brentonboy writes: I have been scavenging computers out of trash and recycling bins for a few years, and my roommate and I finally decided to put all our boxes to use in a Beowulf cluster, more to impress visitors than anything else. So we have this stack of computers, and a good answer to the question "what is that?" But now we need a really impressive answer to the next question: "what is it doing?"
So what are some neat things to have a small ragtag "conversation starter" Beowulf cluster work on?
brentonboy writes: We all know that browser statistics are inaccurate and skewed. But I'm interested in looking at the distortions that appear on different websites and comparing them. For example, how many browsers claiming to be IE visit mozilla.org? Does Mozilla make it's browser statistics public? What about other tech sites like Slashdot, W3C, or for that matter, Google? It would also be fun to look through the User Agent Strings to see the "custom" ones--sometimes very funny!
brentonboy writes: At my company, all the other engineers get to go to cool conferences, but my Web Developer co-workers and I miss out on all the fun. Are there any conferences for back-end Web Developers to discuss and learn more about stuff like ECMAscript, HTML 5, Web Standards, and the newest browser info?
brentonboy writes: Firefox 3.0 Release Candidate one is out. I've been using the Betas since Beta 2, and they have been even more stable than FX 2. There is a download link on the main Firefox download page (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/). You can check out the release notes here: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.0rc1/releasenotes/
The two places I've found that seem the most credible are O'Reilly School of Technology (which counted for credit at the U. of Illinois) and IWA/HWG through eClasses.org. Are there other legitimate places out there on the internet that offer credible certificates or classes?