CTRL + W on Firefox

Found a irritating bug on Firefox, while studying Flex I made Firefox my default browser. So when I run my application it loads on Firefox. But it seems like for sites rendered in flash, the keyboard shortcut CTRL + W for closing tabs doesn’t work. File – Close Tab menu though works. So I have to manually x out to close the tab. Would be great if this bug was solved specially for Flex developers using Firefox.

More on this bug here.


*Update* With FireFox 3.5 this bug has been addressed. With full flash sites or flash content currently focused you can hit CTRL + W and the tab closes. Yey!

Restart Apache in Mac OS X

I miss using a Mac, saving up to get the latest MacBook Pro.

Here is quick tip for an alternative method on how to restart Apache using the Terminal. Long method is go to Preferences then Sharing and disable enable Personal Web Sharing.

Shortcut is

Open the Mac OS X Terminal window then type in.

sudo /usr/sbin/apachectl restart

Happy Birthday Gmail

Gmail is 5 years old. Way back 2004 existing email solutions like yahoo and hotmail were the only good options. Thanks to revolutionizing what online emails are. Huge storage, ajax features, chat, feeds, etc… Looking forward to more enhancements in the future.

5 Years of Gmail.

Understanding Cloud Computing

I always come across the term Cloud Computing several times but not really sure on all the jargon and buzz. It’s like a new term but you may already be working on them. Just like RIA or Rich Internet Application before the term was coined and becoming the default name you were already builiding RIA, Sun came out with a free White Paper guide explaining Cloud Computing.

In 25 pages, this free guide:

1. Defines cloud computing and its benefits
2. Explains the different types of clouds (public, private, and hybrid)
3. Describes the architectural service layers (e.g., Software as a Service)
4. Details the underlying virtualization technologies
5. Suggests next steps and actions to get started

Get your White Paper now free here.

Quoted from the White Paper.

In many ways, cloud computing is simply a metaphor for the Internet, the increasing movement of compute and data resources onto the Web. But there’s a difference: cloud computing represents a new tipping point for the value of network computing. It delivers higher efficiency, massive scalability, and faster, easier software development. It’s about new programming models, new IT infrastructure, and the enabling of new business models.

Simply put it’s creating on-demand web applications, less hardware for the client, less system admin to handle the hardware and very scalable.