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Cloud Computing Economies of Scale

Just watched a very interesting session on Cloud Computing by James Hamilton from MIX10. http://channel9.msdn.com/events/MIX/MIX10/EX01 Really interesting about why you should use cloud computing instead of buying servers. Personally I already run my personal stuff in EC2, S3 and GAE and I will not go back to running an SMTP-server in the closet. Also my ISP had a 10 day outage this summer and emails don’t like that ;)

Google App Engine ReferenceProperty and HTML5 local storage

The best thing with my job is that I work with the same things that I can spend hours doing in my free time. Too bad you don’t have 40 hours a week free time. It’s been a while but I have finally made som progress. I had some troubles with BigTable (the database that you use in Google App Engine). I put pretty large arrays with weather data in db.

Progress report

I have successfully extracted some temperature data from the grib files, created a basic data model in Google App Engine and a very basic site in Django. I use matplotlib to create isolines that are drawn with Google Maps Api. It’t not that beautiful but there is room for improvement ;)

Weather and clouds

Ever since I wrote my master thesis I have had an interest in weather. My thesis was about metadata updates in a real time database at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological institute. The thesis was mainly about weather stations that deliver observations used when running weather models. After my thesis I ended up as a consultant but for the last 2,5 years I’m back at SMHI doing various work, mostly backend.