Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 8:20:01 AM by Paul Davis
Seems Comcast thinks that they can interfere with your web usage on their network. Apparently, if you have Comcast, you no longer are paying to use the bandwidth as you want - Comcast has determined various applications and services just aren't allowed. Things like peer-to-peer file sharing, other VOIP providers, Lotus email and FTP.
So, if you have Comcast and you've been noticing things not working right, it isn't your computer - nor your browser (for once!) - it is your ISP meddling in what you are allowed to do. Most likely they have a government mandated monopoly where you're at too, so you can't move to an ISP interested in just giving you service. If you have Comcast, make sure you let them know you do not appreciate their business practice and, if you can, leave.
Comcast violates net neutrality with this move and if those with Comcast don't make it an expensive business decision, other ISPs may feel emboldened to do the same. If they are taking an inch and not stopped, they will eventually make sure the only Internet service we get will be through their mutual business partners...
Posted Thursday, October 04, 2007 12:52:10 PM by Paul Davis
PHP.net announced (a while back) that PHP 4 is at end of life and will end all support by the end of the year (2007). If you are still using PHP v4 and haven't considered an upgrade, now would be a good time to do so. PHP 5 has been out for years and it is stable and solid. Many applications are being written to take advantage of the new features in PHP 5.
They are promising security updates until 2008-08-08 on a case-by-case basis, but after that, it is all done. From a security standpoint, you have to upgrade before that as exploits beyond that point will not be fixed leaving your website and contents vulnerable to malicious attacks.
Good luck and start now so you can migrate safely before you are forced to because of security reasons.