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+ - Ask Slashdot: Best tool for website + mobile site construction (w e-comm later)

Submitted by kaladorn
kaladorn writes: I've built networked client-server apps in java/C/C++. I've built web services. I've built websites by hand (old school when browsers weren't compliant) and later with tools like RVSSiteBuilder.

The scenario I'm confronted with: My partner wants to open a small craft business initially on the side and I want to help her get an internet presence for that small business. I've read dubious things about the economics of Facebook Business Pages. We may take an Etsy presence.

I feel like we'd also want our own website. Initially, I just need forum/blog/social media widgets, galleries and static content but I'd like to have the site built by a tool so she can work on it and I can do minimal troubleshooting. I'd also like to either have the tool (or a tool) create the mobile site to match or at least make the site itself work well on mobiles. I'd like a later easy integration option for some e-commerce solution if we have a big enough success to justify that expense.

So: Too much to ask from a cheap or free tool suite? Or is there one out there that supports those goals and with which slashdotters have had good luck?

I've checked out some (DudaMobile, some of Google's tools, and some others offered by hosting companies) but what their PR never tells you is is the project going to implode later on because of some major issue or glitch they didn't mention. That's where it's nice to draw on collective experience.

If you have the experience with using tools to build small sites with mobile availability for the context (via a separate tool-generated mobile site or the main site just working well on mobiles) and/or with integrating e-commerce later, what would you recommend? (For ecommerce I"m just thinking of being able to take CC payments mostly, though debit would be nice too)

Comment: Makes sense it took 5 years (Score 1) 180 180

They put a trojan horse into pirated copies of code for a bulk mailer -- then used those servers to send spam. Who's gonna notice? Who's gonna be surprised that their machine gets 'accidentally' flagged as a spam box? Who do you complain to when you figure out that your 'cracked' spam software turned out to contain a trojan?

+ - Leggo store detains 11-year old boy for shopping alone

Submitted by darkonc
darkonc writes: An 11 year old goes into a Leggo store in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) with $200 in hard earned cash ... and doesn't come out. When his father comes to the store to meet him for lunch, he finds his son 'detained' by the store manager and a security guard — for shopping alone. Apparently, Leggo stores have a policy of apprehending young children who shop without their parents.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 142 142

by darkonc (#49406509) Attached to: Microsoft Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Apple definitely succeeded. By 1990, Mac was the de-facto standard for desktop publishing. Even many of the the biggest Window/DOS newsletters were being created on the Mac. When Windows95 came out, the mantra was "Almost as good as a Mac". Microsoft won the desktop war with anticompetitive practices, not quality.

I remember around 1989, a print shop in Edmonton was broken into one night. The thieves stole all of the shop's Macintosh computers -- even the ones in the back room, but didn't touch the many PCs.

If it wasn't for stiff competition from Apple, it's probable that Microsoft wouldn't have introduced a Graphical desktop until well into the '90s. Apple, The Amiga, Sun, SGI and many other companies led Microsoft in the graphical desktop field. Microsoft was very much a follower, not a leader.

Comment: Re:Good. +1 for Google. (Score 1) 176 176

by darkonc (#49391737) Attached to: Chinese Certificate Authority CNNIC Is Dropped From Google Products
The warning about self-signed certs is just that. If you know that you're talking to the right site, you can add the cert to your trusted list.

"trusted" root certs are organizations that you are supposed to be able to trust to be proper with the certs that they give out. CNNIC is (properly) being removed from that list. The point isn't to 'punish' their customers. It's to protect the rest of us. If CNNIC manages to convince Google (and others) that they've fixed the problem anf won't let it happen again, they'll be admitted to the trusted group, again.

Comment: Only if they were taking their time. (Score 1) 576 576

It took NASA about 20 years to find 90% of NEO asteroids bigger than 1KM in diameter. and most of those more than 100M... so if The Aliens have been stalking earth for the last decade trying to match orbit, and have a ship more than 1KM in diameter, then there's a 50% chance that we've mistaken them for an asteroid.

Comment: Re:WTF - What they WANT us to think.. (Score 5, Insightful) 319 319

They're taking those rights away from all of us. Islamists are the excuse for that. If the general public realized that these restrictions are ultimately gonna bite all of us on the ass, they'd never be allowed to pass these laws.

You always need an identifiable "other" to justify laws that remove rights from all of us. In th McCarthy era it was 'the communist threat'. In Nazi Germany it was "The jewish threat". (then communists, gays, Gypsies, dissidents, and by the end of the war tanks were roaming the streets shooting at any window that was flying a flag of surrender).

The Patriot Act was supposedly to catch "Those damned (Muslim) terrorists", but then the NSA and the FBI used those laws to justify listening in on everybody . Do you really think that it's going to be any different with this new law? Do you really think that wasn't the intent of the old one? I'm almost disgusted enough to say "Yeah, go ahead -- give up your freedoms, and see what happens!" -- but the problem is that when you give up your freedoms, you give up mine too.

Comment: Global warming is NOT a single incident. (Score 1) 222 222

by darkonc (#48609209) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do
Global warming is like suspecting that you have a pair of 'loaded' dice.-- loaded for 6es and against 1's. You can't just roll once and accurately say "I rolled 2. They must not be loaded. or "I rolled 12 they ARE loaded". both 2 and 12 will still occur, but you'll have MORE 12s and LESS 2's. and your rolls will be generally higher. You can only say something by examining dozens, or even hundreds of rolls and examining the the trends .

Asking if this single event is attributable to global warming is the wrong question. The best answer to (misguided) journalists who insist on asking this question (usually because they've been forced to talk to too many global warming deniers) is:

  • "Global warming is a trend , not an incident, and this incident is something that we'll see {more/less} of as time goes on.".

Comment: ..and Bart Simpson is a Movie Producer (Score 1) 100 100

by darkonc (#48570739) Attached to: A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals
es, I'm serious. He's a freind of mine, and he's had the name since long before the show went on air. My point is that having the name 'Maggie Simpson' means nothing -- unlike the bogus content. I don't know if they did this, butit seems that a properly juried work should have the name removed from it during the review process.

Comment: Re:Anything sold to the police should be sold... (Score 1) 191 191

I know a guy who owns an armoured car. it is unarmed, but he takes it out at times and drives around.

So you can own an armoured vehicle.

One of the issues of tanks and other modern armoured vehicles is that they are *integrated systems* and the manufacturer may be able to sell you a tank, but not if it contains defense department secret technologies like range finders, sighting systems, computer driven stabilization systems, EW and comms gear, etc.

So, although perhaps you could buy such a vehicle as a raw vehicle, you couldn't buy the entire integrated array of technologies.

I think to satisfy realistic control of those technologies, you should pay (as a consumer wanting to buy one) the cost of the vehicle and the cost of extraction of those technologies from the integrated system (if even possible).

So then you could still buy an M1, but it might cost you 1.3 or 1.5x the cost of a fully-integrated standard M1.

The issue with the police being outgunned isn't on the overall scale (eventually enough ERT members will show up). It's a short (and lethal) time where patrol officers with pistols, limited armour, and unarmoured patrol cars are engaged by high velocity portable weapons systems. That's when they are outgunned and the LA bank situation was an example of that that had nothing to do with a Cartel. So would be some active shooter/terrorism examples and police are expected to be first responders here too.

Comment: Re:So, in essence, Uber's app is malware (Score 2) 234 234

by kaladorn (#48475383) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

There are permissions viewers, but you may also find permission managers. I have one installed but my phone is charging.

Not sure if the app has been borked by updates since the last time I went and used it to revoke some permissions after installation. It may have been. Google has tampered a bunch with security settings.

I usually go adjust the permissions after installation but before first execution.

Ultimately, people should light a fire under Google to force app publishers to only request perms they really need and to allow users to disable any perms they don't like (and encourage app devs to not make that break their app - modular enable-able/disable-able app functionality please!). Of course, that may be hard. If they still can't do a f***ing table of contents in Google Docs with page numbers, there isn't much hope they can get this right or will pay attention to massive outcry. In some ways, Google is a metric pantload of nerds doing nerd things and ignoring anyone that might actually use their apps. Microsoft, for all its flaws, was often more customer responsive than Google has been. Just sayin'.

Comment: Re:It DOES have permission (Score 1) 234 234

by kaladorn (#48475365) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

There are tools that will let you edit app permissions after installation to remove some of them. Or at least I have installed and used those in past and hoped they worked. In some cases, apps check at startup and bork themselves like petulant children if they don't get what they want (even if they didn't need it) but others seem to run fine without the extraneous permissions (like ones that would allow linking to social media that I don't use so the function never gets invoked).

Ultimately, I should never have to enable an app feature that I will never use and should never have to grant permissions except as needed for the features I actually use. PC apps got this long ago (for the most part). Mobile apps have taken terrible directions in this respect.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers