Is there no originality left in the world?

It seems that I am seeing more and more news and posts about plagiarized songs. You can’t go to the movie theaters and watch an original movie any more. With a few very rare exceptions (Metalocalypse, for one), television is a vast wasteland of unoriginal, uninspired ideas. Web sites (especially the news sites) all look the same nowadays.

With all this rehashing and regurgitating of ideas, why should logos be any exception? They’re not. Here are a few posts (anyone catch the irony in this post?) detailing some of the more aggregious logo copies (not all of them are actually ripoffs, but they still look strikingly similar):

How Are Your Servers Physically Protected?

PingdomPingdom is out with a new analysis piece looking at physical security over hacking. It’s easy for us to try to prevent hacker attempts, viruses and worms, but what about actual physical security? We just moved HTMLCenter to a new host a couple of weeks ago. Never once did I ask or think about what’s their actual physical security model.

The real issue isn’t the stolen servers, it’s the stolen data. The data is always worth more than the hardware itself.

GlobalScape Releases CuteSendIt

CuteSendIt LogoGlobalScape, the company behind CuteFTP, CuteHTML (which was discontinued a little over a year ago) and many more useful Windows-based applications for Web developers, has unveiled a brand new service called CuteSendIt.

CuteSendIt is a browser-based file sending utility. With the free version of CuteSendIt, you can send files up to 100 megabytes each to any recipient you choose. You can send up to 10 files per month, and use a total of 1gigabyte of bandwidth each month.

Amazon S3 Down For Over Three Hours… and Counting!

Amazon’s S3 storage service appears to be down. CenterNetworks images are broken because of it and I had to move the style sheet back so the site at least renders correctly. Sites like Twitter have massive broken images currently because Amazon S3 is down.

We will keep updating this post until the service has recovered. As of Noon Eastern time, the S3 service is down.

Amazon’s S3 service was also down this past February and Amazon explained the reasons for the outage and downtime a few days later. There has to be a way to failover when S3 is down.

As always report in if you are having issues with Amazon S3.

Update: Amazon S3 clients are now posting outage messages on the forums. It appears EC2 is working ok.

Update 2: Amazon is now reporting on their health dashboard that Amazon S3 has "elevated error rates".

Update 3 – 12:55pm: Now down over an hour, Amazon says they are "pursuing several paths of corrective action. Sites affected include SmugMug and Twitter. Twitter is up with no images while SmugMug had to take the service down since so much of it relies on Amazon’s services.

Update 4 – 1:55pm: Amazon now reporting, "10:33 AM PDT A quick update that we believe this is an issue with the communication between several Amazon S3 internal components. We do not have an ETA at this time but will continue to keep you updated."

Update 5 – 3:45pm: We are now down over 3.5 hours – Amazon’s latest update, "12:25 PM PDT We have restored communication between additional hosts and are continuing this work across the rest of the fleet. Thank you for your continued patience."

Good articles from BNET

Every few days, I receive some sort of newsletter from BNET, the business-focused arm of CNET. The newsletter I received today actually had a few good articles that I wanted to share.

Favorite Facebook Apps

Being somewhat new to Facebook, I am still enjoying my time on there. I am curious as to which Facebook applications you are all using, and which ones are your favorites.

I really like checking the pictures available in the Bumper Sticker application. Most of them are ridiculous, and some are offensive, but I usually find at least one or two really good ones on the first handful of pages. I also like using the Flixster Facebook app, and really like taking some of the quizzes. For quizzes, though, I like the iLike application even better. Being the music junkie that I am, iLike is a perfect application for me. The music quizzes are usually insanely difficult, but they are a blast to play.

What are your favorite Facebook apps? What do you find yourself doing to kill time while you’re logged on over there?