Seasons Greetings from Xpert Web

Xpert Web would like to thank you for your continued support throughout 2009. From all the team at Xpert Web we would like to wish you the very best for the holiday season and a happy, successful new year. We are looking forward to an exciting 2010 and look forward to having an opportunity to continue working with you in the new year and beyond.

Australia Routing Issues

We have decided to put up an announcement regarding this matter as we have had a few tickets now, even although it is not directly connected to our network.

It appears there are some intermittent routing issues between Time Warner Telecom, XO Communications and several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia including Telstra, Big Pond and Optus. Although we have not seen any recent reports of issues with Big Pond or Optus, only Telstra.

This routing issue is preventing some clients in Australia from being able to reach our servers even although our servers and network are fully operational. It is not possible for us to manipulate inbound routes to our network and we are not sure why these ISPs are not taking an alternate path to reach the data center.

The last update we had from Time Warner Telecom and XO Communications around 30 minutes ago stated that they are working to resolve these routing issues with the ISPs in question but that they have no estimated time for resolution. We will of course keep our clients updated as and when we receive more information.

This issue is impacting a very small percentage of traffic to the our network and unfortunately is outside our scope of control. We will do our best to keep the pressure up on our own bandwidth carriers to resolve this though.

Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

The 2009 Victorian Bushfire Fund to assist individuals and communities affected by devastating bushfires in Victoria has been launched by the Premier John Brumby in partnership with Red Cross and the Federal Government. A number of corporate organisations including NAB, ANZ, CBA and Wesfarmers have also contributed to the fund.

Donations can be made using the Australian Red Cross website secure online donations form or by phoning 1800 811 700.

what is web 2.0

Web 2.0 is a term which describes the trend in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users. These concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities and hosted services, such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies. The term became notable after the first O’Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference in 2004. Although the term suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specifications, but to changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the Web

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IE 7 vs Firefox 1.5 vs Opera 9 – The gap is closing

The upcoming releases of IE, Firefox, and Opera show that innovation in Web Browser Development has just come to an end. Companies are simply integrating the more popular features of rival products into their browsers. No radical changes are planned in any of the upcoming browser releases. It is very possible that in near future – IE, Firefox, and Opera will all have similar features and similar, tight interfaces.

1. IE 7 includes tabbed browsing, a capability that Firefox and Opera have offered for a while.

2. IE 7 has an integrated search box similar to that in Firefox and Opera.

3. Both IE 7 and Firefox 1.5 offer an easy method for deleting personal browsing data (browser cache, URL history, saved forms) via one menu option. The feature already exists in Opera 8.5.

4. Firefox 1.5 offer automatic updates similar to IE.

5. Opera comes with several advanced features that you can get in Firefox only with add-ons, and that IE lacks entirely.

Erik Larkin compares the three most popular browser on earth – Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1, Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 1, and Opera 9 Preview 1. He also mentions Flock, a social browsing application. Flock rethinks the browser as a tool for creating Weblogs, organizing bookmarks and connecting with others online.

IE 7: The new Phishing Filter in IE aims to warn users if they visit a known or potential phishing site–a function previously available only via third-party toolbars.

Firefox 1.5: Firefox 1.5 includes drag-and-drop tab reordering. The new Auto-update process is streamlined and smooth.

Opera 9: Users can choose which Web sites can run JavaScript or display images. And the impressive built-in RSS feed handler now supports Atom 1.0. However, Opera has no plans to introduce Firefox-like extensions, so if you don’t like the way it does something, you’re stuck.

Browser Market Share: Though IE has been losing market share, it remains dominant yet. The number of users jumping to Firefox has slowed recently leading some experts to suggest only a finite number of people are willing or able to try an alternate browser.

Read full story at PCWorld – Browser Face-Off