Buy hosting you actually need, not 'unlimited'

Hosting is obviously an essential part of running a site. There are millions of different hosts with different price plans and offers. Often the vast array of choices can be rather daunting, but make sure you don't get suckered in to common traps, namely 'unlimited' claims.

It is not physically possible for a hard drive to be able to hold an unlimited amount of data. What they really mean by this is they just don't limit how much you use, but this is a problem. To make sure you don't ever hit a limit, when a server is reaching critical mass, the hosting company will just buy more hardware. However this means that servers are being strained until bursting point until new hardware is added in. This is overselling. They know you'll never need much space so they say you have unlimited space, and if they need to, they buy more space to make sure everything works. There is no way it's financially viable for hosters to manage decent servers whilst giving you all these high limits, if they were actually accurate. They may have a 1 TB server and say you have unlimited storage, but clearly, it can only hold 1 TB. Or, they may have a 1 TB server and say you have 100 GB. Logically, you'd only be able to have 10 accounts on there, but they'd probably add far more, 50 or more, because they know you'll never actually use any more than 1 GB or so, so they can squeeze more people onto the server.

Google's GMail is finally out of Beta

Yes, GMail is finally having the 'beta' label removed, after, what, 5 years??

We're often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of "beta" software as not being yet ready for prime time.

Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk — both enterprise and consumer versions — are now out of beta. "Beta" will be removed from the product logos today, but we'll continue to innovate and improve upon the applications whether or not there's a small "beta" beneath the logo.

Oh, and are they kidding with this??

One more thing — for those who still like the look of "beta", we've made it easy to re-enable the beta label for Gmail from the Labs tab under Settings.

That's a bit much :P

Google GMail out of beta

Google Chrome Operating System - New OS from Google coming in 2010

As a Google Chrome fan, this is exciting news.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

I really can't wait to see this... there's no doubt I'll download it, and if it's as good as the browser, it may well be my primary OS on my netbook.