Web Development

New York City’s 10 Coolest Startups

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Silicon Alley keeps expanding. New York City’s startup scene is flourishing as funding finds its way to the brightest ideas. Money is flowing not only from local heavyweights such as Union Square Ventures and AOL Ventures, but also from legions of angel investors and even Kickstarter. Many of today’s startup pioneers have been around the track once or twice before, and they seem to realize more than ever that every good idea needs to be accompanied not only by wishful thinking,… continue…

Is Anti-Virus Passe?

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When security firm Imperva checked more than 80 unreported viruses against several anti-virus solutions, it found that none of the tested programs were able to detect previously unreported viruses and that 75 percent of solutions took a month or more to update their signatures. That isn’t good news, and while Imperva obviously has some self-interest here, their November Hacker Intelligence report, Assessing the Effectiveness of Anti-Virus Solutions, is worthy of a closer read nonetheless. What it means is that we have to depend on a… continue…

How to Use a Linux Virtual Private Server

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For my development of Web games, I’ve hit a point where I need a Virtual Private Server. (For more on this see My Search for Game Hosting Begins.) I initially chose a Windows VPS because I know Windows best. A VPS is just an Internet-connected computer. “Virtual” means it may not be an actual physical computer, but a virtualized host, one of many, each running as if it were a real computer. Recently, though, I’ve run into a dead end,… continue…

Javascript Guru Dishes on How to Be a Stylish Programmer

“[Programming] style is the part of the program the compiler ignores,” said Douglas Crockford, known to many programmers as the Guru of Javascript. Crockford laughs and said he sees himself more as a mahatma. We spoke at the 2012 Silicon Valley Code Camp at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. While style is personal taste, it can have a critical influence on your error rate. And reducing your error rate will make you more productive, said Crockford. “Qualities that you… continue…

Can AppBlast Be VMware’s Presentation Virtualization Fix?

One of the most popular presenters at VMworld 2012 was Greg Shields, Senior Partner with Concentrated Technologies. He had a massively packed session of what seemed like 1,000 people, plus fans clamoring to meet him afterwards. I luckily had a chance to chat with him about his thoughts of AppBlast, what Shields describes as a technology that may fill a hole in VMware’s portfolio. AppBlast is a presentation virtualization solution that hopes to deliver any application, regardless of operating system… continue…

Samsung’s New Chromebook: A Low-Performing Bargain

Posted In Living in Tech
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Google’s new Chromebook, manufactured by its trusty hardware partner Samsung, comes with a 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display, Samsung Exynos 5 Dual processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage space, VGA webcam, 2 USB ports, one HDMI port and a battery that can last 6.5 hours. The specifications are very decent, but the success of the device will ultimately depend on how many people are willing to spend money on a computer with a browser-based operating system. Although the offline capabilities of Google… continue…

Learning Mobile Dev, Web Design in Bay Area

According to Peter Delevett in “Silicon Valley Finds Its Heart In San Francisco” (linked below), startups are swamping the city’s South of Market region. He notes that there are 4,000 startups in the area and that units in one new Mission District condominium project went for a record $900 per square foot. You can bet many have a strong tech component. With all that concentrated activity in the south end of San Francisco, where do people go to learn to… continue…

HTML 5 Delivery Expected in Late 2014

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Big news for coders all around the world: the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) says that HTML5 will reach recommendation status by 2014. This means that by the end of 2014, the HTML5 standard should be finished, and by 2016 we should meet the HTML 5.1 standard. It appears that the HTML Working Group will release an HTML 5.0 Candidate Recommendation. This will act like a draft HTML5 version and will provide details about features that are stable and implemented… continue…

HP Spins Off WebOS Into ‘Gram’

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Hewlett-Packard is spinning off its webOS global business unit into a subsidiary called Gram. In a vague statement, HP described Gram as ” a new company leveraging the core strengths of webOS, Enyo and our cloud offerings as well as the firepower of our partners to create a technology that will unleash the freedom of the Web.” Whatever that means. And the spinoff won’t be producing consumer devices. Instead, it will focus on software, user experience, the cloud, engineering and… continue…

Meteor’s A Promising Platform for Web, Game Development

What’s Meteor? Besides a company that just received an $11.2 million investment by Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners? Basically, it’s a platform for developing Web applications — including games. Since it’s a Web platform, it includes both client and server platforms. What makes Meteor interesting is that it uses JavaScript for both. It’s only at at version 0.3.9 right now, but it shows great promise. Another interesting thing about Meteor is that it allows database access from both the client… continue…