Why I love Windows 8 (Pro, with Desktop)?...
First of all I’m talking about the full Windows 8 with ‘classic’ desktop, not about the RT version. Lot of people complain about the hybrid approach of Windows 8, that it’s stupid to include both a fully featured desktop mode and a more lightweight Metro/Modern interface. You have to get used to it, it’s true. Does it feels a bit awkward at first try? Yes it does. ...
Why I prefer Windows over Mac
I work on both Mac OS X and on Windows daily. I’m constantly switching between the two operating systems for the last 2-3 years. I still choose Windows to work with when I’m allowed to do so. Why? Because I prefer Windows’ windows management over Mac’s. Switching between windows instead of apps feels more productive for me. Anything else? Not really. Both operating...
Benefit from helping others
Recently I was approached by a friend of mine on Skype. He asked me to drop a tweet about his new cool Windows app ( http://www.ia-kar.com/en/laptop-battery.php if you’re interested ). I’ve composed a quick tweet about it and shared it on Twitter. This happened at a time I’m usually not checking my Twitter. After I’ve published the tweet my eyes caught on the trending...
Windows 8 shortcut: Win+Space to switch between...
Switching between input languages quickly and easily is one of my favorite improvements of Windows 8. After you set up your input languages you can simply press the Windows + Space buttons and it switches between your defined input languages. If you hold down the keys it will present the list of your defined languages. It’s a true bless for multilingual like me. The previously used...
Use Quora for user survey / support?
Lately developers tend to move technical support to StackOverflow instead of providing an own solution. Brands and startups use more and more Facebook and Twitter for support and it seems like a trend to abandon custom solutions for FAQ and Support. I’m a long time Quora user, registered my account when Quora was invitation-only. Recently I noticed that some services started to use Quora...
Microsoft should finally decide the name of WinRT... →
shadedevelop: Right now Microsoft haven’t decided how to call it’s new UI/UX system. The most common names for it are: WinRT (it’s also the name of the new Windows API), Metro (UI), Modern UI, Microsoft Style UI. Why is this a real and emerging issue? For a normal end-user it may be not. For them it’s just…
Apps or webapps? I want both!
This post was lost in my drafts for a long time. After reading it I decided to publish it now because I think it’s still relevant and has some really useful information and references. Lately there are numerous discussions about what should be the future form of user clients, apps or webapps. I’ve found lots of debates pro or agains apps and webapps. ...
Best of Windows 8 - Part 1 - Cross app sharing
As a bit of a technical background: besides I’m the Co-Founder of AppWhirr ( http://appwhirr.com ) and also Co-Founder of our soon-to-be announced new service I’m a developer. I’ve developed for Windows, iOS and web and lately I started to develop two Windows 8 ‘Metro style’ apps as well. If you’re interested in my development experiences you can check out my...
Windows 8 shortcut tips: save a screenshot from...
If you want to take a screenshot and save it to a file with 1 shortcut you can press the Windows-key + PrintScreen key simultaneously. It will save the screenshot to your Pictures/Screenshots folder. Of course you can still press only the PrintScreen key which takes a screenshot and copies it to your clipboard if you want to edit the screenshot before saving to file. Both works with the new...
If a good idea were obviously good, someone else would already have done it.– http://paulgraham.com/swan.html
Our experience with Adobe AIR
As we started to roll-out framework support for AppWhirr we’ve tried to add support for every major framework developers use for creating awesome apps. On Mac OS X there’s not much to do, almost every app is built around the native Cocoa/Carbon APIs or uses Java which is a part of the Mac OS system and we don’t have to install anything to support these. On Windows the situation...
For decades the unwritten manifesto for Silicon Valley VC’s has been: We...– http://entrepreneur.com/article/223602
When it's saturday and everyone else is outside,...
We dream about a better and more open app store
The founders of AppWhirr (including me) are developers who developed and distributed apps on iOS, Android and other app stores/markets. We love the general app store concept. Purchasing and installing apps were never easier but the current store services could be improved in a lots of ways still none of them tried to solve the problems we faced as developers and users. In this situation what...
It’s an important lesson and actually one of those lessons you probably have to learn by making mistakes. But it’s one of those you have to remember. “Every extra set of features that you added that served one narrow use case end up being features you need to support in future releases adding complexity to future development, usability testing, regression testing, etc.” ...
The Seven Forces Disrupting Venture Capital [TechCrunch]: http://tcrn.ch/JfI1MO
Success is like being pregnant, everyone congratulates you, but nobody knows how...
Interesting TED talk about what really sells products.
How To Get Media Coverage For Your Startup: A Complete Guide - by Leo Widrich, co-founder of Buffer: http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/80121/How-To-Get-Media-Coverage-For-Your-Startup-A-Complete-Guide.aspx About the importance of creating prototypes of your idea and proof that it works (or realize it...
When you experiment, you fail most of the time. What finally releases is 10% of...
It’s very inspiring - entrepreneurs about being entrepreneurs.
Interview with 6Wunderkinder, the creators of...
It’s a bit old (about 6 month old) but it definitely worth to watch or listen the inteview about 6Wunderkinder (the company) and about Wunderlist (their first product). For those don’t know Wunderlist: it’s a free task manager with beautifully designed UI and it has native apps for every major mobile and desktop operating systems and of course it can sync to cloud. All for...
Importance of being #1 in search engines
There’s a new trend (well, not so new but it’s growing). Many people don’t know the URL of the sites they use. They just search for it. I cannot find the recent post about it, but these (older) posts are explain this: http://www.wisdump.com/seo/do-you-still-use-urls-normal-people-no-longer-do/ ...
New year, new goals to reach.
I tried to blog many times before and I constantly failed. After a few weeks or months I always stopped. I think one of the reasons is I didn’t have a clear goal. It wasn’t clear why should I post and also what should I blog about. So I’ll try to change this. I will post about my entrepreneur journey. I’ll try to post about everything what we experience during the...
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round...– Steve Jobs
Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life....– Steve Jobs
It's been a while...
It’s been a while since my last post. That’s because we’re totally focusing on our upcoming startup: AppWhirr. You can subscribe to the opening Beta on our official site: appwhirr.com, or you can follow our progress on one of our social accounts - check the official site for the full list.
My social network statistics
I have 15 followers in subjot and 64 in twitter. I shorten my links with bit.ly, and it shows: just after a month after I started to use subjot 32% of the traffic is coming from subjot! 33% from Twitter, 25% direct. (6% from G+, but I use G+ differently and not so frequently) Never underestimate a new startup’s power!
Experience with Subjot, a better Twitter-like...
Some time ago I wrote about “Better Twitter” (http://bit.ly/nTCQVz). I hoped Twitter will do it. I love Twitter, and I can see it’s potential. It’s just not the best system for public news sharing and following. It could be but somehow they don’t see this. But Subjot (subjot.com) tries to do it, and now it’s in public beta state, so anyone can try what I meant...
AppWhirr, getting close to first release!
We’re developing AppWhirr for a long time, and it feels great that it start to behave as we planned, and looks great with the designs from our designer. I’m glad we didn’t stopped the project at the beginning when first bigger problems has risen. Now it’s just a matter of weeks or months and we can roll-out the first public version. We have to start to focus on...
About "doing nothing"
Frequently I feel like I can’t do anything useful. Can’t sit and write code or manage something for another hour. In this case I usually watch an episode from one of my favorite series, or check the news online, or start to talk to the people around me. This usually feels bad, because I feel it’s a waste of time. Shame on me! AppWhirr could be better if I would work even more! ...
Today I did a lot of progress in AppWhirr. Hunted down a strange bug, and added some very useful features. I have to say I already love AppWhirr. I started to use it since a while and it gets better day after day. I’m glad I can work on the project.
Thoughts about a better Twitter
First: I love Twitter. It’s my favorite social service, because it’s public, asymmetric (does not require 2-way following like Facebook’s “friending”), simple (if you post something you know it will be publicly available for everybody), and as more I use it the more I love the 140 character limit. This limit makes it “easy to scan through a lot of new...
We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and...– Bill Gates
This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is...– Bill Gates
Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose...– Steve Jobs
About Google Plus (G+) - lack of reverse circles
G+ ‘s biggest fault is that you have only 1 public stream. While you can share items to your selected circles, you cannot share publicly by topics. If you share to a circle, only those will see you dropped into the circle. But if you have more than 1 topic / hobby / … you want to share about publicly, but separately, you can’t. As an example I share things by multiple topics: IT...
This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is...– Bill Gates
Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the...– Bill Gates
I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful...– Steve Jobs, Interview, 1995
Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple...– Steve Jobs, Fortune, Nov. 9, 1998
If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.– Bill Gates