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Submission + - Cross platform XML GUI. What to choose?

mindflow writes: Sooner or later most of the new software development with Microsoft as platform will be done after the 3.0 model. This means the ability to better organize software projects towards matching designer and programmer roles. I believe this is an important move and one which I will try to pursue. However I still believe that cross platform ability is important. A quick search for xml gui java on google results in a plethora of interesting projects. At this point it seems difficult to predict what will become a popular standard, if any. Therefore I would like to try this question on the readers of slashdot. What should I pursue if I want to develop cross platform xml based gui applications? And will any of these technologies become a standard for web applications?

Submission + - Memory leak patterns in JavaScript

An anonymous reader writes: Plugging memory leaks in JavaScript is easy enough when you know what causes them. This article walks you through the basics of circular references in JavaScript and explain why they can cause problems in certain browsers, especially when combined with closures. After seeing some of the common memory leak patterns you should watch out for, you'll learn a variety of easy ways to work around them.
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Submission + - How To Start A Web Host Part 1

LeeCu writes: "What you are about to read is the past 4 years in my life of starting a web hosting business.

First off let me start by saying thanks for reading if you do. This article must not be reproduce in any way shape or form period.

So you want to start your own web hosting company? Well guess what? Your in a long line of many others that has wanted to start they're own business. Most have succeeded, some have failed. Which group will you be in? Well that depends on your attitude. If you have the I CAN DO attitude then more then likely you will succeed, BUT, if you go in thinking I am going get rich quick, well then just stay away from it. YOU WILL FAIL.

I use to drive truck for a living and got tired of being burned by the trucking companies. So I searched around for other lines of work, but none appealed to me more then owning my own business. There's nothing like being your own boss right? You can do what you want, when you want. So with my experience in customer communications I said "I CAN DO THIS". Well phase 1 of my new venture was to research, research, research. I bought an old computer and downloaded Redhat. I installed redhat with out a hitch. So i fire up the box and there's no GUI. Immediately I thought "What the hell did I get myself into?". Well I started searching the web on everything linux. Google is the best place to start. I found tons of information but the place i always went to was, which is now Just Linux. There is a wealth of information there. If you are ever stuck or can't find an answer just go to

Linux is just like DOS use to be. Nowadays though most linux disto comes with a GUI. I chose Redhat due to its popular rating as a web based server. You can choose what ever distro you want as there are 100's if not 1000's out there. Anyway back to the story. Learn all you can about linux that you can. You will need it. Some resellers offer SSH Access some don't. I would recommend going with one that offers SSH, due to the fact you can log in and monitor your host's server with the command "TOP" (without the quotes).
Now once you get your box set up, fool around with it. Try to get someone to break into your box, and breech the security of it. If they succeed you need to learn how to set your ipchains up. ipchains and iptables are the linux firewall. You should never store any personal info on this box while you are learning linux. After you are able to have your box secured try setting up a basic run of the mill web server. Fool around with the http.conf some, try different stuff."

Submission + - Improve Our Knowledge Through The Internet

madalinna writes: "As we all know, the Internet represents nowadays one of the most important means of communication. Its use is due to our constant need of getting new information in different fields, such as: culture and civilization, science, education. The Internet also facilitates communication between individuals, realizing virtual communities among people united by the same passions and ideas; and by doing this they overcome political, social and linguistic boundaries.

We can also use the Internet to enrich our knowledge, our culture, but, at the same time, we shouldn't forget the traditional methods of improving our knowledge. I t is said that the Internet gives us different points of view or different perspectives on how to approach a certain situation, but it's our job to establish a relation between the traditional methods of learning and the modern methods. I know that the advantages of using the Internet can be sometimes overwhelming, in a good way. The choice is ours. We can use it to enjoy ourselves or we can use it to solve our tasks, related to school. No matter what we choose, we know that we can learn a lot by connecting ourselves to the system, that is the Internet.

The Way To Improve Our Knowledge Through The Internet "

Submission + - Jobs to Labels: Lose the DRM & We'll Talk Pric

eldavojohn writes: "Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been talking smack about DRM and has recently issued a verbal offer to major music lables stating that if they are willing to loose the DRM, he'd be willing to raise his 99 cent price for those iTunes songs. These tracks (such as the recent EMI deal) would also have better sound quality & cost about 30 cents more."

Submission + - Linux: A Musician's OS?

lazyeye writes: Keyboard Magazine has an in-depth article about the state of music production on Linux. While it does introduce Linux to the average musician, the article does get into some of the available music applications and music-oriented Linux distributions out there. From the opening paragraph:

You might think there's no way a free operating system written by volunteers could compete when it comes to music production. But in the past couple of years, all the tools you need to make music have arrived on Linux.

Submission + - Resources for IT home education?

Peregr1n writes: "My brother and his wife are home educating their four kids (aged between 0 and 5). I've been tasked with providing their IT education. What free or cheap resources are there around for this purpose, aimed at such young ages? Most books I have found concentrate on Microsoft skillsets (using Windows and Office) but I'd like to give them a more rounded education."

Submission + - In-depth interview with Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker

SlinkySausage writes: "APC Magazine in Australia has posted an 8,000 word interview with Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker about where Firefox came from and where it's going. Baker talks about putting Firefox on mobile phones; how Firefox will take on Flash and Silverlight with open source animation and video rendering; where the $55million a year Firefox earns comes from; the struggle with patents in the software industry; how businesses are recontemplating moving to Firefox rather than dealing with the upgrade to IE7, and why Mozilla hasn't yet built an ad-blocker into Firefox. She also talks about how Firefox 3.0 will have a lot more capability around "branding" — will it be the corporate visual theming disaster that was IE4? And how Mozilla's small development office in New Zealand is developing the ability to run web abbs in Firefox without an internet connection. Mozilla Japan's cartoon character, "Foxkeh" makes an appearance too."

Submission + - Google's Blogger output fails XHTML standards writes: "The headers generated by Google's Blogger web site assert it's output is complient with the "XHTML 1.0 Strict" document type definition. Well, John Walker tested it against that standard, and discovered even the simplest Blogger page fails with 73 errors. Walker comments:

...whatever standard you choose, you should be willing to be held to it, and in this case the blogging platform used by tens of millions of people falls flat on its face. Personally, I would be stone ashamed to ship something in this state. That Google, with what amounts to unlimited funds in our talent-constrained industry, plus the putatively smartest and certainly most smug technical staff, contents themselves with this is perhaps an indication that before expounding on issues of good and evil, one should first address the more mundane matter of competence.

Submission + - good web design practices?

gnomungus writes: My girlfriend is interested in learning some web design for a new job that she's starting soon, but she has very little prior programming experience. I told her that a book on introductory programming and good programing practices would be the most valuable thing she could read before trying to pick up specific languages. When she asked for a recommendation, however, I was stumped. Is there a good introduction to programming book out there with a focus on web design?

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