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 There are other types of licenses that are also given like the special and superceded licenses.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
Whatever task you are involved in at a particular time – finishing homework, creating a presentation or carrying out research for the best fantasy football team names – you must work really hard to remain focused on the job at hand. If you use Google Chrome often, you would know that there are numerous distractions like fun websites, games and entertainment. This is further enhanced by the enticing nature of the web itself.
Fortunately, there are some very useful Google chrome extensions that will make your life easier and not procrastinate.
The internet is, by nature, addictive. It is constantly transforming and enticing the user to watch recent videos, play the latest games and keep up with the funniest fantasy football team names. Keeping this in mind, chrome developers have created ways of keeping your mind focused at all times.
There are many Google Chrome posts that feature great useful tools and extensions that help in enhancing productivity. Below, you will find five of the very best of these extensions.
Read Later Fast
There are times when you find an article, news or a story over the internet that seems extremely interesting and you think that you have to read it immediately. You think that you will be bale to meet your work deadline easily even if you take time to read the stuff. For example, if you want to read about the best fantasy football team names, you may read them at a later time when you are free. Read Later Fast is a very simple, easy and useful extension that has been created to keep you focused on your task. Rather than wasting precious time on reading the news, article or story, you may simply click on the page and save it for later when you will have ample time. The page is saved and transferred to the Read Later’s screen which the user can access anytime from Google Chrome. When the pages have been saved, they can either be archived or deleted at the behest of the user. The extension also allows the user to save the archives with the help of the Google account and access them from other devices.
It is next to impossible to organize open tabs when you are carrying out an online research. There are usually several tabs that are opened simultaneously which makes it very untidy and confusing. Tabcloud identifies all the tabs that are currently open. It allows the user to name these windows and move between these tabs with ease and comfort. This helps you categorize the tabs and focus on your work rather than getting mixed up in the jumbled tabs. Moreover, the extension offers an opportunity to save a group of tabs near the window that houses it which helps to simplify the tasks.
Getting even the simple tasks done over the internet becomes extremely difficult when you are on the move. Wunderlist is an effective Google Chrome extension that helps you keep the daily list of tasks inside your browser. You are also allowed to add new tasks to the wunderlist inbox and check them any time of the day. When you tick a task as complete, it is automatically removed form the list. Wunderlist also allows you to categorize. The user can create folders and keep different lists in the appropriate places. Wunderlist is also available for Android and iOS. The list created by the user can be synced when on the go.
Noting the time spent on tasks and activities is always important. It becomes crucial when you are working on multiple projects at the same time. Task Timer is a Google Chrome extension that assists you in keeping track of time spend on your tasks. The results are presented in the form of a pie chart.The user only needs to tag the tasks and specify the tentative time for completing it.
Writing blogs and articles on the browser is rather difficult. The user keeps experimenting with new fonts, formats and headers / footers. This results in wastage of precious time. The Writer allows you to write all the content without getting distracted. It provides a peaceful environment for writing that is devoid of fancy buttons and enticing content.Read More
Anybody who loves open source software shares in the joy of actually getting into the code and writing it, reworking it, and tweaking it so it’s better than ever, as much as they actually love using the software itself. That’s part of what makes OSS such a powerful concept and ideal. It’s powered by a huge community of people who continue to drive to make it better and more complete.
But how do you stay at your best, and continue being productive? It’s easy to get bleary-eyed as you spend another hour toiling away on that code you can’t quite seem to get just right. Luckily, there are a number of ways that you can help yourself stay on track and stay productive at all times, and any hour of the night.
First, it’s time to start considering your body as a machine itself. Maybe not quite like a computer, but maybe more like a vehicle. Your body, your personal vehicle, needs the right kind of fuel in order to operate at the highest level. You don’t put regular gas in a car which calls for premium, right? Well, your body and your brain really needs “premium” if you want to start increasing your productivity levels and operating more effectively and efficiently.
That means that during those late night coding marathons, it’s time to put away the bags of chips, the junk food, the ice cream and the soda. Instead, give yourself the fuel you need to thrive.
When you eat a lot of sugar and junk food, what happens is that you experience a quick blast or burst of energy, but then you inevitably have that crash. You either stop, or you need to eat even more sugar or drink even more caffeine to keep going. But when you eat enough healthy protein, you’ll be able to distribute more energy consistently over a longer period of time. Mix up a quick, low calorie shake using protein, fresh fruit, and either juice or milk and you’ll be all set.
Add in a few extra ingredients such as peanut butter or yogurt or even a bit of chocolate to really get the flavor you’re craving without doing it at the expense of junk food which slows you down. Get the right nutrition, and your body is fueled and revved up, ready to tackle any pesky bit of coding which awaits.
Fueling your body so you can stay mentally focused and sharp also means you need to stay hydrated. Your body is comprised mostly of water, and when you’re dehydrated, even a little bit, what happens is basically all of your body down to the cellular level starts operating at less than 100%.
You may lose your focus, get physically tired, or just hit a wall you can’t get through. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and avoid the caffeine cycle and skip the coffee and soda. Instead, if you do need caffeine, try brewing a cup of tea to give you a healthier jolt in the right direction.
Of course, don’t forget to get enough sleep, either. It may seem counterintuitive to getting something done, but the truth is that if you don’t get enough sleep, you’re not going to be functioning at a very high level anyway. Sometimes, it’s best just to click save, turn the computer off, go to bed, and save the code for the next day or another time. When you’re well rested you’ll be able to work much quicker and more successfully.
Finally, remember that sometimes the key to increased productivity is actually taking a break, even if you’re not going to sleep. Switch off the laptop and go for a walk. Read a book, or play with your dog for a few minutes. Small little rechargers such as this will actually help you be more productive when you’re back at it, as you’ll be preventing yourself from burning out.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to help give yourself a little boost here and there. Eat the right things, stay hydrated and get enough sleep. Learn how to stay productive with your tasks and on the right track. You may be surprised at just how huge of a difference you’ll experience with your energy and productivity by making a series of small changes to your lifestyle.Read More
As fitness training providers who use advanced computer software in many of our operations, we fully understand and embrace the need to constantly keep up to date with software innovations, be they open source or commercially available, and to this end we are now developing our own highly specific software that we intend to make available to personal trainers and fitness professionals.
You may be aware that in the United Kingdom there has been a requirement for some time now for Local Authorities under their Public Health programmes to offer people aged between 40 and 74 a free health check. The main problem with this otherwise sound idea is the logistics of getting people to attend the health check and the cost and expense of the personnel involved in completing a 20 minute assessment and compiling the assessment questions.
Here in our company we are working on a new piece of software that allows people to undertake the majority of the NHS Health Check in their home. The idea is that they will log onto a health check website and will undergo a fifteen minute questionnaire that will explore all aspects of their lifestyle and medical history to provide an independently validated health rating from the standard algorithm QRisk2. From this we can then determine if the individual will require further tests such as a blood pressure, cholesterol or fasting glucose or HbA1c medium term glycated haemoglobin test.
The purpose of all of this of course is to provide the personal trainer with an unrivalled set of data to guide the client in terms of a training programme and appropriate lifestyle changes to lower or eliminate their cardiac risk. The benefits to the client are clear and it offers a unique new way that personal trainers can engage clients that would otherwise be difficult to reach, namely the deconditioned high risk population. This is ironic as it is this very population that require the services of an expert lifestyle health coach such as a personal trainer.
So what does the online health check involve? Well, all clients will have to complete around thirty questions designed to assess cardiac risk. Questions include historic and non-modifiable risks such as family history of stroke and cardiovascular disease as well as more traditional and expected lifestyle questions such as smoking, alcohol consumption and amount of physical activity undertaken. The score which is represented as a percentage provides the relative risk of having a cardiac event over the next 10 years where zero equals no greater or lesser risk than a healthy person with no risk factors.
Out tutor who teaches the Discovery gym instructor training classes has already asked his contacts in the fitness industry who own their own gyms to hand out vouchers to their members that entitle them to receive one of our health checks for free.
The beauty of this software is that once installed it costs nothing and the personal trainer can re-assess the client periodically to monitor cardiac risk as their programme progresses. Hopefully as the risk goes down, this reinforces to the client the importance of the service that is provided by the personal trainer and cements a longer term and trusting client relationship.
Discovery Learning are recommending to all of our graduates who we meet on these level 3 courses in personal training that they consider providing health screening as a natural extension of their businesses. Not only will it expand their client base, if done correctly it will significantly expand their turnover and profit.Read More
Fruity Loops, the legendary music production software used by the greats such as Deadmau5 and Skrillex, has finally been ported to Mac operating systems. So has it been worth the wait? Find out here!
For years, the music production community who chooses to work on an iOS platform has been unable to use Fruity Loops, the ground breaking software by Image Line. However, in late 2013 the company announced that they were in the BETA testing phase for the Mac release of their coveted program. Now, in 2014, the software is finally available for download AND it’s a freeware program, encouraged to be spread around to those who have waited patiently for it. So what does FL Studio offer the producer?
1. Piano Roll
Recording your MIDI track has never been easier with the piano roll feature on FL Studio. Upon opening your DAW, the piano roll will automatically pop up, allowing you to switch between virtual instruments, adjusting the sound and feel of your track in a heartbeat.
To actually record the MIDI notes, you can either hand draw them all in, or connect a MIDI controller to your computer. If you don’t have a MIDI keyboard yet, head over to MBMK for some of the best deals around.
Fruity Loops has a 64 track mixer, which means that you can create an incredibly deep track without the need to switch between windows and programs. Layer on up to 64 different instruments and sounds to fill out the melodies, harmonies and bass lines of your masterpiece with the incredible mixer FL Studio offers.
Distort the parameters of your track by incorporating up to eight different effects through your mixer, and even split the sounds between left and right stereo channels.
FL Studio comes pre-equipped with nearly 40 different synthesizers, pads, samples, drums and other effects. On top of that, there is an almost unlimited amount of downloadable plug-ins, which will help you create an infinite combination of sounds, making your track as unique as your style.
The latest and greatest addition to the FL plug-ins is the Groove Machine Synth, which is a wavetable synthesizer that allows instant modulation of selectable effects with the use of the X/Y pads on your screen or MIDI controller. The pads are large and easy to control, which means that you’ll be getting only the sound you want from them, without trying to tweak tiny amounts here and there on the fly.
4. Legendary Support
Fruity Loops has been around for almost two decades, dominating the dance music and hip hop production scenes. They didn’t get this far without having stellar customer support and retention perks. Once you purchase FL Studio, you have access to lifetime upgrades of the program, never spending another penny on what you’ve already purchased. On top of that, Image Line has several ways to get ahold of the service team behind the software: a 24 hour phone service, email support and a 24 hour online chat support service, as well as the Fruity Loops forums, where you can talk with other producers and share ideas with the community.
Overall, Fruity Loops for Mac is a welcome DAW for all of those who have been longing to use the program all these years! Comparable to the likes of Reaper and Logic, FL Studio won’t disappoint this entirely new generation of users.Read More
Pizza Hut’s investment in mobile commerce is paying off. The company states that in the past three years, sales coming from its mobile commerce app and website has grown by over 4,000%.
Fans of all types of pizza toppings are turning to their smartphones, tablets and laptops to order their next slice of pizza.
Pizza Hut reports that around 50% of their orders came from smartphones and tablets using their mobile site and not their app. Pizza Hut invests between 15% and 20% in their e-commerce budget which has helped fuel the large growth of their mobile division. Today, websites account for a large portion of Pizza Hut’s orders. Nearly one-third of their orders are made using their desktop and mobile websites.
The chief marketing officer for Pizza Hut, Kurt Kane says, “Customers are becoming more familiar with purchasing products using their smartphones and we’ve seen this across our mobile sites. It’s going to continue to grow, just as traditional websites continued to grow after the e-commerce boom of the early 2000′s.”
Kane says he predicts Pizza Hut’s mobile says doubling in the next five years.
According to Pizza Hut, their mobile app is available on 95% of smartphones including phones running Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows.
“We understood early on that our customers were spending more of their time online, so we invested our money so we could be there with them”, says CEO Scott Bergren. “As they switched from desktops to smartphones, we were there as well.”
Pizza Hut has plans to expand beyond mobile apps and launched their first Xbox 360 app in April of 2013. The Pizza Hut for Xbox 360 app contains plenty of features to help gamers order their pizza without having to leave their game. The app features high-definition graphics, voice commands and hand-motion recognition.
Not only has Pizza Hut increased their mobile presence but they have also increased their social media presence. Their social media following is strong with more than 10.9 million Facebook fans and over 640,000 Twitter followers.
In January of 2014, Pizza Hut celebrated the 20th anniversary of their first online order. They launched their online ordering system in 1994 and the first order was a large pepperoni, mushroom and extra cheese pizza.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their online presence, Pizza Hut posted a timeline of their digital technology. After launching their first website in 1994, they began providing advanced ordering in 2003. In 2007, they jumped head first into the social scene by launching a Facebook page.
Sales from online ordering hit $1 billion dollars by 2008 and by 2009, Pizza Hut launched their first ordering app. Based on the popularity of their iPhone app, they soon expanded into Android and Windows operating systems. In 2013, they launched their first Xbox app which allows gamers to order pizza right from their gaming console. Mobile app orders have increased by 100 percent since the first app was launched in 2009 and, today, makes up over half of their pizza orders.Read More
While students struggle to keep up with homework assignments, long-term projects and their work and social lives, plagiarism has become increasingly common. Some students still think it’s fairly easy to slip in some copy and pasted text to bulk up paragraphs. The truth is that plagiarism checkers have become the first stop for plenty of teachers who do routine searches for plagiarized material. Here we’ve rounded up the Top 5 tools for detecting plagiarism in 2014.
1. Google (Google.com)
The old tricks are still the best and the number one resource for checking suspicious text is still the powerhouse search engine Google. Instructors can search for plagiarized material simply by entering a specific sentence or longer phrase with quotations around it into the search engine. A hit doesn’t necessarily mean plagiarism, depending on how common the phrasing is or if was used as a quote but not cited properly.
2. PaperRater (paperrater.com)
When you whant to get research papers for sale then the PaperRater service will be the best option to check them for plagiarism. The PaperRater service goes beyond the usual plagiarism check and includes help with both spelling and grammar. This combination of services makes it easy for students to find support in tweaking later drafts of their paper while flagging sections that could cause problems once it’s submitted to their professor. This approach can help reduce ‘accidental plagiarism’ which can occur when students copy and paste material with the intention of rewording it but then forgetting about it or, more commonly, not citing and properly formatting direct quotes.
3. The Plagiarism Checker (dustball.com/cs/plagiarism.checker)
The Plagiarism Checker by Brian Klug is clean, simple and free to use. Students and teachers can check papers for sections that raise red flags free of charge and without having to go through complex downloads or account registration. In addition to the free version, there is a premium options for a monthly subscription charge which offers better plagiarism checking and enhanced convenience such as skipping cited text and uploading Word documents directly.
4. Doc Cop (doccop.com)
Doc Cop is free to use and checks fill files for plagiarism. Their website is simple and stripped down, making it a dark horse contender in a sea where style sometimes beats out function. While Doc Cop may not be the prettiest website, it does offer a simple to use interface and reliable results. How reliable is Doc Cop? Consider this – their service is used by the Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care to search for plagiarized material. Users can also choose to have their file checked at some point in the future. This feature is not included in their free service but can be useful for writers concerned their work may be being plagiarized by a website.
5. Turn It In (turnitin.com)
From the You Get What You Pay For department comes Turn It In, a comprehensive plagiarism and paper resource, covering everything from originality checking to peer review for students who want feedback from others at their grade level. Turn It In also offers support for instructors overwhelmed by students who want better feedback by offering ETS e-rater tool which provides feedback based on grammar and writing style.Read More
When it comes to using the right tools for a particular trade, like, say, an automotive warehouse that uses inventory management software to track stock wheels, replacement wheels, and OEM wheels, distributing and implementing that software is often matter of getting the boss’ approval. Car parts are difficult to find these days in online shops these days, and anything that can help it happen can really help improve a business’ margins.
Customers who restore their own cars need help, and any shop that has special software to help them is going to be the only shop they use, which will mean a lot of customers. The mechanic has to use the right words to convince the shop owner to use this software, and when it comes to something like open source software, the right words can make all the difference because some bosses might not trust it. To help anyone that wants to use open source software, here is some advice on what words to not use when trying to convince upper management to use the software.
Avoid Using the Words Open Source Software By Themselves
Some people, who work in upper management, might not have the technology knowledge in order to understand what open source software means, and when employees mention it, the words open source might make them think that the software is not safe to use, and therefore, reject its use. If the words open source are used with other words like “tools,” and “programs,” then they do not sound so bad. Also, it might be wise to mention that some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies in the world are also using open source software tools to help them run their massive companies. After all, if Fortune 500 companies can trust open source to run their day-to-day business dealings, then any company can as well.
The Word Free Can Arouse Suspicion
One would think that anyone that is in the corporate world of business would think that anything for free is good because it means no money has to be invested in it, but the problem is that free these days does not mean no money, but means instead that something is of very poor quality. When it comes to open source software, the word free does not necessarily mean a good thing, and can often suggest something that is junk. Open source software is not junk even if it is for free, and as long as that is explained, upper management should be okay with the fact it has no price attached to it.
Open source software is helping make the world a better place, and now even Fortune 500 are seeing how important the software is. However, before upper management signs off on its use, they must be convinced that it can do their company a lot of good, and using the right language when talking about it will make all the difference in the world.Read More
When most people think of using apps and programs to help them get fit, they usually think of an iPhone, Android device, or other popular items. One thing that doesn’t usually cross people’s minds is using open source programs to help them reach their fitness goals. While they may not get as much attention as the major apps and programs do, open source apps are great because they can be completely customized for whatever it is you’re wanting it to do.
You see, the great thing about using open source apps and programs is that the source code is completely open and free to change to your liking. If you have a little technical skill, you can help not just yourself, but others who may just be looking for an app to do the same thing that you are.
Outside of changing and customizing many different programs to fit what you are wanting them to do, we are going to rank and talk about the top 6 open source apps that are out there today and how they can help you reach your fitness goals.
1. G Trainer
This program is basically a Linux operating system program at its core. It does a lot of things, like track your heart rate, body weight, store your exercise programs, and monitor whatever exercise program you are participating in. About the only thing this app doesn’t do is tell you what is the most outstanding testosterone booster and provide you with the most outstanding crossfit shoes on the market today. It was originally created to help track biking training sessions, but has since been expanded to track just about any exercise program.
What good is a great exercise program if your diet is in shambles? Luckily, there is iDiet, which can easily become your one-stop shop for tracking all your nutritional needs. The initial setup will require you to enter in your weight, height, birthdate, gender and other specifics to help you really track your diet well. Built into it are popular diet programs like Atkins, Body for Life, and more. This program will run on any operating system, so it’s very versatile in that regard.
This app is designed for Android devices and it does just what you would think it does. It tracks your steps and your pace to help give you an idea of where you stand on your daily walking. It also gives you an alert if your pace becomes too slow. It’s a great and simple app that can help you get in those steps you need everyday.
This software runs on the Linux operating system and helps runners track their mileage, pace, and overall performance. It can be synced with a GPS device that will automatically track your performance for you, but if you don’t have a GPS to use, they still have you covered. You can manually enter in your training performance and still track it well.
5. Sports Tracker
If you’re a nerd and want to see your training statistics broken down into graphs, charts, general statistics, and more, this app is for you. This program runs on Windows, MAC and Linux operating systems, so it’s another versatile program. You can even import data from certain heart rate monitors and mark places you’ve trained so you can really get an idea of just where your fitness goals have helped you reach.Read More
Developing and talking about open source software is one of my favorite things in the world! Another hobby of mine that is not talked about on my website too often is exercise and fitness. I have had a steady exercise routine for the last 6 years or so. At one point in time I was considering becoming certified as a fitness trainer and was researching all of the best fitness instructor certifications that are on the market. I decided that it wasn’t for me but I still have a strong passion for it and try to stay as healthy as I can. I have researched and even participated in some great open source exercise applications over the years. This article is going to be talking about the top 2 applications and how they can help you stay in great shape! Let’s get right into it.
Gtrainer is an open source application that is designed for desktop use. Their original goal of the application was to help track and record biking related cardiovascular exercise routines. Although it was designed for biking related exercise it can also be used with many other variations of cardiovascular routines. Of the application lets you record specific data such as your weight, heart rate, BMI and your body composition. It is also designed to help you keep track and store your fitness routines in one location. Gtrainer runs on a link’s-based system and has its data stored in MYSQL. It is a great up-and-coming application so that you can easily keep track of your fitness wherever you are and analyze it once he gets to your desktop computer.
iDiet on the other hand covers the other half of fitness by helping with what you eat. This application is great because it helps you plan your meals in keep track of your calorie intake throughout the day. Just like Gtrainer you need to enter specific data about yourself including height, weight, age, sex and your current body fat percentage in order for the program to get a good baseline. iDiet Is able to estimate your metabolic rate, blood sugar level, blood pressure and a few other metrics before it suggests a diet for you. It will give you a caloric recommendation for the day and it will also help you choose the right types of foods. Throughout the day you can enter each piece of food or meal that you consume and iDiet will keep track of your calories and let you know when you’re coming close to going over them. iDiet is one of the best open source applications for health and fitness that is on the market today. I highly recommend that you check it out!
In combination, these 2 applications can greatly increase the state of your current health. One application covers the physical aspect of exercise. Wall the other covers all you need to know about diet, nutrition and caloric intake. If I was not so successful and passionate about programming I would definitely get into the health and fitness industry. The salary of fitness instructors is not that bad and I could easily see myself being satisfied with helping other people with their health. I hope this article helped you find some great applications for your health and fitness needs. Let me know what you guys think!Read More
As life gets even more expensive and technology gets even more advanced, it’s hard to keep up with all of the new software and gadgets that are available to us. It seems that we download everything today, rather than going out and buying a physical copy of our music, films and software, we click a button to get it immediately to our devices .
Illegal downloading is increasing but police are cracking down on this, however downloading software doesn’t necessarily mean it is illegal, many developers are allowing users to download there software for free, making their money from the advertising that comes with it. All this got us thinking, what don’t we pay for now that we once did?
1. Long distance phone calls
Accepting charges to speak to someone abroad is a complete thing of the past. In fact, isn’t using a landline phone at all becoming a fairly ancient concept now? With the invention of Facebook and Skype, we can connect with our friends around the world for free and at anytime without the worry of a hefty bill at the end of it. No getting ourselves into masses of debt with a huge phone bill!
Even games are often free in the 21st century. Apps like Skype as mentioned earlier is are pieces of software that could easily charge their customers if they wanted to, but they do not, making their revenue with the adverts that are down the side of the Skype bar when it is open. Illegally downloading software that usually costs is damaging to the computer industry, however it is something that goes on and is hard to police, however those who are caught are faced with hefty fines for doing so.
3. Television and Movies
Apps such as Megavideo give us our television and film viewing for free, and we often watch these on the go on our laptops, iPads or tablets. However Netflix is a pay monthly service and is extremely popular around the world, showing that paying for television is not a totally alien concept.
4. Dating Services
There was a time when we would go online and pay to sign up for dating services in the hope of finding the one. Although some online services will still charge, there are so many that are free and popular. Tindr is an App that can be downloaded to your phone and instantly connects you with people in your area, free of charge. Get to know someone’s personality without even having to take them on an expensive date!
Being so connected online means that we simply do not have to pay for our news anymore. Back in the day when newspapers were invented, they were for the rich middle-classes, who would often stand around in the street reading the latest news to those who could not afford a newspaper or could not read it themselves. Now we just log on to various websites and social media outlets to find out what is going on all over the world.