they can imagine, but don't you dare confuse them by giving them all the buttons they want. Your fellow programmers want your code documented, but they just respond "tl;dr" to anything you write.
The floods that devastated the hard disk industry in Thailand are now half a year old, and the prices per terabyte are finally dropping once again. That means data will start piling up and people around the office will wonder what can be done with it. Perhaps there are some insights in those log files? Perhaps a bit of statistical analysis will find some nuggets of gold buried in all of that noise? Maybe we can find enough change buried in the couch cushions of these files to give us all a raise?