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    The 5 best damned text editors for Windows

    March 27th, 2016 by
    To develop a Firefox extension, you need certain tools. One of these essential tools is a text editor. You need something that should feel intuitive, be powerful, adaptable, load quickly, and be a pleasure to use. Which programs are the most suitable for developing web applications with? It’s a fine line to walk. Text editors are a programmer’s bread and butter, and they need to have everything you want, and not anything you don’t need. If an editor is lacking features, then it is considered not complete, and if it has too many features, people call them bloated. People are so damn picky. This is why I’ve done the leg work for you and definitively decided the best damned text editors for Windows. Why Windows? My answer is “because, that’s why.” If you have a Mac, then buy TextMate. If…

    Another immediate extension installation – Tab Mix Plus

    March 20th, 2016 by
    Okay, okay, before you say, wait a minute- there’s no reason to install a tab extension on Firefox. It can do everything right out of the box, and all of those are way too bulky and they mess up my other extensions. I say, “Nay.” This beauty adds features that are simply not available in the default Firefox setup. There are some things it can take care of that are a short tweak away in your about:config page, but there are many, many options it adds. I only use a few, but the few I use are indispensable. My favorite thing that I love to do is inadvertently close tabs. Well, let me re-state that. I inadvertently close tabs from time to time, and I cry if I can’t remember where I was or if I am unable to retrieve…

    Good Ol’ Token Ring

    March 10th, 2016 by
    trngLarge numbers of network administrators are confronting the fact that their tried-and-true technology may no longer meet their needs Not long ago, Token-Ring technology was ferociously battling Ethernet for network domination. But now Token-Ring is fading into oblivion, done in by its high price and lack of a high-speed migration path. Because millions of Token-Ring connections are now in place, the change will be gradual, but more and more corporations are seeking ways to dump their Token-Ring networks. For companies moving into new offices or opening branch offices, the time may be right to make a complete switch. For others, the technology represents such a large investment that the transition will take years. But studies show that few companies now consider Token-Ring strategic and many believe it is just a matter of time before they swap it out. Token-Ring’s bleak…

    Layer 3 Switches: Still The Gold Standard

    March 4th, 2016 by
    l2swLayer 3 switches can slash router latency, but the current lack of unified industry standards necessitates cautious deployment of the technology Reducing router latency is one of the top priorities of many network managers, so the industry’s crazed rush to deliver Layer 3 switching technology is not surprising. Unfortunately, little agreement has been reached on a unified Layer 3 switch design, and it doesn’t appear that standards are looming in the wings. Because of this lack of uniformity, we urge network administrators to take only cautious steps toward implementing this new technology. Those desperate to deploy Layer 3 switches should start from the outer edges of the network, rather than overhauling the backbone with products that might not fully interoperate with installed infrastructures or future standards.…

    Desktop Videoconferencing: Once Huge, Now Skype’d Away

    February 28th, 2016 by
    dskvNetwork managers, fearful that videoconferencing would consume excessive amounts of network bandwidth, have relegated this function to specialized-room systems with ISDN connections. But now, thanks to faster networks and the new H.323 videoconferencing interoperability standard, videoconferencing is coming to the desktop. Although desktop ISDN systems have been available for a while, IS managers have been reluctant to spend money to bring in additional ISDN lines. But things are changing: LANs are much faster, and LAN switching systems allow administrators to segment traffic, isolating videoconferencing data so that it has less impact on the network. In addition, the international videoconferencing standard H.323, which recently became available, is designed for use over packet networks such as LANs and the Internet. With H.323, packet-based backbones, such as the Internet or a private corporate intranet, can accommodate videoconferencing, eliminating the need for a specialized…