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Virtual hosting platforms promise easy, efficient access to computing resources on a whim. There are huge wins to these offerings, both economically and in terms of efficiency. However, many service types aren’t well suited to cloud environments. These services require special consideration in order to keep our sites, our businesses, or our organizations humming along nicely.
In this talk, you’ll learn how to identify and remedy bottlenecks in your production stack which are particular to the cloud. We’ll discuss how to get high performance out of variable, multi-tenant, and degraded (virtualized) hardware, including some of the important considerations in choosing a provider. Using experience from Urban Airship’s travails in the cloud, we’ll focus on getting the most out of your network, cpu, memory, and perhaps most importantly, your disk configuration.
by Sarah Sharp
Lazy hackers will appreciate the Garduino, an open hardware Arduino to automatically water your garden and tweet at you when your plants are thirsty. Want a frost alert on your phone so you know to cover your precious tomato starts? How about a tool that tells you when to start seeds, when plants will be harvested, and whether you're going to have too much lettuce in July? (Automatic seed planter not included.) Discover these projects and more at http://gardengeek.org!
Come and learn about open source tools for all types of garden hackers.
21st–24th June 2011