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6 Tools To Find Out Website Load Speed

Research shows that if your web pages take longer than 5 seconds to load, you lose 50% of your viewers and sales. As a UNIX admin often end users and web developers complain about website loading speed and timings. Usually, there is nothing wrong with my servers or server farm. Fancy java script and images / flash makes site pretty slow. These tools are useful to debug performance problems for sys admins, developers and end users. Here are six tools that can analyzes web pages and tells you why they are slow. Use the following tools to:

  • Make your site faster.
  • Debug site problem, especially client side and server side stuff.
  • Better user experience.
  • Improve the web.

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WordPress 2.7 promises to add threaded comments support along with lots of new features. Checkout Ryan's blog post about all upcoming features.

Right now the comments is in linear format. Some post has more than 100 comments and it becomes difficult to follow discussion. I've been waiting for this feature as it will allow us follow discussion easily. Most large forum like slashdot, reddit, and others do have this kind of commenting system.

Big Bang Day: Still here?

I told many of my friends that the world is not going to end as scientists attempt to discover more about the origins of the Universe by recreating the aftermath of the Big Bang :)

On a related note no collisions have taken place yet. The first high-energy collisions are planned to take place after the LHC is officially unveiled on 21 October 2008.

BBC has complete details about 'Big Bang' experiment.

Read about the LHC in Wikipedia.

Women in Linux, BSD and Open Source Projects

Pingdom blog has posted a list of woman open source project contributors around the world. From the blog post:

We here at Pingdom have been talking about why we don't see that many women in Open Source, and were actually about to investigate it further and possibly write a blog post about it. However, when we started to actually look around we were happily surprised. There are lots of women involved in Open Source! For some reason men just seem to stick their nose out more and put themselves in positions where they are seen (and of course there are more of them).

=> Women in Open Source

I was just looking to order few books and I got

Http/1.1 Service Unavailable

Anyone else finding Amazon unavailable? If anything can go wrong, it will. I'm sure they are losing big money every minute they are down.

Hacking Nokia Series 60 Phones with Linux

This site details about how to use Nokia Series 60 phone under Linux systems. It also details what applications put on them. The site is quite informative and I'm able to play with my nokia. It covers the following topics for Nokia N95,Nokia 6630,Nokia 6600 and phones:

=> Configuration Details

=> Communicating with it via Linux

=> BlueTooth Applications & Uses

=> TCP/IP over BlueTooth

=> Software on it

=> Games on it

=> Writing For It

=> File Formats etc

Read more @ Nick's Adventures with Series 60 Phones and Linux

Happy Diwali

I'd like to wish all of our readers around the world and India, a safe and happy holiday season. Wishing each one of you a very happy and prosperous Diwali. Hope the light of this festive period shines in all of your life :)

I'm quite busy with decorating homes with lights, fireworks, distributing sweets and gifts. I'll be out of the office spending time with friends and family until Monday, Nov- 13th, you can expect slightly longer comment approval and posting from me.