links for 2009-07-15

  • In sitting down with Rose Byrne recently, the Australian star of Damages and Fox Searchlight’s Adam, we couldn’t resist asking about her involvement in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, in which she played Dormé — the only of Princess Amidala’s handmaidens who survives past the first scene. And having broken news about it before, we thought we’d press her a little further for details about the live-action Star Wars TV series that’s long been buried under a Jedi cloak of secrecy — and we’re glad we did! The conversation is after the jump: I read somewhere that most of your fan mail addresses a small part in a George Lucas movie? Yeah! It’s incredible. You get fan mail for Damages, but it’s almost all Star Wars people. It’s amazing. Just because my role is so small — I’m literally like an extra in that film. But the fanbase is just out of this world. No pun intended. But it’s mind-boggling, myself not knowing the feeling of having such a fanship of something, I suppose.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In cinemas July 15 in the US and UK. Go to and Global release dates:
  • At Butterfly's Bakery we specialize in custom cakes for all kinds of occasions. You can select from one of our example cakes or bring us your unique design idea.
  • Much like the websites they support, not all Web hosting servers are created equal. Yet it's not a matter of separating the "good" from the "bad," but rather determining the right Web hosting solution for you – whether it's shared website hosting, dedicated Web hosting or virtual private server (VPS) hosting. While all types of Web hosting servers will act as a storage center for your website's content, they differ in the amount of space, control, and reliability they offer. Dedicated Web Hosting Services With dedicated Web hosting, you'll be the only website on the server – meaning that all the space, bandwidth and server access is "dedicated" to hosting your website alone. This exclusive relationship between the Web hosting server and your website makes dedicated Web hosting the most reliable of its kind. The problem for many is that it's also the most expensive. The space you rent on a server will function as your website's home, so it makes sense to think of dedicated Web
  • The amazing commercial success of Michael Moore's “Fahrenheit 9/11” (almost $120 million in domestic box office, unheard of for a documentary) made many people, mainly the right-wing elites, very uncomfortable. Until then, Michael Moore was easily dismissed as a rabble-rouser, a funny fat guy who liked to shake up the system a bit, but for the most part wasn't taken any more seriously than a Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert-type. He was an entertainer who happened to make people think while they were laughing, nothing more, and Moore was kept safely tucked away in his little far-left-loon box. But then “Fahrenheit 9/11” came along and suddenly a lot of people were taking Michael Moore very, very seriously. On either side, whether you believed every frame of the film or whether you saw it as nothing more than a feature-length attack on everything Bush, people were talking. Yet the film, if box office numbers are the lead indicator of a movie's success,
  • Want to know whether your company's Web site is working hard or hardly working? A new Firefox extension can deliver the answer. Google developed its Page Speed tool to test and optimize the performance of its own Web pages. Now, Google has released Page Speed as an open-source Firefox extension that anyone can download and put to work. Page Speed works by testing a page against a set of rules based on Google's own site-development expertise: When you profile a web page with Page Speed, it evaluates the page's conformance to a number of different rules. These rules are general front-end best practices you can apply at any stage of web development. We provide documentation of each of the rules here, so whether or not you run the Page Speed tool — maybe you're just developing a brand new site and aren't ready to test it — you can refer to these pages at any time. We give you specific tips and suggestions for how you can best implement the rules and incorporate them into your developmen
  • As a follow up to our “Are You Using E-Commerce Yet?” post, we’d like to urge all of our readers to follow the SMART Ecommerce Blog at Once there, you’ll find a collection of ecommerce-specific blog posts that will prove to be a valuable resource for everyone who owns an online store. Setting up an online store is the easy part; attracting customers and making sales, however, is another story. The folks at SMART Ecommerce Blog have made it their mission to help all ecommerce users find solutions to their most demanding problems, and with the upcoming holiday season looming, we can use all the ecommerce advice we can get. During the holidays, many of us prefer to shop places where we can more than just one gift, and due to rising gas prices and crowded malls, Americans have been turning to the Internet as a time- and money-saving shopping option. To capitalize on this, online merchants can market their store as a ‘find something for everyone’ site. T
  • Now that it’s July, we’re in the 3rd quarter of the business year. So let’s talk about Q4! Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the holiday season. If you haven’t joined the ecommerce world yet, you need to read this article. In “Why Small Businesses Should Embrace E-Commerce,” Nisarat Sujatanond describes how an ecommerce website can help your business increase sales to both local and extended customers. In addition to widening your customer base, selling online can also help you gain valuable marketing insight. Thanks to web analytics, ecommerce merchants can get a grasp on who their customers are, what they’re looking for, and how they shop. Online stores can be easily marketed using this information, thanks to services like Twitter™, Facebook®, and PPC advertising. To read Sujatanond’s full article, visit
  • Colleen Padilla, a 33-year-old mother of two who lives in suburban Philadelphia, has reviewed nearly 1,500 products, including baby clothes, microwave dinners and the Nintendo Wii, on her popular Web site Her site attracts 60,000 unique visitors every month, and Ms. Padilla attracts something else: free items from companies eager to promote their products to her readers.
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