I am addicted to testing new versions of softwares, because of that I am always in a state where some app does not work properly.
On the first Preview version of Mac PS X Yosemite one of the issues that I had is that the FaceTime and Messages app simply don’t start, they crash on launch displaying similar error messages.
I finally found the source of the issue here, the problem is related to the Contacts list, if you open the Contacts app and disable your iCloud Contacts and then relaunch the Messages or FaceTime app it will finally work this time.
Anyway, this makes Messages kinda hard to use, because now you can only see the list of your conversations with a list of phone numbers. Well let’s hope for Yosemite Beta 2 to fix this annoyance.
World Cup is a big deal, in Brazil (where I am from) it is the only sports event that matters. No one cares about anything else, Brazil really has only one sport and that is soccer, or Futebol how the rest of world says besides the U.S.
This World Cup is different, it is the first one that is happening in Brazil after more than 50 years. In Brazil we always have a tradition of painting the streets with WorldCup themes, in some cities there is even competitions of which street is the most awesome.
Google just collected a series of images from Street View from several painted Streets in Brazil, I gotta say I saw better paintings but you can get the spirit of it.
Since I joined GoDaddy a year ago, I am trying to learn as much as I can about what Small and Medium Businesses need to look professional on a connected world. They for sure need a website, they probably need a profile on Twitter and Facebook, maybe they need an Online Store or a Blog.
But for the very small businesses (VSB) - which is the main target of most of GoDaddy products - all these things are super complicated, most small business owners don’t have the skills necessary to be able to build a website.
This is the focus of my group, to build tools and services that empower small business owners to build their own Website or Online Store, without any coding knowledge or help from a technical person.
But to be able to look professional on the web, you need more than just a nice website, frequently you need to add professional looking photos of your products and several times you need to have some type of video explaining how your business works, and this is often complicated and expensive.
There are some services emerging that enable regular people with no technical skills to create these sort of videos, one of them is called Animoto. It is a very cool service that helps you to easily create a professional looking videos to include on your sites or publish on social media.
But recently Adobe released an app for the iPad called Adobe Voice, that allows you to create “explainer” videos on your iOS tablet. I have to say that I don’t use Adobe products for quite some time, even given the fact that they are still the standard on the design industry. I am quite happy to see a lot of good options emerging in the market (Acorn, Sketch, Pixelmator) and much cheaper than Adobe.
But Adobe Voice is different, it is a really well done app that targets a completely different audience for Adobe. It is incredibly easy to use and the User Experience is very well thought out. It offers some built-in soundtracks and thousands of icons and access to creative common images. On top of that, it is FREE, this is a very uncommon move for Adobe.
I could totally see a small business owner use this product to create professional looking introductory videos for their business. Glad to see more companies lowering the technical barrier and making their products easier to more people.
Totally worth a try: Download the app here
Since I joined Go Daddy a few months ago, I am focused on understanding the business and the current tech stack.
Recently we made some good progress with Node.js and we are starting to invest more on it, as a result we just open sourced 2 projects built on top of Node.js: our node Cluster Service and our High Availability Redis Client.
Both projects are now on GitHub.com:
If feels really good to contribute back to the community and share some of our work. I got to say it has been super easy to open source projects at Go Daddy, zero bureaucracy :-)
GitHub client for Mac now supports GitHub Enterprise accounts, nice addition :-)
Integrating Yahoo Mail with Dropbox
We’ve implemented four major use cases:
- Seamless Single Sign On
- Save attachments directly to Dropbox (no Local Storage needed)
- Share files from your Dropbox account
- Attach files larger than 25MB.
This was one of my last projects at Yahoo, we have been working with the Dropbox team for about 2 months and it was really great to build this feature with them. It puts Yahoo Mail inline with the market trend of cloud related integrations, Gmail has Google Drive and
Hotmail Outlook.com has SkyDrive.