Show HN: Collate: Cross platform note taking app based on plain text data format

Welcome to the Collate Blog!
As our first blog post, let’s kick things off with the story of why I created Collate in the first place and the Ideas that were the main driving force behind the app.
There are a lot of note taking applications out there.  The big ones being Evernote, Microsoft One Note, Google Keep, Simple Note, and Apple Notes. Every one of these have an amazing feature set, they are highly polished and are available on pretty much every platform available. So why recreate the wheel?
Well, it’s basically the same problem Goldilocks had.
Evernote was pretty good for a while, but then the interface changes started happening and they started slashing features which made it even less attractive. The worst part was that Evernote forces you to use their syncing platform and that my data didn’t truly feel like it was mine.  Along with that, it was wrapped up


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Amazon EBS Update – New Elastic Volumes Change Everything

It is always interesting to speak with our customers and to learn how the dynamic nature of their business and their applications drives their block storage requirements. These needs change over time, creating the need to modify existing volumes to add capacity or to change performance characteristics. Today’s 24×7 operating models leaves no room for downtime; as a result, customers want to make changes without going offline or otherwise impacting operations.
Over the years, we have introduced new EBS offerings that support an ever-widening set of use cases. For example, we introduced two new volume types in 2016 – Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) and Cold HDD (sc1). Our customers want to use these volume types as storage tiers, modifying the volume type to save money or to change the performance characteristics, without impacting operations.
In other words, our customers want their EBS volumes to be even more elastic!
New Elastic


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AWS EBS Enables Live Volume Modifications with Elastic Volumes

This feature is available in all Commercial AWS regions at no additional cost. CloudWatch and Lambda usage is billed at standard rates.
To get started, simply sign into the AWS Console, select Amazon EC2, and right click on the volume you wish to modify. To learn more about Elastic Volumes click here.


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Amazon Chime – Unified Communications Service

If your working day is anything like mine, you probably spend a lot of time communicating with your colleagues. Every day, I connect with and collaborate with people all over the world. Some of them are sitting in their office in front of their PCs; others are on the go and using their phones to connect and to communicate. We chat informally, we meet on regular schedules, we exchange documents and images, and we share our screens.
For many years, most “business productivity” tools have been anything but. Many of these tools support just one or two modes of communication or styles of collaboration and can end up getting in the way. Licensing and training costs and a lack of support for collaboration that crosses organizational boundaries don’t make things any better.
Time to change that…
Introducing Amazon Chime Today I would like to tell you about Amazon Chime. This


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Skype Gets A New Competitor: Amazon Announces Chime

Amazon has released new service to make voice and video calls and share screen. Called Chime, the service is aimed at business users. It directly competes with well-known players such as Skype, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Zoom, and Cisco’s WebEx, among others. From a report: Amazon Web Services today unveiled Chime, a new service that it says takes the “frustration out of meetings” by delivering video, voice, chat, and screen sharing. Instead of forcing participants to call one another on a dedicated line, Amazon Chime automatically calls all participants at the start of a meeting, so “joining a meeting is as easy as clicking a button in the app, no PIN required,” the company said in a press release. Chime also shows a visual roster of participants, and allows participants to pinpoint who exactly on the call is creating annoying background noise.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


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What’s new on Drupal.org? – January 2017

Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.
Drupal.org updates
Recognizing more types of contribution in the Drupal.org Marketplace
We were very pleased to announce an expansion of the issue credit system into a broader contribution credit system which recognizes more than just code contributions for the purposes of ranking organizations in the marketplace.
We now calculate the following 4 types of contribution into overall contribution credit:
Issue credits — helping build the Drupal software happens in the issue queues. Issue credits remain the primary factor in ranking, and continue to be shown prominently. Issue credits on more widely used projects, like Drupal Core, will also receive greater weight in the ranking. Learn how to help in the issue queue
Drupal 8 case studies — success stories show how Drupal is used across industries and the world, helping effectively


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Inside Cloud Spanner and the CAP Theorem

By Eric Brewer, Vice President of Infrastructure, Google Cloud Building systems that manage globally distributed data, provide data consistency and are also highly available is really hard. The beauty of the cloud is that someone else can build that for you.The CAP theorem says that a database can only have two of the three following desirable properties:C: consistency, which implies a single value for shared data
A: 100% availability, for both reads and updates
P: tolerance to network partitions
This leads to three kinds of systems: CA, CP and AP, based on what letter you leave out. Designers are not entitled to two of the three, and many systems have zero or one of the properties.For distributed systems over a “wide area,” it’s generally viewed that partitions are inevitable, although not necessarily common. If you believe that partitions are inevitable, any distributed system must be prepared to forfeit either consistency (AP) or availability


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