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HTML 5 is the hot new buzz word these days, with all sorts of Web applications, Web browsers, and development tools touting their use of HTML 5. But when does the buzz start outgrowing the actual technology? In this article, I'll explain what HTML 5 is, and what it is not.

google-faviconAt last week's Google I/O 2010 conference, Google made a long-anticipated announcement: VP8, the highly competitive video compression technology Google recently acquired, is now an open standard. Google has combined VP8 with other open technologies to form the new WebM video format, which is

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There was recently a glitch in the document Rights Management Service (RMS) used in Microsoft Office 2003 which is preventing users from accessing any RMS-enabled documents. This problem was caused by Microsoft accidentally letting a security certificate expire, thus preventing the RMS

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Windows Internet Explorer 9Microsoft is trying very hard to bring Internet Explorer back into favor with Web developers. On their official IE blog, which mainly targets technical audiences, they've been making long post after long post talking about all of the neat stuff under the hood of the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 Web

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www link pointer imageA long-standing privacy vulnerability that exists in every major Web browser is about to finally get fixed, thanks to Mozilla engineer David Baron.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Shahan.As a server administrator, I have to fight a never-ending battle against the likes of exploit bots, spam bots and crackers. But one recurring issue I have experienced has come from an unlikely source: search engine spiders or, more specifically, Microsoft's MSNBot.

HTML 5On May 25, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced that the HTML 5 specification and five other related specifications had reached Last Call status for the first time. A "Last Call" is a major milestone in the standardization process of a W3C technology.

Microsoft's Dare Obasanjo, who is known for his scathing critiques of technology trends and products, including some of those promoted by Microsoft itself, has just written a blog post analyzing why OpenID, AtomPub, and XML on the Web (including XHTML and SOAP) have failed as technologies.

In his conclusion, he

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Scott James Remnant is a big-league programmer.

At the Debian Linux project, he was the chief maintainer for some of the more critical pieces of Debian (and therefore Ubuntu and Mint) infrastructure, including the library compilation tool libtool and the software package management tool dpkg

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TLS is the primary stream encryption protocol used by technologies like HTTPS to prevent eavesdropping and other man-in-the-middle attacks. It is the most well-tested and dependable technology of its class, and is used for almost every scenario that requires encryption of streaming data.

Linux Mint: from freedom came eleganceFor several years now, Ubuntu has been the reigning champion among desktop Linux distributions, and has also made major gains in the server market, but we may be witnessing the beginning of its downfall. A series of unpopular user interface overhauls have left many users searching for

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Photo of XML code courtesy of Will Pate via Flickr and Creative Commons.

James Clark is a big name in the XML and SGML world. He was the technical lead in the development of the XML 1.0 standard, co-author of the XSL standard, editor for the XSLT standard, and co-editor for the XPath standard. He was involved in the development of the extended version of SGML on which

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California Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeWelcome to the first of what I hope will be many blog posts addressed to those of you interested in the status of the California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI), and about Distance Education in general.