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Building Large Distributed Systems

Today, the computer world has two big trends: mobility and cloud computing.

If you want to have a feedback about the second one, have a look at the Jeff Dean presentation: Designs, Lessons and Advice from Building Large Distributed Systems

I found the google protocol buffers "a language-neutral, platform-neutral extensible way of serializing structured data for use in communications protocols, data storage",
pretty interesting.

Google Reader with colors

Google Reader is probably the best free online RSS reader available today. Due to its simplicity and its minimalist interface, sometime you wish you could have colorized at least its background.
Matt Cutts tell us here below how to display a hidden function: In your Google Reader press keys: Up arrow, Up arrow, Down arrow, Down arrow, Left arrow, Right arrow, Left arrow, Right arrow, B key, and lastly A key.
And ....



This is my nerd's consern of the week.

Sources:
Commoncraft : RSS in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Explanation
Matt Cutts : Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

Wikipedia statistics

Statistics have been published about Wikipedia and Wikimedia (PDF Here) .

The first lines are:
According to comScore, Wikipedia is the fourth most popular web property, world-wide. In June, it served 327 million unique visitors.Wikipedia is available in 266 languages.It is continually expanded by approximately 100,000 active volunteer editors world-wide.The English version alone contains more than 2.9 million articles.All language editions combined contain more than 13.1 million articles.Next to English, the largest Wikipedia editions are German (911,000 articles), French (798,000 articles), Polish (600,000 articles), and Japanese (587,000 articles).
For more see the original document.

Sources :
Resource Shelf : Updated: Key Statistics About Wikipedia and Wikimedia Foundation (September, 2009) « ResourceShelf