Friday 31 December 2010

2011 and My Guesses for the Tech world

Well 2010 has nearly passed and with less than 9 hours remaining i thought i would get one last post in for the year.

As you can see it has not been a good year for my initial foray into blogging, this is mainly due to time and i have a new found respect for all the blogs and bloggers out there - its not easy. Also to note just slapping adsense on a page does not my you a millionaire over night nor does it grantee any form of income!

Right on with my predictions for 2011:

  • Mobile - its slowly been gaining traction with 2010 being a bit of break through year, helped mainly by Android (its every where). 2011 looks like this trend is not going to stop and i am hoping CES showcases some good phones as i want to change (Android i think). I also believe the fact large numbers of non developed countries have better mobile networks than fixed line means there is massive potential make money on a global scale with the right site or app. 
  • HTML5 and CSS3 - this is sort of connected to the above as webkit already allows the use of this technology. I am looking forward seeing more growth in the sites using this technology it allows for some really great functionality such as off-line storage so you really can continue looking at or using a web site off-line! I also feel it offers enough that you don't need a native app which should reduces cost and using software such as phonegap means you have the option to app your site after if needed. The launch of IE9 in 2011 could be the big break for this technology with IE still dominating the browser market (come on Chrome). 
  • Location - Location based services seemed to be popping up all over the place this year some great (forusquare, facebook places) others you have to wonder why. As location is such a fundamental part of life I can only see this continuing next year. Once advertisers have a detailed understanding of where you go / live / travel and combine that with what you do online ads are going to get really specific and tailored to you as an individual although i am still yet to find an ad platform that makes me want to click. I even discussed this at work deciding I was not a typical web user but then again perhaps the ads i click are really good?
  • Video - The web has come a long way since i first started using it, and i have noticed that photos / pictures are now regularly used on line where as 6 - 10 years ago it was mainly text. That's not to say i think sites are going to become more cluttered as the trend is towards clean, aesthetically pleasing designs. Following on from static imagery video is the next step Youtube is now the second largest search engine in the US and it is not just about user generated content any more i have watched a number of TV shows using it this year as well. 2011 is where i think more businesses will start to use video as a tool to market to consumers and provide a more personnel feel to their sites. Video is great for demos, reviews, ads and i think people are more willing to watch video than 500 word blog posts. Something else that will drive the explosion in video content is (once again) phones 3 years ago your phone was smart if it had a camera, today smart phones record in high definition and content can be load on to the internet at the push of a button. One channel a follow on Youtube publishes a lot of its content using just a Iphone 4! 
  • QR codes - OK this is a bit of a long shot but Qr codes provide a way for off-line to become on-line just by pointing a camera at a 2d bar code, i think this is great and until augmented reality becomes the norm in mobile devices. Just think about it you are reading a paper or magazine or see a bill board in the corner of the ad or page you spot a QR code point your phone at it and next thing you know your looking at the web page able to buy the product or find out more. This means no more having to remember long or short URLs and that stop at the station becomes slightly more interesting. 
Well that's it hopefully i have picked a number of dead certs you will notice i did not mention social media i think 2010 may have been the high point for it and 2011 will see it become just a part of a businesses / persons marketing strategy - digital media for 2011? 

Also a lot of my thoughts revolve around mobile devices, that because unlike computers / laptops i rarely meant someone who does not have a phone. They are a lot more personal and so offer better targeted advertising opportunities, people carry them almost every where a bit like house keys and there are not may things like that!

Hope 2010 has been good to you and lets hope 2010 is even better. 

Wednesday 23 June 2010

iOS 4 - update with Iphone 3G (issues)

Iphone 3G update issues - iOS 4

Well what a evening / night. Downloaded the iOS 4 update for my Iphone 3G yesterday and finally got round to trying to update it tonight. Its quiet a big update so have a cup of tea while its downloading.

Image: Time by John-Morgan

To begin with I went with the update option as usual but after 3 hours and it reporting to be backing up at exactly the same spot as it was previously decided  it was time to get some help.

Using Google and a search related to update times i came across a number of blogs with articles referencing the issue i was having. Below are the steps i tried and the eventual site which saved the day.

  • I tried switching to Airplane mode as i had read switching of the data services could work - No luck with this. 
  • Next up i removed all my images and music on the device having about 1.5 Gb left on my 8 GB device i though this would be a good bet as it should speed up the back time - Once again no luck.
  • Next I came across this article on Cultofmac. Basically its says you should restore and update! i would recommend doing a sync before trying this as my phone asked to restore once the update had completed setting it back up nicely as before. 

So far i have not really noticed to many changes and i guess this is down to the Iphone 3G being quiet old now. The integrated mail box is surprisingly useful and having threaded messages is a big improvement. Having places in the photo albums is quiet nice as well but you will need a wifi connection unless you want to wait around for Google Maps.

The Telegraph app is the only app which seems to crash at present but i am sure an update will be out soon for it as its one of my favourite news apps.

If anybody has any further tips please post on the comments!

Sunday 20 June 2010

GoogleCL - Command line goodness

GoogleCL posting from the command line

update -- As you can see its not that straight forward i thought i was setting up the post and then posting the article but ended up with 2 sort of posts on the same thing doh.


Well i recently read about Google CL (Command Line - ), this seems like a cool idea and being an Ubuntu fan decided to install it.

So here is my test post using it for the fisrt time! (see below for the example code i robber from the project site, hope they dont mind me re-posting it)

It was really straight forward to install using the deb package supplied on the project homepage and the example scripts look easy to use, hopefully i can do a bit more research and start to stream line so my tasks using it!

For those that dont know the Google CL comes with support for 'picasa', 'blogger', 'youtube', 'docs', 'contacts', 'calendar' and makes use of the gData python client libaries so you will need to install these as well.

Adding this with my recent experimentation with the google analytics api and excel i am really starting to get into the Google web services and the extra things you can do with them with a little bit of programming knowledge lets hope both the services and my knowledge keep improving.

Now fun stuff, how i used the example:

google blogger list title,url-site # List posts

google blogger post --tags "GoogleCL" --title "GoogleCL - Command line goodness" "GoogleCL posting from the command line"

google blogger post GoolgeCL_post.txt

Now run to the live site and check it worked!

Tuesday 8 June 2010

The Story So Far

The Story So Far... 
Well the blog has been up and running now for a few weeks and I am slowly learning that its not that simple! Much like the bee in the image below you have to work hard to get any where and I am going to have to start looking at spreading my wings to promote this site.

I am finding it difficult to really get going and where my niche is, I follow a lot of really good blogs and forums which offer great content. This seems to be an issue at present but I am hoping that with a little effort I can really start to get things going!

I am going to have think about my first real article to try and put something together.

At present SEO wise the May Day update is getting a lot of press but not really knowing a lot about that I think I'll give it a miss to begin with. 

Tuesday 25 May 2010

Android better for enterprise apps?

With the recent update to Android it got me thinking about apps and the enterprise as far as I understand it at present if you create an application it has to be published in the apps store meaning every one can take a look at it. It also means less control for businesses that want to develop back office applications specifically for in house software. 

With this in mind i have always thought that Android was a the best bet. The new features in 2.2 such as enhancements to Exchange connectivity the ability for IT departments to manage the devices remotely such as remote wipe and lockscreen time out now make these devices an even more attractive option for businesses to consider. 

It would be interesting to know how many business out there are currently developing applications solely for their staff to use and the platform they have chosen. 

Other points to consider are the growth of Android based phones with companies like HTC launching new devices what seems like ever other month. I am sure it is only a matter of time before Android becomes the main OS for most smart phones with perhaps Apple Iphones becoming something similar to imacs a more costly yet desirable device. 

Thursday 6 May 2010

Starting Out

Image Credit: Jonathan Gill

Well this is the first post of hopefully many.

I am aiming to cover subjects I like and provide my take on the sites and people I follow on the internet. I have a web based back ground and work in the on-line recruitment industry. Over the last 10 years I have seen many changes in the way the internet works and with cloud based services its as if we are heading back to the client server way of doing things.

This site is also to help me learn about blogging and on-line marketing while trying to build up a small reader base. The one thing i do know is that this is not going to be as straight forward as I think!