Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
In last couple of weeks I have become huge fan of Android not just because it's open source but convenience to have my total mobile data sync with my Google account is just amazing. Now practically I do most of my communication work including Email, calendar, appointment, tweet, Facebook, blog (including this post), office documents, navigation, translate, network management... from my Android driven phone. But knowing all my information is backed up in my Google account is a big relief.
Specially now a days when we are being tormented with the thoughts of natural disaster & not to mention fear of losing the phone - moving to cloud seems to be only logical answer. There was a time when we used to backup physically our data and used to carry back home. But recent disasters clearly pointed out that those physical backup could not save important data. Having them across the servers in several countries over the cloud solves this issue.
For small businesses having access to Google Apps & Android driven device - you can streamline your cloud experience & make sure your business data is safe from natural disasters.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Monday, November 29, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Typekit with option to embed stylish fonts. Followed by Ascender. Over the period of time Typekit became the most popular webfont service provider. Large companies including Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Twitter, Harvard Business Review and many more became their client. Font plays a major role in branding and marketing. Besides that able to see sites in different stylish fonts makes them attractive as well. How long web visitor is going to be tied up with Arial, Verdana, Trebuchet and other similar traditional fonts. I have nothing against them but as a human we crave to see something different and creative. But due to price and packages offered by those existing companies made webfonts bit of a expensive game.
Good news is Google has entered the market and they have created webfont library to be used free of cost! Yes it's right - FREE. Google has listened to so many creative developers wishlist and have created the API's which can be easily embedded to any site. Have a look at this test page I have created. It displays three of my favourite fonts currently available in the library. I have used two methods of embedding the fonts. One is very very simple and the other one I would say simple.
page I have created which has one my favourite font Tangarine with shadow. That's only the beginning of what you can do with the Font API and CSS.
As Google said - The Google Font API helps you add web fonts to any web page. Benefits of the Google Font API include:
- A choice of high quality open source fonts.
- Works in most browsers.
- Extremely easy to use.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
When it comes to money management I am totally pathetic. I am the perfect person for retailers who can be easily mesmerised by their typical marketing campaigns. But couple of months back I realised it’s time to stop thinking about the latest and greatest stuffs that comes out in the market and start looking at my life more seriously. You might be saying – oh yeah … at the age of 39 you are getting serious!! But hey it’s better late than never and I don’t want to look back at my financial disaster at the age of 65. But why I am blabbering about this cause I believe I am not the only one who is in this situation but many others. Most of them might be in their early 30s or late 20s and thinking that I am too young to think seriously about my financial plans. I thought in that same direction and I realised today I should have really stick to tight stringiest spending habit. The Superannuation here in New Zealand is so bare minimum that surviving on it would be a nightmare. By the time you have reached that age you should have investment income which will pay for your council taxes, bills and other expenditures.
I did not mention anything about having good time – say you want to travel or hang out in restaurants or pubs from time to time then you obviously need to have access to cash in-flow either from fixed deposits or some less effortless income. If you want to continue taking some tension then obviously you can go on investing in shares or debentures.
I don’t want to point out that nowadays people all around the world has found out as a family they can financially be better off if everyone does their part to chip-in for family financial freedom. Two earnings are always better than one and can help anyone reach their goal much earlier than anticipated. Besides that – financial institutions feels safer to lend you out when they see two source or more of earnings. I guess I have blabbered enough and I am pretty sure what I mentioned is common sense and everyone knows about it. But knowing all about it is no answer. To act and react accordingly is much more important thing.
Every bank nowadays features different sorts of financial planning and step by step articles on their websites. Tell me honestly, have you ever paid any attention to those articles. Like me – you probably visit the bank site only to do your online banking. But other day I stopped and read couple of articles. Some of them are brilliant. In my opinion ASB Bank’s website stands out from most for not only online facilities but the quality of articles. Pay a visit to their site even if you are not their customer. You can check their website at www.asb.co.nz.
Next best thing in sorting your financial plan is SORTED.ORG.NZ. The idea of the site is brilliant and it was born to teach Kiwis about something called financial goal. Gradually over the last several years the site matured and has been judged one of the best personal monetary management site. The articles and calculators are just brilliant. Go check them out and do a personal finance health check. You can find SORTED at www.sorted.org.nz.
SORTED will guide you about making your plan – but there is a site which has taken the teachings of SORTED to next level. I am talking about Uncle Percy financial site. The design and approach of the site very soothing – which I guess is important specially when you start talking about saving money and control the habits of spending more than you can afford! Anyway – the site actually helps you to reach your goal by creating a plan then tying that plan to your actual bank account so that there’s a forced savings. The money taken out from your account lands up in your account at Uncle Percy’s. Which by the way gradually grows and if you stick to it – on the stipulated time you reach your goal. Pay a visit to Uncle Percy at www.unclepercy.co.nz.
Hope I have shade some lights for people like me. If you have anymore sites in mind please do share.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I started thinking and realised yes - only way to get to my target audience and making sure I am reachable or "alive" is by making myself visible in the digital world. Every company now wants to target socail "networkers" and this whole rush to get the target audience has given birth to consultants like my friend. Question is does it really work? Well it's simple - most of us gets carried away by so called "good deals" and if it's presented in a right way then - BAM!!! You are bought! Just like the supermarkets - where goods are presented in such a way you tend to buy stuffs which you don't even need. As for creative people giving inside peak to upcoming work can actually create quite an interest among your fans.
Well from now on I will share my thoughts on anything - software, hardware, creative work, social chat, technology, environment... whichever I feel discussing... I hope my discussions will help you think about issues and resolve some of the confussions.