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My Favorite is thye Wicket framework. After having used JSF , which is a hellhole, I found wicket to be remarkably versatile and powerful. It integrates cleanly with Jquery. DOJO aw well as Spring. It is the only J2EE framework where designers can tweak HTML templates without the programmers having to worry about integrating those changes back.

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I am considering consolidating my domains on amazon route 53. I have both NSI and GoDaddy as domain providers and I guess now is as good a time as any to plunge into amazon's Route 53. The process is so awfully painful and laborious that I keep putting it off.

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I would speculate that Canadian Funds and Institutions that hold significant stake in RIM are loathe to see perhaps the most prestigious Canadian company be no longer Canadian. That sucks for me as a shareholder; RIM's management that was once stellar is no longer hungry and focused as it was in the past.

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My experience with Clojure is that it forces me to think differently and I like it. I come from java /c background and Clojure drags me kicking and screaming out of my comfort zone. The purity is what I appreciate about Clojure. I am nowhere close to being productive in Clojure ( my start-up codebase is Java and javascript+node ) but one day I will get there.

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It is an experimental site --a community video news blog out of Toronto. Its not going to get a lot of traffic but as I add more cities ---- it might get better. The content format is video and not text.

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Is it http://www.newspvr.tv ?

If so, I'd suggest you read over these blog articles.

http://conversionxl.com/

http://visualwebsiteoptimizer.com/

Also an interesting read: http://www.spring.org.uk/

In my honest opinion - focus on what will make you money. If you're doing community (geo-sensitive) based news, then you'll have to get advertisers from that same community.

No point in watching local news and seeing adverts from overseas companies. Approach your key players and find out if they're interested and ask local companies if they would be interested in advertising.

You'd probably have to charge the local companies for advertising and giving the news companies a cut from the profits for using their content (if they're keen).

Small scale, small profit - larger scale, larger profit.

Remember, just because it doesn't work on one street corner, doesn't mean it won't work on another - location, location, location! Good luck!

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Thanks ! My goal at the moment is to be able to keep the lights on. I love this line '..just because it doesn't work on one street corner, doesn't mean it won't work on another - location, location, location! '

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So if the minimum revenue expectation from a website is $10k ( with salary and other operating costs), how much traffic is needed to sustain that using the revenue source ? How many daily/monthly unique visitors would one need? do ad networks even consider you when you are starting out ?

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This is a great idea . However as a long time Spring user , could I ask that you spin this in to full blown tutorial . Heck I will pay for an ebook (<$15) which shows Client Side Coffeescript + client side MMVC+ some client side templating + client side state with Spring on the server side. Go slow and easy on the client side JS part -- after all you would be talking to Java guys ;-). You don't need to worry about server side xml -- that is natural for us Java guys.

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wow ! I always thought H1B was bad -- but this would be would be so much worse. With H1B, I was merely prevented from seeking employment elsewhere or walking away from the job but I was still protected by the laws and had some rights. However this 'Googleplex of the Sea' could a prison for programmers. If you left/lost an H1B job you have 30 days to pack your stuff and leave the country or get a new H1B application in . I am not sure what the laws of the sea are about leaving/losing a job on the sea.

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Not sure why I was down voted, but the ppint I was making os that as I have grown older , I have come to appreciate laws including labour and immigration laws. With H1B visa, I could invest in USA, I could buy a home in USA, my kids could attend the local school,my family had health insurance -- these are all nice rights to have. Al the while from being protected from harassment and abuse and other bad stuff. A programmer on that ship is unlikely to have any of those rights and privileges.

Let me put it this way -- would you be willing to hire programmers so desperate for work that they would be willing sacrifice their basic human rights and voluntarily give up all the protections provided by laws ?

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The sad reality for me living here is that you -- yes you even with all your PC'ness --- are going to take one look at any one with an Indian accent or a name and you will use a stereotype to estimate his or her technical capability. Thats how it is and it sucks big time !

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I do not have much experience in planning weddings : I have got married only once and I am still married. My primary contribution my wedding was to (a) show up sober (b) let the pros do their job (c) say yes.

Having said that, your primary competition is going to be wedding planners. Most of them have a solid experience and reputation; instead of trying to compete with them , you could try talking to them and see what you can do to help them.

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