Sense of Africa – A New Behind The Scenes Tour For Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

first_imgShare This!©DisneyOne of the neat things to do at Walt Disney World is to take the different backstage tours that are offered. This week, Disney is debuting a brand new tour that sounds like it will be a very unique experience.Sense of Africa will take place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and it will give Guests a behind-the-scenes look at the people art, animals, and food of Africa. The tour is a three and a half hour experience that begins with Guests enjoying breakfast at Boma, where Guests will be able to enjoy the buffet, as well as delight in a few exclusive African dishes, while learning from Cast Members stories of Africa.Once Guests finish their meal, they will be able to board a special safari truck that will then take them backstage for some unique up close encounters with some of the animals of the lodge. Animals that Guests may get to see include okapi, ostrich, red river hogs, and giraffes. This will be an unpredictable experience, for sure!The tour costs $249 per person and Guests must be at least 10 years old. 15% discounts are available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. The tour will begin on April 9 and will occur on Tuesdays and Saturdays.Reservations can be made by calling reservations will be available by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.last_img read more

Firefox Reaches 20% Market Share for First Time Ever

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Browsers#NYT#web The good folks at Mozilla are trumpeting a new report by global analytics service Net Applications that documented a 20% global market share for two out of four weeks in October. It’s a new high bar of popularity for the 2nd most popular browser in the world.Firefox is safe, standards compliant, extensible…and not made by Microsoft. That’s what most people like about it and the number of fans is growing. Can you guess what percentage of ReadWriteWeb visitors came here using Firefox last month? As a non-default browser on Windows computers, Firefox use can also be used as a proxy for measuring increasing sophistication of aggregate web users. There are certainly sophisticated web users who use Internet Explorer, however. We know that because 27% of our fabulously sophisticated readers came here using IE last month. That makes it the second most popular browser among our readers after Firefox at 55%. Our readers came in on 188 different browsers in October.Innovation in browsers is continuing fast and furious. Just today “private browsing” was added to an official Firefox build and that’s sure to be appealing to mainstream users and early adopters.Congratulations are due to the Mozilla team and community. A web filled with Firefox users is a better web for us all. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

NPM Wants To Push JavaScript Developers To Make Lego-Like Web Apps

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#GitHub#JavaScript#modular programming#npm#premium hosting How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? lauren orsinicenter_img Why You Love Online Quizzes For all its virtues as the lingua franca for developing Web apps, JavaScript hasn’t always lent itself to modern and efficient programming practices. Not long ago, for instance, shortcomings in the language led many developers to write JavaScript programs as huge, monolithic entities instead of building them from common and reusable software building blocks, also known as “modules.”JavaScript is more amenable to such Lego-like modularization than it used to be, but the practice still isn’t as widespread as some would like. So NPM, a startup mainly known for eponymous open-source software that installs and manages JavaScript programs, has decided to give things a nudge in the right direction.Its new initiative is called Private Modules, and at first glance it mainly looks like a premium code-repository service, similar in many respects to GitHub’s services. NPM already offered a free Javascript-only repository service for open-source code. Private Modules introduces a paid option for developers or companies that want to keep their JavaScript private.But that’s not the interesting element here. Where GitHub’s paid options limit users to a specific number of proprietary-code repositories—$7 to $50 a month gets you between five and 50 private code repositories—NPM has gone, well, unlimited. A flat fee of $7 a month for individuals, or $5 a month per person at an organization, gets you as many private JavaScript-storage buckets as you want.Why unlimited? Because, NPM CEO and founder Isaac Schlueter says, it will encourage companies to build and use individual JavaScript code modules, each of which can now live in its own repository.All Mod(ule) ConsNPM CEO Isaac Schlueter“There’s a broad trend where people are switching from building monolithic apps to small modules that can be pieced together,” Schlueter told me in an interview.Such modules vastly simplify the process of both building and updating programs. Much the way it’s far simpler to replace a light fixture than to completely rewire your house, it’s much easier to pull out and replace an old code module with a new one than it would be to rewrite a much larger monolithic program.See also: How Node.js Stays On TrackNPM’s move here basically reinforces the notion of modularity at the repository level. It’s an idea you might even sum up in a slogan: “One repo, one module.”Edmond Meinfelder, director of Web and mobile engineering at DocuSign, uses NPM Enterprise to manage the company’s massive—and monolithic—JavaScript codebase. “We have a huge legacy code base, but we’re just starting to refactor it and break it down into small modules,” he said. “Modules are easy to understand, easy to write tests for, and make creating new functionality much easier.”While Meinfelder said DocuSign will continue to use the Enterprise option since it’s tailored to large companies, he plans to use Private Modules as an individual. Furthermore, he said that NPM’s move in this area helped DocuSign realize that it’s worth the effort to break its JavaScript programs down into modules:On Private Modules, you could host all the modules of an app without worrying about going over your pricing plan. Private Modules shows companies and individuals that its within their price range to build apps the right way.More Modules … And Fewer Users?When the announcement made Hacker News Tuesday, however, some individual developers were less enthusiastic about the new direction. One major concern: Private Modules might effectively limit the number of users who can work on non-open-source projects. GitHub’s premium pay-per-repository model, by contrast, encourages unlimited collaboration on a limited number of repositories.“Everything looks pretty awesome, except the payment model… With NPM’s model all my collaborators will have to pay for NPM private modules as well,” one commenter noted. Another suggested that NPM’s per-user payment scheme might turn off small companies:Sounds like a big pain to have to pay individually for each person on a team if your company wants to use private modules. We’re generally willing to throw money at problems like those private modules solve, but if we have to do it a dozen times it probably isn’t going to happen.Schlueter remains confident that NPM is moving in the right direction by encouraging practices that have been spreading among developers for decades.“If we want to look back to the historical roots of this decision, even the shift from Multix to UNIX was about splitting up code into independent parts,” he said. “From the GNU Revision Control System to Git, the trend has been for things being broken into smaller pieces. NPM is a really good example of that in practice.”Lead image by David Hamilton for ReadWrite (via Build with Chrome); photo of Isaac Schlueter courtesy of NPM Related Posts last_img read more

Cricket traditionalists concede Kerry Packer has revitalized cricket with ‘special effects’

first_imgPink shirts, white balls, floodlights, crash helmets and monokini-clad cheerleaders. Not quite the sort of thing cricket purists would like their sport to be associated with. But for a growing legion of Packerites, cricket without its recently acquired ‘special effects’ would be insufferably dull.When Australian TV czar Kerry Packer muscled,Pink shirts, white balls, floodlights, crash helmets and monokini-clad cheerleaders. Not quite the sort of thing cricket purists would like their sport to be associated with. But for a growing legion of Packerites, cricket without its recently acquired ‘special effects’ would be insufferably dull.When Australian TV czar Kerry Packer muscled his way into world cricket’s hitherto stiff-upper-lip and starched collar fraternity by introducing his garish concept of carnival cricket, traditionalists (particularly in England, Australia, West Indies and India) treated him with thinly-veiled contempt. Eighteen months later, Packer, by the sole virtue of his money-power, has become almost respectable. Cricket officialdom is now ready to arrive at some kind of compromise with him to avoid a bitter confrontation this summer in England.Apart from India’s scheduled five-Test tour, the island will host the World Cup. Packer’s World Series Cricket (WSC) organization has threatened to stage parallel one-day games that would jeopardize the World Cup and the India-England Tests. The entire English team has passed a resolution calling for a ban on Packer stars this summer. According to the resolution, Packer players should be barred from county matches and one-day competitions, including the World Cup.Rejuvenated: Cricket traditionalists now concede, though grudgingly, that Packer’s injection of commercialized hype has revitalized cricket. Like most British ‘institutions’ cricket was an ageing sport and rigor mortis would probably have set in had Packer not introduced his concept of dramatized cricket. Of course, some of the gimmicks will soon die a natural death – for instance, pink and yellow jump suits worn by prancing, self-conscious cricketers. But concepts like night cricket, white balls and modified playing rules are here to stay. Test cricket will ultimately have to adapt them.advertisementThere is a little doubt that WSC’s recently-concluded second season was a vast improvement on its first when lukewarm spectator support resulted in a loss of Australian (A) $2 million (Rs 1.84 crore). This year the crowds flocked the grounds and a carnival atmosphere prevailed.India has been drawn into the Packer controversy later than other cricket-playing countries for the simple reason that not one Indian is in Packer’s travelling circus. This situation could easily change before India’s England tour gets under way this summer. The Indian cricket board’s main worry is whether the rapacious Packer organization has managed to entice Sunil Gavaskar and a few other top Indian Test stars. WSC sources deny that the Indian captain is joining their organization but Gavaskar’s own comments on the subject have been ambiguous.Parity: A fact not widely known is that there is very little difference now between the earnings of certain Test cricketers and WSC players. The latter make around A $30,000 (Rs 2.76 lakh) a year with sponsorship frills and TV appearances while Test cricketers like England all-rounder Ian Botham or Sunil Gavaskar easily rake in the equivalent of A $25,000 (Rs 2.30 lakh) every year in Test fees, prize money and advertisement endorsements. This of course, is why Gavaskar, Botham and West Indies Captain Alvin Kallicharran have resisted Packer’s overtures so far.Incidentally, if a compromise between Packer and non-Packer cricket is not reached, enterprising Indian businessmen could consider hiring out large sports fields not directly controlled by the Indian cricket board (there is one in every major city – even a football stadium would do) and inviting Packer to play five Super Tests in the country. The participation of men like Viv Richards, Greg Chappell, Denis Lillee, Garth Le Roux and Mike Proctor would ensure sell-out crowds at every venue – and a healthy profit for the sponsors.last_img read more