19 Apr 2014
The Guardian has recently made an interactive feature article, concerning the state of working pay and conditions in Bangladesh, alongside the UK shops’ own inaction in retail. The article was here, using a responsive website made up of a combination of video and text, sights and sounds, to create a truly interesting and immersive experience.
The site suprised me, as the use of multimedia, and interactivity didn’t seem to be “in your face”, so to speak; the site enhanced the viewing experience, as opposed to obscuring it, a difficult balancing act when approaching such a task. The site was clear, informative, and quite remarkable.
18 Apr 2014
Cheapcast is an innovative piece of software designed to emulate the popular Chromecast dongle from Google, working with the same API-over-the-network system as the Chromecast, amking it compatible with all Chromecast apps. The software is fully open-source, and is here on Github.
17 Apr 2014
The web is full of web-based editing software, designed to integrate with (primarily) Dropbox, and Google Drive. Many of these applications are good, but many of the smaller applications start slowing down, or even crashing the moment they get more users than their host likes, or can handle. This is down to a dependency on dynamic sites, where the page is custom-generated for each user.
Long story short, making a web-based editor for your cloud service can crash if you get too many users, except if you perform the simplest of workarounds. - Have no back-end, like Sourcekit - an editor for Dropbox, which is (at present) only available as a Chrome Extenstion, and Prose, which is a web-based editor for Github, utilising the Github API - and Github Pages.
Both of these web apps are fast, reliable, and work well, hopefully paving the way for more front-end-only editor web apps.
16 Apr 2014
I have a new site, at isaacrg.github.io.
I have a blog on there, and the posts are automatically queued into my Tumblr, which tweets on publication. Time-lapse publication invites more readers, I suppose…