Whoa. I love this idea already. Gonna be massive user and provider.

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Augusto Marietti, Marco Palladino and Mike Zonca founded Mashape in November 2010 to create a unified, all-in-one marketplace where one could go to find, sell, distribute, and hack on APIs, believing that APIs would become an essential part of the conversation for developers. Though it wasn’t an easy road, last September Mashape raised $1.6 million from NEA, Charles River Ventures, Jeff Bezos, and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors — to name a few.

Mashape has been in private beta since, testing its model and “building out the supply-side,” says Marietti. Today, the startup is finally throwing back the curtains, officially opening to the public, with new features and inventory in stock.

Github recently opened quite a few eyeballs with its $100 million from Andreessen Horowitz. The startup, which is part code sharing and publishing service, part marketplace, and part social network for programmers, had yet to raise a round. It…

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Salted Password Hashing – Doing it Right

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Salted Password Hashing – Doing it Right

This is a great article on passwords: how to implement user/password management and cover nicely the whole topic.

For a long time now, I’m using a secure bcrypt implementation from OpenWalls, and I do recommend not to rely on the old, classic MD5 – you could have some nasty surprise.

If you’re a web developer, you’ve probably had to make a user account system. The most important aspect of a user account system is how user passwords are protected. User account databases are hacked frequently, so you absolutely must do something to protect your users’ passwords if your website is ever breached. The best way to protect passwords is to employ salted password hashing. This page will explain how to do it properly.

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Stop the extradition of Richard O’Dwyer to the USA

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Stop the extradition of Richard O’Dwyer to the USA

Share this guys, even if you are not UK citizens:

Richard O’Dwyer is a 24 year old British student at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. He is facing extradition to the USA and up to ten years in prison, for creating a website – TVShack.net – which linked (similar to a search-engine) to places to watch TV and movies online.

O’Dwyer is not a US citizen, he’s lived in the UK all his life, his site was not hosted there, and most of his users were not from the US. America is trying to prosecute a UK citizen for an alleged crime which took place on UK soil.

The internet as a whole must not tolerate censorship in response to mere allegations of copyright infringement. As citizens we must stand up for our rights online.

When operating his site, Richard O’Dwyer always did his best to play by the rules: on the few occasions he received requests to remove content from copyright holders, he complied. His site hosted links, not copyrighted content, and these were submitted by users.

Copyright is an important institution, serving a beneficial moral and economic purpose. But that does not mean that copyright can or should be unlimited. It does not mean that we should abandon time-honoured moral and legal principles to allow endless encroachments on our civil liberties in the interests of the moguls of Hollywood.

Richard O’Dwyer is the human face of the battle between the content industry and the interests of the general public. Earlier this year, in the fight against the anti-copyright bills SOPA and PIPA, the public won its first big victory. This could be our second.

This is why I am petitioning the UK’s Home Secretary Theresa May to stop the extradition of Richard O’Dwyer. I hope you will join me.

– Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder

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Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

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Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

This is the best move from Microsoft I’ve seen in this millennium. For that price even I will consider it, although I haven’t got Microsoft box in the last ten years.

By the way, a few weeks ago I have had a little email exchange with one of my client.

Hi Csanad, just checking to see if you do any work on asp.net or are you just php?

Cheers
XXX

my answer was:

On asp.net: no I’m not doing asp.net. I can develop in a dozen language, but I promised to myself some 15 years ago, that I won’t do Microsoft web development, so until I can get paid for anything else, I will keep my promise. (No, I will not try to convince you to abandon MS, I promise, but if it is not an existing site, but you want to build it from scratch I can assure you that there is a better deal for you 🙂

Best:

Csanad

And guess what – the client requested a quote for rebuild the whole site in php.

wordpress.com vs blogspot.com

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Recently I have had a debate over which engine would fit for somebody who is not techie, just want to have a blog. Internet has been my livelihood more than ten odd years now – and I’ve built and managed numerous WordPress site, but I never ever used WordPress as a blogging platform nor I’ve got any experience with wordpress.com.
So over the course of this discussion I’ve decided to try it out by myself.

My original point was: WordPress compare to Blogspot is much more flexible, but needs more maintenance.
Now my first impression after setting up this blog: wordpress.com probably doesn’t require that much technical attention, but definitely not as flexible as I’ve expected and outrageously expensive.

Custom themes and domain handling are premium features? This must be a joke.
(And not a good one.)

Anyway, I’m going to continue my experiment, stay tuned.