Review: PHP 5 Social Networking

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I was, a few weeks back, asked to review the book “PHP 5 Social Networking” by Michael Peacock. As I have partaken in development of several websites with both more and less social elements I found the book’s title and slogan interesting.

New job, quadcopter and more

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A lot of things are currently happening and here’s a very short summary.

If you think you might need to defragment

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  1. Try restarting first. It might help, and it’s easy to do.
  2. If your disks are almost full, and you often modify or create large files (such as editing video, but see the Tip below if you use iMovie and Mac OS X 10.3), there’s a chance the disks could be fragmented. In this case, you might benefit from defragmentation, which can be performed with some third-party disk utilities.
  3. Another option is to back up your important files, erase the hard disk, then reinstall Mac OS X and your backed up files.

Reference: About disk optimization with Mac OS X.

Why I use Opera over Firefox

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Trent at “The Linux Critic” recently wrote a good post about his five reasons why he prefers Opera over Firefox and pinpoints the same reasons I would chose to mention if I’d written such a post. It’s well worth a read – for users of any browser.

I feel it’s important that there is a open discussion about the ups and downs between the “alternative” browsers as I would like to see the best browsers possible. Right now the main focus of the normal tech-savvy folks is to promote Firefox as the hero to break IE’s monopoly. It’s all great – but to get a truly widespread usage to the average computer-users as well as the power-users we have to offer an alternative with the least possible amount of compromises and with the best implemented features that ease ones days on the web. Right now Firefox is not doing that. Neither is Opera – but I think Opera is quite a bit ahead by now – and been so for a couple of years.

Firefox is not a bad choice – quite the opposite actually. It has done some great improvements during it’s lifetime, but in my case does still lack those features that makes me think: “That was clever, this will make my day a little easier”. Some of it’s extensions has – but I don’t like the way they rest on the extensions (and inevitably – the end-users) to do all the work.

Sad news – Smultron no longer supported

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As of 2009-07-06 will my editor of choice for the last 2-3 years, Smultron, no longer be further developed by the sole developer Peter Borg: