Best WordPress Plugins is an excellent collection of plugins for all sorts of things – from posts and comments management to podcasting and security. Some are free, others – commercial. I’m sure that even if you’ve been running a WordPress site for years, you’ll still find something new for you here.
For all those people who complain about my pictures of food, somebody else’s pictures of babies, Justin Bieber photos, and the like, here’s something to try: get rather.
This sounds like a handy tool for anyone who hasn’t been blessed with patience or can’t figure out the “unsubscribe” button.
“The Rise and Fall of .Ly” covers some of the not so widely known Internet history, including The God of the Internet, Jon Postel:
Until 1998, the Internet had a “God.” His name was Jon Postel.
Postel was a computer science student at UCLA in the late 1960s. In 1969, he got into the Internet more or less on the ground floor, when he was part of the team that set up the first node of the ARPANET — which would lay the technological groundwork for the modern Internet.
In these early days, computers would refer to each other and the files on them by IP address. The earliest web addresses were strings of numbers, like: 220.127.116.11. If you wanted to reference, access, or communicate with a computer, you’d type in its numerical address. As the ARPANET grew, its moderators compiled a single file mapping memorable names, often pronounceable strings of characters, to IP addresses. This file was named “HOSTS.TXT”, and it was like a giant phone book with every computer’s name and number in it. Hosts made copies of the master HOSTS.TXT. This system got more and more cumbersome as the network got bigger and bigger.
In 1983, ARPANET became a subnet of the early Internet. At around the same time, Postel, along with computer scientist Paul Mockapetris, devised a new system to name the various places of the web. Their invention, called the Domain Name System (DNS), took the role of the HOSTS.TXT file and distributed it across an eventually vast, multifaceted network of servers.
“Agile Failure Patterns In Organizations” explains why Agile is simple and complex at the same time.
Finally! Something I can distract all those Agile prophets with, while I sneak out to do some work.
According to Wikipedia, Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, as we know it, has turned 25 years old (launched on October 17, 1990). What an achievement! There aren’t that many websites around that are that old and still that useful.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish a very Happy Birthday to everyone who was involved with the site during all this years. Thank you!
I hope one day we’ll overcome all those copyright restrictions and it’ll be possible to watch movies and TV series directly on the site, much like the trailers are now.
Zend Technologies, the company behind PHP, has been acquired by Rogue Wave Software. This sounds like huge news, except that I have no idea about who Rogue Wave Software are, what they do, and what’s their plan in regards to PHP. Sure, the announcement suggests that they’ll help to push PHP technology into the enterprise. But, I guess, that remains to be seen.
Congratulations and kudos to Zend Technologies for all the work they’ve done so far.
An interesting talk by GitHubber Zach Holman on code, teams and process – “move fast & break nothing“. It covers everything from DO’s and DONT’s, tools, and even Blue Angels jet fighter flying squad. (Check the link above for slides and transcript, if video is not your thing).