Google Wave have come to an end

Dear Wavers,

More than a year ago we announced that Google Wave would no longer be developed as a separate product. Back in November 2011, we shared the specific dates for ending this maintenance period and shutting down Wave. Google Wave is now in read-only mode. This is a reminder that the Wave service will be turned off on April 30, 2012. You will be able to continue exporting individual waves using the existing PDF export feature until the Google Wave service is turned off. We encourage you to export any important data before April 30, 2012.
If you would like to continue using Wave, there are a number of open source projects, including Apache Wave. There is also an open source project called Walkaround that includes an experimental feature that lets you import all your Waves from Google. This feature will also work until the Wave service is turned off on April 30, 2012.
For more details, please see our help center.
Yours sincerely,
The Wave Team

© 2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
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Blogger Feed URLs

Blogger Feed URLs

After configuring the settings of your site feed, your blog is now ready to be syndicated to the world! Simply enter one of the following URLs into your favorite feed reader, where your blog’s content will be delivered and updated automatically.
Note: Be sure to substitute in the correct blog address for blogname and the label you’re interested in for labelname. Site feeds do not work with private or FTP-hosted blogs.

Full site feed:

  • Atom 1.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  • RSS 2.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
  • Note:These full-site feeds are real-time enabled; developers can subscribe to low-latency updates by using the PubSubHubbub protocol.

Comments-only feed:

  • Atom 1.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default
  • RSS 2.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default?alt=rss
  • Label-specific site feed:

  • Atom 1.0: http://www.googleblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/privacy
  • RSS 2.0: http://www.googleblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss/-/privacy
  • Individual post comment feed:

    Hosting blogspot on your own domain

    How do I create a CNAME record for my custom domain?

    Note: The setup process for newly-purchased domains may take up to 24 hours.

    The Quick Answer

    • If you bought your domain name from Blogger, you won’t need to create a CNAME record.
    • If your domain is registered with another company, you’ll need to follow company-specific instructions.

    CNAME

    A CNAME, or Canonical Name, record is an entry within the Domain Name System (DNS) that specifies where a user can find your web pages, or any other URL. You’ll use the CNAME to associate your custom domain with your blog.
    After registering your domain, decide if you want to use a particular subdomain for your blog. E.g. instead of www.mydomain.com you could use something like blog.mydomain.com, if you want. Then you’ll create a corresponding CNAME record for that address, associating it with ghs.google.com. Keep in mind that changes to DNS records make take up to 48 hours to take effect.
    Each hosting service has slightly different ways to create CNAME records. Guidelines are provided here for some of the common services. When in doubt, check with the particular company you’re using for additional help or instructions.

    GoDaddy.com

    1. Log in to your account at www.godaddy.com.
    2. Open the Domains tab and select My Domain Names. You’ll be directed to the Domain Manager page.
    3. Click the domain that you’d like to use with your blog.
    4. Click the Total DNS Control And MX Records link at the bottom of the section entitled Total DNS.
    5. Click Add New CNAME Record in the box labelled CNAMES (aliases). If you’ve already created a CNAME record for your blog’s address, click the pencil icon next to the existing CNAME record.
    6. For the Name, enter only the subdomain of the address you want to use for your blog. For example, if you picked www.mydomain.com as your address, enter www here.
    7. Enter ghs.google.com as the Host Name. Specify a TTL or use the default setting of 1 hour.
    8. Click OK, and then click OK again.

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    ix web hosting

    1. Log in to your account at ix web hosting.
    2. Click Manage below the Hosting Account section.
    3. On the left side, click the domain you’d like to use with your blog.
    4. Next to DNS Configuration, click EDIT.
    5. Click Add DNS CNAME Record.
    6. Under Name, enter only the subdomain you want to use. For example, if you pickedwww.mydomain.com as your blog’s address, just enter www as the entry under Name.
    7. Enter ghs.google.com under Data.
    8. Click Submit.

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    1and1

    1. Log in to your account at https://admin.1and1.com
    2. If it’s not already selected, click the Administration tab.
    3. Click Domains. The Domain Overview page appears.
    4. From the New drop-down menu, select Create Subdomain. (If you’ve already created a subdomain for your blog’s address, skip to step six.)
    5. Enter only the subdomain you want to use, and click OK. For example, if you chosewww.mydomain.com for your blog’s address, you should enter www here.
    6. Select the checkbox next to the subdomain that you will be using. (Example:www.mydomain.com)
    7. From the DNS menu, select Edit DNS Settings.
    8. Click the radio button next to CNAME.
    9. Enter ghs.google.com next to Alias.
    10. Click OK.

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    EveryDNS.net

    1. Log in to your account at EveryDNS.net.
    2. On the left side, click the domain you’d like to use with your blog.
    3. Since EveryDNS.net is your hosting service, and not your domain registrar, be sure that your domain points to EveryDNS.net’s nameservers. This will allow your CNAME record configuration to take effect.
    4. Below Add a Record:, you can create your CNAME record.
    5. Next to Fully Qualified Domain Name, enter only the subdomain you want to use. For example, if you picked www.mydomain.com as your blog’s address, just enter www as the entry next toFully Qualified Domain Name.
    6. Select CNAME as the Record Type.
    7. Enter ghs.google.com as the Record Value.
    8. Click Add Record.

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    Yahoo!SmallBusiness

    1. Log in to your account at smallbusiness.yahoo.com.
    2. Click Domain Control Panel below the domain you’d like to use with your blog.
    3. Click Manage Advanced DNS Settings.
    4. Click Add Record.
    5. In the Source field, enter only the subdomain you want to use. For example, if you designatedwww.mydomain.com as the address of your blog, enter www in the Source field.
    6. Enter ghs.google.com in the Destination field.
    7. Click Submit.

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    No-IP

    1. Log in to your account at No-IP.
    2. On the left side, click Host/Redirects.
    3. Click Manage underneath Host/Redirects.
    4. Click Add for a new entry, or click Modify and skip to step six for an existing entry.
    5. Enter the host name (example: www from www.mydomain.com), and select your domain name.
    6. Select DNS alias CNAME at the host type.
    7. Enter ghs.google.com as the Target Host and click Modify.

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    DNS Park

    1. Log in to your account at DNS Park.
    2. On the left side, click DNS Hosting.
    3. Click the domain you’d like to use with your blog.
    4. Since DNS Park is your hosting service, and not your domain registrar, be sure that your domain points to DNS Park’s nameservers. This will allow your MX record configuration to take effect.
    5. Click Alias Records.
    6. Under Host Name, enter only the subdomain you want to use. If you picked www.mydomain.comas your blog’s address, enter www.
    7. Under Destination Name, enter ghs.google.com.
    8. Click Add Alias.

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    Other hosting services

    1. Log in to your account on your hosting service’s website, and go to the DNS management page.
      Since CNAME records are special Domain Name Service (DNS) records, they may be in sections such as DNS Management or Name Server Management. It’s possible that you will have to enable advanced settings to create a CNAME record.
    2. Delete existing CNAME entries for the address you want to use with your blog.
      Before entering a new CNAME record to point to Google, you should first delete any existing entries for the same alias. If you plan to transfer an existing web address to Blogger, you may want to copy any content currently at that address elsewhere first.
    3. Use the information in the following table when you create your CNAME record.
      If your service requires you to enter server information directly into the DNS tables, the entry below needs to have a type CNAME associated with them.
      Host Name/Alias Value/Destination
      www ghs.google.com
      * This is the part of your website’s address that you designated. For instance, if you chose www.mydomain.com as the address, www is the host name.

      http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=58317 

    How do I use a custom domain name for my blog?

    Blogger offers two free publishing options for your blog: hosting on Blogspot (example.blogspot.com) and hosting on your own custom domain (www.example.com or foo.example.com). You can change your publishing option at anytime, and your content will always remain unaltered regardless of which of these options you choose.
    Whether you want to purchase a new domain through Blogger or publish on a domain which you already own, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up your blog for a custom domain.

    What would you like to do?

    Is your URL hosted by GoDaddy.com?

    Where would you like to host your blog?

    1. Find the control panel on your domain registrar’s website, and locate your DNS (Domain Name System) settings. In order to link your blog to your custom domain, follow the instructions below to enter your “CNAME” and “A-records.”
      CNAME
      Where it says Name, simply enter “www” and list ghs.google.com as the Host Name. See our detailed instructions on providing CNAMEs for various registrars. If yours isn’t listed, or if you run into other difficulties, contact your registrar directly and they can help you out.
      A-records (optional)
      The following action links your naked domain (example.com) to your actual site (www.example.com). If you skip this step, visitors who leave off the “www” will see an error page.
      Enter your domain name in the format example.com, and list the I.P. addresses shown below in the “A” section. You’ll need to create four separate A-records which point to four different Google IPs.
      216.239.32.21
      216.239.34.21
      216.239.36.21
      216.239.38.21
    2. Update your Blogger settings
      Before you move onto this step, wait about an hour for your DNS settings to activate. If you attempt to change the publishing settings before the DNS changes activate, then we’ll let you know with a warning message.
      Now it’s time to make sure Blogger knows about your custom domain so that Google can direct readers to your blog. Just head back to Blogger and update the information on your Settings | Basic tab. Find the area for “Publishing,” and click the link to add a custom domain.
      Add a custom domain
      Then, click on “Switch to advanced settings.”
      Advanced Settings
      Enter in the URL for your custom domain in the text box provided, and click Save. That’s it! Your blogspot.com address will soon redirect to your new custom domain — be patient, as it might take up to 24 hours for the redirect to start working.
      Enter URL and save
      Congratulations, you’re all set!

    Some helpful notes:

    • If your new domain isn’t taking you to your blog, wait another day or two to make sure all the DNS servers have been updated. If it still isn’t working, contact your registrar to make sure you entered the DNS settings correctly.
    • Your original Blogspot address will automatically forward to your new domain. That way, any existing links or bookmarks to your site will still work.
    • Your posted images will continue to display on your blog.

    Ending means a greater begining: Posterous website acquired by Twitter

    Posterous Spaces  
    Big news: Posterous has been acquired by Twitter!
    The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn’t be happier about bringing our team’s expertise to a product that reaches hundreds of millions of users around the globe. Plus, the people at Twitter are genuinely nice folks who share our vision for making sharing simpler.
    Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption. We’ll give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service. For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we’ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks.
    You can find more information answers to other questions you may have here.
    Finally, we’d like to offer thanks to all of our users, especially those who have been with Posterous since day one. The last four years have been an amazing journey. Your encouragement, praise and criticism have made us better.  Thanks for that. We look forward to building great things for you over at Twitter.
    What happens to my Space? Will Posterous eventually shut down?
    You can use your Space(s) exactly as you have in the past. We’ll give you ample notice before any changes or disruptions to the service and we’ll provide specific instructions for exporting your content to another service.
    Can I still post to my Space?
    Yes, you can continue to post via email the Web or our iPhone or Android apps. We’ll give you ample notice before any changes or disruptions to the service.
    How can I backup or export the content of my Space(s)?
    We’ll share instructions on how you can backup the content of your Space soon.
    What happens to my content if I don’t do anything to my Posterous account?
    We’ll give you ample notice before any changes to the service and we’ll share clear instructions about how to move your content to other services. In the meantime, your Spaces will remain up and running without disruption.
    I bought a custom domain from Posterous – what happens to it?
    Our domain partner, eNom, will take over domain management. Over the next several days, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing your new domain account.
    I am redirecting my domain/subdomain to Posterous – what do I need to do?
    Your domain or subdomain will continue to point to your Posterous Space. You do not need to change anything.
    Can I export my Space’s to WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, or another service?
    Over the coming weeks we’ll provide you with specific instructions for exporting your content to other services.

    Custom domain name with Tumblr.com

    Using a custom domain name

    Custom domains let you host your blog with a URL like www.mywebsite.com ormywebsite.com. This can be tricky to set up, and is only recommended for advanced users. Really — our staff isn’t able to support many of the issues that may crop up when setting up a domain name. So please ask a friend who’s done this before if you’re uncomfortable with any of the instructions.

    Step One

    First, you’ll need to buy a domain from a registrar like NamecheappairNICRegister, oriWantMyName. This usually costs $10-$40 per year. Then, you need to make a configuration change with your registrar:
    • If you are using a subdomain that has three or more levels, like www.mywebsite.comor blog.mywebsite.com, follow the registrar’s instructions to point the CNAME record for the subdomain to domains.tumblr.com.

    OR

    • If you are using a domain that has only two levels, like mywebsite.com, follow the registrar’s instructions to point the domain’s A-record (IP address) to 66.6.44.4.
    You only need to make one of the changes above depending on whether you are using a subdomain or a domain with your blog. You do not need to make both changes.
    Please also note that you do not need to change the nameservers for your domain in any way.
    Once you’ve followed the instructions above, you may need to wait up to 72 hours for the change to take effect. If things have been set up properly, you should see a Tumblr error page when you visit the subdomain or domain. That error page means the subdomain or domain is correctly pointing to Tumblr but your blog hasn’t been configured to use it yet. You are almost done!

    Step Two

    Now log in to Tumblr, click the name of your blog at the top of the Dashboard, and clickSettings.
    Check the “Use a custom domain name” box and enter your subdomain (ie.www.mywebsite.com) or domain (ie. mywebsite.com). Click the “Test your domain”button.
    If the test finds any problems, correct them. Keep fixing problems and clicking the “Test your domain” button until the test is successful. Then, click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page. You’re all done!
    Once your custom subdomain or domain is set up, users who visit your dot-tumblr URL will be automatically redirected to your new custom domain. For example, david.tumblr.com will automatically redirect you to davidslog.com, which should proudly display your blog.
    To customize more from your dashboard, go to http://www.tumblr.com/blog/username/settings

    http://www.tumblr.com/docs/en/custom_domains 

    Windows Live Hosted Domain Setup Information

    If you want Windows Live Hotmail to host your e-mail service, you must authenticate (To help ensure that users are registered owners of a domain name, Windows Live Admin Center requires users to enter specific DNS information. Only registered owners of a domain name have access to the DNS information on a registrar’s website.) your domain name (A unique Internet address, such as wingtiptoys.com. It is your personal or business address on the Internet.). You can use an MX record (An MX record specifies which server in your domain should receive incoming e-mail.) to authenticate your domain name. If you want to register a subdomain (A Web address that is a subdivision of an existing domain name. For example, subdomain.domain.com is subdivision of domain.com.), you must add the subdomain name to the list of domains on the Admin Center website. When you add your subdomain, you must also add the MX record at your registrar’s website.
    Important

    Important

    The following steps are general and may not apply to your registrar (A company that is accredited to sell Internet domain names.). If you can’t find or edit the MX record information for your domain, contact customer support for your registrar.
    To set up an MX record:
    1. Sign in to Windows Live Admin Center with your Windows Live ID (The user name and password that you use to sign in to any Windows Live, MSN, or Office Live sites and services. If you have a Passport Network, Hotmail, or Messenger account, you can use it as your Windows Live ID.).
    2. Under Your domains, click the appropriate domain.
    3. In the left pane, click Domain Settings.
    4. Under Administrator status, make a note of the MX record information and the DNS settings.
    5. Visit your domain registrar’s website, and then sign in to your account.
    6. Find the management or DNS settings area where you can edit the records for your domain. If you have more than one domain, select the domain that you used to sign up for Windows Live Admin Center.
    7. Delete or clear any existing MX records.
    8. Type the MX record and DNS information, and then save your settings.
    Note

    Note

    • For a subdomain, the Host name for the MX record must contain the fully qualified domain name of your subdomain. For example, if your domain name is example.com and your subdomain name is subexample, the Host name will be subexample.example.com.
    • Make sure that the settings that you type for your domain on your registrar’s website match the settings in the Domain Settings section of Windows Live Admin Center.
    • After you add the required MX record, your domain is configured for use with Admin Center. However, your registrar must propagate the change to the Internet. This may take up to 48 hours. Check theDomain Settings section on the Windows Live Admin Center website regularly to see if your changes have been made.
    • When you transfer your MX records to Admin Center, your registrar doesn’t change.
    • If your registrar doesn’t let you set a priority of 0, select the highest priority (the lowest number) that’s available.
    • With some registrars, the TTL (Time to Live: The time that a packet of information remains active on a network.) setting is optional. If your registrar doesn’t allow you to set a TTL, you can ignore it.

    Amazon Web Services Newsletter – March 2012

    AWS Newsletter – March 2012
    Dear AWS Community,
    It’s been a long winter, but spring is just around the corner! We’ve been working hard to bring you the services and features you need to better leverage the AWS Cloud into the spring season. One of the best ways we like to help our customers is to lower our pricing. We recently lowered pricing for Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS and Amazon ElastiCache, which could mean potentially significant cost savings for you. We’ve also been expanding many of our services to new regions. Amazon DynamoDB is now available in Japan and Europe, Amazon ElastiCache is available in US West and South America and just announced, AWS Storage Gateway is now available in South America. We also have a couple key upcoming events to help you better utilize our services and learn more about our latest innovations, including our AWS Summit in New York City on April 18th.
    Read this newsletter on our website.

    • AWS Storage Gateway Now Available in South America

  • News & Announcements
    • New, lower pricing for Amazon EC2, RDS, and ElastiCache
    • Amazon ElastiCache now in two additional regions
    • Amazon DynamoDB is now available in two additional regions: Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and EU (Ireland)
    • AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports resource permissions
    • Announcing three new Amazon EC2 features
    • AWS Identity and Access Management enables password management and IAM user access to account billing information
    • Amazon SES supports expanded attachment types, VERP, and STARTTLS for SMTP
    • Updated specification for cc2.8xlarge instances

  • Developer Resources
  • Online Events

  • Just Announced
    AWS Storage Gateway Now Available in South America
    The AWS Storage Gateway is now available in the South America (Sao Paulo) Region. Starting today, you can securely upload your on-premises application data to this Region for cost effective backup and rapid disaster recovery. The AWS Storage Gateway service connects an on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage to provide seamless and secure integration between your on-premises IT environment and AWS storage infrastructure. The service supports a standard iSCSI interface, enabling you to take advantage of cloud based storage without re-architecting existing applications. It provides low-latency performance by maintaining data on your on-premises storage hardware while asynchronously uploading this data to AWS, where it is encrypted and securely stored in Amazon S3. If your on-premises applications are running in South America, using the Sao Paulo Region will reduce the time to upload data to AWS. You can also use this Region to meet any requirements you have for keeping data in Brazil. Learn more by visiting the AWS Storage Gateway page or get started by visiting the AWS Management Console.


    News & Announcements
    Check out the latest news items and announcements from AWS.
    New, lower pricing for Amazon EC2, RDS, and ElastiCache
    AWS lowered prices for the 19th time this month, as Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, and Amazon ElastiCache cut prices across all regions. Reserved Instance prices dropped by up to 37% for Amazon EC2 and up to 42% for Amazon RDS. On-Demand instance prices for Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, and Amazon ElastiCache dropped by up to 10%. On-Demand Instances will benefit from the new pricing automatically, effective as of March 1st. New Reserved Instance prices apply to Reserved Instance purchases made on or after March 6th. With the new pricing, Reserved Instances will provide savings of up to 71% compared to On-Demand Instances, so you may want to take this opportunity to review your current usage and determine if you would like to purchase additional Light, Medium, or Heavy Utilization Reserved Instances. For full details on the new pricing, please visit the Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, and Amazon ElastiCache pricing pages.
    Amazon ElastiCache now in two additional regions
    Amazon ElastiCache is now available in two additional regions: US West (Oregon) and South America (Sao Paulo). Starting today, you can use Amazon ElastiCache in these regions to add an in-memory cache to your application architecture in a matter of minutes.
    Amazon ElastiCache improves the performance of web applications by retrieving data from a fast, managed, Memcached-compatible, in-memory caching system, instead of relying entirely on disk-based databases. It can significantly improve throughput for read-heavy or compute intensive workloads including:

    • Social networking
    • Mobile and social gaming
    • E-commerce sites
    • Recommendation engines

    To learn more about the service, please visit the Amazon ElastiCache page.
    Amazon DynamoDB is now available in two additional regions: Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and EU (Ireland)
    We are excited to announce that Amazon DynamoDB is now available in two additional regions: Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and EU (Ireland). Amazon DynamoDB is a fully-managed NoSQL database service that provides extremely fast and predictable performance with seamless scalability. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can easily create a new DynamoDB database table, or scale your table’s request capacity to the level that you need without incurring any downtime. Amazon DynamoDB offers fast, predictable performance at any scale, durability and high-availability, seamless scalability, and easy administration. Getting started with Amazon DynamoDB is easy with our free tier of service. To learn more, visit the Amazon DynamoDB page.
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports resource permissions
    We are excited to announce that AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports resource permissions through AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). With Elastic Beanstalk and IAM, you now have fine grained access control over specific Elastic Beanstalk resources such as applications, application versions, and environments. For example, if you have multiple development teams working on different Elastic Beanstalk applications, you can allow specific developers to create application versions for a specific application and only allow them to deploy to a staging environment. You can then allow a trusted IAM user or group of trusted IAM users to deploy the application versions in the staging environment to a production environment. To learn more about using IAM with Elastic Beanstalk, go to Using AWS Elastic Beanstalk with AWS IAM in the AWS Elastic Beanstalk developer guide.
    Announcing three new Amazon EC2 features
    Introducing three new features that will make it even easier for you to use Amazon EC2 for your application and development needs.

    • Customers can now launch 64-bit Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) on m1.small and c1.medium instances. This capability allows you to scale across micro, standard, high CPU and high memory EC2 instances with a single 64-bit AMI.
    • We are also launching the thirteenth Amazon EC2 instance type, m1.medium. These instances are ideal for many applications that require a reasonable amount of CPU and memory, but do not require all the resources of an m1.large instance. This new instance type supports both 32 and 64-bit AMIs.
    • Lastly, customers can now log into their Linux instances directly from within the Amazon EC2 Management Console without the need to install additional software clients.

    To learn more about Amazon EC2 and to try these new features, please visit the Amazon EC2 page.
    AWS Identity and Access Management enables password management and IAM user access to account billing information
    We are excited to announce the following new AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) features.

    • Customers can now grant IAM users direct access to the Account Activity and/or Usage Reports pages without having to give them access to other AWS resources.
    • Customers can now define an account-wide policy in the IAM console that enforces password strength for their IAM users upon password changes.
    • IAM users can now use a simple graphical user interface in the IAM console to change their password.

    To learn more, visit the Using IAM guide.
    Amazon SES supports expanded attachment types, VERP, and STARTTLS for SMTP
    Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) has gotten simpler again with the ability to send more types of attachments. Amazon SES now supports common Microsoft Office and additional media file types. You can also now use Variable Envelope Return Path (VERP), where you can use a different From or Return-Path address for each recipient in the form name+label@example.net to manage your sending more effectively. Finally, Amazon SES now supports STARTTLS for encrypted connections to its SMTP endpoint. To learn more, visit the Amazon SES Developer Guide.
    Updated specification for cc2.8xlarge instances
    On March 6th, we updated the details of the cc2.8xlarge instance and are now specifying that the cc2.8xlarge instance is powered by two Intel Xeon E5-2670 (“Sandy Bridge”) processors. Each processor has 8 cores and supports Intel Hyperthreading providing customers with a total of 32 hardware execution threads. We have also removed the 8 instance limit for cc2.8xlarge instances and made it part of your regular EC2 instance limit. Learn more on the AWS Blog.


    Developer Resources
    Check out these developer resources to help you build and grow on AWS.
    Amazon CloudWatch memory and disk space monitoring scripts
    The Amazon CloudWatch team has just released new sample scripts for monitoring memory and disk space usage on your Amazon EC2 instances running Linux.
    You can run these scripts on your instances and configure them to report memory and disk space usage metrics to Amazon CloudWatch. Once the metrics are submitted to CloudWatch, you can view graphs, calculate statistics, and set alarms on them in the CloudWatch console or via the Amazon CloudWatch API.
    The usage metrics are reported as Amazon CloudWatch Custom Metrics. Standard Amazon CloudWatch free tier quantities and pricing apply. This is an unsupported sample but we appreciate all feedback, comments and questions you post to the AWS forums.
    To learn more about how to use the scripts, including installation, setup and configuration, please visit Amazon CloudWatch Monitoring Scripts for Linux in the Amazon CloudWatch Developer Guide.


    Online Events
    Learn more about AWS by attending an upcoming webinar or online event.
    Introducing DynamoDB
    March 20, 10:00am GMT / 11:00am CET
    [UK] Join our webinar to learn more about Amazon DynamoDB, a NoSQL, highly scalable, SSD-based, zero administration database service in the AWS cloud.

    Esri Applications in the AWS Cloud
    March 21, 12:00pm EDT
    Find out how your organization can leverage the scale of the AWS cloud to process Geographic Information Systems (GIS) jobs faster, lower costs, and deploy GIS applications in minutes. Agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service are using the AWS Cloud to launch GIS applications in weeks and save up to 90% versus hosting on-premises. Hear from AWS, Esri, and Shawn Kingsberry, CIO of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, and learn how a wide variety of public sector customers are benefiting by running their Esri applications in the cloud.

    Disaster Recovery Webinar for APAC
    March 27, 10:00am GMT +8 / 1:00pm GMT +10
    Attend this webinar and learn more about how organizations are using AWS to implement their disaster recovery strategies with the cloud in order to meet RTO, RPO, and cost reduction objectives without compromising security, scalability, and control. We will discuss four common disaster recovery architectures that leverage the cloud, and the AWS services you would use.
    Using AWS for Disaster Recovery
    March 28, 2:00pm SGT
    [APAC] Attend this webinar and learn more about how organizations are using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to implement their disaster recovery strategies with the cloud in order to meet RTO, RPO, and cost reduction objectives without compromising security, scalability, and control.
    Back up and recover from your on-premise and cloud-based Linux systems
    March 29, 9:00am PDT
    Attend this live web event with Jeff Barr to learn how to back up and recover data from your on-premise and cloud-based Linux systems. Picking up where our previous disaster recovery webinar left off, you will learn how to create file archives, upload them to Amazon S3, and manage permissions and lifetimes. A number of open source and commercial backup and archiving tools will be demonstrated, as time permits.
    Ample time will be set aside for questions and answers.
    Strategic Value of the AWS Cloud in Your Oracle Business Intelligence Implementation
    March 29, 11:00am EDT
    This interactive webinar will offer insight into how Sensata Technologies was able deploy a Business Intelligence solution in a fraction of the time it would take to do it using on-premise infrastructure. You will also hear from AWS and Apps Associates about the various deployment strategies and compelling reasons to use the AWS cloud to gain agility while reducing cost and risk.
    Studio of the Future: Media Production Workflow in the AWS Cloud
    March 29, 12:00pm PDT
    Join Dave Rocamora, VP of DevOps at Control Group, Charlie Miller, Associate Partner, Media & Entertainment at Control Group, and Mark Ramberg, AWS Media Business Development Manager as they discuss the media production roadmap for the studio of the future. Hear how approaches to storage, transcoding, encoding, rendering, and distribution can be deployed and optimized on AWS using a pay-as-you-go model. This webinar will also provide architecture guidance and highlight vendors and AWS products that will help studio managers, production managers, and IT leaders understand how AWS can be used to power the media production studio of the future.
    Star Command Center for Hyperion – Now on AWS
    April 3, 11:00am PDT
    Introduce simplicity and control to your Hyperion environment with Star Command Center, an exciting new automation facility for Hyperion Essbase, Planning, HFM, FDM and OBIEE. With zero script, zero code, and zero hassle, Command Center offers all of the process automation and application integration that Hyperion users typically create and maintain with multiple scripting and scheduling tools. Now available on AWS from Full 360 Inc.
    Maxim and Semi.org Gain Significant ROI from Migrating to Drupal and the Cloud
    April 10, 1:00pm EDT
    In this webinar, you’ll hear from Maxim and Semi.org about how they successfully completed both a Drupal re-platform and a migration to Acquia’s hosting environment, built on Amazon EC2, in extremely tight time frames. Jeff Barr from AWS will join us to share best practices on how organizations can make the business case to move from existing cloud, on-premise, or co-location models to Amazon’s cloud infrastructure.
    Managing the Amazon Web Services Cloud in Enterprise IT Environments by BMC Software
    April 11, 9:00am PDT
    Learn how BMC Software and AWS are delivering solutions that enable enterprises to effectively consume and manage AWS in their IT environments.


    Events
    Americas

    AWS User Group – Seattle
    March 21, 2012, Seattle, WA
    Architecting with AWS
    April 2-4, 2012, New York, NY
    AppianWorld
    April 15-17, 2012, Washington, D.C.
    Building a Web Application on AWS (Java)
    April 16-19, 2012, Seattle, WA
    AWS Summit – NYC
    April 19, 2012, New York, NY
    Systems Operations Training
    April 23-26, 2012, Seattle, WA
    AWS Big Data in the Cloud
    April 27, 2012, Boston, MA
    Architecting with AWS
    April 30-May 2, 2012, Seattle, WA
    Asia Pacific

    AWS 101 Cloud Computing Seminar
    March 20, Beijing, China
    AWS 101 Cloud Computing Seminar
    March 21, Brisbane, Australia
    AWS 101 Cloud Computing Seminar
    March 21, Manila, Philippines
    Founders Drinks with Serkan Toto
    March 21, Manila, Philippines
    House of Genius
    March 21, Singapore
    AWS 101 Cloud Computing Seminar
    March 23, Shanghai, China
    Startup Evolution with AWS
    April 3, Sydney, Australia
    Europe

    AWS for Financial Services London – Managing Big Data
    March 29, London, United Kingdom

    ICANN Signs Accountability Framework with ccTLD Manager for Curacao (.CW) | ICANN

    ICANN Signs Accountability Framework with ccTLD Manager for Curacao (.CW) | ICANN

    ICANN announced today that it signed an Accountability Framework with the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) manager for .CW (Curacao), Universiteit van de Nederlandse Antillen (UNA), on 12 March 2012.
    The Accountability Framework program provides two mechanisms by which ccTLD managers can formalize their relationship with ICANN. The first is an Accountability Framework document that sets out the obligations of accTLD manager and ICANN. It also covers dispute resolution and termination and is designed for ccTLDmanagers requiring a formal document with ICANN.
    The second mechanism is an exchange of letters between ICANN and the ccTLD manager designed for those for whom a simple statement of commitment is more appropriate.
    Signed accountability framework and exchange of letters documents can be found athttp://www.icann.org/en/cctlds/agreements.html.
    ICANN Signs Accountability Framework with ccTLD Manager for Curacao (.CW)

    Enable chat outside Google Apps

    Enable chat outside Google Apps
    The Quick Answer
    Your users can chat in the Google Talk network by default.
    Update your SRV records to enable chatting via open standards.
    Open standards includes users on AOL, Earthlink, Tiscali, Netease, and much more.

    Google makes it possible for your Google Apps users to chat with people using other messaging services through a process known as federation. Go to Google Talk and open communications to learn more about federation and who we’re federating with.
    While we’re federating with a large number of service providers, not all services are currently accessible through the Google Talk network, and your users won’t be able to chat with users of those services.
    If you’d like your users to have the ability to chat with people connected to the Google Talk network through federated networks, you need to edit your Service (SRV) records as shown below. You don’t need to edit your SRV records for your users to chat with other Google Apps and Gmail users. SRV records are managed by your domain host. Please contact your domain host to find out if you have access to SRV records and how you can make modifications.
    Note: When updating your SRV records with the following information, make sure to replacegmail.com with your domain. However, don’t replace google.com.

    _xmpp-server._tcp.gmail.com. IN SRV 5 0 5269 xmpp-server.l.google.com.
    _xmpp-server._tcp.gmail.com. IN SRV 20 0 5269 alt1.xmpp-server.l.google.com.
    _xmpp-server._tcp.gmail.com. IN SRV 20 0 5269 alt2.xmpp-server.l.google.com.
    _xmpp-server._tcp.gmail.com. IN SRV 20 0 5269 alt3.xmpp-server.l.google.com.
    _xmpp-server._tcp.gmail.com. IN SRV 20 0 5269 alt4.xmpp-server.l.google.com.

    Because there are many different domain hosts offering varying options for SRV records, please contact your domain host directly if you need assistance. This includes entering the SRV record data, assigning protocols and weights, and other configuration questions. Some domain hosts will allow you to copy and paste the information above exactly as it’s offered while other domain hosts require granular data entry.
    http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=34143

    Technical Support Means…

    Technical Support & Repair

    In order to provide the best technical support available, a multi-step approach has been developed. These steps include:

    Assessment The first step in assessing the problem is listening to the end-user/client. Once the problem is described, the engineer will attempt to replicate the problem so it can be viewed first hand.
    DiagnosisThe engineer will, through various test procedures, determine the likely cause of the problem. The client will receive a report as to the nature of the problem and the suggested course of action.
    Resolution After receiving approval from the client, the engineer will perform the suggested “fixes” necessary to restore the computer to its’ desired working state.
    Recommendations The engineer will make suggestions to help the client avoid similar problems in the future.