Avoid the term “Cloud Computing”

I’ve stopped using the term “Cloud Computing” except when referring to the general trend. I use SaaS, IaaS and PaaS so that I say exactly what I mean. As a technical person this helps me keep my conversation succinct and focused.

SaaS: Software as a Service: Salesforce.com, Google Apps, etc.
PaaS: Platform as a Service: Google App Engine and similar systems.
IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service: Amazon EC2, Eucalyptus, etc.

Or, if you want a way to remember it easier:

SaaS: It’s a web site!
PaaS: It’s a framework!
IaaS: It’s a VM!

“Cloud” is what marketing and non-technical people use. I’m ok with that.

Source: http://everythingsysadmin.com/2011/06/avoid-using-the-term-cloud-com.html

Icom IC-735

I bought an Icom IC-735 HF transceiver at Frostfest today. $200. Everything works.

It transmits on amateur 10 meter through 160 meter bands. It receives 0.1 MHz through 30 MHz.

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I’ve hacked together a power cable for it. It won’t be transmitting for awhile (I need proper antennas and power supply), so what you’re about to see won’t be a problem.

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