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Remember Your Audience…and Your Administrators

Posted by Jeremy Paris on January 4, 2011

There are many solutions for creating a website.  For quite some time now I’ve been going back and forth between SharePoint,  Drupal, and iWeb for sites that I’ve created.  Although I like Drupal, I’ve noticed that when I hand that site over to the person that I’ve made it for, sometimes what seems simple to me is scary to the non-geeks of the world.

When I write, I am always aware of who my audience is.  When I create a site, I am also aware of my audience…but until now it has been limited only to the viewers of the site and not the administrator of the site.  If it is confusing to update or even add content to a site, then there is a good chance that it won’t happen.  Stale content was fine five or ten years ago, but not today.  Fresh content keeps people coming back to your site.

This brings me to WordPress.  I have been using it for years to do simple sites like this just to give me a very quick outlet to blog about something, but I never thought of it as anything more than that.  A lot has changed apparently.  Like Drupal, it is open source, AND has a large community behind it that create, maintain, and update plugins and widgets constantly.  So much has changed since I dove into it last.  You can do e-commerce, galleries, ads, have user-roles, etc.  I wouldn’t say that it is as powerful as Drupal…but I will say that it is a heck of a lot easier.  Not only easier to build, but a lot easier to administer.  Heck, you can even post to your blog directly from Microsoft Word 2007.  Even a non-geek can keep their content fresh using that method.

Now, what will I be creating next with WordPress?  Subscribe to this blog and you will find out.

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Nexus S – The real news is in the software

Posted by Jeremy Paris on December 7, 2010

Nexus SIt wasn’t too long ago that the tech news was filled with stories about Google’s phone failure in the form of the Nexus One.  Most of the fault was put on Google’s marketing and distribution, and to tell you the truth I didn’t see many bad reports on the phone itself, just the phone’s sales.  But it was still clear that “Google will be stepping out of the hardware arena and will focus instead on the software side of the house”.

Well, apparently that is not the case with the new buzz about Google’s Nexus S.  It will be the first phone to have Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which on the surface is not much of a jump from 2.2.  However, looking at the official Android Developers Site you can pull out a very important paragraph from the rest of the mundane upgrades.

Android 2.3 adds API support for several new sensor types, including gyroscope, rotation vector, linear acceleration, gravity, and barometer sensors. Applications can use the new sensors in combination with any other sensors available on the device, to track three-dimensional device motion and orientation change with high precision and accuracy. For example, a game application could use readings from a gyroscope and accelerometer on the device to recognize complex user gestures and motions, such as tilt, spin, thrust, and slice.

Adding the capability of these new sensors could be another “game-changer” in the tech world.  It allows outside-the-box developers to come up with incredible new apps that haven’t even been imagined before now.  I am a card-carrying iPhone user, but I do have dreams of developing apps for all mobile platforms in the future (read: iOS, Android, and WinPhone7…sorry RIM, you’re dead to me).  And when the new android apps that use these sensors start to get some serious press I’m sure that Apple and Microsoft will start adding them into their next build as well.

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Will Google TV be a blessing or a curse?

Posted by Jeremy Paris on October 22, 2010

As most of you know Apple came out with their new version of Apple TV a few weeks ago and at first I wanted it. Then after a few weeks of reading articles about it I found that the networks weren’t jumping aboard the Apple ship like a lot of people (myself included) thought they would. For people like me that only watch about three shows on TV it would be perfect. I could rent the new episodes on my schedule for only $0.99 each and get rid of my Direct TV. But now that it is looking like the shows that I want won’t be available Apple TV doesn’t look as hot anymore.

Enter Google TV. What?!? What the hell is Google TV. Yeah, I only found out about it yesterday myself. Basically, you connect some hardware to your TV (just like Apple TV) and now you are mixing internet with your TV experience. But on top of that you will soon be able to use Android Apps (which I never really loved on my Droid), and be able to use Google’s search technology to find what you want to watch even if that might be a YouTube video. But I’m not sold yet.

A year from now will GoogleTV and/or Apple TV be threatening to take over cable? And if so, what is Google’s model going to be? Free cable but maybe you will be blasted with targeted ads while you watch? And for those opting not to get the ads they can go the Apple TV route and pay to rent?

Or…the most likely possibility…the networks will come together to kill both Apple and Google TV by not dealing with them at all.

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