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Snap! Websites Blog created on January/2011

Submitted by on 01/30/2011 - 13:48
Hackers are most often refered as Black Hats programmers.
A Black Hat—coming from black magic—is often used as a
reference to programmers hacking systems for no good.1.

Last Thursday, SourceForge.net was attacked again2.

You would think that they would be safe from such attacks since SourceForge.net offers a free service for users to offer their free (open source) software online. Yes! That's where you download many of the free tools you are using everyday. For instance, if you have an archaic type of a website, you probably need to FTP3 your data to your account. On Microsoft Windows,Mac OS/X, and Linux, this can be done with FileZilla. Although they have their own website, the download comes from SourceForge.net4.

Security is one of the area where our base CMS system is very strong at and we also ensure that our own Snap! code is secure. This starts with your password, but it includes very much more than just that. This being said, we are not looking for hackers to visit us. Well... it's not like that doesn't happen, but so far so good.

  • 1. This hat comes from a picture of Coolidge who helped the Smoki in 1924.
  • 2. Yeah... Unfortunately, that's not the first time, and it will go on and on and on, and not just for SourceForge.net. See how you can start by protecting your account using a strong password.
  • 3. The FTP protocol is notoriously insecure, but a very large number of people are still using it (if you can, at least try to use the SFTP so the data is encrypted, including your log in and password.)
  • 4. Note that if you were plaining to create a free software, that's a good place for the download because they have access to very large pipes (many T3) and thus thousands of your users could be downloading your data simultaneously.
Submitted by on 01/19/2011 - 22:49

Sacramento Drupal Users Group LogoTonight I had the chance to present Snap! features1, concept, business model to a Drupal Users Group (DUG).

The presentation went well. We talked quite a bit about how to make use of Drupal to create such a system. Three other groups of people are doing a similar work, so it was an interesting event as we talked about the different solutions we each have.

Snap! Websites are powered by Drup CMS. A system used by more and more people as it has matured to a quite advanced system with a large number of third party modules that complement it very well.

  • 1. I'm attaching the presentation below, click on the link to view it in your PDF reader.
Submitted by on 01/14/2011 - 19:29

If you've been around the Internet for some time, I'm sure you've seen a tiny URL. The name comes from the very first website that offered tiny URLs to the world. The service has always been free and has evolved quite a bit with time. Today, we have a name for such website service:

URL Shorteners

Although many people still refer the first company name for this service.

Why tiny URLs?

The idea is rather simple, it's easier to send a URL that's less than 32 characters rather than those at length URLs, especially those with random numbers (although the numbers are randomly generated, obviously, they have a meaning in regard to your usage of the site that gave you that URL and are generally called Session Identifiers.)

For example, there is a tiny URL for this very page:

http://tinyurl.com/4994dst

Submitted by on 01/13/2011 - 12:03

Video versus Photo

Have you ever tried to film a movie to later find out that you just couldn't use a single one of the many images as a nice photo on your Snap! Website?

Newton's Cradle showing the law of conservation of momentum.
Newton's Cradle

If you still wonder why the quality of a video image is so poor in comparison to just taking a still picture, then this article will most certainly help you understand the several reason behind the problem.

First of all, know that there are now many different types of video cameras available and each runs with a different software. Each brand created the best version ever, yet it really results in each brand having a set of features better adapted to a specific situation. This being said, it actually would not be possible to just merge all the software and get the best of all worlds! The same properties as found in physics apply here: when you gain on one side, another has to give way.

Submitted by on 01/05/2011 - 13:36

Farmer's Market Mess in Somerville, USAFacebook is a wild beast. I'm not too sure why they feel like they have to change their interface so very often, but the fact is that they do.

The current version is not so bad once you understand where the navigation is. Do you know where it is?

I'm sure most people don't find the Facebook menu practical. It's not a usual, easy to use, and intuitive website menu, to say the least. And yes, I'm not talking about the one at the top right corner which is a regular drop-down menu and works well. That one is also useful to manage your account (what email you receive, change your email address, password, or even close your Facebook account!)

Submitted by on 01/04/2011 - 20:49
Categories: Internet Website Knowledge

Living on the Track (from Living on the Track in Bangkok)Pense-bête

There is the pense-bête (French meaning reminder)1 I use whenever I create a new website. These are a few basic things you mustn't forget to include on all the websites you create or you will lose traffic, and everyone knows that traffic is the bloodstream of a website, after all.

So, what's important to include on your Snap website on day 1?

  • Name
  • Domain Name to correspond to the chosen name
  • Twitter/Facebook Accounts
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  • 1. In case you try Google Translator, let me tell you that it won't work on that one. "pense" is "think" at the 3rd person. "bête" is "idiot", many translation will tell you "beast", which is correct too. However, in this case, it is an idiot reminder. This is quite similar to those Books For Dummies. So a good translation here would be: Creating a new Website for Dummies.