Announcing the DMXzone RSS feed

At DMXzone, we've launched our RSS feed. RSS stands for Rich Site Summary, and is a way of putting out content in a pre-defined way so that anyone else who wants to can take the text file and automatically import it into their own site. If you want lots of detail, here's the full specification, but in order to use someone else’s RSS feed in your own web site, all you really need to know is that an RSS feed is text, but the data in it is a small subset of XML. DON'T PANIC! (I always say that when someone sees the 'X' word). RSS isn't nicknamed Really Simple Syndication for nothing).

Most web developers write a script in their preferred scripting language that grabs the feed at a pre-defined interval (depending on how frequently it’s updated by its author) and then put it in their website using ASP/ PHP (or whatever). Because it’s just text, the typeface, colours etc are determined by the HTML or CSS of the site that is consuming the feed. (If you are running a PHP-driven site, Matt Machell has a very simple  tutorial with all the code needed use someone’s RSS feed in your site.)

2003 best year for on-line shopping
Reuters reports that on-line sales in 2003 amounted to $18.5 billion, excluding travel, compared with $13.7 billion in 2002, a rise of 35 percent. We hope that DMXzone members' sites saw the lion's share of that $18.5 billion!

 

Advanced Conditional Region 2.0 has been updated!

Advanced Conditional Region will allow you to show a selection of your page only when a specific condition is true. This way you can easily hide portions of your page that are not to be displayed.

Now compatible with Dreamweaver MX and Dreamweaver MX 2004!

Click here to download>>

Win XP Service Pack 2 beta starts testing today

Microsoft have released a beta of Service Pack 2 for Windows XP to selected testers. It includes significant security enhancements including

  • An improved version of Windows Firewall (formerly known as the Internet Connection Firewall). Windows Firewall will be turned on by default. Why wasn't it before?
  • Blocking of accidental downloads and installations. Internet Explorer will help protect users from accidentally downloading and installing programs from potentially malicious Web sites by automatically blocking download requests. Users who decide to install a program can click on the download link that will automatically appear below the browser toolbar.
  • Pop-up Manager. Internet Explorer will detect that a pop-up or pop-under window is unwanted if it doesn’t directly result from the user’s clicking on a link on a Web page.
  • Better file attachment handling in Outlook Express and Windows Messenger. This means that attachments can open and execute with the fewest permissions possible.
  • Increased customer control over downloads of external content in Outlook Express. Outlook Express will no longer download external content (such as graphics) in HTML mail by default.
Want a Free PC?
A company called Metronomy is offering a free IBM PC to 200,000 UK households if they accept a contract whereby they will watch 3 minutes of advertising for an hour of computer use, and use a minimum of 30 hours a month. The spec is pretty basic - but so's the cost.
More Good Economic News

In our newsletter last night, we reported Online advertising was up for the fourth quarter in a row, with the third quarter showing 20 percent growth compared to the same period last year, and IT spending to increase next year.

The Register today reports that strong consumer demand for laptop PCs, as well as an upsurge in demand from the public sector, has driven demand for a record 152 million PCs in 2003. This is 8.8 per cent higher than 2000, the previous highest year for PC shipments.

Hooray!

 

Kazaa Lite shut down by Kazaa

Sharman Networks, who made Kazaa, the most popular P2P file sharing app since Napster, have shut down Kazaa Lite - a copy of its program that removes all the ads, pop-ups and the spyware. Hilariously, Sharman Networks have done this because Kazaa Lite infringes their copyright.

Pot. Kettle.

Google Upsets Webmasters

Many people are complaining that Google has stepped on their toes after the last round of the Google dance, reports the BBC. Some companies that occupied a place in the coveted top ten searches on a keyword (that is, those found on the first page of a Google search) are finding themselves downgraded. of course, others are finding themselves significantly upgraded, too...

November 2003 Virus Chart

According to MessageLabs the Swen virus and the MiMail viruses are at the top. These viruses use malicious code to do real damage.

Read all about it here.

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