Dani Horowitz remains as passionate about our online community today as she was back in February 2002 when, while pursuing a computer science degree on Long Island, NY, she founded DaniWeb. Fast forward to now, and an amazing half a billion visitors later, DaniWeb has become a vibrant community of members learning, sharing knowledge, and engaging with other developers, IT pros, technophiles and computer hobbyists. I've been talking to Dani about DaniWeb in the context of a dynamic and evolving online advertising market...

HG: Tell me a little about how DaniWeb itself has adapted to a changing online advertising market?

Dani: DaniWeb was founded in 2002 and by 2003 had become one of the first online 'publications' to independently track and monetize user behavior. Skip ten years and, in 2013, I developed and launched an algorithm to match question askers with likely answerers based on tracking user behavior across DaniWeb. This was a necessary change as by 2013 we were dying a slow death thanks to there being no more demand for Q&A-based tech sites. Between the likes of Stack Overflow, Quora and Reddit they are successfully able to handle Q&As more efficiently than we ever could, and there's no use in competing with them.

HG: So was that a Google thing then?

*Dani: It's not that Google is anti-DaniWeb as such, but rather that Google would love us more if we were able to figure out a way to hit their sweet spot like Stack Overflow has done. ...

Welcome to DaniWeb Nancy. 'The Dallas' sure looks like Delhi from where I'm sitting though...

It was the old clear cache problem again. Cleared the browser cache and I can see that the image has been updating fine. Doh!

Can you try framing that question again please as it doesn't make much sense as is I'm afraid?

Serious question. I'm really interested in what you actually use DaniWeb for and what you get out of your membership?

  1. What is the main thing you do when you are visiting DaniWeb?

  2. Is there anything you'd like to do that you can't currently?

  3. Do you have one tip to pass onto others so they can get the best out of their time here?

TrendBaze commented: Promote with Us Now https://www.usavibez.com/promote-with-us/ +0

Morning William(s) - hope you make the connections and find the information that you are looking for during your time with us.

It just got worse. As I wrote at Forbes yesterday, FB has now confirmed (albeit very quietly as an update to a month old post and on the day the Mueller report was published) that millions of Instagram passwords were stored in plain text as well...

rproffitt commented: The number of textbooks or assignments with login code teach them badly. Off to change my Insta+FB passwords. +15

Building Links is Like Shaving - If You Don't do it Every Day You Look Like a Bum

I haven't shaved for years. I don't look like a bum. I look like a man with a beard. Just saying...


Six months ago I was reviewing my experience with another Anker 'Soundcore' earbud product, the Liberty Lites. I liked these, and they quickly became my everyday audio companion while out on my long walks in the Yorkshire countryside. I did, however, have some issues with the volume never being quite loud enough and ultimately the three hour playtime ended up being just not enough for long train travel or flights. So, I started looking at the alternatives. Naturally I started looking at the likes of the Apple AirPods (once I had discovered you can use them with Android phones) and the new Samsung Galaxy Buds. Both look really cool and feature 'true-wireless' connectivity plus super battery life. Unfortunately, both also break my 'never gonna pay more than £100 for freakin' earbuds man' rule; and then some.

Then I stumbled across one of the best kept secrets out there: Anker also sell true-wireless AirPod look-a-like earbuds and they come in at well under the £100. In fact, they cost just £79.99 here in the UK. Actually, scrap the 'just' as in the US they are $79.99 which at the current exchange rate is about £61. At that price they would be an absolute bargain, but even at a shade under £80 they are still half the cost of AirPods with the standard charging case (AirPods with a wireless charging case cost 2.5 times as much!) and the pre-order price on the Galaxy Buds is £139 so not a great deal ...

hapylfe commented: swap +0

This thread started nine years ago with a quote by Homer, so I thought it was time for another.

“I've learned that life is one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead.”

Welcome to DaniWeb Ashish. Take the opportunity to have a look around the subjects that interest you most, as well as absorbing the community rules, and I'm sure you will find everything you could want in a supportive tech community here!

Personally I hate being preached to within news reports and the like (either ereligiously or politically) where I value true neutrality. However, as far as individuals are concerned, at work or play, I see no reason why they should not be able to wear religious symbols as long as they are not evangelizing their belief in the workplace or to customers/clients whatever. I certainly don't regard someone wearing a crucifix nor a hijab nor a pagan tattoo for that matter (I have plenty of the latter as I identify with pagan spiritulaism rather than any formal/organized religion/faith.)

A lack of tolerance, not just in the religious sense, is at the heart of most of the problems in the world today - why add more intolerance into the mix? Live long and prosper, love and peace to all.

There are no 'trustable' sites selling followers and likes. How can you trust a service selling you something on the basis it will increase the producticivity/value of your account when the practise is against the terms and conditions of all social media sites and when (rather than if) you get caught your accouint will be closed?

liam_11 commented: This is when you block accounts that have from 1000 subscriptions to other accounts, there are Arabic and Turkish letters. I was subscribed to 386 acc +0

You might want to be a little more specific in the problems you are having with this and the help you need. DaniWeb members are hugely experienced and skilled, but mindreading isn't usually one of their talents :-)

Reverend Jim commented: I knew you were going to say that. +15

Truth is, we are just as ill-informed this side of the pond. Trying to figure out what is happening with Brexit is pretty much the same as trying to figure out WTF Trump is talking about on most any subject.

A no deal exit would, by every measure apart from those of the hard-right of the Tory party, be an economic disaster for the UK. This is evidenced by the amount of money the government has thrown at contingency planning for that eventuality which include such things as the stockpiling of drugs and even strategies for military operations in case of mass public disorder.

May has been playing a high-stakes game using the no-deal trump card with both the EU and parliament: give us the changes to the plan we want or we will walk away and everyone loses big time/vote for my plan or everyone loses big time. Which might have worked apart from the fact that May is the worse poker player ever and she is playing against the EU which has aces up the sleeve while she only has a pair of threes. Her ability to bluff is on a par with her ability to dance.

The second referendum idea makes a lot of sense, but has been played down by both the government (too scared of the European Research Group wing of her party and too scared of the government being toppled and another general election) and the Labour party (too scared of losing the vote ...

Plesk, just to throw another into the mix. Why? A combination of legacy and lethargy with a bit of if it ain't broke for good measure I guess...

The Internet is mostly not truth

That's a bit of a Trumpian sweeping statement. I'd love to see the stats that back up your assertion...

rproffitt commented: I'd have to include spam email traffic. Something like 300 billion spam emails a day. There's more. +0

This is what happens when you change your login password hash algorithm without considering to create a fallback mechanism

Apart from the fact that Dani did create a fallback mechanism, of course.

and we had a fallback mechanism in place until late-2017. (I think 2+ years should have been enough time to give everyone who cared to change thier password...)

a strong signal to get away if you are still here

some may be justified in asking why

C'mon guys, I appreciate that glitches such as this are annoying and I appreciate that DaniWeb isn't as busy as it used to be. However, Dani remains one of the most responsive site owners that I have ever encountered, and I've been around online communmities for 30 odd years now since the days of FidoNet, Prestel, Usenet etc. She's explained that it's been a tough couple of weeks, and we all hvae those, so cut her a break maybe rather than going for the jugular? Just saying...

You're welcome!

That has a distinctive smell of a homework assignment about it. People here won't just throw the answer out to such things, not least as that wouldn't really help you in any meaningful way. So, how about you show us the code you have so far and where you are getting stuck with it? Then people will be able to point you in the right direction...

Yes. And that message from Google explains how to download and save your data. It points you at this support link that has the step-by-step instructions for doing so: https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1045788

Halla_1 commented: Thank you, I first thought it was a joke. +0

I think you had a very lucky escape with this one tun712. It's always difficult to turn down work, but if the client wants the impossible and wants it tomorrow you really have little choice. Good luck with your future projects.

You will have to tell us more first: what exactly do you need to know, in other words what are the precise problems you are having?

Welcome aboard EVOdev. As the Rev says, pick the right place for your questions, but other than that my advice is to not feel worried about asking 'stupid' questions because truth be told there are only stupid answers :-) Everyone here was a newbie in their area of expertise at one stage, and everyone here is happy to help others starting on their path...

TheEVOdev commented: Great thank you for the warm welcome! +0

Turing Machine? ;-)

OK, so we are thinking about bringing back the 'Member of the Month' feature in the monthly newsletter that goes out to all DaniWeb members. This was a staple in the DaniWeb Digest for many years, coming to an end at the start of 2016. The hall of fame was, aptly, entirely virtual but the kudos of being included as real as it gets.

Three questions then:

  1. Would you read the Member of the Month interview if it was brought back?

  2. Would you be interested in being interviewed, or want to nominate another member for the interview?

  3. What one question would you most like to ask other DaniWeb members being interviewed?

Digital marketing is the traditional way of doing business. Or at least it has been for more than a decade now. No?

Sounds more like a list of keywords relating to a failed attempt at spam to me...

That's a rather broad brush question. What do you specifically want to know about MS Server 2016 support? Have you tried asking Microsoft?