I guess the beauty of markdown is that they can introduce it without it really affecting people who don't know or care about it.

The only markdown directives that might get in the way are, as you said, asterisks. I guess FB chat doesn't allow hyperlinks, headings or lists?

Anything that pushes Markdown more mainstream is good though. I started a business recently that's hopefully going to introduce non-tech people to Markdown, so the more exposure the better.


I just noticed yesterday that FB Messenger ate my asterisks. Today, I just noticed that it was actually parsing my asterisks into bold! And it parses Markdown's syntax for italics too! I swear this is new. Try sending someone a message with Facebook and you can do: *bold* or _italics_ ... Yes, it's not exactly Markdown b/c Markdown requires two asterisks for bold, or else it functions as a synonym for italics with one asterisk. But still ...


As a developer of apps for embedded devices, testers on the production line and field diagnostics I've run afoul of IT groups that were for the most part not willing to invest the time to embrace the product development side of the business.

IT seems OK for run of the mill office work, the company web site, billing systems and such but the product developers are aliens or "the enemy within."

So they don't support us. That's fine by us. They also don't want the job but are ready to throw stumbling blocks in your path.

Is IT outdated today for companies that create apps and more?


Shadow IT is the usage of unauthorized tech by employees; usually cloud applications and services.

A progression of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) debate, I have not said that the applications or services themselves are inherently insecure. Nor that usage is for malicious purposes. Quite the opposite is mostly true.

Insecurity and risk enter the equation because by being unauthorized shadow IT remains invisible to security controls. This can lead to the creation of an unmanaged attack surface, and blind spots in your company security implementation are never going to be a good thing.

Or are they?

There are upsides to shadow IT usage for just about any organisation, in that it can 'shine a light' on applications and services that can aid productivity and might otherwise not be considered by the business.

Equally, they can shine that light on a policy restriction that gets in the way of user productivity, and so the savvy employee finds a way to work around it. And adding something to that corporate policy that prohibits such usage isn't, when you think about it, likely to be effective.

If you want to truly embrace digital transformation and all the business benefits that can bring, then bringing shadow IT into the fold is part and parcel of it. Getting the balance between convenience and control is key, and true visibility the goal.

As I said to begin with, it's not the apps or services themselves that is the problem; it's them not being visible ...


I need to store videos and pictures somewhere. I host my sites on shared hosting because they don't require much power and shared hosting can handle them just fine (for now).

I'm planning to create something new that requires video and picture uploading. So I need storage space to upload files, I'll lose bandwidth for displaying images/videos.

I was looking at S3 and Google Cloud but they have few billing options. Can someone who is more experienced tell me which should I use and how those cloud storages work. Do they bill bandwidth and storage, what about displaying videos and so on? I also saw they bill some requests, PUT, GET...


Domain Names are "symbolic names" for IP-addresses (IPv4 or IPv6). When machines are addressed over the internet, the connection is established by using the IP address. As those numbers are hard to memorize, the domain names were invented quite some time ago.

When you own a domain, you get basically a namespace below one of the top-level domains. The domains are issued by authorized registrars.

So let's assume you aquired


It is then totally up to you, how you use this domain. You can use it as is (without any sub-domains) or you can add multiple hostnames (still without sub-domains) to it or you can go beyond that and create a sub-domain structure.

Example with multiple host but NO sub-domain:

  • www.mywonderfuldomain.com
  • ftp.mywonderfuldomain.com
  • mail.mywonderfuldomain.com

Example with additional sub-domains

  • mail.atlanta.mywonderfuldomain.com
  • mail.boston.mywonderfuldomain.com
  • mail.dallas.mywonderfuldomain.com
  • www.mywonderfuldomain.com
  • ftp.mywonderfuldomain.com

Is a sub-domain required: NO.
Is a sub-domain useful: sometimes, depends on your needs.


I can see several issues off the top of my head such as

  • You may have to guarantee that your drive is available 24x7. What provisions would you have to make in the event of a failure (hardware or software)
  • Would you have to guarantee any type of backup of the data
  • Would you be held liable if the user content is illegal (encrypted or not)
  • What control would you have over the user's use of your bandwidth

I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt that this isn't just a spam post but I'm still removing the links just in case.


Hello everyone i heard about this new but not new technology, which pays you to rent your free HDD space for cloud purposes. I like to ask is there anyone which can give me some more info about this? Am planing to invest about $150 - $200 for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2HDD's with 2TB and let them run. I have readed this article which gives you a education how much will cost/earn you <link removed>. And here is the website which offer this <link removed>
What do you think, does this investment is good or money waste ?


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