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The Web Designer’s Guide to Cloud Hosting

Cloud computing is quietly taking over the world and changing the way we use our computers forever. Whether you’re storing your photo collection on Flickr or logging on to Gmail, everyone’s now using the cloud, even if they don’t realize it. But how does it work and how can we as web designers and developers make it work for us?

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on The Web Designer’s Guide to Cloud Hosting

Commodore 64 on Your iPhone: Exclusive Interview w/Manomio

We were devastated to learn that Apple denied permission to the developer who created a Commodore 64 emulator for the iPhone. So in the hopes of getting a second chance from Apple, here is our exclusive interview with Stuart Carnie the CTO of Manomio…

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An Experiment In BlackBerry Development

ballwall writes “We’ve all read the stories about how lucrative selling apps on the iPhone can be (or not), but what about other platforms? BlackBerry accounts for twice as many handsets shipped as Apple, according to Gartner, so I decided to find out. I wrote about my experiences developing my first BlackBerry application including sales, platform issues, and a bunch of other things I thought new mobile developers might want to know about.”

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Wired Water: IT Gets Ready for the Shock


Go wet, young IT man. Your parched, imperiled planet needs you. When it comes to creating a future filled with fresh, drinkable water, information technology professionals have a significant career opportunity in a mega-sized market. The very economic survival of a thirsty, arid Earth — with the U.S. southwest as a prime example — depends a great deal on properly applying the skills and expertise of app developers and systems administrators to the mapping, modeling and management of water across the world.

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Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much?

jammag writes “The Linux desktop has seen major innovation of late, with KDE 4 launching new features, GNOME announcing a new desktop, and Ubuntu embarking on a redesign campaign. But Linux pundit Bruce Byfield asks, do average users really want any of these things? He points to instances of user backlash, and concludes ‘Free software is still driven by developers working on what interests or concerns them. The problem is, the days when users of free software were also its developers are long gone, but the habits of those days remain. The result is that developers function far too much in isolation from their user base.’ Byfield suggests that the answer could be more user testing.”

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Sothink Violated the FlashGot GPL and Stole Code

ShineTheLight sends in news of two Firefox plug-ins: FlashGot, the original, and Sothink, the GPL-violating come-lately. “People at Sothink decided to violate the GPL by stealing a piece of core code from FlashGot and using it without even the decency of covering their tracks. It is an exact copy of a previous version of FlashGot. This deception came to light when users reported to the FlashGot support forum that their software was not working right. Some digging led to the discovery that the older module that Sothink stole and used verbatim was overriding the more recent engine on the machines of those who had both installed and it was causing the issue. It has been reported to AMO and the FlashGot developer is aware of it. The Sothink people have completely ignored and been silent on the subject. This is why most good programmers will stop contributing to the global community because there are those who will steal their work, pass it off as their own, never acknowledge or give credit, and then shamefully stick their head in the sand and ignore the consequences.” The three most recent reviews of Sothink point out this plug-in’s dishonest nature. A number of earlier, one-line, 5-star reviews — expressed in a similar style — sound suspiciously like astroturfing.

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Apple rejects C64 emulator without any good reason

iPhone developer Manomio has been secretly working on a major App Store project for the past year that has just been completed, but may never see the light of day in its current form.

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10 Useful Firefox Extensions to Supercharge Firebug

Though Firebug is already fully packed with features out of the box, several extensions out there can enhance its utility. In this article, you will find the 10 best Firefox extensions for Firebug that will make your life, as a developer or designer, easier.

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Oracle Kills Virtual Iron

rhathar writes in with news that Oracle is killing off the products of Virtual Iron, a month after purchasing the company. Reports say that all but 10 to 15 staff were let go. The Reg article speculates that Oracle bought VI for its technology and considers its customers and partners expendable. When the Sun purchase finalizes, Oracle will be in possession of three separate virtualization technologies all based on Xen. “In a letter to Virtual Iron’s sales partners, Oracle says it ‘will suspend development of existing Virtual Iron products and will suspend delivery of orders to new customers.’ One partner said, ‘So basically, anyone that built their hosting infrastructure on VI… is now totally in the s–.'”

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35 Absolutely Useful Firefox Plugins For Web Designers

Firefox is a very popular browser especially among web designers. There are more than 70% of WDB’s readers are using Firefox. There are few reasons which make Firefox so popular compare to others and obviously its plugins had contributed a lot for that.So now, check out 35 useful Firefox extensions for both web designers and web developers.

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