Interesting developments in Internet technologies.

E-Learning Portal Egypt's Ministry of Education بوابة لتعليم الإلكتروني - وزارة التربية والتعليم


This is the e-Learning portal that Egypt's Ministry of Education has setup. Seems like a good cause, and would be useful inside Egypt as well as for other Arabic speakers abroad.E-Learning Portal for Egypt's Ministry of Education بوابة لتعليم الإلكتروني - وزارة التربية والتعليم

New MySQL Transactional Engine: PrimeBase XT (pbxt), with benchmarks


A new GPL licensed transactional engine for MySQL is now available.

It is called PrimeBase XT (pbxt). It provides all the benefits of transactional engines such as InnoDB. This includes referential integrity (RI) and multiversion concurrency control (MVCC).

The benchmarks are good for this engine.

Rogers debuts portable High Speed internet


Rogers Cable has introduced a new service that allows portable internet.

The service works by plugging a modem in any power outlet in 20 cities across Canada, including the Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge area.

Pricing is $50 per month, which is slightly more than other high speed solutions. A separate purchase for the modem is required and costs $100.

This solution is good for someone who needs to access the internet from several places, such as going onsite to clients, working from airports, ...etc.

The shady business behind internet ads click fraud


Business Week has a very telling article on click fraud: the dark side of online advertising.

The article reveals how a parasitic underground has developed around internet advertising.

See also the click fraud slideshow and botnet slideshow.

ClickMonkey: a click fraud example

A chilling example is ClickMonkey, a company specializing in just clicking on ads. They claim they have 20,000 "monkeys" clicking on ads from an offshore ship. Each monkey has three computers, and the connection cycles through various ISPs.

Another scam via Craigslist: offering more than asking price


Here is a classic scam from Craigslist.They offer to buy your item you advertised via classified for more money than you ask for ($375 in my case, he offered $500).They even give you a bleeding heart story about wife dying in accident.

From: ike derico Alright,i live in North Georgia United State.Am quite comfortable with the condition of the item since i wont be making any repairs on it,i will like to offer you $500 including packing materials without you paying for any shipping charges b'cos i already have an account with FedEx,i would have loved to make the payment in cash and carry but we are not in the same state so i will like to go ahead with the payment by sending you a Money Order But i will need your contact infomation in which the money will be deliver ok.I wonna buy this [item name] for my step son to fulfill the promise his mum made before she died,i lost my lovely wife to an auto accident on 29th of June 2005 and since then i and her step son john have been living seperately and i want to buy this item for him because his mom promised him before death took her away from us and i think with this i and tobi can live as a family. Kindly get back to me immediately you receive my e-mail and i will like you to take it off craigslist for auction cos am serious in buying it.So let me have your full infomation ofr pyment to be made....

Heavy internet use is one hour a day or more


Statistics Canada released the result of a study today about internet use.It says that those who used the internet heavily tend to be more loners, but less rushed and more laid back.What is interesting is that they define heavy internet users as those who use the internet for  an hour or more per day!I guess I am way off the chart then ... 

Neighbor Leeching Wireless? Turn Their Life Upside Down


What do you do when a neighbor starts leeching your wireless connection?Option would normally be:

  • Confront them and ask politely they not do that.
  • Secure your wireless LAN and lock them out.
  • Ask them to pay a share.

Well, these are not the only options.Someone found out that their neighbor does that, and they decided to turn their life upside down. Very creative and very funny ...(Via this Slashdot post, and followup story).

How Scalable Are PHP Web Applications?


Java developers and enthusiasts often keep repeating how Java is scalable, and look down on how PHP is just 'scripting' that does not scale.Well, we know we have a few big sites running Drupal, which of course uses the LAMP stack. Sites like The Onion, NowPublic, OurMedia, SavannahNow and others I forgot about.But, outside of Drupal, there are really larger sites that use PHP and MySQL.Here are some of them:

There is also a somewhat dated article on the PHP scalability myth.


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