Siker writes: Email Service Guide asked "Why the heck are people still using POP3 [...instead of IMAP]?" Remarkably the answer does not seem to be "because they don't know any better" because at Email Discussions an intense debate erupted over the topic. In this day of large storage server accounts and multiple access devices for email accounts, is there a reason other than habit for POP3?
Siker writes: In a world of giants such as Gmail and Rackspace, email service provider FastMail.FM is somehow doing great with signups above the million mark. Email Service Guide interviews Jeremy Howard, founder of FastMail.FM, to find out how. Also covered is the company's contributions to Open Source software such as Cyrus-IMAP and Thunderbird. Jeremy discusses the future of IMAP, how open protocols help FastMail.FM and why he thinks SLAs from email providers are a con.
Siker writes: "In the midst of rumors of an imminent sale of the Zimbra by Yahoo, Zimbra today announced version 6.0 of their flagship software. Email Service Guide peeks at what's new while asking the obvious question: did Zimbra just bump their 5.5 to 6.0 as a publicity stunt during a potentially devaluing sale?"
Siker writes: "Apple's Safari web browser was upgraded to version 4 yesterday and with it came an update to the developers tools first introduced in Safari 3.1. The new version is set to give Firefox's FireBug plugin some very serious competition. Not only does the Development environment look and perform very well, it's also very full featured."
Siker writes: "Email transfer service YippieMove ditches VMware, switches to FreeBSD jails: 'We doubled the amount of memory per server, we quadrupled SQLite's internal buffers, we turned off SQLite auto-vacuuming, we turned off synchronization, we added more database indexes. We were confused. Certainly we had expected a performance difference between running our software in a VM compared to running on the metal, but that it could be as much as 10X was a wake-up call.'"
Siker writes: "Playing With Wire has tried the newly released Unlock software by the iPhone Dev Team on a new iPhone. The verdict is that it works and that it works well, if with some effort: "if you feel confident with your technical abilities, and you don't feel confident in AT&T's cell phone abilities, this is the tool you've been waiting for.""
Siker writes: "Playing With Wire has a recap of Cleversafe's presentation at LinuxWorld. 'Cleversafe separates data into slices that can be distributed to different servers, even across the world. But it's much more than just slicing and dicing: the algorithm adds redundancy and security as it goes about its task. When the algorithm is done, each individual slice is useless in isolation, and yet not all slices are needed to reconstruct the original data.' This kind of software can lead to higher data availability without the overhead of the Google File System."
Siker writes: "Playing With Wire has a review of the book accompanying symfony's 1.0 release. Symfony is a PHP web development framework, similar to Ruby on Rails, and was recently made famous as Yahoo! used it for one of its services. One of the book's authors, François Zaninott, comments on the review in the comments section."
Siker writes: "Symfony is PHP á la Ruby on Rails — it's a fast growing web development framework but for PHP, with the 1.0 release hot out the doors. Playing With Wire has a review of "The Definitive Guide to symfony", the book published with the release. Take a look at the first comment on the review as well — it's made by one of the book authors."
Siker writes: "I firmly believe in updating server software only when you need to. If you don't need new features, and things are working, why change anything? If you update anything you will doubtlessly need to update configuration files. You will need to fix things that break in the upgrade process. [...] This is hard with Gentoo. Gentoo wants you to change a lot of stuff. It wants to be bleeding edge.
My blog post caused a bit of a stir with lots of passionate comments and even its own thread on the Gentoo forums."
Siker writes: "It's hard to find good CS programmers these days. Universities are a part of the problem and every year they hinder another generation of young computer scientists from becoming the effective programmers we need for our computer based future. This opinion is about what they're doing wrong."