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windows 8 elite

It’s official I am now part of the Windows 8 Elite programme, as I managed to submit my application (FinnGo) to the Win8 Store before the official Win8 launch.

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Posted by admin - November 9, 2012 at 13:29

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Microsoft web servers slowing down?

Am I the only one to notice this – or is it localized to Finland?

Recently with the Windows 8 release and with the Build conference ongoing, Microsoft servers seem to be creaking under the load. If I log into the Windows 8 app store, it takes about 5-10 minutes for me to be spent my log in code.

Hopefully this is just temporary….

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Posted by admin - October 31, 2012 at 11:06

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Business Cards

New business = new identity = new cards

In all the startups & companies I’ve been part of, I’ve never had to do these myself. They are actually pretty expensive.
Anyway I eventually chose to use http://www.printsafari.com mainly because their bulk prices are good (especially for US people) and their interactive chat was so useful, even if they did keep calling me Dave and I had to use googletranslate on their German state and mark Finland as a county of Germany (some American web site designers need to study Europe a bit more). Took me about 1 week to sort out – but most of that is down to me being new. Runner up was http://www.print100.com.

To design the cards, I first started off with powerpoint (I am an ex-consultant after all :-)). However I eventually ended up using a trial copy of Adobe Illustrator. Actually once you get your head around the user interface, it has most of the same features as powerpoint (send to back, align, etc) as well as visio (with layers). Biggest challenge for me was handling alphas and I never did find the colour picking tool.

On the way I found an amazing artist: ruddall30.

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Posted by admin - October 26, 2012 at 21:06

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Win8 Hardware

I went to an MS conference here in Finland. As well as seeing the home screen of the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 (Nokia weren’t allowed to show anything else), I saw some of the OEM offerings for Win8. My favourite form factor is definitely the laptop combination where the screen slides off to become a tablet. I also definitely want Win8 Pro and not RT, so the first version of the Surface is a no-go.

Some of the machines in that area:
1. HP Envy X2. Upsides: guerilla glass, NFC, beats audio. Downside: 1.8GHz CPU and no USB 3.0 (unbelievable). Availability December 2012
2. Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro. Upside: USB3.0. Downside: very little information.
3. acer iconia w700 (W700P-6821). Upside: USB 3.0, full resolution
4. asus transformer book. Upside: i7, USB 3.0, full resolution
5. dell xps 12 or dell xps duo 12. I don’t like this form factor (I can imagine being hit quite hard on the head)

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Posted by admin - October 26, 2012 at 11:25

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Windows phone app fest wowzapp is open for registration

Grab your laptop and get ready to code apps for windows phone 8! For Finland, register here: http://www.microsoft.com/finland/wowzapp. This will be a global event with 24-hour support. Lucky we are in the land of the coffee addicts 🙂

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Posted by admin - October 23, 2012 at 10:03

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writing your own kindle book or self-publishing

One of my ideas has been to create my own book. I know what it would be called, I know most of the content – I just don’t know how to do it, nor have the time right now. Well part 1 solved thanks to Lisa Sabin-Wilson. She has a really good presentation on self-publishing at slideshare.

The 1 URL to remember: https://kdp.amazon.com (amazon even do a free book on how to self-publish).

Key notes are:
2 weeks for TOC
4 months for chapters
1-2 months of Author review by copy editors, tech editors, project editor (queries, phrasing, clarify, technical info)
roughly 6 months to write a book
chapters = 10-12 pp, 5-15 images
1 chapter = 5-8 hours
goal: 2-3 chapters per week
15-20 hours per week

plus think about: public speaking, interviews, book signings, webinars, guest blogging, marketing and promotion
plan for marketing, frequent reprints, future editions
communicate schedule

Some tools:
http://writer.zoho.com
http://lulu.com = iBookstore
http://createspace.com (amazon)

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Posted by admin - October 22, 2012 at 20:25

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Collaboration Software

Back in 2006 my old company invested in touch-sensitive whiteboards which we could use in meetings. However I never saw those being used across distributed, global locations. I think one of the reasons that face to face meetings don’t die (apart from being able to shake hands, look people in the eye, etc) is that it is so hard to share a virtual whiteboard such that everyone can draw on it. Here’s some solutions (not yet listed in priority order):

  • Conceptboard
  • Whiteboard Lite
  • cosketch.com
  • dabbleboard – stopped in August 2012
  • SyncSpace
  • ZigZag Board
  • LucidChart
  • Note: some of these are from: 5 Free Collaborative Whiteboard Apps For the iPad… you can go there for the links.

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    Posted by admin - October 21, 2012 at 13:38

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    Startup tools

    Sources of info: http://www.readwriteweb.com/start/2012/04/rww-recommends-the-startup-too.php

    1. Productivity Suites. Winners: Google Apps AND Microsoft Office
    2. Project Management/Tracking. Winner: BaseCamp, possibly MS Project for more complex stuff. Comments: Trello (www.trello.com), Minigroups, DeskAway (www.deskaway.com)
    3. Accounting. Winner: QuickBooks. Comments: Freshbooks
    4. File Sharing. Winner: Dropbox. Comments: GoogleDrive
    5. Payments. Winner: PayPal, possibly Recurly for recurring subscriptions
    6. Web Content Management. Winner: WordPress
    7. Support. Winner: Zendesk
    (from comments):
    8. Hiring, Submittable’s Resume Manager
    9. CRM. Zoho CRM – it’s very important for a start up to have a centralized place for managing clients, prospects, etc.
    10. Email. Rapportive. The info that it gives you in your inbox is so valuable. It brings emails to life 🙂

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    Posted by admin - October 21, 2012 at 13:29

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    Heatmap by Stuart Wider

    Follow on to my blogging reloaded post… in March (2012) I shelled out the 67USD for the professional version of Heatmap by Stuart Wider.

    (Apologies: loaded sentence coming up): I won’t do a Heatmap review or comparison, but definitely is not rubbish, nor is it a fraud or scam. (End loaded sentence). The only thing I could fault is that the last update (to v5.2) was done in October 2011, and there have been no updates since.

    In order to install I had to ask my web hoster how to do that. However they were really quick to reply and help me out.

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    Posted by admin - October 21, 2012 at 13:04

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    Improving Google SEO with Webmaster tools

    Google’s webmaster tools can provide you with an idea of how to optimize your website within google’s page ranking – need more info?

    And here’s the link for Microsoft/Bing webmaster tools and for Yahoo! Note Yahoo is now using Bing webmaster tools – is this a sign of things to come?

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    Posted by admin - October 21, 2012 at 12:26

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