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yahoo drops auction fees

Yahoo has upped the ante in the online auction wars by ditching fees for auctions in the US: Yahoo has no plans to end the fees it charges users on its other auction sites, including the one for Japan, the company’s top auction site. The company also runs auction sites in Canada, Singapore, Taiwan and…

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Defending PHP & MySQL (LAMP)

During a recent conversation with a potential client, the issue arose (again) about the viability of PHP/MySQL as the chosen solution for their web application. While I explained the merits of using the technology, it dawned on me how few business people actually realize that there is an alternative when it comes to Java &…

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The ionCube: Free PHP Accelerator

In our quest to gather information comparing PHP/Perl to other web development languages, I came across a free PHP Accelerator called ionCube. Zend makes a commercial version that can be used for enterprise apps. The ionCube PHP Accelerator (PHPA) project claims: PHPA is free, and not only the top performing non-commercial solution of its kind,…

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Netcraft Anti-Phishing Toolbar

Phishing, in recent months, is gaining notoriety due to its link to financial loss for its victims. While many anti-spam services will stop phishing emails, even one making it through can be devastating to a user. Moreover, Pharming completely bypasses the email system – rendering any Anti-Spam service (like Swirbo) useless to stop the problem….

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Mac OS X on Intel

Via Jackson, the big news we had been hoping for appears to have materialized: Make no mistake. This is a real story and I’ve gotten confirmation from people who know. I can’t say more, though, cause I don’t want Apple to sue me to find out my sources. From what I hear, though, they have…

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MS Word: Corruption of Normal.dot

For years, MS Office users somehow find a way to ‘mess up’ their office installation in a manner that prevents them efficiently working. Typically, I’ve seen users corrupt their Normal.dot file by creating macros, migration profiles, or trying to create custom templates which accidentally overwrite the Normal.dot file.

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security

[12:37]<Jonathan Wage (AIM)> I have seen some big sites, setup with the ability to mail you your actual password [12:37]<Jonathan Wage (AIM)> How do they handle that? [12:37]<cwage> with poor security Sometimes honesty is the best policy.

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summer of code

Google has an awesome program up called the Summer of Code: This Summer, don’t let your programming skills lie fallow…Use them for the greater good of Open Source Software and computer science! Google will provide a $4500 award to each student who successfully completes an open source project by the end of the Summer. (payment…

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DKIM/DomainKeys

Yahoo and Cisco have teamed up in the battle against Spam: The two companies announced Wednesday that they are combining their two separate authentication proposals into a new specification called DomainKeys Identified Mail, or DKIM, and are planning to propose it as a Web standard. DomainKeys is a system Yahoo has been touting for a…

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Office XML

Via Jackson, I see Microsoft has some great news: This actually is pretty big news. Microsoft Office file formats are moving to XML. These are formats that all developers can use. This means it will be much easier for web applications to create and process MS Office formats. This also means that it will be…