Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top 5 Cloud Apps for Better Web Development

Web development is a difficult task which requires commitment and strategy to get through the daily operations and emerge successful in the profession. It is a distinct line of work that necessitates individuals to be creative a have a unique perspective unlike other careers. Due to the need to be creative in the development of web content, the developers may encounter various challenges and such include:

1.Having a controlled and environment for working and so that they can exercise their creativity. This is important because it is not easy for people to have a precise determined place where their productivity is at its peak. This therefore means that working from places where they are uncomfortable may lead to slow productivity. On the other hand, there are places that may prove very useful such that there is increase in viable idea generation.

2. Web development also becomes challenging where specific content is required such that arrangement and organization is precise. For example, it can be very difficult at sometimes to orient data to the client's specifications due to user interface problems hence their work is termed substandard.

3. Problems also arise when there is miscommunication and therefore file sharing with relevant teams is broken. This is something that bothers most developers especially when they are on the move (away from a computer) hence delaying sharing of the work. There is also the fact that humans are prone to forget things and especially ideas that only pop up at random times sometimes even in the middle of the night. Instructions also that the client has highlighted, if not noted down appropriately, may be lost and flaw the outcome. In cases where the developers are travelling or are tied up somewhere and need to deliver photo edits urgently, lacking access to a machine may spell disaster. This is because they will only rush things to deliver content that is undesirable to the user and hence lose a prospective client.

On a positive note, these are challenges that can easily be overcome by use of specific applications including

This is a great app for all developer photo needs as it provides all the tools for editing photos directly on a developer's handheld device. It's a free app.

2. Dropbox
When it comes to storage of important files and sharing, there is no better alternative to this app as it offers great providence of space and user options. This is a free app with subscription for storage.

3. Codeanywhere
This is particularly handy app which offers users the privilege of working on codes within their phone's browser and therefore saves time. The small price is a worthy cause for the efficiency it offers.

4. Gridfox
This is an extension app that allows user to link to their Firefox browser and to get better web page renditions and the convenience of aligning according to their preference. There are no charges for this addon.

5. Evernote
Evernote serves as digital book for all the idea collection needs that the developer has. It allows quick putting down of points in the form of text, audio and images making its very reliable as a web developer handy tool. It is a free app with subscriptions for additional features.

Author Bio:
My friend Biljana is a tech blogger and a writing publishing useful information for  web design and development professionals as well as latest news on virtual machine apps implementation for improved project performance.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Project Management in Cloud Using Trello: Benefits to Managers in the UK

The cloud remains dominant in terms of software and document distribution, and there are an increasing number of online solutions that enable managers to run their projects in a timely and efficient manner. Trello is a prominent example of this technology, which uses cloud principles to connect business owners and contractors regardless of where they are situated in the world. With this in mind, what are the exact benefits of Trello and how can it allow businesses to operate more proficiently while reducing it’s costs?
  • Real Time Interaction and Document Sharing: In days gone by, sharing documents was an all too complicated process, and the reliance of flawed technology such as fax machines and post often incurred delays that could significantly delay a project’s completion. With Trello, documents and information can be shared in real time, and collaborators can interact live and maximize the efficiency of any individual project.
  • An Innovative and Flexible Online Solution: The purpose of technology is to provide flexible and innovative solutions to problems, and this has been relevant throughout numerous niche sectors and industries. Just as firms such as Ukhost4U have delivered evolving web hosting solutions to clients, so too Trello has emerged as a malleable tool that can be used to house multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Cost Effective Project Management: Given the tough and unforgiving economic climate, it is little wonder that businesses nationwide are striving hard to save money and minimize their monthly costs. Trello allows them to do this effectively, as project managers and coordinators require far less equipment and staff to share documents, distribute tasks and ultimately complete a project in it’s entirety.
Trello is a tremendously purposeful and resourceful online tool, and is continuing to revolutionize project management in the UK. As the above video showcases, it is also simple to use and as open source software also free to access and install for small, medium and large businesses alike.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

How Cloud Computing Has Changed Media Devices

Teachers used to tell their students to get their heads out of the clouds during the busy school day, and employers always dread those employees who seem to have their heads in the clouds as well. The irony comes that due to today's increasingly digital world, the place you want your students and employees to be is "in the cloud". Of course, this refers to the digital cloud of computing. This is the "virtual" storage world where documents, media, movies and photos are all held in a server through a cloud-based computing facility, freeing up storage on media devices as well as allowing near instant access anywhere in the world to the documents and files.

These days it seems everyone is getting in on the "cloud" action. Apple with iTunes, and iCloud. Microsoft with Azure, and MS music (formerly Zune). Amazon with their cloud storage services for music, and pictures. Heck, even Newegg has a cloud service aimed at the consumer level. They entice you with a newegg coupon code for discounted rates to bring you in, and get you hooked. It seems like you can't get away from them. Clouds really are the future of media storage, and consumption. 

What does all this cloud activity adds up to? It means that it has truly changed the game with media devices such as smartphones, iPads and tablets, and laptop computers. One of the biggest changes is the ability to keep and store files in perpetuity without having them bog down or clog up valuable hard-drive space on the media devices. By uploading the old data and files into the cloud, the user gets access to it without having to store it on a personal hard-drive. This allows manufacturers to bring down the size, and weight of a device, which in turn brings down the cost of our favorite gadgets. 

Cloud-based computing has also changed the game for some media devices by usurping what used to be the job of your friendly neighborhood geek pal. This job is now the cloud-based computing service's responsibility. There is no need for complicated and demanding mass storage or networking permissions systems to be set up. With a simple uploading through Wi-Fi or Internet streaming, all data and files are shared and accessed on a variety of home media devices. No more panic attacks when your laptop hard drive crashes, or dreading data/music transfers to a new phone or tablet. Not only is everything within easy reach, via cloud storage, it is at a fraction of a cost of your old set up.

For families and friends, cloud services allow large video and photo transfers to take place without long up- and download times. This allows a mother to take a video or photo of her children with her camera phone, upload it to Facebook or Google+, and share it with Grandma and Grandpa for almost instant viewing. No more waiting for holiday gatherings to share home videos or photos. This brings families and friends together, even if they live across the country or globe. 

The biggest change is for those who love watching movies or TV on their media devices. Cloud systems allow instant streaming of enormous databases of cloud-stored shows and movies. This means access to huge media libraries, without even being home. Watching from home is getting easier too. With new "smart TVs" there is no need for complicated networking to get your PC hooked up to your TV. They come with built in WiFi, so just plug in your network password, and head out to your favorite cloud service like Amazon, or Netflix.  MP3s changed how we get, and listen to our music. I predict the same with happen with the DVD/Blu-ray market. Sony may have won the HD format war with their Blu-ray product, but they are already on their way to being extinct. Why would you buy a DVD/Blu-ray, when you can order a digital copy online, store it in a cloud service, watch it anywhere, and never have to worry about your kids damaging the disk?

These are just a few ways that cloud storage has change how we expect our latest media devices to work. How have cloud services change how you use your media devices?

My friend Eric Cedric is a technology lover and die hard Mac user. He recently switched over to cloud based storage and is using it as he continues his worldwide travels and adventures.

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