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Archive for April, 2012

With the ever rising popularity of smartphones and tablets, the question pops up frequently: if you want to develop an application for those devices, should you make it an native app or is a web app prefereable? Ars Technica has a good summary of the answers to this question in the article “Ask Stack: Should you develop native apps or web apps?“.

Let’s call it a strategic discussion, since there is no mention of specific platforms. Not every argument is mentioned, of course, but the article contains links to other discussion about the same subject, so there is enough subject matter there to ponder on this rainy sunday ;-)

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Through Stumbleupon, I stumbled upon this photo story: America’s poorest county: Proud Appalachians who live without running water or power in region where 40% fall below poverty line. Fantastic pictures on a harsh reality…

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We went to cheer on the runners of the Antwerp 10 Miles this afternoon, and we thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere: a big crowd shouting the odd 21.000 runners on through the streets of Antwerp. I have left a few pictures on Flickr:

Antwerp 10 Miles: An Impression

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This is the best blog post about SharePoint I have read in months: “Why you shouldn’t use Team Sites in SharePoint 2010“.  The author clearly explains that SharePoint isn’t an easy solution for every problem,  but requires careful analysis of the business requirements before a good solution can be implemented. In the case of SharePoint, this analysis must be based on the information architecture of the business concerned – indeed, that information architecture will dictate everything.

By extension, many of the site templates in a standard SharePoint installation are just examples for the information architects and solution developers, but shouldn’t be used “as is” in the real world. You really have to understand the business processes before attempting to (partly) automate them with SharePoint, otherwise you’re just throwing money out of the window!

In the words of author Michal Pisarek: “What you should never do however is provide an out of the box Team Site and hope that it will be sufficient to the many business problems your users will face“. Building a good solution for a specific business problem requires work, not just a click on a button to install a copy of a site template. Perhaps that rule should be a prominent part of your SharePoint governance plan?

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Creative Note-Taking

Reading about “8 Ways to Use Evernote to Rock Your Career” rminded me of the fact that tools like Evernote can do so much more than just taking notes. In several ways the Evernotes of this age are more powerful than Google Docs or Office365: searching through pictures to recognize written or typed words is such feature that can be priceless for any road-warrior ;-)

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It’s a bold move on behalf of Canon, but I can’t help wondering if this is really a good idea: “Canon announces EOS-1D C 4K DSLR with 8-bit 4:2:2 1080p HDMI output“(DP Review). I love the ability of my Nikon D7000 to record movie fragments, but I use my camera first and foremost for still pictures. For me, being able to record movies is a nice touch, but if I were a video fan, not a photographer, then I would have bought another type of camera, not a DSLR. Without extra paraphernalia, a DSLR isn’t really practical to make serious movies!

So why is Canon building a photo camera were movies are so prominent? Actually, I’m not even sure the thing can take pictures! Yes, the technology is great, with a sensitive sensor and a fine collection of lenses. But can’t they package that in body that is more suited for cinematographers? What am I missing to explain this announcement?

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Big Bang, No Theory!

It must be Friday the Thirteenth, otherwise there’s no explanation for the “explosion” of the glass cover of our gas cook top while my dear wife was frying burgers and potatoes! No one was harmed, luckily, but we had to do with a slice of bread. No fun, after such a frightening experience.

Big Bang!

The cook top is 9 years old, but I thought that glass had more resistance to heat than this. We’ll see what the company that installed it thinks of the situation…

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