Monthly Archives: May 2013

Group Led By Google Wants More Speed On The Web, Releases Nginx PageSpeed Module In Beta

Google really cares about the web being faster. In 2010 it led a group of contributors in releasing a module for Apache web servers called PageSpeed. Today, the same group has released a version for Nginx, an alternative to Apache, which is also open source and used by massively trafficked sites like Netflix, Hulu, Pinterest, Airbnb, WordPress.com, Zynga, Zappos and GitHub.

In alpha testing, content-delivery network provider, MaxCDN, reported a 1.57 second decrease in average page load times, with bounce rates dropping by 1 percent. While those seconds might not seem like a big deal, they are, especially when you have multiple visitors on your site performing multiple tasks. Think about how it feels when you use Hulu at a Starbucks; that almost 2 seconds could ease some of your frustrations in waiting for a page and video to load.

The module is available for webmasters on GitHub, with open source participation coming from Google, Taobao, We-Amp and individual developers.

In a post by Jeff Kaufman, who is an engineer on Google’s Make the Web Faster Team, (have to love Google’s team names), he explains how PageSpeed works:

Running as a module inside Nginx, ngx_pagespeed rewrites your webpages to make them faster for your users. This includes compressing images, minifying CSS and JavaScript, extending cache lifetimes, and many other web performance best practices. All of mod_pagespeed’s optimization filters are now available to Nginx users.

With Google pushing to bring faster Internet to everyone in the world, starting with a few cities in the United States, it makes sense that the company would participate in projects like this to help the rest of the web keep up. Naturally, Google is able to leverage the work of projects like this for its own sites, since speed is a huge concern of CEO Larry Page for its existing and future products.

via TechCrunch.

The Next Big Thing in Business: Food

You’d never know the economy is in a slump from the state of the food industry. Specialty food sales in the U.S. alone grew 13 percent to $85 billion in 2012. And Americans consumed a record $34 billion worth of wine last year.

If you’re at all into food (I mean, who isn’t?) and looking for a business, industry, or career to sink your teeth into, look no further. Here are 10 reasons that food isn’t just the way to your heart; it’s the way to your wallet, too.

Venture capital flowing into food tech. Venture capitalists poured $350 million into food tech companies last year, an increase of 7.6 percent over 2011, according to research firm CB Insights. Not only that, but the number of deals increased by 37 percent, including robust activity in international markets.

Gourmet to go. Just because there’s growing demand for healthy and tasty food doesn’t mean people have the ability or the time to make it or eat out all the time. There’s huge and growing demand for personal chefs, party chefs, specialty caterers, and thousands of gourmet and pre-made food websites. If you’ve got a kitchen and a cool recipe, you can make it and sell it.

via Inc.com.

Europe Closer to Banning Refillable Olive Oil Cruets in Restaurants

Reusable olive oil cruets would effectively be banned in restaurants and cafes across the European Union from next year, under proposed changes before the European Commission. The draft amendments also show the EC favors new rules on when harvest dates can appear on olive oil labels and the minimum size of lettering for certain label details.

The moves are in a bill (in French) recently posted online by the EC. Covering changes to EU regulation 29/2012 on marketing standards for olive oil, its introduction says it’s intended to “better protect and inform consumers…and improve the effective monitoring of compliance with these standards.” It carries the disclaimer that it is still subject to internal consultation and will probably change.

via OliveOilTimes.