Accessing US only content

Hotspot Shield is my new favourite application. Its main aim is to make your public web browsing more secure by connecting you to a VPN (virtual private network). Sounds pretty normal, however while doing this, it very nicely provides you with a US IP, which means that suddenly you are able to access all the US only content on sites like Hulu and Pandora! I’ve spent the weekend catching up on a few US shows and watching a lot of…

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ZendCon 08 Slides

All (well almost all) of the slides from Zendcon 08 are available on slideshare. The entire list can be found at the Zend Developer Zone. Out of the entire list, I really suggest having a read through of the Jay Pipes and Christian Wenz slides.

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Zendcon Day 3 and beyond

All good things must come to and end, and unfortunately, so must Zendcon. Today was the last day at zendcon, and the conference came to a close around lunch time. I attended Building Desktop RIAs with PHP, HTML and Javascript in AIR by Edward Finkler End-to-end web testing with Selenium by Stefan Priebsch I need more servers! what do I do? (Scaling a php application) by Maurice Kherlakian The talk on AIR was interesting, probably not of huge help for…

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Zendcon Day 2

Day 2 of Zendcon and once again it was a little hard to get up in the morning, but decided to head to Zendcon early to get my hands on the breakfast at the conference. The day began with another keynote, dealing with new age PHP applications. The presentation was given by Roy Rubin and Yoav Kutner on Magento, a new open source ecommerce application. The initial talk I wanted to attend, got cancelled at the last minute, so that…

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Zendcon Day 1

The official kickoff of Zencon, started with a keynote by Harold Goldberg, CEO Zend technologies, and Andi Gutmans. They announced a new partnership with Adobe and the release of Zend Studio 6.1. Once the keynote was finished I attended : Of Haystacks and Needles by Derick Rethans Tiery Eyed by Kevin Schroeder PECL Picks – Extensions to make your life better by Elizabeth M Smith The Knight Rider Methodology To Software Development by Eli White State & Ajax – How…

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Zendcon Day 0

Finally made it to Zendcon08! After spending a couple of days in LA and San Francisco, doing the touristy stuff like visting Hollywood Blvd, a twilight tour of Alcatraz and cycling 15km from Pier 39 across the Golden gate bridge to a little city called Sausolito, I caught a train to Santa Clara for the conference. (pictures of the holiday on flickr, facebook and here) Day 0 was yesterday, which consisted of a few mammoth 3 hour sessions. The ones…

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Zendcon 2008 and Sightseeing in the US!

Thats right, I’m heading to Zendcon 2008! I head for the US on Thursday, 11th September, making quick stops in LA, San Francisco and finally to Santa Clara for the conference. Zendcon is one of the largest gatherings of PHP devs in the world, and sessions are presented by the people who have literally written the books on PHP. I still have not decided between the various sessions and presentations, but am leaning towards the ones on scalability and SQL,…

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Simple Strategy game

Came across a great time waster today, FkConflict. Its a simple, java based strategy game between the user and 2 computer players. You start out by divinding the world amongst the three players and take turns attacking each others territory and moving armies around till one person has control over the whole world! click here to try it out for your self.

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