Chrome Web Store Is Just Around The Corner

Google Chrome 8 is just around the corner. Expect a Chrome Web Store to emerge along with the latest browser. The online store will be similar to Apple and Android stores, but built towards web users.

The online store is going to be an open marketplace where developers and millions of users will sell and buy web applications. Users will be able to download amazing web applications by way of the Chrome browser.

The web applications are going to be searchable. In addition, applications are going to be ranked by user reviews. For more information about the Chrome Web Store, watch this video from the 2010 Google I/O Keynote address on Day 1.

JQuery.js Or JQuery.min.js

If you’re running JQuery on a production site, which library should you load? JQuery.js or JQuery.min.js? The short answer is, they are essentially the same, with the same functionality.

One version is long, while the other is the minified version. The minified is compressed to save space and page load time. White spaces have been removed in the minified version making them jibberish and impossible to read.

If you’re going to run the JQuery library on a production site, I recommend that you use the minified version, to decrease page load time, which Google now considers in their page ranking.

Another good option is to use Google’s online javascript library. This will save you the hassle of downloading the library, as well as uploading to your site. In addition, your site also does not use resources when JQuery is loaded.

The latest JQuery minified version from Google is available here.

You can link to it in your pages using:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js"></script>

Firefox Losing Its Grip

Several weeks ago, I declared switching to Chrome on my PC and Linux desktops due to one thing, the speed of the Chrome browser was unmatched. Yesterday, I read an article stating that Chrome outgrew Firefox, IE and any other browser in the market, jumping 9% from usage in just last month.

If that’s not an indication that Firefox is losing its grip, wait until you read today’s article about Chrome, now being the number one browser used by Digg users who visit the site. When techies no longer use Firefox, it’s all the more reason to believe that Chrome has won the hearts of techies.

But wait, don’t abandon Firefox just yet. Mozilla will soon release Firefox 4 sometime in 2011. Will Firefox regain its luster?

Stuxnet Worm Cripples Iran’s Nuclear Program

Here’s an amazing story of cyber technology used to cripple Iran’s nuclear program, at least temporarily, by using a computer worm called Stuxnet. The story sounds like stuff you normally read from spy books. While reading the article, I kept asking to myself “Is this true? Who did it?”

That, we will probably never know. The level of sophistication involved to perform such an incredible feat is mind boggling. It would have to involve several intelligence agencies and cooperation from multiple countries. Amazing read.

Mandatory Upgrade To WordPress 3.0.2

There is a mandatory upgrade to WordPress 3.0.2 from all previous versions. This is a maintenance release to fix a moderate security issue which allows a user with an author level access to gain access of the rest of the site. The upgrade is particularly important to blogs with multiple users, and all others.

There should be no valid excuse not to upgrade to version 3.0.2 since WordPress upgrades are easy and painless. All it takes is just one click. I upgraded my blogs just a tad different than most WordPress users. I use Subversion update. I have a script that updates all my blogs all at once. Based on the Subversion upgrade, there are only about a dozen files that have changed.

So, update to WordPress 3.0.2. It should be quick and worth the while.

Red Hat Nearing $1 Billion in Revenue

It looks like Red Hat will reach revenue of $1 billion dollars in 2011. This number is based Red Hat’s recent quarter. In any case, it will be a remarkable achievement, considering Red Hat’s business is based on open-source software. Only a handful of software companies can claim the $1 billion dollar mark.

This goes to show you, the impact of open-source software to businesses today. Even though it’s hard to track down and quantify open-source use, businesses rely on open-source software more than it’s realized. Redhat’s source of revenue comes mainly from their server side of the business, in terms of subscriptions, training and other services.