Developed by researchers in China and the United Kingdom, a new type of microchip has the ability to send out laser beams. These beams have the unusual property of Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM), or orbital angular momentum. The new chips have implications for the future of optical communications technology.
Today we’re announcing our all new refer a friend special. Starting today share your coupon code with a friend, and you’ll receive $40 in free service credits, which can be used towards any of our services. Best of all, your friends will benefit too, as they’ll also receive $40! Together we’re giving away $80 in total service credits.
There is some fine print – first, we’ve capped the number of referrals at 5 for the month of May. Additionally, to prevent abuse, the credits will be applied 70 days after the signup date. Both accounts must remain active for the full 70-day period.
Not sure where to start? We’ve written a pre-written tweet for you, with your client ID in the control panel at http://control.vps.net/.
Our office has been buzzing with excitement about Star Trek Into the Darkness premiering this Thursday. I'm pretty certain that there are even a few employees who have already bought their tickets to make it to the premier showing. We wanted to have fun with our customers for the movie, so what better way than to make it part of our Social Media Monday contest? It's time to embrace your inner Spock, and take your favorite Star Trek quote and turn it into something VPS.NET or Cloud Related. Internally we've come up with, "Take me to the Cloud, Scotty!"
To enter the contest just direct a tweet to @vpsnet or respond to our Facebook status update with your quote, and we'll pick our 5 favorites. The contest will end Thursday May 16th at 11:59 PM EDT.
The first place winner will receive a Star Wars Enterprise Plush Toy & a Mini Star Trek Phaser gun. We'll be giving the runner ups a Mini Star Trek Phaser gun and a Star Trek Enterprise Mug. Cool, right?
Get those tweets and status updates in!
If you're a web developer and deal with any type of server side platform like PHP, you know the amount of overhead that goes into just getting your code to run, let alone develop. In the past with PHP, you'd have to install a web server, set up some sort of virtual hosts, add a new DNS entry for each project and make sure the web server had some way to transfer and receive data from the PHP interpreter. Only then would you be able to actually run your code in a browser. Well, those days are over.
Do you get adrenaline rush by just being on the bleeding edge of programming or computing? Is your dream computer experience filled with images of you customizing every aspect of your operating system? If so, Gentoo Linux operating system is the ideal distribution for you.
Gentoo Linux is a free and open source operating system that allows the user to compile the source code depending on the selected configurations. This feature greatly improves overall system efficiency since the computer is not overburdened with unnecessary programs, and executable programs are optimized to suit the user's exact needs. However, because of the long hours needed to compile the source codes, this operating system is not suited for programming greenhorns.
VPS.NET allows you to create your own operating system templates, and then use them on new cloud servers. Giving you the ability to deploy servers exactly how you want them with full customization.
An advanced use case for this would be large applications that need to scale horizontally for short periods of time depending on traffic and usage patterns. A developer can create a custom template with their software already installing and running in a way that once a new cloud server is created, it can instantly start processing requests without the need for additional customization. Using the VPS.NET API can even allow you to automate this for an awesome way to scale both up and down, serving your application efficiently while still keeping costs to a minimum.
Bloggers, both novice and advanced, usually use one blogging platform or another to make their website work efficiently. Among the many blogging platforms is WordPress, an impressive blogging platform with over 40 million posts a month, one that is used around the world, with support in over 120 languages. Just a few of the major players using WordPress as their preferred blogging platform are: UPS, CNN, CBS Radio, TechCrunch, NBC Sports and TED.
It’s Social Media Monday! Each Monday we do some type of contest/giveaway/special event on our Twitter and Facebook profiles (follow now if you haven’t) and this week we’re quite excited!
Without further ado… This week’s Social Media Monday is the EPIC DESK CONTEST. We’re giving away three incredibly awesome and sexy camera lens mugs to the top three people who have the coolest desk setup.
HOW TO ENTER
All you need to do to enter is take a picture of your desk and upload it here, in our Facebook app. Pretty easy? Yes; but if you want to win the mug it’s not so easy… unless your desk is so unbelievably amazing that anyone sitting there writes code that flows like wine and beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano (you should click that link, it’s hilarious).
The best way to ensure you win is to get everyone you know to vote for your desk.
Anyone is invited to participate including people who are not our customers although the mug is pretty awesome so not sure how many awesome people are out there and not a VPS.NET customer.
The contest has already started and will stop tomorrow (Tuesday, April. 23 at 12pm) so get going!
Go to the Contest App
PHP continues to be a widely used web programming language as it's one of the easiest languages to pick up, learn, and make beautiful things with. However, the reasons PHP is such an easy language allow for some absolutely terrible code to be written and put into production. Without some help, you'll never be able to create applications on a large scale with a large team easily. You might think you can, but you can't. Why? PHP on it's own is very poorly structured, doesn't enforce any sort of order, nor does it impose any discipline on you. Which is fine for small things, but can become a monstrosity of a codebase in a larger application. This is where PHP Frameworks come in.
It is highly recommended that you ensure your WordPress login password is a secure password comprising of at least 8 characters and includes special characters (@#$%^&*), a variation of upper and lower case letters, and numbers.
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