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I'd start by getting someone who speaks native English to proof-read your text. I'd also drop the name Microsoft from your company name, it's likely to make potential customers think you're a scam outfit. Get rid of the obviously fake customer reviews and dodgy stock photos.

Think about what you are actually trying to provide and make that clear on your site. Summarise it in 3 sentences and throw away everything else.

Getting backlinks by posting useless questions in other support forums and having the URL in your sig isn't going to do you any good in the long run, I'd nip that in the bud.

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Using tables for borders like that is no longer required, it's very brittle (as you've found out) and unnecessarily fiddly.

Drop shadows can be implemented with a single line of CSS:

.card.login-form {
  margin-top: 8rem;
  box-shadow: 6px 6px 66px 6px rgba(0,0,0,0.39);
}

Here's how your login form would look using a modern CSS framework (Bootstrap, here). Code is here. Screenshot below:

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I don't envy the task ahead of you Dani. There just isn't the enthusiasm there once was.

Tech support has largely been supplanted by stackoverflow, the social/discussion aspect by Reddit, Facebook, etc.

Maybe putting DW on ice and concentrating on Dazah making inroads into its intended market is best. The idea sounds like it could work and things that grease the wheels of commerce tend to, but without a solid example of a market where it's actually connecting people I think it's going to be an uphill struggle.

I get the impression (and would bet you agree) that the current users of Daniweb, the fifteen or twenty regular posters and the people needing homework help aren't the cohort you need to be targetting.

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Clear thinking
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So you're building an OS and an IDE but the contents of a project file are confusing?

Just do yourself a favour and use something built by experts until you see a shortfall that you'd like to address.

Note, I'm not saying don't build an OS, an IDE or a language, but don't try to do all three at once unless you are Fabrice Bellard.

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That's Fab!
Nice!
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I think Social Bookmarking services are a niche trend at best. They were very popular in the early-mid 2000's but the need for them was erroded from multiple angles.

Chrome came along with its excellent browser syncing, which in turn forced Firefox to up its game and follow suit. This negated the 'access my bookmarks from anywhere' angle, as once you're signed into your browser, you have full access to not only your bookmarks but also your logins, passwords, sesssions etc.

Secondly, sites like Digg, Reddit and even Pinterest filled the 'sharing cool stuff' niche.

Here's the trend for Delicious over the last 13 or so years.

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Here's how I'd do it (and have done it for years). It's the canonical, accepted answer for Linux too.

The SSH program has support for 'shortcuts' built in, you simply need to add the hostnames (or aliases) in your ~/.ssh/config file.

So, in my config file, if I have the following entry:

# Github
host github
  HostName github.com
  User git
  IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa_work

Then, on the command line I simply type ssh git and hit tab a couple of times, and all of the entries that start with git automatically appear for selection/autocompletion:

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Note that in the config file I'm specifying which private key (IdentityFile) to use for that host, SSH will use this whenever connecting to this specified host. Previous commenters have already gone through how to set up key pairs; this is definitely the best and most secure way of connecting to remote machines. Ideally you should turn off password based login and rely entirely on a key pair.

If you really want desktop shortcusts, just create a bash script (and make sure it's executable) with the .command suffix. However, with nice tab completion on the command line it's quicker and easier (imho) to just use the built-in command.

Edit: here are Digital Ocean's instructions for setting up SSH keys. They are very thorough and generic enough to use anywhere.

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+1
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There are plenty of esoteric programming languages, some of which have been around for a long time.

I'm not sure actually teaching students syntax is too important, but demonstrating that there are many languages each with their own strengths and weaknesses is. Readability and succinctness are definitely advantages.

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Great link that explains what I was trying to say perfectly =
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Has anyone tried Mastodon yet? For those who don't know it's a federated, distributed and (currently) technology-orientated social network (well, rather a group of interoperable social networks) that's fully open source and ad-free. I've been impressed so far but as with every new network, whether it flies or not will depend on how many people join, contribute and keep the ball rolling.

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A graph database alone isn't the right choice for a chat application. A message would be represented as an edge between two nodes (people) and too many edges will hurt performance.

Storing the actual social network portion of a chat app in one makes a lot of sense, though. It's the perfect use case for a graph database.

Something like OrientDB might make more sense. There's even a chat program in the use cases section of the documentation.

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I've been following this with some interest. Bad practice to end with a verb?

I think the distinction is between an API and a web app. In a web app, /widgets/123/edit (obtained via a GET) should contain a form that allows you to edit Widget number 123. Submitting the form should send aPATCH to /widgets/123.

In the case of an API, you don't need an edit form so you can omit verbs from the route entirely.

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It would appear that too many notifications are added to the feed for certain events, making it difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Take the example of this annoying spammer creating a post:

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Aside from the fact he's a waste of oxygen, that's more than one whole screen of notifications for a post creation and quick edit (less than a minute after posting). Also, I don't see any replies, so perhaps the "replied to a post" notification is superflouous. Perhaps these could be condensed; do we need to know who started watching each post - it might make more sense to display that on the post page; "being watched by..."

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That and now I want a Black Mirror "Block" mode.
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D3 isn't the correct choice for in this situation; it's aimed at visualisation (as per the request in the original post). If you want to interact with scales by dropping different-weighted balls on them in anything but the simplest of interfaces, you need a physics engine. Matter-JS provides this and makes it really simple to get fantastic results.

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Wow! matter.js is cool :)