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3 WordPress Visual Page Builders

WordPress has seen an explosion of no-coding, drag and drop Visual Page/Post Builders. These Visual Page/Post Builders bring 5 major benefits to the WordPress design world: 1)They are truly drag and drop,  no coding  Visual Designers; 2)They  should work for both pages and posts but not all do; 3)Most work with any theme which allows for multiple …

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3 CSS3 Background Properties

Using large-scale, responsive background images has become a current trend in Web development. Coupled with JavaScript routines like Skrollr and Scrollspy users can control both foreground HTML elements  and background images depending on their scrolled position on a page. Here is an analysis of the use of big images and background changes used in Newsweek in innovative …

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Single Page Web Design:Luminato Festival

For the past few months theOpenSourcery has been emphasizing web tools that expedite info-intensive SPD-Single Page Designs. These tools include jQuery based routines that expedite layouts of grids/tables of images and and HTML blocks but also CSS powered layouts as well. For example, see the following reviews: Isotope.js for Grid Widget Sizzle – shows power of …

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Isotope.js for Grid Widget Sizzle

Currently responsive sliders are being used in more SPA-Single Page Applications for Mobile clients to replace deep  menus and  and button driven designs. The idea is to get portfolio/product impressions upfront as a visitor investigates a website.  But there is a whole new class of responsive grid widgets that do image sliders one better by …

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Makes Big Waves

Remember the adage about Redmond – 3rd time charm. Well  Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 appears to garner that lucky state big time. This machine announced today is already pulling in strong reactions all over the tech and business press: Motley Fool declares “Microsoft Corporation Launches Thermonuclear War On Its Own Partners With Surface Pro 3” Seeking …

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Will the PC Not Just Revive But Prevail over Mobile Devices?

The world of computing has been turned topsy turvy by mobile devices – light, mobile, long-battery life and most important – touch screen operable. Smartphones and tablets  from Apple have lead the way; but now the Wintel Empire Strikes Back with ultrabooks , convertibles and 2-in-one PCs. But what may shape this latest twist in …

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Whose Muckier – Windows 8 RT, Apple iOS, Google Android?

Google Plus is a great place for discussing technology trends. Here is an example: ZDNet’s Steven Vaughn-Nichols picks up a Wayne Rash post who in turn is commenting on how eMail support may be one of the reasons behind Windows 8 Surface RT [the ARM version of Windows hardware ] flagging sales and relatively high return   …

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The Economists Superfast Broadband Webinar – Mushy at Best

The Economists’s Intelligence Unit sponsored today a free webinar on Superfast Broadband with telecom equipment provider Huawei. The instant grade for the webinar is Mushy and not because of the telecom delivery. On 3Mbs Rogers Cable in Canada, the reception was on the whole quite good – maybe 4-6 dropouts, but to my surprise no …

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Metamaterials Change Telecommunication

In an earlier report, TheOpenSourcery advised readers that a major revolution in WiFi services was arriving with new 802.11ac and then 802.11ad wireless standards reaching ratification. The key to this order of magnitude improvementsover the next 2-5 years is that  underlying WiFi providers already prepared to deliver major improvements in routers and delivery while client …

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Windows 8’s Three Android Advantages

Windows 8 will have 3 advantages derived from Google’s Android and two homegrown ones. The first is below: Lenovo’s 360 pivot convertible – use as a tablet or a laptop. Google’s Android leads the smartphone market [53%US market share to Apple’s 34% according to Comscore] because it has  many hardware suppliers and Google has periodically released …

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Computing’s Big 3 and the Continuing Dissatisfaction with Microsoft

When proposing that Windows 8 would be a smash hit, the highly negative reaction to Windows 8  I discovered on commentary sites like Reddit  and Digg was a bit surprising. Many of the reactions to Windows 8  were pure scorn. It appears that Microsoft  has a lot of make-up still to do for such sore points as …

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On the Verge of Greatness – LeapMotion’s 3D Touch Tool

TheVerge gadget website finally caught onto to what theOpenSourcery readers have known about 3 weeks ago. The next dynamite NUI-Natural User Interface that is going to sweep the Consumer Computing scene is LeapMotion’s SuperKinect, 3D pointer tool which will hopefully do away with  both the mouse and  all variety’s of trackpads in the near future.. …

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Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface : Linux Last PC Opportunity?

The DOJ-Department of Justice when it won its Antitrust case against Microsoft  also lost it at that moment because the officials involved had not agreed on a remedy for controling Microsoft.  In the end it was $3 billion in fines and kid glove  supervision by the Bush DOJ for 5 years. However, one remedy which …

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Consumer Computing Monopolies Surface

With the announcement of Microsoft’s Surface, Consumer Computing has surfaced 3 Big OS vendor monopolies. Apple, Google and Microsoft  have become the Consumer Computings  monopoly vendors.By the fact that their OS  are vital to both software and hardware vendors plus their ownership of  increasingly vital hardware and software companies, the Big 3 OS Vendors now dictate …

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Ballmer on Weed

Just to make things interesting, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is predicting that by the end of 2013 there will be 500 million units of Windows 8 sold – that is 500 million in about 15 months. Whew! Talk about living dangerously. And here is why: The Guardian newspaper has been following total Worldwide PC Sales and noting …

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The Next Wave of NUI – Natural User Interfaces

New Devices+UI Software that change the UI game decisively are starting to come to market. They are referred to as Natural User Interfaces or PostWIMP – succeeding GUI interfaces that use WIMP- Windows Icons Menus and Pointers. There is a whole community of different Natural User Interface designs from Tangible UI that have inspired the Microsoft …

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Project Management – the SaaS Natural

I have always wondered why SalesForce.com with its CRM system has been the pioneer in SaaS applications. Yes there is the need to communicate in a mobile fashion among all members of a scattered marketing team. Yes, SaleForce has great mail and messaging capabilities. essential for marketing collaboration. Yes, tieing things together with SalesForce AppXchange …

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Two Superb Free Stanford Univ. Courses – DEADLINE TODAY

This is the first of two excellent free online Stanford University courses whose registration expires March 18th 2012. Design and Analysis of Algorithms looks at how to approach the many solution and coding data stuctures  used in modern search, storage and database operations. Prof. Roughgarden has a clear and well measured approach to the problem …

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Mozilla and Opera: Signs of Open Source Problems

ZDNet is running a series of much too early obituary articles  for Firefox and Mozilla – and by implication, Opera. Ed Bott sees the money supply running out because  a search sharing deal with Google [80%+ of Mozilla’s revenues] has run out and the negotiations have not produced a new accord. Steven Vaughn-Nichols picks up …

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Adobe AIR Baby Flies Out with the Flash Bath Water?

If you had any doubts, Adobe is clearly abandoning Flash with the annoucments of the discontinuance of Flash development on Mobile OS plus  the new declaration of the outsourcing of Flex, the Flash Enterprise Development tool, to  the Apache Foundation. These actions should dispel any misconceptions. True,  Apache is a major enterprise Open Source provider …

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