We are pleased to announce that XDnet have now officially partnered with CloudFlare.
As a certified partner we can provide users with easy integration with CloudFlare direct from cPanel with the click of a button!
Enabling your site to use CloudFlare is easy and brings huge benefits to both you and your users, on average sites using CloudFlare:
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Using CloudFlare can help dramatically reduce comment spam, speed up your website using their international CDN technology and vastly improve the overall security of your website, best of all you can get this all absolutely free!
As XDnet Web Services is a certified partner of CloudFlare integration is easy, and can be done in seconds, in your cPanel account you will now see the CloudFlare icon, all you have to do here is click signup. This will create an account with CloudFlare for you and from here you can simply press the grey cloud for www. to enable CloudFlare for your site. You can learn more about the benefits of using CloudFlare here.
If you have any questions or comments about how to take advantage of CloudFlare please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Support who will be delighted to help!
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts, XDnet uses the inbuilt RSS feed which wordpress generates – http://xdnet.co.uk/blog/feed/ so you can subscribe and always stay up-to-date with the going on’s at XDnet.co.uk
The RSS feed, which is also called a “web feed,” or “channel,” contains a summary of the blog post or news and a link to the full page with the info and if avalible articles about the event/news. RSS makes it possible for you to keep up with the latest content from your favourite sites in a format which is easier than checking them manually.
How do I use it?
RSS content can be read using software called an “RSS reader”, “feed reader” or an “aggregator”. You can subscribe to our feed by entering the feed’s link into the reader or by clicking on the RSS icon (right) or the Orange RSS icon which appears in the top tabs bar. Which ever reader you use it will check our feed, once you have subscribed, regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds.
Using Internet Explorer for feeds
You can use Internet Explorer 7 to read and manage your RSS feeds and keep you updated. Click to find out how!
Google is getting ever closer to their goal “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” Google has developed arguably the best technology for indexing text, they have developed the idea of the Google Image Label which frankly proved to be rather addictive when i first came across it and now they are in the beta stages of developing technology to “listen” to audio in videos, convert whats said into text and then use their search technology to display the most relevant content.
Of course there’s a little snag, at the moment all videos must be uploaded to the Google owned video sharing site YouTube, and they are only indexing political videos and still with bugs in the conversion from speech to text which could prove difficult, for instance:
If shows a video where instead the speaker actually says: “What I have learned from the pain of
my loss and from my journey…”
However this is something new, one day not so far in the future we can expect to be able to find videos not on tags or text around the video but words spoken by people in the video, and when mixed with Google’s advanced search technology this brings us ever closer to their goal… World domination… i mean to index the worlds content.
So will video without sound soon follow? will technology ever get that far? that a computer can “watch” a video AND understand what its about?
Hopefully soon this technology will open up to the whole of YouTube, so everyone’s videos will be able to be indexed using this, but is that a good thing? remember it is this very technology which means your home-made video of you and your friends with that clip of music to go with it is being taken down for copyright infringement… as with all things there’s the downside.
Google Chrome is here, but what is it like? Is it really better than Internet Explorer 7, FireFox or even Internet explorer 8 (which passes the Acid test BETTER than FireFox 3)? Let’s take a look…
Now I have to admit I am not my usual self and have been wrapped up with starting new things and developing XDnet more recently and have not been reading much from my RSS gadget and it slipped my attention Google’s Browser was even close to release, so when a friend began questioning me about it I thought it best to download and check it out! However my first thought was “O no, not another browser to worry about!” however so far I have not come across any browser compatibility issues with Google Chrome… yet.
Now with as with any new software comes a whole host of new exciting features. Google realised “the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications” and have come at creating Chrome from a whole new angle, it’s very different to most browsers, and from my experience so far makes the browsing easier.
Under the hood:
Okay so unlike most I will go through a brief over view of what is under the hood.
I won’t try to give a balanced view here. Google has done it.
The tab structure is perfect, and incorporates a feature I myself have been greatly anticipating from a browser, the ability to detach a tab, you can either detach and just drag into an empty space where it will open into its own window or if you drop it over an existing window it will attach to that, it’s simply superb.
EDIT: Yes i know FireFox can get a plugin to do the movable tags, but still surly having it built in is better?
Of course this ability is greatly to thank for because of the independency of each tab, each tab has its very own process so when a page decides it will munch a little too much CPU you can terminate the tab and (in theory) the browser should not crash and cause you to lose other tabs (and work), you can also easily manage the processes using Google Chromes Task Manager which shows each process as well as plugins’ enabling you to easily see the offending part and terminate it accordingly. You may also notice on the Task Manager you have a small link which says “Stats for nerds” … so me being a nerd I checked it out, this opens up a new tab with full memory stats not only for the Google Chrome tabs but also for other browsers you may be running at the time, as you can see in the screenshot – Please note my IE7 had 10 tabs open, Google Chrome 4 and FireFox 1 hence the hugely varied memory usage.
Compared to other browsers:
Personally, design wise Google Chrome beats all others hands down, it’s sleek, simple and flows nicely, and because Google has used Mozilla FireFox as part of Chromes base you will notice some similarities between the two browsers.
Both FireFox and Google Chrome share an almost identical remember passwords bar,
Because virtually ALL browsers on the market have grown from back in the day when there was no viruses, no threats and geeks ruled the web security wasn’t such an issue, however as we all know… times have changed, and Google took this approach when building Google Chrome the glass isn’t half full, it’s half empty you will get attacked at some point by malware, virus and many other nasties lurking on the world wide web, it’s a fact of life when using the Internet. So once again we come back to Chromes multi-process feature, each tab has its own process which has had its rights stripped away, meaning it can’t access your personal files, can’t write to your hard drive. Your browsing tab is happy playing in a sandbox with armed guards on each side.
However while Google Chrome itself is in a jail there is one small problem… Plugins. Google simply has no control over how high the privileges these run at, a plugin could easily let in the nasties, Google is trying to work with plugin makers to get them to run at lower privileges meaning they can run more securely making a safer browsing environment.
Google Chrome automatically downloads two lists of harmful websites, Phishing (ones which try to steal your information, and in the long run your identity and or money) and those which will damage your computer, if you come across one of the websites on the list while browsing you will be alerted of the danger.
One of the great things about Google Chrome is when you open a new tab you are presented with a useful page, not a blank page, not your homepage which you have to wait for it to load, instead you are shown a page with the top 9 sites you visited book marks easily accessible making it easy and fast to find what you want.
Possibly Google’s answer to Microsoft’s Sliver Light, Google Gears aims to make browsers better for developers, in their own words there is no point on browser being able to have all the bells and whistles if another one can’t and this is where gears comes in gears can help developers get the most out of their web apps.
Google refers to their URL bar as an “omnibox” simply because it does everything, this one text field displays suggested searches, top pages you have visited as well as pages you haven’t visited but which are popular to others this is one of the many features aiming to make your browsing experience easy, quick and painless.
As I mentioned above Chrome is completely open source, it uses open source elements and Google are giving this to the world and other developers, and are actively encouraging developers to take the good parts of it to use within their own browsers and to tinker and play with this interesting new browser.
The down side:
Nothing perfect and neither is Google Chrome, while I have only been using Chrome for a few hours over the past few days and I have noticed a few problems and for me, they are big two of the key functions which I use video streaming and RSS.
So far every time I have tried to watch programs on iPlayer it has worked but seems to lag and stop and start and just doesn’t work, where as in FireFox or Internet Explorer 7 this works fine and works perfectly, so possibly some buffer issues or it could just be Chrome not quite handling the process smoothly.
And as for RSS… where is it? Google claim this browser is to lead the web and is designed for today, so why not include Google’s feed reader or something to enable users to read feeds within the browser environment. Personally I like the RSS features and reader included in Internet Explorer 7.
“Started from scratch and built on the best elements out there.” Google Chrome is here, and it looks like it has put its feet up and is here to stay.
But I am eager to hear your feedback and find out what you think about what you like, dislike and what you would like to see in Chrome in the future.