Monthly Archives: December 2009

Nikon D40X Digital SLR Camera Body Only Kit with 4 GB SD Card, Spare Battery, and Camera Bag for $375 + Free Shipping!

For a limited time and while supplies last, order the Nikon D40X Digital SLR Camera Body Only Kit, – Refurbished – by Nikon U.S.A. with 4 GB SD Memory Card, Spare EN-EL9 Lithium-IonBattery, Slinger Camera Bag Buy Now from Adorama via Amazon.com for as low as $374.11 shipped!

The compact Nikon D40x is designed to deliver the picture-taking benefits of a digital SLR, yet is easy and fun to use. The D40x is ready to shoot when you are, thanks to split-second instant shutter response, which eliminates annoying shutter lag. Exceptional image quality is made possible by a high resolution, 10.2-effective megapixel CCD image sensor and Nikon’s exclusive image processing engine. With a 10.2-megapixel resolution, the D40x invites creative picture cropping freedom without loss of picture quality and delivers the ability to make enlargements of extraordinary size. Additional features include built-in flash with innovative Nikon i-TTL control, In-Camera Editing features with Nikon D-Lighting, Red-Eye Correction, Image Trimming, Image Overlay, Filter Effects and more. An ingenious HELP Menu with “Assist Images” helps you select the appropriate settings for many camera features.

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The iPhone 3G Possibly Being Replaced by $99 3GS

Apple may be releasing an 8GB version of the iPhone 3GS to replace the $99 iPhone 3G perhaps as early as January. According to reports by Apple Insider, one German customer who purchased a refurbished 8GB iPhone 3G found a label on the back that said “iPhone 3GS v2.2, 8GB.” The model number, A1241, and part number, MB490DN/A, are identical to the existing iPhone 3G, however no other materials on the packaging mention an 8GB iPhone 3GS.

Currently, the cheapest iPhone 3GS is the $199 16GB model (which I have). The iPhone 3GS sports a speedy PowerVR SGX GPU core that supports Open GL ES 2.0, while the iPhone 3G does not.

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Internet Explorer: A Burden to Web Designers

The use of Internet Explorer by Internet users has always been a burden on the web design community. With the expansion of Web 2.0 technologies such as feature rich CSS based designs and JavaScript ran websites, this browser that controls nearly half the market share for web browsers can no longer be ignored. While Microsoft has taken steps to address the inabilities of Internet Explorer to follow standards, it still makes it difficult for experienced designers to make a feature rich website while also removing or restricting some features as a result of the browser’s failure to stay in touch with the expanding Internet.

As a web designer and developer myself, I have seen first hand the browser’s inefficiencies up close while attempting to develop websites with technologies that were only thought up in the past several years. Currently, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which is the main standards organization for the Internet has the drafts for the next version of CSS, CSS 3.0, in works.

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LinkedIn Revamps Their iPhone App

I have not really used LinkedIn.  In fact, I created an account today, so I could test out their new iPhone app. I saw the UI from the iTunes App Store screenshots and I was intrigued by how simple and easy to use the User Interface looked. Of course, as you all know, I think the most important aspect of an iPhone app is the User Interface, then features.

After using the app for about 15 minutes I was very pleased with how easy the app was to use, considering the actual LinkedIn website is very clunky (though the recent redesign is much more aesthetically pleasing), and for someone like me who went to LinkedIn for the first time, I found it very hard to use and to find/edit my profile.

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Foursquare Review: Why You Should Use It!

Foursquare is a geo-location based service that allows people to easily check-in to places.  While it may sound rather stupid put so plainly, it is so addicting.  I avoided foursquare for a number of months due to the stupidity factor I felt came associated along with it, but I have changed my mind.  Not only is foursquare fun and addicting, it’s also useful and can even get you some free stuff or great recommendations (more on that in a few).

The most fun way to use foursquare is to download and install the iPhone or Android application (of course depending on your phone).  Blackberry users fear not an application is in the works, but in the meantime you can use the mobile version of the foursquare site (which works on all phones with Internet access).  Once you have the app installed or are using the mobile version of the site simply login to your account and check-in when you visit a place.  Additionally, you can configure your foursquare account to update your Twitter and Facebook accounts when you check-in some place so your friends and followers can keep up with you.

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TinEye Review – Reverse Image Search Engine

TinEye is a reverse image search engine that uses some pretty cool technology to find where images came from, how they are currently being used, if there are any modified versions, and even to find any higher resolutions copies of a particular image.  TinEye does not use metadata, keywords, or even watermarks but rather their own proprietary image identification method.

You can use TinEye in two different ways. You can either upload an image to their servers (if you have a local copy) or provide a URL to a specific image or web page which TinEye will then use to compare with their index. When you submit an image to be searched, TinEye creates a unique and compact digital signature or ‘fingerprint’ for it, then compares this fingerprint to every other image in our index to retrieve matches. TinEye can even find a partial fingerprint match.

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Why Your Website Should Use A CDN (Content Delivery Network)

The other day I wrote a post, “What Is A CDN?” where I explained what exactly a CDN (Content Delivery Network) is, how it works, and what it does.  I’d like to elaborate a bit on the post and go into a few of the things you can do with a CDN, how it could be beneficial to your site (large or small), and how you can do it for a relatively low price.

There are typically a few different types of Zones you can configure with a CDN – push, pull, vod, and live (still relatively new).

Push Zones are built for larger files that rarely change. The data is uploaded to a storage array which is then automatically pushed to all of the servers in the CDN. The files remain until modified or the zone is deleted. (e.g. PDF’s, Installers, E-Books)

Pull Zones are for your every-day files. A Pull Zone will automatically pull the data from a location that you specify upon the first request for the file. The data is automatically deleted from the server after an customizable amount of time. (e.g. CSS files, Image files, JavaScript files) – Note: this is the type of zone I’m using for BestTechie.

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What Is A CDN (Content Delivery Network)?

A CDN (or Content Delivery Network) is a network of servers that delivers cached static content from websites and applications to an end user based on several factors including the geographic locations of the user, the origin of the static content, and a content delivery server. Essentially, what the job of a CDN is to get the content being requested by the user, delivered to the user as quickly as possible.

In order to fulfill this need the CDN utilizes technology standards like Anycast, lighttpd or nginx, and BGP to send the static content files to the network of servers that are dispersed throughout several strategic geographic locations around the world which then cache the contents of the file. Then once a user who visits a website their computer (browser) makes a request to the server to download the content for viewing. Now this is where a CDN comes into the play. If the website is running a CDN, the CDN will use Point of Presence (PoP) technology to deliver the content being requested by the user using the closest server to their location.

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