The development of open source software involves a process where the codes are made available to the public and can be used and modified by anyone. It is made by developers for end users. Because of the huge demand for software development in the past, new techniques had to be used to come up with a faster and more efficient process of creating varied computer applications. The previous methods were so structured because not many tools and technologies were available.Read More
A lot of widely used computer applications now are results of developments done by a community of users on software that have carried open source licenses. This is a type of license which permits different users to utilize the program and apply modifications following a specific set of conditions. Users can change the codes to suit their needs and test the capacity of the program. There are other types of licenses that are also given like the special and superceded licenses. This is the one though that’s preferable when developing web applications because of the flexibility that it allows. The ease of use that it gives users is the reason why it has also been called “free software”.Read More
These days, if you have a computer, it is almost assumed that you have Microsoft Office. After all, how would you be able to write your next research paper or create your next board presentation without it? While the need for the Office suite may have been true in years past, it is not necessarily the case anymore. The Wall Street Journal recently had an article on the best ways for offices to work without the expense of Microsoft Office showing that many companies are finding ways to avoid using the software altogether—especially offices that use tablets extensively.
But even the Wall Street Journal fails to mention one of the easiest ways to avoid using Microsoft Office at your business—open source software.
Many users aren’t aware of the options that open source software offers them. For example, Open Office has been widely available since 2002 and is free for downloading, offering all of the same features as Microsoft Office. Open Office was discontinued a few ago now, but has since been succeeded by NeoOffice for Mac users, and, as its predecessor did it continues to offer all of the features you would expect in Microsoft Office.
NeoOffice has a word processor application with .doc, .docx, and many other file types supported (the AP Stylebook guidelines section talk about the difference in files.), making it compatible with any files that others users might make in Word. The application functions similarly to Microsoft Word and even looks similar to it with many of the same menus and options.
As with all word processors, NeoOffice has a spell checker and offers limited grammar checking ability. Much like Microsoft Word, NeoOffice can check basic grammar errors such as subject-verb agreement, but for any type of sophisticated grammar checker, neither programs work very sufficiently. For instance, neither program can accurately tell you when to use effect or affect with any sort of regular accuracy, so, in this sense, neither program really has an upper hand to the other.
NeoOffice also offers a spreadsheet application similar to Microsoft Excel and a presentation application like Microsoft PowerPoint.
Despite being so similar to the Microsoft Office suite, quality programs such as Open Office and NeoOffice have never really caught on. Microsoft Office has continued to maintain around 95% of the generally market share. Open source software has made some inroads into the business market share, however, where it makes up approximately 15-20%.
Microsoft has recently released a cloud-based version of its Office suite, available for monthly or yearly usage, which may solve one of users most common complaints about the software giants program: the inability to edit files together, simultaneously. While Microsoft isn’t innovative in this area (Google Docs has been using this technology for quite few years now), if they can continue to satisfy their customers, they will likely keep their market share.
The main question to consider, however, is why users aren’t making the switch to a free technology that offers many of the same functionalities. What is it about Microsoft Office that continues to attract users across the globe?
If any users are going to be adopters of open-software alternatives, it will be younger, tech-savvier users who are more familiar with this kind of software. Students with tight budgets who cannot always afford the $140 to buy a new copy of Microsoft Office are ripe to use free, open alternatives.Read More
Open source software is the new rave that makes the programmer’s life easier. It works with a set of values in what is called the “the open source way”. Each program has source codes, which are collections of computer instructions and demands written in a text language which the programmer can specify an action to be taken within the program. The source code is stored on a computer’s hard disk or in a data base. What is unique about “open source” is it makes portability fairly easy to other computer platforms. It is part of the software that is not seen on the screen.
Software programs are created with thousands of bits. Without a source code, the programmer is literally sunk when it comes to any modification being made in a program. One modification would require building the whole program from the bottom up again.
An open source code is available to anyone collaborating on a program while other source codes can only be used by the person designing the program. This sole person is the only one who can copy or modify the program. When using a software program one has to agree to accept the proprietary license attached to the program. Using open source software gives the user more control over how it is used.
Open source promotes more creativity and the willingness to share a design or concept. Collaboration opens up the possibility of the design becoming even better. Let’s say someone wants to make a video about choosing a sexy maxi dress. This is going to take some collaboration involving several people. Creating a video is a big undertaking for one person to accomplish. The new technology behind open source software creates a link between social patterns and the physical changes that are produced by technology. The video being created is going to be shared in various ways by those who view it.
There is more than one person associated with this video. There is the boutique owner, who has the dress for sale, the designer behind the dress, the model wearing the dress, etc. The process of making the video will involved director, producer, sound person, the model, lighting on the set were the video is made and who is going to be watching the video.
Open source allows for the mistakes made in creating the video to be corrected without starting all over in its creation. The video can be changed at anytime with upgrading, additions or subtractions. That is what makes this kind of code source so attractive and appealing. It creates an attitude that it takes a village to get an idea across. The mistakes made in the original creation can call for a greater, improved presentation of a sexy maxi dress.
Open source software helps programmers with easier access to sharing it with other programmers to create an even better video around a sexy maxi dress that you can buy at Blu Boutique. Everyone will have access to the newest fashion trend.Read More
As most small and midsize businesses will choose bookkeeping and accounting vendors who specialize in QuickBooks, many of which include cloud bookkeeping systems, many small and midsize businesses may not realize that there are multiple open source bookkeeping and accounting software available as well which may fulfill their needs.
Most small businesses decide to either hire bookkeeping help or outsource their bookkeeping to firms which specialize in cloud-based technology company like Massachusetts based RQB and many others, there are open source bookkeeping solutions which may work as well. In the case of RQB, they did start off with open source bookkeeping but gradually move towards a standardized platform to serve their own clients using QuickBooks.
However, any small to midsized business who does not feel the need to outsource the keeping of their books can choose an open source accounting and bookkeeping platform which mimics the precision of QuickBooks. Although software for accounting and bookkeeping is constantly evolving, when integrated with customer relations management software and enterprise resource planning software, sometimes the integrations don’t work as well as many businesses require them to.
Here is a partial list of some of our favorite open source accounting software’s and how they can help keep the books of a busy small to midsized business in check as well as secure.
Turbo cash is a direct competitor to QuickBooks Pro as well as Sage. The benefits of turbo cash is that it does support many different languages and if you’re overseas, you won’t have a problem with integration. Point-of-sale reporting and analysis as well as inventory and accounting are included in the program. Best of all, turbo cash is an easy-to-use interface and free of charge.
As a part of the XTuple suite of services, it has seven different modules to choose from in five editions. Although it is free, there is a paid option when you need multiuser and customer support. If you choose to get an actual license it can range from $400 to well into the thousands of dollars per year. The open source software we tested was easy-to-use but the screen froze on multiple occasions leading us to need customer support intervention to resolve.
SQL ledger is a cloud-based bookkeeping and accounting software system especially for retail. The screen includes purchase orders and packing lists, as well as inventory control, vouchers and timecards. The general ledger accounting system works well and does require and SQL Server to operate. The two versions of the software one of which is free, while the other can cost upwards of $600 a year for priority support and other add-ons. The enterprise-level system has barcoding and label printing capabilities as well as invoice consolidation.
As with the other accounting software’s reviewed here, this offers open source and a paid version but also has commercial editions with tons of extra features which may be better for enterprise-level or larger customers. With ERP and CRM functionality, Compiere is broad reaching and its features and the free version is one of the better ones we tested. It has the capability to work seamlessly with e-commerce stores, project accounting as well as sales service and order management. It also works with Linux, Mac and Windows and at a low price of $750 per year, the paid version is a good affordable choice for small and midsized businesses.Read More
The technology we have today it absolutely awesome. Within minutes I can get online and get several quotes on my insurance from several companies. Everyday these companies are working harder and harder to make the user experience better. They put a lot of money into their software to make sure it’s easy for customers to apply for insurance and manage their policies all from the comfort of their living room. For example, if you are looking for home insurance you should be able to get online and find some within minutes. This article will go over some of the best features you will find in these softwares and what to look for when you are choosing your own insurance company.
Software development takes a lot of work, but the most popular features are the following:
1. Speed: Who wants to sit at a desk and stare at a loading icon for hours? The speed of your software is super important. It has a huge effect on people. Software companies know this and go to great lengths to make sure their software is possible. The difference comes down to seconds. When people come to a web page you typically have two seconds to catch their interest. If someone types in an URL or click on a link to go check out a software company, the page better load in less than 5 seconds, if it doesn’t that many people will go and check out another company. A good example of a company that had great speed on their website is Grey Power.
2. UI Design: Not only does your software need to be fast, but it also needs to be user friendly. This is why you hire a professional designer. It is the designers job to make sure the experience of the user is a pleasant one. This has to do with many things from how the website looks to how users navigate through the site. for example, one of the main things people are used to seeing these day is a menu bar. A menu bar is the main hub for users to navigate a website. They go their to pay their bill and find anything else they are looking for.
3. Online Billing: People hardly use papers these days. They want to pay all of their bills online. Long gong are the days of getting a paper bill in the mail and sending a company a cashiers check. These days you should be able to get online and login to your insurance companies website and view your bill. After you view your bill you should be able to pay it right there. Companies have really made it easy for many customers by even offering this feature from a mobile application.
These are the most popular features you should look for in an insurance companies software. There are lots of different insurance companies out there. Check out greypower.com. They have a great looking website that implements all of the features we talk about above.Read More
As a business, if you are still paying for the technology that you have been
using ever since your company started, you may be at a point right now
wherein you are interested in enjoying the advantages offered by VoIP.
Established companies who already have their own PBX system and
hardware and are searching for better ways to save money every month can
certainly consider sip trunking.
What it SIP trunking?
SIP Trunking is a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and at the same time a
streaming media service which is directly based on the SIP (Session Initiation
Protocol). These SIP trunks take advantage of the Internet in order to connect
voice calls. As a result, it reduces the expenses typically used on long
distance calling of up to 60% compared to the standard phone service
The following are 3 reasons why your business needs SIP trunking:
1. Unlimited Long Distance calling
With the use of SIP trunking, all outbout and inbound calls are
transmitted through the Internet. As a result, the company no longer
has to pay for voice calling. There are some calling applications which
may require the companies to pay a reasonable amount, but it is still
considered low cost. These savings can certainly make a big difference
on a company’s phone bill every month, especially if the company
relies on calling heavily.
2. Pay for the lines, and not the extensions
SIP trunking is also perfect for businesses with several extensions with
a lower volume of external calls. The reason being is because these
businesses may be able to purchase SIP trunks according to the
number of the external calls, instead of subscribing for the extensions
for every employee. For example, if a certain company has 30
employees and has a subscription with a hosted VoIP PBX provider with
a plan of $20/month for every extension, the company will only pay
$600 regardless whether the company only receives around 5 calls at a
On the other hand, if the same company subscribes to SIP trunking for
the same number of employees and same expected calls, if the trunk
is only at $15 per month for each trunk, the company only needs to
pay $75 monthly. A big difference of $525!
3. Easy Setup, No Required Maintenance
There is no need to install hardware for SIP trunking, There is no
equipment to maintain as well. The provider will provide everything in
their own data center. The company only needs to connect their own
phone system to the Internet. This is real savings considering that
there is no need to add manpower to the IT team to manage
These days, several companies live under the impression that they need to
completely change their entire PBX system in order to take advantage of
VoIP. This is not true. SIP trunking can be installed easily by means of using a
VoIP provider. It is not necessary to change currently existing PBX. Bottom
line is: SIP trunking is a very easy tool for businesses. It saves money, and
enhances the productivity of a company overall.
The planning of construction projects can be estimated easily because the methods that are used and the cost of materials and services are pretty standard. These same techniques coupled with research work can also be used to estimate software development projects. But there is a way to pare down the process to essential stuff and this is what freelancers do to be successful in their trade.
The key to finishing projects efficiently is proper management of resources. This covers both both the tasks to be done and the time involved. Making sure that every procedure is accounted for and completed well before the target date is critical to the success of any project. This is true no matter how many people are involved in the project. One individual can handle several projects all at the same if he uses the appropriate project management tools.
Because most freelancers work with limited resources such as a smaller budget and manpower resource, they prefer to use reasonably priced, if not free, project management packages that they can custom –fit to suit their client’s needs. Using a web-based software is critical for this kind of task because they often come equipped with tools that can be used for planning and organizing the different elements of a project. And because the application is available online, it can be easily accessed which is a lot simpler than having to install an entire system on your computer. It is also flexible enough to allow multiple users to utilize it at the same time.
Some of the widely used software that can be used both for business and personal reasons include Redmine, Collabtive and Codendi. Redmine is a flexible application that is supported by multiple database sources. It is multilingual, includes a calendar and a Gantt chart that comes in handy for visual presentations. Collabtive is a management suite that features a time tracker, calendar, and a file manager, among others. It is also capable of importing projects and RSS updates. Codendi is a development project from Xerox. It provides all the tools required for software development and can be configured to fit specific needs and processes.Read More