When you’re working in a large team — especially in a distributed large environment — communication is key. You need every member of the team to know what’s happening and you also want them to get to know each other better. A central place to chat becomes the obvious solution.
Having worked on several such teams, I’ve been part of various implementations of this solution. There’s Google Talk (now Hangouts) which many prefer; there’s WhatsApp for a phone chat; and one former employer had an IRC chatroom.
But what you need is something that offers a great, professional chatroom, works perfectly on web and mobile, and is persistent — that is, anyone who logs in should be able to see all the messages since the inception of the room.
Creating a personal website can wind up being more trouble than its worth. And as for maintaining one? Well, things can get expensive. Even a basic set-up of a simple blog is likely to lack luster in the design department.
You could use WordPress or Blogger as a free alternative, sure. But Storyboard.me offers something much more stylish, chic and powerful for telling the world who you are.
The company aim their service as individuals and small business who want to portray who they are and what their brand stands for. It’s already becoming a hit with artists and writers, but would it work for you? (more…)
We talked earlier this week about our waning trust in Google. They've killed so many products — Wave, Reader, free Apps for Domains — that it's becoming harder to trust them to keep stuff running. It's one thing to keep using their products we're already used to, but trusting something new from Google? That takes a bit of a leap of faith.
We don't expect to see Docs or Gmail to disappear anytime soon, and if Google Search disappears you'll know the end is nigh. But what about their less popular products? Could Google+ get killed, despite how hard Google's tried with it? How about Feedburner, or Blogger? Or will they finally pull the plug on Orkut? AppleInsider even speculated that Android might get left behind in lieu of Chrome, a move that'd be shocking to say the least. But these days, anything's believable it seems.
We can't predict the future, but it's sure fun trying. So let us know what Google product you think will get killed next. My money's on Feedburner, as much as I'd hate to see it go. Yours?
Being able to publish something on the web has now become easier than ever. You have a wide variety of publishing platforms that you can post pictures, videos, blogs, and more. The hard part for developers that are looking to create a publishing application is that at this point, they are really running up against some very stiff competition. You have the giants like WordPress, Tumblr, and to some degree Squarespace. Then you have other mediums like Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking tools that you can use. So how does one get into this crowded field and still make some noise?
Well, to start with, you have to be different than the rest. You have to be able to meet a need that these platforms are not. At this point, that is very hard to do, but not impossible. There are developers all the time still trying to meet a need out there for those that want to share things on the web. I say all of this because today I am reviewing Marquee, which is a blogging platform that is just starting out. I have been able to use it for a bit, and I am trying to decide if it really stands out or not so that it can make itself successful. Let’s take a look at it more in depth and see.
Google’s an interesting company. They have one cash cow — their namesake search engine and its ads — that, for the most part, fuels all the rest of their projects. But that hasn’t stopped them from taking on ambitious projects; if anything, it drives their creativity into places few else would date to invest.
So, they set out to do projects that make their April Fools’ jokes seem plausible. They drive cars around practically every part of the inhabited planet to take 360° photos of storefronts and trees and traffic. They build a new browser, then try to take on the giant in Redmond by turning said browser into a laptop OS, and a Mac Mini replacement, and a smart TV killer. They buy out a smartphone OS, and take on Apple directly by giving it away for free (mostly, anyhow). They design self-driving cars (but so far aren’t giving them away). And, now they’re apparently trying to disrupt the mobile OS market they already own with smart glasses. If Apple salutes the crazy ones, they’d certainly have to salute Google.
But now we’re stoping to wonder: is Google crazy, or crazy like a fox — and a rather devious fox at that?
We all use mathematics in our every day lives, be it to a greater or lesser extent. you might add up your change to pay for that coffee, or you might calculate the best value for money when faced with a couple of options, or you might use it to calculate your spending budget for each week. These are all basic uses of maths that can be done in your head or on paper. But what if you need more calculation power? What if you need to calculate and display complex functions? Well, then you need a Computer Algebra System (CAS), and Mathics is one of the best — for free.
Mathics can be used by anybody, but those who use it for more complex calculations, for work or study for example, are the ones who will most benefit from it. They will likely need a way to display, calculate and share their formulae, calculations and workings. This is where Mathics.org comes into its own with an online interface and powerful backend. (more…)
Everyone wants something different to happen when they hit that little “New Tab” icon or press Ctrl+T. Chrome already has a pretty nifty ‘speed dial’ page with recently visited or favourite sites. Some of us want a version of that on steroids, like with Speed Dial 2.
Consider what you usually start a new tab for. It’s either to check one of your social networks (that post on Facebook, the snarky comment on Twitter or what your friend just ate on Instagram), see the latest updates in some of your favourite sites, or just check a file in your Dropbox or Google Drive.
OneFeed wants to put all of that data in a one-glance spot when you hit that New Tab button. It’s ingenious, and yet, I really don’t know why no one thought of this before. After using it for a little over two weeks, now when I hit Ctrl+T, I no longer rush to type out an address in the URL bar — I actually look at the page so that I’m saved typing or a click.
And there’s a lot more awesomeness under the hood. (more…)