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Articles Tagged ‘software’

Who and what comes after Steve Jobs?

Monday, October 10th, 2011 by Servage
It's been impossible to miss, the news of Steve Jobs' passing away last week. A sad day for Apple, the technology world, and of course his family. "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," Mr. Cook said in a letter to employees. "We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much." Now, some days after, it is starting to be interesting to look ahead, and think about new trends and technologies. Steve Jobs was a genius, but he was also a man of a different time in computer history. He started out with building computers, ...

MacOS X Lion released with plenty of useful/less stuff

Thursday, July 21st, 2011 by Servage
Yesterday Apple released their newest operating system MacOS X Lion, sticking with yet another cat name in their operating system's X-era. Is it just me, or are there others out there, wondering when it changes the prefix? Anyway, it's an update from the old system Snow Leopard, with a whole lot of new stuff to explore. Some of it is really cool, innovative and useful. Some is not. Either way, it's a a good upgrade, and definitely worth the price of USD 29. Autosave and Versions. In my opinion this is the best new feature, with the largest potential. Basically apps can now save content automatically, and afterwards you can browse through ...

Dropbox alternatives for backup and syncing

Friday, July 1st, 2011 by Servage
Earlier I've been presenting Dropbox as a clever tool for backup and syncing files. However, Dropbox isn't the only app out there, and 10 good alternatives where described on techapp.com by Raju PP. You may want to consider any of the following as well. Dmailer Backup dmailer-backup Dmailer is also a free online file hosting solution. We can use the application on Windows and Mac operating systems and use it to backup as much as 2GB of data. The interface copies by default files from the Desktop, Documents, My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos folders. This makes restoration easier in case of data loss or corruption of operating system. So, in addition to being a cloud based file storage service, Dmailer is also a good live online backup solution too.

Are you still not taking advantage of smart backups?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 by Servage
dropboxI realized that many of my friends are still not aware of, or using, the smart new synchronization and backup applications available out there. So to all of you who might be in the same boat, I just want to remind you: Backups are good, synchronization is clever. It's even available for free. Don't wanna be in an "I told you so..."-situation, when your loose some important files some day! So please check out this previous article. It's really easy, and it could save your day. Ever since I started using a notebook I have had the same annoying problem that everyone else seems to have: How to go about syncing data between multiple ...

Making project management easier with BrixHQ

Monday, June 6th, 2011 by Servage
BrixHQ is a web-app helping you making agile project management and collaboration easy and cost effective. BrixHQ gives you a dashboard with a set of tools to help you. Adding and managing projects, tasks, users and reports is quite simple, and help you get started quickly. Some of the app's feature descriptions are gathered below.

TeamLab creates your corporate online portal

Saturday, May 28th, 2011 by Servage
Have you heard about online portals? Web-based customer relationship management? Marketing? Wikis? Document sharing? And many other tasks... TeamLab helps you get started with an online portal quickly, offering the most common features you need for good and efficient web-based collaboration. Main features Project Management. Set milestones, assign tasks and due dates. Track team activity and generate reports. Business Collaboration. Express ideas in blogs and forums. Share photos, bookmarks, wiki. Post polls and news. Document Editing. Create, edit, store and share documents with colleagues all in one place. Instant Messaging. Chat with your team members, set up conferences, receive "what's new" notifications. Customer Relationship Management. Manage, track and enhance your customer relations with a multi-functional system. Email. Send, receive and organize email messages right on your corporate portal. The ...

Easy and beautiful console app

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 by Servage
Hey, did you ever need to use a terminal client? There are many pieces of software for this purpose. Most do their job well, some don't. On Mac OSX I've been trying to get along with the default Terminal app, but I just doesn't cut it. Some years ago I stumbled over iTerm, which was an extended version of Terminal. It's good, but not goo enough. I like to use the Terminal here and there, quickly, not like a real standalone application, but just as a part of an existing workflow with other apps. Using the terminal is like using spotlight. It happens now and then, clean and fast. I ...

Improving your workflows

Saturday, May 14th, 2011 by Servage
There are many ways of doing this. Often there are even different ways that yield the same result, even at similar expenses. Sometimes there are also ways that drain resources. Working efficiently is not just something you accomplish here and now, by using smooth workflows, but a continuos process of optimizing the ways your team interacts and collaborates. Improving your workflows can significantly improve your results by increasing customer satisfaction and profit. It's not a new idea to improve workflows. Many ways are publicly discussed. There are also various tools that can assist you. This article will not describe this type of improvement from an academic or theoretical point of view, ...

Convert JavaScript apps into native mobile applications

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 by Servage
In the previous article I discussed the possibility to develop native feeling apps with web technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Today I will show you how to take this one step further, to create real native apps based on your web app, which you might have created for example with Sencha Touch. Now, I maintain my opinion that general technologies are to be preferred, and used to deploy on multiple platforms. Generally I am not a fan of developing custom apps for various platforms. It seems like doing the same thing over and over again. However, some functionality requires that you interact with the user device natively. You Sencha Touch ...

Keep your development safe with version control

Sunday, April 17th, 2011 by Servage
Version control is an important part of your business and code development process. It enables developers to work independently in isolated areas, implementing and testing new features, without disturbing other developers, or touching the precious live environemnt with customers. After succesfull testing version control systems allow you to submit code to the live environment, making it available for your customers. In the worst case scenario you can also roll-back code, if something unexpected happens. Alltogether version control is a tool used to enchace the development experience and quality of your product, by giving developers an agile work environment, but keeping the live systems safe. Beanstalk is a web-based code-hosting ...