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Node.js applications can now be hosted on Amazon's Elastic Beanstalk cloud platform

The scene for cloud hosting Node.js applications just got more interesting with the announcement that Amazon's Elastic Beanstalk now supports Node.js applications.  

Node.js 0.10.0 coming out soon - time to check for API changes and migrate code

Node.js v0.10.0 is about to be released, meaning that it's time to check the API changes and take a look at changes you need to make in your code.  For me this means verifying the code I'm writing for the updated version of Node Web Development (see links in sidebar) will not be broken.  API changes can of course break your application.

See ChangeLog for more details: https://github.com/joyent/node/wiki/Api-changes-between-v0.8-and-v0.10

Digitizing old audio cassette tapes, modernizing your life and reducing clutter

cassette-tapes-webDo you have boxes of old cassette tapes you want to digitize and bring into the modern world?  Digitizing cassette tapes to create MP3 files is pretty simple, almost as simple as playing a cassette tapes.  There are a range of cassette players available with a USB port, making the task of creating MP3 files from your old cassette tapes very simple.

Taming email overload and creating autoresponders with Gmail Canned Responses

Coping with email overload can be taxing, and fortunately Google's Gmail service has some good email management features.  The priority inbox feature is the most prominent, and automatically prioritizes your email's for you.  But one quickly wants more, and a little known "auto-reply" feature  can automate some of your email responses, relieving you of mundane e-mail chores.  It can act as an email autoresponder, and you can even automatically tell an unwanted correspondent to buzz off while ensuring that you yourself do not read their email.

Java toolbar controversy ploy riding on back of Java security flaw drama

java-logo.jpgIn the wake of a major security flaw found in Java, a petition is circulating demanding that Oracle stop bundling a payola toolbar with the Java runtime. This practice was begun by Sun Microsystems, during the time period I was a Java SE team-member, and is being continued by Oracle. It is to bundle a toolbar, the "Ask Toolbar," with the Java download, such as what's available through the java.com website. Sun, and now Oracle, earns a little bit of money per download.

Replacing a cracked iPhone 4s screen may be easier than you think

It may look impossible to replace an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s screen.  Apple went to great lengths to make all versions of the iPhone look unserviceable.  However, iPhone 4 screen repair turns out to be fairly straightforward if you have the right tools.iPhone 4 cracked screen

Twitter adding expanded summaries to embedded tweets

Twitter is updating the embeddable tweets feature to improve the speed, and to show more content.  Over the last few months users of the twitter.com website have been able to view pictures, post summaries, or videos, without leaving twitter.com, just by clicking on the Expand or View Photo or View Summary links in the tweet.  The update brings that ability to embedded tweets.

For an example

Google's Chrome will be encrypting all search traffic with version 25

Starting with Google Chrome version 25, your web searches will be automatically encrypted over an HTTPS (Secure Sockets Layer) connection.  Until now searches with Chrome were encrypted only if you were logged in to a Google Account.  With v25 all searches will now be conducted over HTTPS.

Users are expected to not see any slowdown, but instead should see a speedup due to use of the SPDY protocol.

The change was made to provide users with the more privacy.  No longer will "malicious actors" be able to intercept search traffic and trace your search queries.

Does Node.js need to be governed by an independent foundation? Or are we safe with Joyents overlordship?

The Vert.x project, a Java based event-oriented system inspired by Node.js, has run into a spot of legal trouble that should serve as a reminder to open source developers who work for companies.  Tim Fox, the developer of Vert.x, had worked for VMware until December 2012 and joined Redhat.  He had assumed that he'd be able to continue working on Vert.x after transitioning from one company to another, but instead was hand-delivered a letter from VMware's lawyers demanding that he hand over the keys to the Vert.x project.

A simple method for using shared webhosting like Dreamhost to store git repositories

I wanted to set up some personal git repositories and don't want to pay the fee to github.com or another service to host the repository.  Fortunately it's possible to set up a repository behind any SSH account, such as on my web hosting account.  I've just gone through setting up a git repository on my Dreamhost account, and it is pretty straight-forward, but the steps are different from what's shown at the GIT book on git-scm.com.

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