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Archive for October, 2011

Web-service sends false hijack alarm

Monday, October 31st, 2011 by Servage
A few days ago, there were suddenly reports about a hijacking of an airplane over Europe. A flight from Istanbul to Copenhagen apparently used the transponder code 7500, which is the international standard for a hijacking-situation. The pilots can set this code, if possible, to silently alert air traffic control (how it works in practice, I'm not sure, because it seems this is even known by hijackers nowadays). The false alarm was triggered by a web-service called FlightRadar24, where enthusiasts can follow air traffic. With mobile apps it's even possible to simply point an iPhone in the direction of an airplane in the sky, and you can get information ...

Spotify now available in Denmark

Sunday, October 30th, 2011 by Servage
The music network Spotify is expanding, and is now also available in Denmark. Try this great service, which recently launched a much deeper integration with social media, allowing music to become a part of your browsing experience for instance on Facebook. If you're unfamiliar with Spotify, read their own description here: A world of music awaits Think of Spotify as your new music collection. Your library. Only this time your collection is vast: millions of tracks and counting. Spotify comes in all shapes and size, available for your PC, Mac, home audio system and mobile phone. Wherever you go, your music follows you. And because the music plays live, there’s no need to ...

Web-based fund raising

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 by Servage
Fund-raising isn't new, not even online. Nevertheless Bellstrike proves that even the seemingly saturated marketplace for online fundraisers still has room for innovation. And so does many other markets have room for your great idea too. Bellstrike was recently presented here: "In recent months we’ve seen several third party websites raise money for charities based on user’s online behaviour, but according to US company Bellstrike, only 27 percent of not-for-profit organizations collect donations online themselves. Bellstrike offer a free web design, build and hosting service to remove the hassle from online fundraising. Based in North Carolina, Bellstrike was started by Dodd Caldwell, Marshall Klickman and Sean Gaffney, who ...

HTML cheat sheet

Monday, October 24th, 2011 by Servage
I just stumbled over this great HTML cheat sheet and thought it might be of interest to many web developers. The creator describes "HTML 5 Visual Cheat Sheet is an useful cheat sheet for web designers and developers designed by me. This cheat sheet is essentially a simple visual grid with a list of all HTML tags and of their related attributes supported by HTML versions 4.01 and/or 5. The simple visual style I used to design this sheet allows you to find at a glance everything you are looking for." It's pretty useful for development, and helps you remember how to do things the right way, while still being quick ...

Store important data securely

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 by Servage
Yesterday you could read about the importance of using secure passwords, and a simple way to do it, with memorizable passwords. However, you may want to consider using extremely secure, random passwords, that differ for every user account you have. In that case you need some kind of password management software, that can store this information securely. One solution is 1Password, which offers client software for multiple devices, and syncing functionality via Dropbox. Passwords are store securely in an encrypted file, and can be uses in browsers via plugins. Furthermore you can store any kind of data, like your credit card information, or other files. On top of that 1Password is ...

Remember to use secure passwords

Monday, October 17th, 2011 by Servage
It seems that the increasing amount of accounts, logins, services, increases the amount of passwords to keep in mind dramatically. All too often you see people using too simple, or same passwords, for many important services. Therefore I would like to remind about the importance of secure passwords, like in a previous article here on the Servage Magazine. It's important to keep focus on this issue, so users are always reminded to increase their personal level of security. It’s easy for service providers to ask their users to use secure passwords. After all it is the user who is supposed to remember it. Obviously it is better for everyone if secure ...

Creating HTML5 templates quickly

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 by Servage
How often have you written the same code, starting an HTML document, writing the default tags, head, body, etc.? Initializer is a cool tool that helps you do this quickly and nicely. "Initializr is an HTML5 templates generator to help you getting started with an HTML5 project. It is built on HTML5 Boilerplate, a powerful HTML5 template created by Paul Irish and Divya Manian. Initializr will generate for you a clean customizable template based on Boilerplate with just what you need to start." It has three different modes. A quick one, where you get an empty basic template. An extended, with more options. And an advanced extended, where you have even more options. A ...

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, ...

Voice control for web apps?

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 by Servage
Artificial intelligence has been a matter of interest for the IT world in many years. Real cognitive thinking, performed by machines, is the goal, as depicted in various movies, like iRobot. With Apple's release of the new iPhone 4S, they are including their attempt of such a solution: Siri, the clever personal assistant. Speak to your device, and it will know how to help you. The presentation is pretty amazing, but will it really work? I guess we'll have to wait until the first reviews emerge. I've started thinking about when clever AI like this, will be implemented in regular websites and web apps. Speech recognition is not really the problem ...

Is your website ready for the new iPhone 4S?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 by Servage
Yesterday Apple unveiled it's new iPhone 4S. It is similar to the old iPhone 4, but features upgrades with camera and performance, while maintaining the design. In combination with the upcoming iOS5 and cloud services, Apple is lining up a serious upgrade to customers, offering even more functionality. "iPhone 4S plus iOS 5 plus iCloud is a breakthrough combination that makes the iPhone 4S the best iPhone ever," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "While our competitors try to imitate iPhone with a checklist of features, only iPhone can deliver these breakthrough innovations that work seamlessly together." Sales expectations are extremely high, and it continuous to validate ...