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.

13 inch MacBook Air

I ordered a new 13 inch MacBook Air from Apple.com on Black Friday. Apple.com was dangling a 10% discount on select items. The 13 inch MacBook Air was one of them. I’ve decided long ago that I’ll go for a MacBook Air. I just didn’t know which model to choose. When the opportunity came along on Black Friday, I went for it.

The 10% savings was equivalent to about $101, a bit less than the amount that I’ll pay for the California sales tax. With that discount, I went ahead and doubled the RAM memory from 2GB to 4GB. The upgrade was well worth it. I’m excited. I can’t wait any longer for this laptop to show up on my door.

Apple gave me a FedEx tracking number. It’s interesting to watch this product shipped, from its origin of Shanghai, China, to Anchorage, Alaska. Soon enough it will be in the Bay Area and to my doorstep. I can’t wait. I said that already.

WordPress on Your Smart Phone

If you own several WordPress blogs and you want to manage your blogs from your smartphone, there are several WordPress applications that are available for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Nokia.

WordPress for the iOS is an iPhone application that will let you manage your blog from your iPhone and the iPad. You can create or edit posts and pages, and add images, videos, and comments to your blog with ease. Download the WordPress for iOS from Apple’s website for free. You can also visit the WordPress for iOS blog.

WordPress for Android is an Android application that’s available in the Android Market. Just search for WordPress and install the application that’s published by Automattic. You also might want to visit the WordPress for Android blog. Here’s a preview of WordPress for Android app in the video below. See how easy it is to manage blogs from the Android.

WordPress for Blackberry is an application that allows you to write posts, upload photos and videos, edit pages, and manage comments in the Blackberry phone. The application will run on BlackBerry devices starting with the 8700, Curve, Pearl, Bold, Storm, Storm2  and the Tour. BlackBerry Device Software (OS) Version 4.5 minimum is required. Visit the WordPress for Blackberry blog.

WordPress for Nokia is an application that allows to edit your existing blog content, add new posts and pages, or simply manage comments from your Nokia smartphone. WordPress for Nokia allows you manage your blog from your S60 or Maemo-powered Nokia phone. Visit the WordPress for Nokia blog. Download the application. Older phones may not be supported.

Ubuntu 11.04 Will Be Drastically Different

The next Ubuntu release, version 11.04, code name Natty Narwhal, will be so drastically different than any Ubuntu release, that you may not recognize it at first glance. The changes are going to be so dramatic. First of all, the Gnome Shell we are all accustomed to seeing, will be replaced by the Unity interface, which is already the standard in Ubuntu Netbook releases. Here’s a sneak peek of the Unity interface.

The Unity interface’s main strength is having easy access to applications. The familiar Gnome pull down menu taskbar at top of the screen will go away, to be replaced with Unity’s icons on the left side of the screen. The Unity interface comes with social media in mind. Unity users will be able to access Twitter and Facebook straight from their desktop.

In terms of office suite, LibreOffice will replace Open Office as announced earlier by Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu releases. In addition, Firefox 4 will be the default browser, along with Banshee, which will replace the Rythmbox Music Player.

Finally, here’s a sneak video of Ubuntu running the Unity interface.

Netflix: Unlimited Movies and DVDs for $10

The other day, I received an important note from Netflix, stating that my monthly subscription has increased by $1. The monthly will jump from $8.99 to $9.99. For an additional $1 dollar, Netflix will now show unlimited movies and TV episodes on my computer, as well as unlimited DVDs by mail. I bolded the words unlimited in case you haven’t noticed. It’s actually a great deal.

Here’s the actual note from Netflix:

Why the changes? Our selection of TV episodes and movies available to stream has grown dramatically, and as a result most members want us to deliver unlimited movies and TV episodes two ways: streaming instantly over the internet plus DVDs by mail. The price change will allow us to continue to offer the popular plan choice of unlimited TV episodes and movies streaming instantly along with unlimited DVDs. The new plan, which does not include DVDs, is a great option for the increasing number of members who only want to watch instantly.

In addition, Netflix is also offering unlimited TV episodes and movies online for just $7.99. This plan does not include unlimited DVDs by mail.

I saw a little disclaimer saying:

All the titles you can watch instantly on your current plan are also available on this new plan, and as a reminder, not all titles on DVD are available to watch instantly.

In any case, for $9.99, this plan is a great. Just to be sure, I logged in to Netflix’s website, and saw that all movies seem to be available for online play, and that includes the most recent films. There’s one more thing on my wish list. I just wished Netflix will play on my Linux desktop. I can watch Netflix on the Xbox 360, a Windows XP desktop, my Windows XP netbook, but not on my Linux desktop. Bummer.