Jun 02

2013 Internet Trends

By David Scifres Applications, Business Comments Off on 2013 Internet Trends

Interesting macro data on the tech world.

Mar 09

Zite – Intelligent Personalized Magazine

By David Scifres Applications, Business Comments Off on Zite – Intelligent Personalized Magazine

Move over Flipboard, there is new personalized digital magazine in town – Zite. What makes it so different? Well, much like Pandora, Netflix and Amazon, Zite uses your previous actions or viewing habits, as well as social network activity, as an indicator of what you will most likely want to see in the future. And then it brings you that content. You can give a thumbs up or down on specific content to help further refine the content you are delivered. In a world of information overload this could be a huge time saver.

Once you install the app, you can connect it to your Twitter and Google reader account to get things going. This is not a requirement however. After that, you are presented with a taxonomy of information you can select from to further refine the kinds of articles you will have in your personalized magazine. Assuming the system actually learns as I use it, it should be a huge step in the right direction.

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Dec 05

Totally Killer Open Source Solutions

By David Scifres Applications, Business Comments Off on Totally Killer Open Source Solutions

Totally Killer Open Source Solutions

  • Fedora – A Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora Project. The Fedora Project is open and anyone is welcome to join.
  • MySQL – Open Source Relational Database.
  • MyPHPAdmin – A free software tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the World Wide Web. phpMyAdmin supports a wide range of operations with MySQL. The most frequently used operations are supported by the user interface (managing databases, tables, fields, relations, indexes, users, permissions, etc), while you still have the ability to directly execute any SQL statement.
  • WordPress – A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.
  • Drupal – open source content management system.
  • Joomla! – the dynamic portal engine and content management system.
  • Magento – The PHP based eCommerce software platform for growth that promises to revolutionize the industry because of its modular architecture and unprecedented flexibility.
  • GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). Freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
  • SugarCRM – Commercial open source customer relationship management (CRM). CRM software for sales force automation and customer support deployed on demand or on site.
  • Open Office – A multiplatform and multilingual office suite compatible with all other major office suites.
  • OSTicket – Open source support ticket system simple, lightweight, reliable, open source, and easy to setup and use.
  • Elgg – A leading open source social networking engine which can be used to power your social network. It includes blogging, networking, community, collecting of news using feeds aggregation and file sharing features. Everything can be shared among users with access controls and everything can be cataloged by tags as well.
  • Open Atrium – is a platform for building team portals that can be extended to meet highly custom knowledge management needs for large organizations’ intranets and extranets. It starts with “out of the box” features like a blog, a wiki, a calendar, a case tracker, a shoutbox, and a dashboard to manage content. These features can be expanded to meet unique needs for large organizations so that full scale enterprise collaboration sites can be built with Open Atrium as a base. By fully leveraging Drupal, all of the strengths of Drupal can contribute to creating custom features for Open Atrium within a framework that is already tailored for team collaboration.
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