Before they played Gold, one of the song in her upcoming album: Florida Water (April 2009), one guest said: “Stephane has a too large voice for a single body”. Listening to her voice gave all the meaning to this compliment.
The second passion of Stephane Moraille is the law. She is practicing in the domain of intellectual property for a Montreal firm.
I wonder, with her upcoming album, if she will not have to make the difficult choice of choosing a single one. The success will be too big to hold both of her passions…
“But I was told I need to have a ____ to start a business.” Fill in the blank with a board of advisors, business plan, or some other obstruction between you and the thing you want to build. Have you noticed how all these commonly held notions about things you “have” to do are just excuses in disguise? They’re a reason for not doing something. They put a layer (or a lawyer) between you and getting something out there.”—Matt @ 37Signals - Who needs a board of advisors?
With “Supersize Me” on your iPhone, you get access to all your content. Play your entire music library directly over the air, go through all your photos without syncing, and have all your documents at your fingertips.
Leonardo was the kind of person we have come to call a “genius.” But he had trouble focusing for long periods on a single project. After he solved its conceptual problems, Leonardo lost interest until someone forced his hand. Even then, Leonardo often became a perfectionist about details that no one else could see, and the job just didn’t get done.
Beginning of the year 2009, I decided to make sure all my data should be healthy, in other words all my documents, pictures and home made videos and valuable piece of electronic documents should be backed-up.
I was not just talking about a backup on an external hard disk (something I regularly do) or hard DVD copies that you drop at a friend house, but a regular painless (every day) remote backup on a cloud computer.
I tried many online backup solutions with mix results. After few months of tries and errors I’m now pleased with the current solutions (for a very low yearly price):
I also backup external data that doesn’t belong/fit on my laptop hard drive to a different partition on the same external hard disk.
I do daily auto-scheduled incremental remote backup with iDrive For Mac. An online cloud backup service at $4.95 a month (or $49.95 a year) for 150 Gb of data storage with no extra cost for any data transfer (compare to Amazon S3 service). The iDrive software is far more superior to Jungle Disk and the data upload transfer is far more quicker (4 hours for 50 Gb compare to more than 24 hours with Amazon S3). All my external hard disk data are also backed-up on iDrive when plugged in.
I backup my Firefox browser bookmarks with Foxmarks, an automated tool that backup in-the-background your bookmarks everytime you add, delete or edit one.
I also backup my home-made-videos on Vimeo as they keep a copy of the original version on disk.
I backup my pictures library on my external and remote cloud hard disks and it’s fine with me, but you may consider to pay for a Flickr pro version and backup the original version of all your pictures for $24.95 a year.
“People sometimes ask us how much we look at the competition. The answer: not much. We can’t control what they do. We can control what we do. So we focus on that.”—Matt at 37signals: What everybody else is doing is irrelevant
No so long ago Valve Software President Gabe Newell concluded at the annual DICE Summit that games are too expensive.
For me the games were always too expensive and this is the main reason I almost never bought any games (except for the first edition of Diablo). Not only they are too expensive, but the choice is very limited considering that the industry is controlled by a few majors.
A variety of affordable games means lowering the complexity, time-to-market, number of developers/artists without compromising the fun factor with the power of a direct-to-consumers mainstream distribution channel offering multiple ways of promotion.
Apple with his iPhone, iPod Touch and his new iTunes App Store is offering those possibilities. The indie video game developers have now a direct way to distribute and promote their products to the customers owning the devices. The business model is so interesting (developers retain 70% on each sales) that, in less than a year, the iPhone is dominating the independent mobile gaming with 14% of all the people downloading mobile games.
Recently I been blown away by the quality of the indie games on the iPhone and iPod Touch platform. Most of those games are on the top 25 list and were developed in less than 6 months by a team 3 to 5 developers/artists with a price varying between $0.99 and $4.99.
iDracula has been developed by one developer, one designer/artits and a sound and music composer at MoreGames. It is so intense and the graphics are so polished that I have the sensation of being back in Diablo. This is probably the most enjoyable, addicting and stunning game on the iPhone yet (after Aurora Feint). And it’s only 0.99$.
I’ll describe Archibal’s Aventures from Rake In Grass as a mix between a puzzle and a platform game similar to Mario Bros. At $4.99 it has allot of value for the money. The game is not challenging at the beginning, but it becomes quit difficult as you go along the 163 levels. Archibal is my first game at this price point and I bought it without any second thoughts after played the first 32 levels in their free lite version.
FastLane from ATOD AB shows how the games on the iPhone and iPod Touch can be very immersive while being developed with the iPhone in mind (the tilt detector on the iPhone is used to control the direction of the vehicle). A full 3D street racing with allot of action for only $4.99.
“What users are seeing is an artefact [sic] of the data collection process.… Bathymetric (or sea floor terrain) data is often collected from boats using sonar to take measurements of the sea floor.… The lines reflect the path of the boat as it gathers the data. The fact that there are blank spots between each of these lines is a sign of how little we really know about the world’s oceans.”
Scott is credited with originating the first smileyemoticon which he thought would help people on a message board at Carnegie Mellon to distinguish serious posts from jokes. He proposed the use of :-) and :-( for this purpose, and the symbols caught on.
I always wonder who has popularized the emoticons.
One of my friend start a year ago a Facebook for fetish lovers. Being both a experience designer and a programmer, he simply started it from the ground up alone from his little apartment. Today some members are helping him maintaining the communities and selling advertisements on the site. Today, John and some others are living from the site.
You can say what ever dirty words about this exclusive community, but you cannot erase what he achieved.
Alltop aggregate RSS feeds around topics for you. The interface is clean and simple. Unfortunately when you arrive on a topic it is a bit overwhelming of information as all the sources has the same level of hierarchy and importance.
The new Google Mobile product called Latitude let you know where your friends are. It’s coming soon for the iPhone. It’s already available for Android and a other popular platforms like the Blackberry and Windows Mobile. Is the iPhone not popular enought?