Archive | February, 2012

Pinboard owner on The Business of Bookmarking

The combination of low startup costs and investor aversion means there are all kinds of opportunities lying around for a developer to run a profitable small business, provided he or she remembers to charge money

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Real-Time Web Technologies Guide

  1. Pusher
  2. Beacon Push
  3. WebSync on-demand (by FrozenMountain)
  4. PubNub
  5. Echo
  6. OpenPush
  7. Superfeedr
  8. DataSift
  9. x-stream.ly
  10. SignalR
  11. SockJS
  12. socket.io
  13. Cramp
  14. nowjs
  15. SuperWebSocket, a .NET WebSocket server
  16. Fleck
  17. Persevere
  18. Migratory
  19. Meteor
  20. LightStreamer
  21. Jetty
  22. Ratchet
  23. WebSockets and Joomla
  24. Atmosphere
  25. erlycomet
  26. cometD
  27. Pokein
  28. APE Project
  29. StreamHub
  30. Caplin System’s Liberator
  31. ICEfaces
  32. Kaazing
  33. FAYE
  34. XSockets
  35. misultin
  36. Cowboy
  37. YAWS (Yet Another Web Server)
  38. juggernaut
  39. PHP WebSocket
  40. apache-websocket
  41. jwebsocket
  42. WaterSpout Server
  43. Goliath
  44. WebSocket Client Libraries

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How Bots Seized Control of My Pricing Strategy on Amazon

Then another bot piled on, and then one based in the UK. They started competing with each other on price. Pretty soon they were offering my book below the retail price, and trying to make up the difference on “shipping and handling”. I was getting a bit worried.

The punchline is that Amazon itself is a bot that does price-matching. Soon after the marketplace bot’s race to the bottom, it decided to put my book on sale! 28% off. I can’t wait to find out what that does to my margin. (Update: nothing, it turns out. Amazon is eating the entire discount. This is a pleasant surprise.)

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With Many Eyeballs, All Bugs Are Shallow | open source

A new report from the Coverity Scan project today indicates that a great many people do know what to look for, and open source software is at least on par if not better than proprietary software with respect to software defects. The Coverity Scan project evaluated selected open source projects and a number of anonymous proprietary codebases to identify “hard-to-spot, yet potentially crash-causing defects.” The results reinforce Linus’ Law.

According to Coverity, within the software industry as a whole a defect density of 1.0 is the average. As you can see from Coverity’s findings, the Linux 2.6 kernel, PHP 5.3, and PostgreSQL 9.1 all have signficantly smaller defect densities.

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Hiring: 3 Ways to Look Beyond the Resume

# Flexibility
# Accountability/Responsibility
# Entrepreneurial Spirit
# Innovative Outlook
# Drive

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Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack – TED

Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data — and only two are considered crimes. “Do we blindly trust any future government? Because any right we give away, we give away for good.”

As computer access expands, Mikko Hypponen asks: What’s the next killer virus, and will the world be able to cope with it?

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PubNub: Push Real-time Data to Mobile, Tablet, Web

PubNub is a cloud-hosted data network for building real-time web and mobile applications at scale.

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Zucchini – an iOS testing framework

A Zucchini feature file consists of sections bound to contexts of different application screens. Every screen you proceed to needs to be backed up by a CoffeeScript class describing all UI elements you want Zucchini to interact with as well as custom actions you feel like performing on that screen.

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devopsanywhere: Puppet vs. Chef, Fight!

Chef wins but by only a narrow margin.

The Criteria

Community Strength
Leadership
Corporate Adoption
Technical Merits
Hands-on Experience

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