I’m terrible at remembering names. Absolutely terrible at it. If I ran into you in public and you told me your name, I’d likely forget it by the time I said my own name to you. I know that’s bad, and I’m sure trying to improve, but it’s a little problem I have … one that doesn’t seem so terribly uncommon, either.
There’s something that should be a solution for this: your address book or contacts manager. Odds are, your favorite email app lets you manage contacts right inside of it, and you likely already sync it to the address book app on your smartphone and computer. Contacts managers are pretty important, after all: if you can’t remember names, you’ll definitely not remember email addresses, mailing addresses, and everything you else you should remember about everyone you need to keep in touch with.
Truth is, though, I’m terrible about keeping my contacts list cleaned up. I’ll save phone numbers on my phone, emails on my Mac, and totally forget to merge the duplicate contacts. Then, I’ve got contacts for businesses I’ll never need again. It’s quite a mess.
How about you? Do you keep your address book organized? Do you have any tips for keeping your address book from being a total mess? If so, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
It’s always assumed that 37signals’ Basecamp is the father of all project management apps. As such, it’s only natural for new apps that tackle the task to sprout up around the web, all hoping for a chance at taking the title. Whether it be creating an incredible interface to challenge that of its rivals or making the move of offering access to the app for incredibly cheap (or even free), these apps all try and bring something new to the table.
Over the past few years as a Software Engineer, I’ve worked on several Enterprise grade projects. That means tight, ridiculous deadlines on our part. When that happens, no one, QA leads included, cares about quality as long as your code is in the code base on time. No, the regret comes later when all hell break loose.
Once I worked with a guy who checked in some half-cooked code just to close the issue for then before it sets the alarm bell ringing within. However, that particular piece of code completely went on to run for hours and blew up in our face when the app went live. By then a slew of modules were built over this, and we (cough I cough) had to revisit it later on, make numerous changes to the design before that flow was usable. In this process we wasted several thousand dollars which could have been avoided if we had some sort of process in place. Sadly, most of the software world works the same way.
Big Deal! Hire a performance guy and optimize the DB performance, some might suggest. As valid as the idea is, not all bottlenecks are I/O related, though traditionally this is where most applications fail. It could be due to a poor coding as well or lack of sufficient hardware power. NewRelic is a service which analyses these issues and help you optimize your product. Does it work? Join me after the jump to find out.
Most of us have a lot we need to do each day. We need a way to record everything that needs to be done, and be reminded with our tasks are due. In the past, people would have used a diary or a notepad, but nowadays we need something more sophisticated to keep up with our bustling lives.
For a while now, I have been looking for the best app for this, and while there’s many nice ones, I never could find the perfect app for me. That is, until a few weeks ago I discovered Cloudship, an app which looked as good as it performed — for me this was the perfect application.
Two weeks on and I’m using Cloudship everyday to manage and organize my everyday life. Read on to find out where Cloudship can fit into your everyday life.
Our sponsor this week is Online Logo Maker, a new, free web tool created to help people create logos, without the need of design skills or expensive software.
All you’ll need is a browser with Flash player installed, and you can quickly put together a basic logo using any of their 200+ included symbols or your own image. You can move, rotate, or resize anything, add shadows, and set any object’s location. You can then add text with a variety of included fonts to make your branding more personalized.
It’s a simple tool that helps you make a basic logo online. Check out the Online Logo Maker tutorial for more info on its features before you get started.
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It’s easy to take the Online Logo Maker for a spin and see if it’ll work for your needs. Just head over to their site, click the link on the bottom of the page to try it out, then signup for free with your email address, Twitter, or Facebook account to keep using it. If you only need a simple logo, it’s a quick online tool that just might fit your needs.
Web apps can be confusing, but with so many of them out there, there’s bound to either be one that’ll fit your needs, or a way to make your favorite ones work better. Last week, we asked for your questions about web apps, and we’ve gotten two great questions so far.
Our reader Melissa asked if we knew of a “to-do list app that offers a nice clean interface, is fast and easy to use, allows for shared tasks, and has an iPhone app that syncs.” She’s already found Flow to be nice but pricey, Wunderlist to be a lot slower in entering tasks and syncing, and Todoist to be great but has no task sharing.
Then, our reader Jussie finds YouTube to be a bit messy for managing video channel subscriptions, and wanted a nicer web app to manage video subscriptions.
Keep reading after the break for our ideas for each of these problems! (more…)