Remember the old days when we had all those "writing for the web" articles? (I think I may have written one or two myself.) Well, people writing for the web today don't just have other writers to rely on for advice—they have real, live standards to follow! Georgina Laidlaw has gathered some of those standards, and explained why they're useful, and for what kinds of web writing. It's an excellnet resource if you write for the web, especially on a regular basis.
Are your floating images collapsing the margins of lists and other block-level elements? Jeff Starr over at Perishable Press has got the solution, and it's quite simple. It's all a matter of taking control of the width and flow of the elements. ("Why didn't I think of doing that?")
Another convert! The Spanish autonomous region of Extremadura has started to switch more than 40,000 government PCs to open source, at a savings of €30 million (~$40 million) per year. They will be using the Linux desktop and an open source corporate email system and office productivity suite.
No, it isn't one of those Internet urban legends, myths, rumors, or misinformation that end up being disproved on snopes.com. There really is a free operating system out there that's pretty much running the Internet, supercomputers, and your DVR. So what is it about Linux that's made this operating so popular for everyone from individual users to enterprises to governments (even the Space Station uses it now in their laptops)? Is it the cute penguin? Linus Torvalds' charming personality? Here are five attributes of Linux that epitomize Linux as a successful operating system. (Did I mention it's free!?)
A report from Coverity last year found that open source code typically has fewer defects per thousand lines of code than proprietary software code does. Now, following the analysis of more than 450 million lines of software code through the Coverity Scan service, Coverity's 2012 Coverity Scan Open Source Report, which was released Tuesday, concludes that "Linux remains the benchmark for quality."
Think Web trackers aren't following you? Think again. Just by visiting this Web site, roughly half a dozen ad networks and Web analytics companies have deposited tracking cookies on your machine. Don't freak out, it's not as bad as it seems. In fact, there's an awful lot of hype, fear, and misinformation surrounding Web tracking — and both sides are guilty of overstating the dangers of tracking, as well as the benefits. How much do you know about Web tracking? Take the following True/False quiz to find out
LunaMetrics' infographic listing all of the sizing information for images on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. A great time-saving resource, and constantly updated!
I have been using Linux for several years now and have had an excellent experience. However, I am always seeing articles, written by alleged computer geeks, telling me how Linux will never make it as a desktop operating system for many reasons, e.g., it's too hard to learn, it doesn't have enough available software, etc. But I find that most of these people don't really know much about Linux to begin with. And if it's not that great of an OS then why has one of the world's largest technology corporations chosen to use it as the OS for its new laptop computers?
Linux is now more than two decades old. Throughout its history there have been many government entities that have decided that Linux is the ideal operating system to handle their mission-critical computing needs. This list gets larger every day. Here are a list of some of the more notable migrations to the Linux platform in the public sector.