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Fun with Firefox 3.5


As you’ve probably heard, Firefox 3.5 has been released and is available to download. There are changes and new features in several areas, but some of the most interesting for web developers are the new CSS effects: rounded corners, various forms of shadows, and providing fonts to use for text. The Mozilla Hacks site has…

Free MySQL Talk in Leeds, Tonight


Somewhat to my surprise, I find I’m giving a free talk on MySQL quirks in Leeds this evening — I’d been expecting to attend talks on Raid and Cacti, but the speaker can’t make it so the organizer’s asked me to step in. Fortunately the presentation is already written. So if you’re in Yorkshire and…

Welcome to Brawn GP


As Formula 1 followers will know, Honda have pulled out of the sport.  Last week there was a management buy out of their former F1 team, now known as Brawn GP.  We’re delighted to see that when setting up their new official website Brawn GP chose 123-reg. It was only December when Honda announced they were…

Who deserves second-level .uk domains?


At the UK Supreme Court some are apparently unhappy with its designated domain name.  Apologies for being slightly behind with this story — but then the Sunday Telegraph society gossip page isn’t our usual source for domain-related news. A reader points out that the judiciary are separate from the government and parliament, and as a…

Linux and the credit crunch


Some readers of this blog will already be Linux aficionados, but for many people Linux is still technology they only have passing familiarity with.  This week The Register asks whether 2009 will be a good year for Linux. My initial reaction was that expressed in many of the article’s comments: a yawning lack of interest…

Free Perl Conference in London


Not wanting Perl developers to feel left out after the PHP conference in Manchester we mentioned recently, there’s a grassroots Perl conference in London the week afterwards, on Saturday November 29th. Perl has been round for a while, but it’s still widely used in all sorts of systems, including websites (indeed there’s quite a bit…

Calling PHP Developers in the North West


That’s the north west of England (so apologies to our readers in Oregon or Wester Ross or the north west of any other country), more specifically Manchester. PHPNW08 is a PHP conference taking place in Manchester next week.  We know that lots of you use PHP on your websites, so we thought it worth highlighting. …

Why Ubuntu?


When we decided to offer Linux on our managed dedicated servers, we thought long and hard about which of the many Linux distributions to use, before finally choosing Ubuntu Linux — in particular Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. Plaudits are of course always welcome, but particularly so when we learn that the care and thought we put…