When Google Friend Connect is opened to all webmasters, I too wanna be a piece of it.
It reminds me of MyBlogLog and BlogCatalog (most closest), where anyone can join your website/community.
Similar here, members can interact with each other. But the biggest advantage over the 2 services above is, no new registration is required if you already have Google, Yahoo (not working when I tested just now), OpenId or AIM account. Just use that account to login.
It is quite interesting to have another very own community, but for small websites/blogs, it’s not that worthy to put the widget on your sidebar, which adds a couple more seconds delay to your site loading time.
Feel free to join my community. Or maybe I should say, ‘You join my Google Friend Connect, I’ll follow it‘ to gain popularity.
Go here if you end up being confused with what I was talking about.
Spot a new Google Reader in an interval of 5 min. Opening it as old version, but got a new looks once refresh it.
Nothing to be surprised of, it just among the enhancement that Google Reader team released yesterday.
Apart from the new lite color schema on its left menu, they claim it to be much faster and responsive.
Beside that, now the menu is collapsible and other new features such friends get promoted, hide unread counts,and more feed bundles useful for those that new to RSS reader. Head to Google Reader blog for details
Couple of days ago, there is a comment about why one commentator had moved to Drupal from WordPress. Honestly, I didn’t really pay attention to that.
I must say that my satisfaction for wordpress isn´t there anymore since they´ve been releasing. It´s been made very vulnerable for spam attacks. I migrated my WordPress Siteblog to Drupal. Hope it´ll will better.
And coincidentally, I came across 1 article from Drupal blog, where one blog moved to Drupal from WordPress due to performance issue.
So is WordPress that bad?? Full of spams & is not scallable??
On the first claim, I see it merely as a frustration with the number of spams, and no statistical evident to support his claim. I’ve been a WordPress user for 1.7 years. Along the way I got 75k spams (not much for certain blogs), but Akismet works well protecting my blog. So no fuss here.. The spam goes to ‘thrash’ directly.
1 thing that needs to keep in mind is, WordPress is the most widely used CMS. Due to its popularity, which means more blogs built with its platform, compared to its nearest competitor; and hence there are huge chances for spammers to take advantage over it by inventing different ways of flooding the blog with spams (don’t you want to invent 1 thing and impact more things than what you could do with the second most thing).
Probably I can use Windows as an analogy here. It’s more vulnerable to attacks compared to Mac OS or Linux due its worldwide usage of over 90% (plus other internal factors such as the security, bug & etc, and I know the Window market share has dipped to below 90% recently).
While the 2nd claim, since it’s written by Drupal user and posted in Drupal blog, I cannot be too sure about the fact inside. Furthermore, I’ve never used Drupal, so I’m not really in a position to provide any feedback about it.
WordPress has made it possible for more people to start blogging, easily. I’m pleased with WordPress especially the simplicity and how its communities support this platform. There are bunches of plugins and themes out there to make your blog stand up from the rest.
In terms of performance, blogjer is just a ‘small kid’ with only hundreds of page impression daily, so I couldn’t comment more, enough to say that I’m satisfied with it, even without any ‘cache’ plugin to boost the performance.
Anyway, Matt has came across to the post as well and here is what he says. Please take note these tips are from the WordPress founder itself, and it doesn’t come often. (full comment on that post)
1. Every release of WP gets faster, so upgrading can get you sometimes significant boosts depending on your bottleneck.
2. Use the memcached object cache backend.
3. If memcached is set up, use Batcache instead of wp-cache.
4. If you get a lot of comments, consider using InnoDB as your storage engine instead of MyISAM inside of MySQL.
5. Double-check that your webserver is set up properly for static requests, this is the cause of 90%+ of the problems we see.
This post is not trying to decide which CMS is the best, but merely my ranting, and if you feel offended, take it to yourself. I welcome any comments.
Perhaps what Matt said here is useful for you “We haven’t found the upper limit of this strategy (scalling) yet.”
If I’m still studying, I wish that I’m attending school in Terengganu.(Terengganu is an oil rich state in Peninsular Malaysia). That is because none other than, there will be a notebook for me.
If you haven’t already known, Terengganu state government has allocated some millions of $$$ to provide Intel-powered Classmate notebook to each form 5 students, approximately 25,000 beginning next year (pst, for Cencurut, do you have form 5 kid?
Plus, the Classmate notebook will contain text books which has been transformed to PDF format with cooperation from DBP (Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka). So no more, heavy bag misery or ‘sakit badan’ symptom due to that..
There will also be a new facility being setup in Terengganu, with manufacturing capacity of 10,000 units per month to assemble the Classmate notebook. With this capacity, in a year, the whole Terengganu’s student will be equipped with notebook. I wish that it will be expanded to other states as well (if there is budget).
What is Intel-powered Classmate PC? I’ve touched the base of it before. Intel-powered Classmate notebook is a low cost notebook, mainly targeted for student and low-end market like 3rd world countries. The objective is to reduce the cost-of-ownership of notebooks, hence increase the computer literacy among the communities all over the world.
Sibling of OLPC and sharing the same vision, Classmate has a slight advantage over its other siblings, with the backup of electronic ‘big boy’ Intel, plus the better hardware and software.
Since its first inception 2 years ago, it is now on its 3rd version, even though the latest one has yet to be in production. Among the enhancements are, notably bigger hard drive, powered by power-saver Intel Atom and having built-in camera. More below.
Judging on the photo by Utusan, most likely, students will get the second generation Classmate. So this what you get (if you’re a form 5 student in Terengganu). You’ll get a notebook with built-in camera, decent processor, bigger hard drive (refer more above) and many more.
The 3rd version of Classmate is not yet available even on the ClassmatePC website, but this videos should provide you ideas about how nice the version 3 is. Among the features that I bet will sure gain a huge attention is the touch screen, transformable to tablet PC and etc.
FTEC, Classmate distributor in Malaysia which is re branding Classmate to be SmartBook sells the first and 2nd version for RM999 & RM1299 respectively. It is relatively expensive compared to Asus IEEE or Acer One who has superior design and competitively priced.
Report from NST said that each notebook will be sold to state government for RM999, which is a steal as compared to what is available in the market. This is including the software. Terengganu has allocated some 35 million for this project.
Some photos below
Classmate third version in tablet mode. More photos from DeviceGuru
The Yahoo Header in all Yahoo service got a new look, it is now showing your first name instead of your Yahoo ID. There are new links to your profile, contact and application. Not that useful to me, since I seldom use other Yahoo services. But if they could put more links to popular Yahoo services such as Flickr, Yahoo News or Yahoo Answer, that would be better.
The header is available on all Yahoo services. In Yahoo Mail, you have to click the small arrow beside your name to show the menu, while on other services such as Everything Yahoo, hovering the cursor over the small arrow will show the menu.