links for 2008-12-15

  • A survey of internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major tech advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves. They disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance, more forgiving human relations, or better home lives.
  • Select from the Domain and DNS videos below for a demonstration on how to manage your domain.
  • More than a decade after the Internet revolutionized how we shop, innovation in e-commerce has hit a wall. Make no mistake: Online shopping is still amazingly convenient and the best way to comparison shop. Who doesn't like buying gadgets in their underwear? Yet somewhere along the line the big players just stopped changing the online shopping game. Think about it: Is your experience shopping online any different now than it was 10 years ago? Same old user interface, same promotions on the home page, same shopping cart, same too-long checkout process. E-commerce is at a crossroads. The industry can delude itself that growth will pick up once the economy rebounds, or innovate its way to higher sales. Public companies aren't the best innovators, so I'm betting that it will be scrappy entrepreneurs who use the downturn to start a new e-commerce upheaval.
  • For frustrated customers needing Dell computer help, there is now a $12.95/month or $99/year upgrade available, that insures your call is answered “in North America”. No more hard-to-understand, underpaid operators in Banaglore if you’re willing to shell out some dough.
  • Styled Menus offer website navigation menu bars designed by professionals. This site is been maintain by two guys Sainath Chillapuram and Santosh Setty. Css Menus here are cross browser compatibility and with valid w3c code. All the css menus here can be easly used in dynamic websites / shopping carts like drupal, joomla, os-commerce, zen cart, shop, magento, joomla virtuemart, wordpress, blogger etc… All the css menus here are for free download but you need to buy psd if you need, as we too have life and spend are time in designing for giving professional stuff.
  • Here are a few simple tricks to add some flavor to your typical bland images. Using Photoshop to style each image can be tedious and difficult to maintain in the long run. These following CSS techniques will help you ease that pain! If you have some of your own techniques, please share them!
  • Typically when creating a stretch effect with CSS backgrounds, we would take a fixed width of the background and repeat it on the X-axis until it fills the page. Of course to achieve this effect, the center aligned header image would have to match the repeating background on both ends.
  • Remembering the good all days, when me and my friends were playing Doom, Mortal Kombat, Quake or War Craft on a Pentium 133 MHz computer with Sound Blaster and a 4MB video card. A lot has changed since then. Video games actually are a lot older than that we used to play in the 90s. The first video game was created in 1947 called Tennis for two and it was played on an oscilloscope like device. With the release of Apple II, Commodore 64 and the ZX Spectrum in late 70s early 80s people could afford to buy such devices and to play video games from their own home. By the mid 80s the video game industry started to evolve in a fast phase releasing games such as Zork, Battlezone and Bard’s Tale.
  • Phasing out an old operating system is nothing new for Microsoft, but Windows XP is unique in that it may be too good to die. This week, Dell announced it will offer systems with the aging Windows XP for a surcharge of US$150 over the newer Windows Vista–this only five months after it stopped offering XP on its Inspiron consumer desktop and laptop PCs. The deadline for Windows XP downgrades has been pushed back twice now, remaining in effect until July 31, 2009-a strong indication that enough users want to stay with the aging XP rather than give Vista a chance. Though market share for Windows XP dropped nearly 10 percent in 2008 as Vista slowly made gains, XP still has a market share of 66 percent, according to Web metrics company Net Applications.
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