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SOPA, PIPA – Should Engineers Care

by Michael Stal on  Jan 22, 2012 4

On 18th January, wikipedia.or among other estimated 10,000 web sites stopped their service in order to protest against the US legislation planning to endorse SOPA and PIPA. Software engineers might think, that they are not affected by the legislation, especially if they are outside the U.S., but considering Big Data, Cloud Computing and other trends this could be a rather naive perspective.

IPv6 to be Widely Enabled on World IPv6 Launch Day

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 18, 2012

Following on from the success of last year's World IPv6 day, in which major organisations such as Facebook and Google enabled IPv6 connectivity for a 24h period, the Internet Society has announced Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Bing) and on World IPv6 Launch Day (6th June 2012) the websites will switch on their IPv6 support and leave it permanently enabled.

Making Technical Community More Active - 2011 Year-End Review of Baidu Technical Salon

by Huo Taiwen on  Jan 13, 2012 2

Baidu Technical Salon is a regular offline communication activity hosted by Baidu, planned, executed and implemented by InfoQ. The topics included cloud computing, mobile Internet, big data, log analysis and other current popular topics. This article mainly reviews Baidu’s support for technical community via Technical Salon, community’s feedbacks on these activities as well as a brief plan in 2012

IEEE’s Hans Karlsson Standards Award 2012 for Paul R. Croll

by Michael Stal on  Dec 23, 2011

IEEE announced that the Hans Karlsson Standard Award 2012 has been given to Paul R. Croll for dedicated leadership of the IEEE Systems and Software Engineering Standards Committee, and for his diplomacy and collaboration in facilitating the development of a collection of high-quality standards.

Forrester CEO: The Web is a Software Architecture and the App Internet is the Next Wave

by Michael Stal on  Dec 09, 2011 3

In his recent presentation at the Le Web 2011 conference in Paris, Forrester Research's Chairman and CEO George Colony claimed that most thinking models about the Internet and the Web are outdated. Moreover, users already seem to be saturated by the Social Network Model. According to Colony, the next real big thing will be the App Internet.

Twentieth Anniversary of the World Wide Web

by Alex Blewitt on  Aug 08, 2011

This weekend represented the 20th anniversary of the announcement of the World Wide Web. The length of a patent is twenty years; had the first server been patented then we would only now be able to innovate on top of one of the cornerstones of today's global economy.

Mozilla Proposes to Sign-in Only with the Email Address, No User ID or Password Required

by Abel Avram on  Jul 15, 2011

A new authentication system, dubbed BrowserID, from Mozilla promises to solve the basic authentication needs, but its success highly depends on its adoption.

Web 3.0 - Cult or Culture?

by Michael Stal on  Jul 02, 2011 1

In a recent article by Jonathan Strickland for HowStuffWorks the author addresses Web 3.0. This "long anticipated and disruptive new technology" is supposed to increase the possibilities of users and providers. But what exactly is the Web 3.0?

IE10 Platform Preview 2 Available

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 30, 2011

The IE team has announced Second Platform Preview for IE10. The Preview showcases new IE features like Positioned Floats, HTML5 SandBox, HTML5 Forms, setImmediate API, Page Visibility API, Async Scripts and more. It uses the same HTML5 engine seen in the recent Windows 8 demos.

World IPv6 Day: Conclusions

by Abel Avram on  Jun 09, 2011

World IPv6 Day proved to be a success. Major service providers and websites are ready for IPv6, but some experience response times lower than when using IPv4. Experts draw attention to a possible security flaw in IPv6 implementations.

World IPv6 Day Has Started

by Alex Blewitt on  Jun 08, 2011

June 8th 2011 is World IPv6 day, where many large internet organisations such as Google and YouTube, and social networks like Facebook have IPv6 enabled their sites for at least the next 24 hours. If you have an IPv6 connection, then when you visit these sites you'll be going over the IPv6 network instead of the IPv4 network.

WebP’s Adoption Remains Unclear Despite New Improvements

by Abel Avram on  May 25, 2011

Google has enhanced WebP, their open source image compressing format with higher image quality, progressive decoding, reduced pixelation along edges, and JNI support. Alpha channel support will be added soon, along with more speed improvements. The format is currently supported only by Google and Opera.

Jeremy Keith on the Design Principles of HTML5

by 丁雪丰 , translated by Floyd Marinescu   on  May 17, 2011

"Embrace HTML5" was held in Shanghai last week. Jeremy Keith, the author of "DOM Scripting" and “HTML5 for Web Designers”, presented a speech on the design principles of HTML5. He also introduced the history of HTML and answered some questions from the audience.

Microsoft IE 9 Released

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 15, 2011 1

Microsoft released IE9, its flagship internet browser, at the SxSW conference yesterday. This brings IE into closer alignment with current web browsers, as it introduces some level of HTML5 support and achieves a 95% pass rate on the Acid 3 tests.

Final IPv4 Blocks Allocated

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 01, 2011 3

APNIC have requested two IPv4/8 address blocks, resulting in the final five IPv4/8 address blocks being distributed as per RIPE-436. IANA has no more IPv4 addresses to distribute, and the major RIRs will likely run out of IPv4 addresses before the end of this year. IPv6 is the only way out of this predicament.

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