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Blue LED Inventors Receive Nobel Prize for White LED Revolution


- Since the mid 1990s, the use of efficient blue LEDs has been wide spread and most all of us have been exposed to it at some point. What we might not know is how this pivotal invention contributed to the evolution of the white LED lights and about the scientists...

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pair Networks Patches Servers Against POODLE Attack


- Earlier today, pair Networks patched its servers to protect against possible so-called “POODLE Attacks”. Ars Technica explains the nature of the theoretical attack as follows, “the attack allows a man-in-the-middle, such as a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot or a compromised ISP, to extract data from secure HTTP connections.” To learn more...

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SpaceX Rocket Delivers First 3D Printer to Space

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- It’s no mystery that 3D printing has made notable advances in a short period of time. As we recently shared on our blog, industry innovators are taking 3D printing to new heights with projects such as home construction. This latest development in 3D printing technology will take printing in the...

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Centering in CSS

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- Centering things in CSS is surprisingly tricky. How you center elements depends on whether the element is an inline or block element, and whether you’re centering horizontally, vertically, or both. The following decision tree from can help you figure out how to center any element:

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pair Sponsors the 2nd Annual Clean Air Dash 5K


- Sunday was the perfect Autumn day for a run in support of a good cause. This race marked the 2nd annual Clean Air Dash 5k organized by the Group Against Smog and Pollution, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit with a focus on air quality and working for a healthy, sustainable environment. The...

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Servers Patched Against Shellshock Bug


- Shellshock is a security vulnerability recently discovered by a team working for the Red Hat Linux software company. Like the Heartbleed bug before it, the Shellshock bug is likely vastly distributed. Shortly after a patch was available yesterday, pair Networks patched its webservers. We’ll keep an eye out for updates,...

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Behind the Screen: Rob D., pairNIC Team Leader, Shoe Maker


- Some of you might be wondering “What’s a cordwainer?”. While the terminology might be something new to you, the practice certainly is not. Not to be mistaken for a cobbler, historically, a cordwainer is a shoemaker that specializes in fine soft leather shoes and other luxury footwear. This practice dates...

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Best Practices for Making Web Pages Fast


- There are many best practices to consider when building your website for speed. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at specific practices that can improve your website’s performance. We wanted to kick off the series by pointing to a classic Yahoo Developer Network article that serves...

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Tips for Router Placement


- Physics PhD student Jason Cole started modeling the ideal placement of a home wifi router. Not surprisingly, all things being equal, the best position for your router is right in the middle of your house. Unfortunately this isn’t always possible for a variety of reasons, which is why “he modified...

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Speeding Up Your Site with CSS Sprites


- HTTP 2.0 is in development, but for now, most browsers and user agents make HTTP requests using the recommendations from HTTP 1.1, including the recommended limits on the number of simultaneous server requests. For webpages with multiple, unique images that need to be downloaded, the number of HTTP requests required...

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