Gmail introduces secure net connection

By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] Gmail has introduced the ability for its users to access their email through a secure “https” connection. Previously, if you wanted to access Gmail through a https connection, you had to use a Greasemonkey script or Gina Trapani’s Better Gmail Firefox extension.   But now Gmail has integrated it right […]

The ascent of scripting languages

When you say “scripting language” these days, most programmers think of Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, ASP, or JavaScript.  But the history of scripting languages starts much earlier than any of these. The Early Days: JCL At least as early as 1964, programmers realized that having to do everything in code, including copying files, was too tedious.  […]

Will Google buy Digg then destroy it?

By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] Duncan Riley over at the Inquisitr has a very thought-provoking piece on what may happen to Digg if the rumored $200 million purchase deal between Digg and Google goes through as planned.   Will Digg become a central important plank of the Google empire or will it become another Feedburner […]

Death Switch – a good idea or a very bad idea?

By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] You can just about have any need catered to these days on the internet – whether it’s takeaway pizza or giggling Japanese schoolgirls in ankle socks whispering kinky thoughts to you via webcam (so I’ve heard anyway).   Now a company called Death Switch is offering you the chance to […]