Sunday, June 5, 2016

Installing our flow hive super

Today I installed the second box of our Flow Hive, as my wife and I were noticing 'crowding' outside the front of the original hive. Suffice to say, the bees needed it! They had built so much honeycomb that they had built up and out of the inner cover.

Removing the inner cover was difficult in its own right; the bees had built a number of honeycomb connections from their brood frames to the cover. Separating the cover took delicate, methodical movements to as minimize disturbing the bees and to prevent as many casualties as possible.

I opted not to use the queen excluder, but may change my mind after speaking with other beekeepers. Our original NUC provider mentioned that excluders can harm drone's wings when passing between the brood and super.

Overall, the experience was a success and I'm very pleased with the results. We'll see how the bees take to their new expanded hive!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Extoling the virtues of Cloud Computing platforms

Cloud computing really is a revolutionary technology achievement. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise. At the end of the day, cloud computing as a technology levels the playing field among companies as it turns many functions of IT into a utility. No longer do you have to directly cover the charge of managing datacenter overhead.

Once upon a time the bigger the datacenter you had, the larger the applications you could develop and run. Now that even small companies with meager financial resources can use cloud computing and storage to build apps, the old paradigm is shattered. In The Big Switch, Nicolas Carr likens cloud computing to electricity. When Edison figured out how to turn electricity into a utility, a commodity that anyone could purchase, larger factories no longer had the strategic advantage of generating their own electricity (larger generation meant more widget production).

Here are some common SaaS/Cloud based solutions: