For avid photographers a tripod is essential equipment. Even with today’s modern stabilization systems, longer exposures for water flow, cloud blur, or extreme depth of field still demand a sturdy tripod. The challenge is when you need to travel by air, especially in smaller airplanes. This article shows the results of optimizing the size and weight of a sturdy Gitzo GT4552TS travel tripod.
By now, everyone knows the value of speed on the Web. Higher conversions, less frustration, more loyalty, and as of 2010 higher rankings on Google can all be had with a faster web site. You can, of course, optimize your content for more speed. But how much does the performance of your hosting effect the speed of your website? This article tests the effects of a new screamingly fast server on a client’s website.
WordPress is a very popular CMS used for websites. Offering an intuitive interface to manage and update websites WordPress is justifiably popular. However, WordPress sites can be slow, which can harm conversions and search engine rankings. This article explores the most frequent performance issues with WordPress sites and offers some solutions.
There are a number of automated ways to speed up your website. Web developers can deploy both software and hardware solutions to speed up their website automatically. By embedding best practices into code, vendors can speed up websites without the need to involve developer resources. This article evaluates Radware’s Fastview web acceleration hardware. Some other solutions are listed below.
Netbooks are small, low-cost laptop computers first launched in 2007. Typically powered by low voltage CPUs (like Intel’s Atom or AMD’s Fusion series) netbooks omit certain features of full-featured laptops like optical drives to keep cost and weight down. Netbook screen sizes typically range from 10.1″ to 12″ diagonal in later models. Netbooks are being replaced by thinner ultrabooks and tablets now, but are still quite handy as a second laptop for traveling. One problem with netbooks is that they can be slow to run applications and boot. This article shows how to upgrade your netbook to boot and perform faster.
The number of objects in the average web page has reached triple digits. In just under 4 years, the number of objects in the average top 1000 web page has doubled from 49.9 objects in January 2009 to 100 objects in November 2012 (see Figure 1). By the end of the year, the average top 1000 web page is on track to break 100 objects per page.
The average web page is now over 1MB in size, with each of its various components increasing in file size as well (HTTPArchive.org June 2012). PDFs can become so large that some email programs and gateways will not allow them to pass (with 5MB or 10MB file size limits). This article shows how you can efficiently split your PDF into multiple files to fit within the 5-10MB email gateway limits.
JPEGmini is image optimization technology that reduces the size of JPEGs by up to 5 or 6 times their original size, while maintaining resolution and perceived quality. Developed by ICTV, an Israeli startup company, JPEGmini works within the existing JPEG standard to optimize the size of JPEGs for faster downloads and lower storage costs. The patented algorithm developed by ICVT allows JPEGmini to compress images just below the level where perceived artifacts appear. The results, as you will see below, are smaller files that look visually identical to the original images. In this article we test the new service, and interview the CTO.
Page Speed Online is a web-based version of the Page Speed plugin, that allows developers to analyze web pages without the need of downloading an extension. Page Speed Online also features a mobile page analysis, which lets developers analyze their mobile sites like they are viewed in a mobile browser, with mobile-specific optimization recommendations. This article shows the new free service in action.