Adaptability

first_imgAsterisk: “…the one thing every Web professional needs, regardless of their main job function, be that IA, Design, Development, what-have-you is adaptability. You know, the ability to wing it.”In New Zealand we have a similar concept called No. 8 Wire mentality, or “kiwi ingenuity” – based on the architypal New Zealand farmer who can invent or fix anything with a trusty piece of no. 8 gauge fencing wire!It also reminds me of the Web’s “View Source” principle. To see how a webpage was created, wanna-be developers can click on “View Source” in their web browser, copy and paste the code into their own editing environment, and modify it to create something new. In other words, adapt an existing thing to your own unique requirements.Hmmm, back to the kiwi connection. Recently New Zealand celebrated the 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Mt Everest. In a tv interview this year, Hillary spoke about some characteristics that he identifies with as a person and as a New Zealander: determination, innovation, competitiveness, and being “not smooth” (in terms of suaveness). Sir Edmund’s advice to young people today: learn from older people, look at what they achieved, build on that, and “do your own thing”. Adapt and create. Tags:#web richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Web Apps are the new black

first_imgrichard macmanus Rands in Repose has written thebest post about web apps I’ve read this year. I’ll pick out the highlights here and finish with some thoughts on re-inventing the page metaphor. Alsoyou may want to check out the Web Apps Compendium v1.0, agreat attempt at listing out all the main web apps on the Web today. What is a web app? Simply defined, it’s a software program that runs in a Web browser(proper definition here).What are they good for? Rands explains that there are two main advantages of webapplications: 1) Zero installation and no upgrades for the user.2) Access anywhere with an Internet connection (which Rands terms “no baggage”)The main benefits of web apps then are: they’re cheap to maintain and they empowerusers. So why, Rands asks, “aren’t they everywhere?”Good question, but then I’ve met loads of developers who still think web apps are toolimited in functionality, compared to desktop apps (applications you install on your PC).And that really is the main drawback of web apps – they’re constrained by the limitationsof the browser. But wait, Rands might say – this is where Ajax comes in. I like Rands’ concise definition of Ajax: “improved interactivity within web pages”.He believes that due to Ajax, “the interface of web applications can vastly exceed yourexpectations.” That’s certainly true of Gmail andGoogle Maps, still the two quintessential Ajaxapps. One thing I’m wondering though: with all the current activities aroundsynchronization for desktop apps, is that lessening the gap between desktop appsand web apps in terms of “no baggage”? When I say synchronization, I mean desktop appsthat use Internet connectivity to allow users to synch their data over more than one PCor application – which solves the “access anywhere” issue for desktop apps. An example isNewsgator Online. I’d beinterested in hearing some developers opinions on that…We’re Not in Pages Anymore, Toto!The best part of Rands’ essay, for me, was this statement:“Stop thinking of a web application as a collection of pages.The back button is not a bug in Ajax, it’s a flaw in the browser metaphor.”This was one of the themes of the Web 2.0 for Designersarticle I co-wrote recently with Josh Porter. We wrotethat the Web is no longer a collection of “pages”, but a flow of“microcontent” units distributed over dozens of domains. Rands refers to“objects” instead of microcontent, because he’s talking about web apps in a programmaticsense. I’m looking at it more from an information unit sense. But we’re essentially onthe same, er… page.In summary – web apps today are aggregators, remixers, search interfaces, tagging andbookmarking apps, news services, and much more. It’s all microcontent and so I have toagree with Rands and say that the back button is less relevant in web apps today. Oftenwe don’t want to go back to the previous page – we want to re-aggregate information, orre-contextualize, or do another search, or remix data, etc. In Web 2.0 we need aninteraction framework that overcomes the “page” metaphor and recognizes that we’redealing in much smaller and more fluid units of information. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#web#Web Development last_img read more

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Microsoft Gaze: This Might be Worse than Snap

first_imgDo you remember those annoying Snap.com popups that have thankfully disappeared from most blogs again? Don’t be too happy about that yet, because Microsoft is about to release a very similar product name Gaze. Gaze, which is set to launch on April 15th, will provide contextual ads based on keywords in the content of a site. Just like Snap, Gaze will underline keywords on a web page and will pop up a small box with ads and additional information about the keyword whenever you hover over it.Todd Bishop, who alerted us to this announcement, has done some additional sleuthing and found out that Microsoft hasn’t yet registered the trademarks for most of the terms that Mario Esposito, an adCenter Labs program manager, uses in the announcement of this new product. However, given that the beta program runs under the Microsoft Advertising banner, Bishop assumes “that this is more than just a research project.” We tried to install the Gaze code on our own websites, but it didn’t pick up on any keywords yet. This is no surprise though, given that the beta only supports two content types right now: celebrities and travel. We were able to try out the back-end of Gaze, however. The site allows content producers to heavily customize the user experience. You can, for example, choose whether the popup box is activated when users hover over it, or only once they actually click on the link. You can also change the color of the popup box, and manipulate when and where the popups appear.When Snap’s popups first appeared in 2007, they were generally considered to be highly annoying and many users argued that they ruined the reading experience. Since then, Snap has toned things down a bit, but Gaze looks like a throwback to the old Snap experience. Other companies, like Panels.net, are trying to implement similar ideas. There are definitely situations where these popup boxes can be quite helpful – stock quotes, for example – but most readers never really warmed up to the idea of popup info boxes. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#advertising#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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See Where the Industry Is Going at RILA Retail Asset Protection Conference 2018

first_imgThe Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Retail Asset Protection Conference 2018 has kicked off in Orlando, FL, for another exciting event connecting AP professionals. With its tagline theme of “Growth. Relevance. Influence.”, the event aims to encourage collaboration among retail leaders to identify and solve the loss prevention community’s biggest challenges.Meetings on Sunday, April 29 marked the beginning of the event, with RILA members participating in pre-conference gatherings for the Asset Protection Leaders Council and Workplace Safety Committee. (Learn more in “RILA’s Asset Protection Leaders Council,” Part I and Part II, from the March-April issue of LP Magazine).On Sunday evening, an outdoor welcome reception invited attendees to network and get acquainted (or reacquainted) with other AP pros.- Sponsor – The opening keynote today, April 30, will feature Rankin Gasaway, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for 7-Eleven, who will speak about “Accepting Chaos, Returning Order: Leadership in Action.” The agenda that follows promises to be a busy and inspiring one, featuring 35+ interactive sessions and seven breakout tracks so that attendees may participate in the particular sessions most relevant to them.Last year’s successful event in New Orleans saw over 1,000 executives and leaders from the retail loss prevention industry. Now, the 2018 event is shaping up to be a great experience for all. Look for LPM’s exclusive Day One recap coverage in tomorrow’s Insider. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Team LeBron tops Team Stephen in thrilling All-Star Game

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid LeBron James sinks a basket during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, February 18, 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BeckLOS ANGELES — LeBron James picked a winner in the NBA All-Star Game.James scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT For the first time in the 67 editions of the All-Star Game, the league abandoned the traditional East-West format used since 1951 and allowed team captains James and Stephen Curry to choose their own rosters.That twist turned a sometimes staid event into the world’s richest pickup game, and the intrigue was reflected on the Staples Center court, where a real basketball game broke out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLeBron’s team even won an All-Star game with defense: On the final possession, James and Kevin Durant blanketed Curry, preventing the 3-point-shooting superstar from getting off a potential tying shot.“I think myself and Stephen took it upon ourselves when we took on this format that we had to change the way this game was played,” said James, who also had 10 rebounds and eight assists. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Hollywood turns out for NBA All-Star Game in LA SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusivescenter_img MOST READ THE ABSENTLeBron lost four of his original selections to injuries, including Cleveland teammate Kevin Love, Kristaps Porzingis and John Wall. Anthony Davis represented his fellow New Orleans All-Star, DeMarcus Cousins, by wearing Cousins’ No. 0 jersey to start the game.HOLLYWOOD HOME GAMEThe All-Star weekend was held in Hollywood for a record sixth time. A partial list of celebrities attending the game: Jack Nicholson, Beyonce, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Jimmy Kimmel, Michael B. Jordan, Chris Rock, Ludacris, Common, Spike Lee, Andy Garcia, Dave Chappelle, DJ Khaled, Tracy Morgan, Sean Combs, Odell Beckham Jr. and pregame host Kevin Hart, who lobbed roast-style jokes at the All-Stars with mostly blah results. After a much-criticized pregame national anthem from Fergie, N.E.R.D and Migos performed an energizing halftime show.MANY MISSESThe All-Stars’ 3-point accuracy was hardly world-class, with Artesia High School’s Harden going 2 for 13 and Leuzinger High’s Westbrook going 1 for 6. Team Steph was a combined 17 for 65 beyond the arc, including 3-for-11 for Curry.UP NEXTThe 68th NBA All-Star Game will be in Charlotte on Feb. 17, 2019. North Carolina was scheduled to host the 2017 All-Star Game, but lost it in July 2016 because of the state legislature’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which is considered by many to be discriminatory. Hornets owner Michael Jordan got a standing ovation when he appeared at center court alongside Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer to reveal the logo for next year’s game. The All-Stars’ shooting percentages and final scores were way down from recent seasons, reflecting the effort on the floor. The relaxed All-Star vibe was still at Staples, however: Curry chowed down on a box of popcorn on the bench during the third quarter, and the stars made time and room for plenty of good-looking dunks and alley-oops.Each member of the winning team made a cool $100,000, a distinct raise from previous seasons in another attempt to make things more interesting.The All-Star draft led to interesting dynamics on court.Curry chose his Golden State teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, but the trio had to play against Durant. James also chose Oklahoma City duo Westbrook and Paul George to play along with Kyrie Irving, who forced a trade away from James in Cleveland just last summer.Irving and James had no obvious friction, even laughing and joking on the bench. Neither did Durant and Westbrook, who broke up in 2016 when Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State.TIP-INSTEAM STEPHEN: DeRozan and Damian Lillard led with 21 points apiece. … Jimmy Butler didn’t play after being selected for the fourth time. … First-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns was outstanding. The Minnesota forward with 17 points and 10 reobunds.TEAM LEBRON: Durant scored 19 points and George added 16. … Three first-time All-Stars suited up. Washington’s Bradley Beal scored 14 points, Miami’s Goran Dragic had two and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo got seven.LA LOVEThe All-Star Game featured no Lakers or Clippers, who share Staples Center during the regular season. But several All-Stars have Los Angeles roots, including area natives Paul George, Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden and Klay Thompson. George and James are coveted as offseason signings by Lakers fans, but there was no reprise of the “We want Paul!” chants for the Palmdale native after Saturday’s All-Star practice. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Both teams played defense for long stretches and contested many shots, with LeBron’s group even picking up full-court late in the first half. Team LeBron also rallied from a double-digit deficit in the final minutes, tying it at 144-144 on James’ 3-pointer with 1:31 to play.LA native DeMar DeRozan hit one free throw to put Team Steph ahead, but LeBron claimed the lead with his layup after some sharp passing by his teammates. DeRozan then made a turnover on an attempted pass to Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Russell Westbrook broke out for a layup with 10.7 seconds left.Team Steph had one last chance, but even the usually unguardable Curry couldn’t find enough space to launch a 3 between his fellow captain and Durant, his Golden State teammate. Curry finished with 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting.“We got stops when we needed to,” Westbrook said.Indeed.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoMan City threaten Real Madrid plans for River Plate midfielder Quintero

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City threaten Real Madrid plans for River Plate midfielder Quinteroby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are interested in River Plate midfielder Fernando Quintero.The Colombia international has been tracked by Real Madrid since the World Cup and been linked with a January move to Spain.However, Colombia’s Antena 2 says City are also interested in Quintero as manager Pep Guardiola seeks to expand his midfield options.Quintero is on-loan at River from Porto and helped the Argentines win the Copa Libertadores this month.The midfielder has also past experience in Italy with Pescara. last_img

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a month agoChelsea striker Abraham: Let’s take anger out on Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Abraham: Let’s take anger out on Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham says there’s no time to dwell on their Champions League defeat to Valencia.Abraham – who has emerged as Chelsea’s first-choice striker for the first time this season – played down the defeat and immediately looked ahead to Sunday’s game against Liverpool.”(Sunday) is a test of character. We can take our anger out against Liverpool,” he said at Stamford Bridge.”It’s a massive game and both teams will be going to win. We’ll look forward to putting (tonight’s defeat) right.”It’s still early doors (in the Champions League). We’re fuming we lost today. But there’s still five games to go – we just have to win our next five.”We’re obviously disappointed. We didn’t play our best football. Valencia came and stopped us playing the way we wanted so you have to give them credit.”We’re going to have a lot of ups and downs in a season. We’ve got to move on and not dwell on it.” last_img read more

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Canada Extends St Lawrence Seaway Management Deal

first_imgzoom The Government of Canada has agreed a five-year extension of a deal with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to manage, maintain and operate the St. Lawrence Seaway.The existing agreement is now extended until March 31, 2023, providing stability for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and the marine shipping industry.To ensure the Seaway continues to be positioned as a critical transportation corridor for North America, Transport Canada will conduct a review to examine further opportunities for increased economic and commercial development, the waterway’s competitiveness and sustainability, and the Seaway’s governance structure.In the coming months, Canadians, provincial and municipal governments, Indigenous communities, international partners, users and stakeholders will be invited to provide input on the future of the Seaway.“We look forward to our continued collaboration with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to ensure this strategic transportation corridor remains competitive now and in the future,” The Honourable Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport, said.last_img read more

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Commentary Not so fast NBA Draft Sullinger has some unfinished business

It’s that time of year again. College basketball is over and a flurry of underclassmen are forced to decide between a chance at millions of dollars in the NBA or returning for another year of school. Duke’s Kyrie Irving, Kansas’ Morris twins, Illinois’ Jereme Richmond, Pittsburgh’s Ashton Gibbs and UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt are among the growing list of players who will test the waters in the NBA. One name noticeably absent from the list is Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger. By all accounts, Sullinger was a guaranteed lottery pick; most mock drafts had him being selected somewhere in the top 10. But Sullinger made it clear after OSU’s 62-60 loss to Kentucky in the fourth round of the NCAA Tournament that he was coming back for another year at OSU. Following the loss, Sullinger sat in a somber locker room and said, “I’m going to be an Ohio State Buckeye next year. This isn’t why I came here, to come in here and see my seniors in here crying. I came here to win a national championship.” Some said Sullinger would waver on his decision. After all, how could anyone sit in front of his teammates after such a traumatic loss and say, “Well, it’s been fun, guys, but I’m off to bigger and better things. See you around?” But that’s not the case. Sullinger never budged. He was in that same locker-room situation just three years ago. During Sullinger’s sophomore year at Northland High School in Columbus, his team made it to the district semifinal game against Westerville South High School. He had a chance to make a run at a state championship. Before the game, Sullinger’s coach and father, Satch Sullinger, suspended his son for the game for slacking on academics. Northland lost. After the loss, Sullinger was left in a locker room full of depressed and disappointed seniors. Sound familiar? Sure, Sullinger wasn’t suspended for the Kentucky loss and, to be honest, was one of the major reasons OSU stayed in the game. But losing can leave a bad taste in your mouth. Sullinger said he can’t get rid of the taste. I think the taste was with him in the locker room following the game and that it’s with him right now. He can’t just rinse his mouth out, vanquish the taste and leave for the NBA feeling like a new man. That’s not the way he thinks. Sullinger is wired to do two things: win and do the little things to ensure success. He lost four total games in his high school career. He won an AAU national championship and an Ohio high school state championship his junior year, the year after he was suspended for the district semifinal game. He’s not winning by being the flashiest player on the court or because he’s freakishly athletic. Sullinger is big, and no one has the superb footwork he does. He is the guy who puts the ball off the glass instead of dunking and gets in the triple-threat position instead of dribbling between his legs. Sullinger wins by doing the little things everyone else thinks are secondary. Most NBA prospects don’t share that mindset, most have uncanny athletic ability and have been told from a very young age how exceptional they are. But Sullinger is not your typical NBA prospect. Instead of being praised as “the chosen one” or “the next (insert name of NBA star here),” Sullinger was being shoved to the asphalt by his two older brothers on the neighborhood court across the street from his home. He was being taught proper footwork at age 2. He was being called J.J. Sullinger’s “big, fat little brother,” by his future coach, Thad Matta, in 2006. The fact is, Sullinger never was allowed to get a big head because whenever it looked like he was getting cocky, his brothers or his dad, as evidence of the sophomore suspension, would put him in check. He’s as grounded as his 6-foot-9, 280-pound frame. I’m not sure Sullinger ever seriously considered the NBA. In his mind, I think two things were clear. First, he didn’t win a championship, which is his ultimate goal. Second, I think he would consider leaving an abandonment of doing the little things in order to achieve success. Leaving early would go against the fabric of Sullinger’s nature. Until he thinks he’s done everything he can to win, including all the little things, Sullinger won’t be satisfied. He’ll still have that bad taste in his mouth, which is a scary prospect for the rest of the college basketball world. read more

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