Using Sessions Securely

When using sessions, usually your biggest concern is cross-site scripting (or XSS for short). Without getting into too much depth, XSS is basically when one of your users can steal the cookies of other users. The malicious user (call him Bob) is able to write a script that is displayed to other users. That script…

Linux versus Windows

One of the ZDNet bloggers is apparently a Linux fanboy, and he ran out of good material and decided to spark reader interest by starting a flame war. His blog was about what it would take to convert a Windows user – a school superintendent – to use a Linux distribution. Hundreds of posts later…

Improving Email Delivery

Recently I was reading a forum post where someone was having a problem with their newsletters not being delivered to most of their recipients. I ended up writing a lengthy response with some of the different e-mail delivery tips and tricks I’ve come across over the years. Some of these are specific to PHP mailing…

Using Nintendo for Web Site Performance

Even though the original Nintendo system is more than 2 decades old, it’s actually the source of inspiration for another way to increase web site performance! I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Let’s start with the problem. Every web site has external files that it needs in order to be presented properly. These files are…