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One of the most watched topics webwide today - Google is changing their search algorithm. Over the last months one had the possibility to beta-test the new Google search (called caffeine). now it’s about to be deployed on the first data centers:
We appreciate all the feedback from people who searched on our Caffeine sandbox.
Based on the success we’ve seen, we believe Caffeine is ready for a larger audience. Soon we will activate Caffeine more widely, beginning with one data center. This sandbox is no longer necessary and has been retired, but we appreciate the testing and positive input that webmasters and publishers have given.
Time to set up your SERP tests for the next weeks!
Today I read an article about IE8, the MS Internet Explorer that ships with Windows 7 (successor of Vista). The good news is, that it survives the ACID2 test, the bad news is, that it fails the ACID3 test embarrassing. While Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome meet about 70 to 80 of the necessary 100 goals, the IE8 meets 20/100.
So, the question is: Are Microsoft programmers lousy? Or is Microsoft still offending the Internet as far as possible? While I don’t think a great deal of them, I am sure they could do it better - BUT I am almost sure, that Ballmer is not willing to believe that times change. Fat client computing is dying, all what Microsoft does with their villainously products is delaying the agony.
They’re hurting the substantial progress of our society - just for their selfish vegetate. And they’re hurting us web developers by forcing us to support their crap.
(Illustration by Google)
Today Google released a new browser. Naturally I’ve downloaded it immediately (for Windows XP, here) - and it’s fantastic.
First impression: So so very fast, actually all pages are just there, there’s no progress to recognize.
Second impression: It looks different, it looks cool.
On the downside:
- There are no beloved plugins existing (firebug).
- Is Google watching me?
=> Think I’ll use it for browsing next time, but will still use Firefox for development (will never again use MS IE)
Since a while I am thinking about a better possibility to present a link-matrix to my users. Currently it’s just a matrix where I have the topics as lines and a geographic location for each topic as column.
Now, if the user searches for “gewerblicher Rechtsschutz München” she navigates to the line “gewerblicher Rechtsschutz” and to the column 8 (what is the region code for München).
There are several drawbacks:
(1) Too many links on this one page
(2) Too much visual impression confuses the user
(3) Too hard to point to the small href links inside the matrix’s cells
Now - I am thinking about a solution with jQuery…
Anyone any idea? Thanks.
My favorite current project is opentimesheet.org.
It’s about efficient online time registration and recording.
Last 14 years as freelancer I was using a horrible number of time capturing systems. Actually I am using about three at a time now. There are so many of them, and most companies invent their own - starting with excel - ending up in a very special time consumptive “solution”.
Break the rule - join the new open source project!
When I googled my name today, I found really interesting posts that are 12 years old. Thanks to google for awakening those sweet memories.
It’s about FFT transformations and I found it in Google Groups.
For those of you who are not grandfathers… before www got popular, we were communicating via usenet - groups
Man, 12 years old … and still in the google cache!
When you run a website in Germany, you’re worried by laws. Some think you need a disclaimer or “Haftungsausschluss”, some think you don’t.
I found a lawer’s text that’s free for copying. So If you need, or need not, a disclaimer for your Page running in Germany (whatever “in” means) take this free disclaimer.
Drupal is upgrading very frequently. Specially nowadays as V6 is out for a view weeks. If you don’t want to get mad upgrading Drupal every other day - here are some hints to follow when installing Drupal6.
Most important: If you have more sites running on one server: Do a multisite installation!
Assuming you have your Apache root at /srv/htdocs do the following:
- Download Drupal 6.1 and tar xvzf it in /srv
- Now you have /srv/drupal-6.1
- Create a symlink like ln -s drupal-6.1 drupal
- Now you also have /srv/drupal (pointing to /srv/drupal-6.1)
- Now create a symlink for apache: I.e. ln -s /srv/drupal /srv/htdocs/drupalweb and let your virtual domain (or where ever Drupal will run) point to /srv/htdocs/drupalweb as httdocs root.
Your ready with your update-prepared ionstallation.
When an upgrade to Drupal 6.2 appears (it did view days ago), do the following:
- mysqldump your drupal database (just for security and possible rollbacks)
- copy cp -r -p /srv/drupal-6.1 /srv/drupal-6.2 the 6.1 to the new 6.2 installation (so you can rollback if necessary)
- in /srv/drupal-6.2 preserve your sites directory by renaming it, i.e. mv sites sites_old
- now, in /srv untar the 6.2 distribution tar xvzf drupal-6.2.tar.gz
- remove the new sites dir and move back your preserved: rm -r sites, mv sites_old sites
- now relink your master: rm /srv/drupal; ln -s drupal-6.2 drupal
- and browse to update.php of your site.
Keep in mind to check, if there’s something important new in settings.php…
And with this kind of installation you are perfectly prepared for multisite! And for sure it doesn’t work with MS scrappy OS’s.
And have fun!
As Mr. Schwartz, CEO of SUN Microsystems wrote here, SUN is going to acquire MySQL AB for about 1 Billion Dollars.
What does this mean to Oracle, Sybase, DB2 and MSSQL Server?
It’s out of the question, that MySQL is the most used Database worldwide. The main reasons are, that MySQL runs with poor hardware, it’s easy to install, to administrate and to use. And it’s for free. When I look back at my jobs in the trading area of investment banks, I remember lot’s of Solaris/Sybase installations. Now, I foresee problems for Sybase here. When I look back at my jobs in the backoffice area of retail banking, I remember lot’s of Solaris/Oracle and AIX/DB2 installations. Will SUN MySQL be as reliable as Oracle or DB2 is? Then I foresee problems here as well.
Why should one pay for Oracle or DB2 when MySQL comes from SUN and is for free?
I am sure MSSQL will keep it’s place in the low-range small office area - just because of the MS certified staff that’s working here. But I foresee huge problems (see here also) for the big systems Oracle, Sybase and DB2.
All the IT world is moving to open source !!!
And that’s a good way